Laxmi Kumaran

Continuing Lecturer: Stage Management

Laxmi Kumaran is a Continuing Lecturer at UC Berkeley where she teaches Stage Management and Technical Theater courses. She also teaches similar courses at Stanford University. In addition to her teaching experience, Laxmi is the Production Stage Manager at California Shakespeare Theater and was formerly the Production Stage Manager at San Jose Repertory Theater. Before moving to the Bay Area, Ms. Kumaran stage managed in Chicago for a variety of theaters, including the Goodman Theatre and the Court Theatre. Laxmi has taught stage management classes at San Jose State, Northern Illinois,...

Erik K. Raymond Lee

Lecturer: Dance

Born in Oakland, Erik K. Raymond Lee is a dance artist and youth advocate. He began his formal training at UC Berkeley where he earned a BA in Dance & Performance Studies and a BA in Art Practice with a concentration in painting in 2010. Erik earned his MFA in Dance from Mills College in 2017. His professional dance journey began in 2011 with Dimensions Dance Theater (DDT) as a company member and modern dance teacher for the Rites of Passage summer program. He has since become a collaborator/member with James Graham Dance Theatre, Zaccho Dance Theater, and PUSH Dance...

Domenique Lozano

Continuing Lecturer: Acting

Ms. Lozano has served on the TDPS faculty since 2014 and has taught throughout the acting sequence. Additionally, she directed the fall 2018 TDPS production of Tartuffe, as well as the TDPS webisode series Curly Fries in 2020.

Ms. Lozano is a Bay Area based director, educator, and actress. She was a Resident Artist with the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) for 15 years, where she served as the resident director of the main stage production of A Christmas Carol. She also served as a core faculty member in the MFA Program, and a teacher in the Young Conservatory...

Michael Socrates Moran

Lecturer: Acting, Directing

Michael Socrates Moran grew up in Richmond, California before attending Boston University where he pursued his BFA. He has worked as a professional actor in regional theaters in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and at an off-Broadway house in New York City. He recently graduated from UC San Diego’s world-renowned MFA Directing program where he founded the award winning, Ubuntu Theater Project: a professional theater company based in Oakland, California dedicated to inspiring compassion across socio-economic and racial barriers. Michael now serves as Ubuntu’s Executive Director. Having...

Ray Oppenheimer

Lecturer: Lighting Design

Ray Oppenheimer is a San Francisco Bay Area based lighting designer, educator, scenographer, technologist, and creator who has been bringing his boundless curiosity, chimerical aesthetic, and Sisyphean perseverance to performance design and education since 2005. Ray graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in lighting design from San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2017. He also is an active company member with Mugwumpin and Shotgun Players.

As a lighting designer, Ray has worked with Word For Word, Z Space, piecebypiece productions, ACT, The...

Mark Rafael

Lecturer: Acting, Public Speaking

A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, Mark has been an instructor in acting and theater at the University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco, American Conservatory Theater, and the Academy of Art University. He is also a communications and speech coach for clients such as Cisco, Facebook, and Pinterest. He is the author of Telling Stories: A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques. He has appeared at many Bay Area theaters and his film and television credits include Titanic, Trauma, Chance, Star Trek Voyager...

Patrick Russell

Lecturer: Acting

Patrick Russell is a professional actor and director whose work has been seen in theaters across the Bay Area. Most recent acting credits include Noises Off at San Francisco Playhouse, As You Like It for Cal Shakes, Measure for Measure at Marin Shakespeare Company, and the revival of Fool for Love at Magic Theatre. His work has been recognized with nominations from both the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Theatre Bay Area. Other productions include King Charles III, Once in a Lifetime, A Christmas Carol (ACT), Frost/Nixon (TheatreWorks),...

Annie Smart

Continuing Lecturer: Scenic & Costume Design

Annie Smart initially trained as a singer, dancer, and actress at London's Arts Educational Trust before focusing on the visual side of theatre while taking a degree in Drama at Manchester. After post-graduate studies in Brechtian design at Nottingham University, she worked as resident designer/collaborator for children's theatre, theatre-in-education, and community theatre companies, developing storytelling fantasies alongside educational and political pieces. She then took the Motley Theatre Design Course, a post-graduate intensive. Following this, she was appointed Resident Designer...

Latanya d. Tigner

Lecturer: Dance

Latanya d. Tigner has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater within multidisciplinary works rooted in African diasporic dance forms since 1986. She holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Dance and a Master’s in Arts Administration. She directs Dimensions Dance Theater’s youth company and lectures at University of California, Berkeley and Mills College. In her 30 plus-year dance career, Latanya has created commissioned works for Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Choreographers Festival, Robert Moses’ Kin, UC Berkeley, Mills College, and has presented work in SF Ethnic Dance...