Carlos-Manuel Chavarría, MFA Drama Department Chair/Faculty Playwright/Director/Actor

Carlos-Manuel Chavarría

Carlos-Manuel is a native from Mexico. At the age of 16 he migrated to the United States, settling with his family in Stockton, CA. He attended San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, transferred to Santa Clara University where he received his BA in Theatre and Languages. He obtain a MA degree in Directing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, and a MFA in playwriting from Arizona State in Tempe, AZ.

His plays focus on social justice within the US/Latino experience and the Jot@ experience. His directing and acting ranges from 10-minutes to full-length dramas, comedies, musicals, ballets, and showcases. His plays and articles have been published as single units or as part of anthologies. “Vaqueeros, Calacas, and Hollywood: An anthology of Latin@/Chican@ Plays,” through Bilingual Press, is his most recent book, published in 2013.

Carlos-Manuel is a member of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the Dramatist Guild of America (DG), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS), Theatre Bay Area (TBA), and a member of La Associación Mexicana de Investigadores Teatrales (AMIT.)



Katherine McCarty, Adjunct Faculty/Acting

Katherine McCarty

As Artistic Director and Founder of Galatean Players Ensemble Theatre, Kathy has received critical acclaim for her work as director of “Falsettos” and “Making Mary,” for which she won Shellie Awards for  Best Director, and Best Musical Production.   She is also a recipient of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Arts Recognition Award (2011)

Before settling in the Bay Area in 1990, Kathy worked at the prestigious McCarter Theatre at Princeton University as well as the Chicago Company of “Forbidden Broadway” and for the company of “Marry Me A Little.” (Mick Leavitt Director).   She has also toured Europe extensively over a 2 year period as Production Stage Manager for the Broadway Musical Company’s “West Side Story.”

Kathy has appeared in numerous theatrical works, as well as both film and commercial work.  In the 80’s, she worked at a Chicago talent agency and for casting director Cherie Mann.

As a playwright, and proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America, Kathy has seen the following works produced at theatres throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Chicago.  Most recently her work “The Ladies Quintet” was performed Off-Broadway, at Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre.   Amon her full length works are:  “RIVETS,”  “Defining Form,” “The Fitting Room,” “Henry Ever After,” “The Last Hoorah,” “Bessie!” “When We Danced,” and “Not A Christmas Carol.”

Kathy is the author of a book of plays, “Defining Form & Other Plays,” available on and at local bookstores.  Visit



Angelina LaBarre, MFA Adjunct Faculty/Director

Angelina LaBarre

Angelina LaBarre is an adjunct professor in the Drama Department at Contra Costa College. She is a professional actor and director, as well as a scholar whose research focuses on both early modern theater, and modern verse plays including Hip Hop Theater. Angelina is the Artistic Director of Roving Shakespeare, a multi-city based company that utilizes early modern English rehearsal practices to bring practical, economical, and audience engaging performances to diverse audiences throughout the country. She is also a board member of Solano Repertory Theater Company, a nonprofit theater company in Solano County. She emphasizes her work in theater with the combination of theory and practice to better inform performance: bringing together dramaturgical work, textual analysis, and physical and vocal tools such as Viewpoints and Linklater to fully engage a piece. She has studied with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, and the American Shakespeare Center. Angelina received her MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College, and her BA in Theatre Arts from Sacramento State University.



Kelly Ground, MFA Adjunct Faculty/Costume Designer/Director

Kelly Ground

Kelly originated the role of Fantine in the National Tour of Les Miserables at the Curran theatre in San Francisco, Iowa Housewife in “Menopause, The Musical” and on tour with “An Inspector Calls”.

Regional: Theatreworks, San Diego-San Francisco and San Jose Repertory Theatres, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Cornell Resident Theatre Co., Theatre First, 42nd Street Moon.

Concert : “The Purpose of Love”, The Music of Tim DiPasqua, Cunard Lines, San Francisco Symphony, Wine Women & Song, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. & “Simply Sondheim”, A 75th Birthday Salute, which has been released on CD (Kritzerland) and YouTube.

Directing: Into The Woods, Little Women, Vagina Monologues (CCC 2004-5), A Christmas Carol. She also is a freelance costume designer at CCC, Dragon Theatre, SDSU, Dicken’s Christmas Fair and more.

Member of Vasta: Voice & Speech Trainers Association , SAG-AFTRA, AGVA

and a very proud Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)- National Council, Western Regional Board and U/RTA Contract committees.


Linda Jackson-Whitemore , Adjunct Faculty

Linda Jackson-Whitemore

Linda has successfully worked in most creative aspects of the entertainment industry as a producer, director, choreographer, dancer, actor and costumer. Linda (as she is referred to by her students) taught drama for 36 years in the Fremont Unified School District (1975-2011) and Artistic Director of the Irvington Conservatory Theatre in 1990 until retirement in 2011, directing two major productions each year, over 70 shows during her professional career. She received her Bachelor of Arts l from San Francisco State University in 1973, Master of Arts & Community College Credential from the University of San Francisco in 1980. Other teaching experiences include part-time Drama Instructor at San Francisco State University, San Francisco Community College and a high school outreach instructor for Ohlone Community College. In 2013 Linda joined the Drama Department at Contra Costa College teaching: Drama 220 /Basic background in theatrical principles and acting techniques; Drama 230/Intensive for performing artist developing a stage play from process to performance. Linda directed the 2013 Drama 230 Spring show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Terrence Ivory, MFA Adjunct Faculty/Intro to Theatre

Terrence Ivory

Terrence is a director and acting coach. Terrence has taught in the Drama Department and the Ethnic Studies Department for over seven years at Contra Costa College. His teaching philosophy is rooted in a holistic and pedagogical approach to affirm college identity, self-efficacy, and cultural relevancy in a stimulating environment. To the extent critical thinking students not only liberate their minds; but also, become agents of social transformation-making responsible choices and contributing to a more egalitarian society. Terrence has lectured on African American Theatre, Theatre Appreciation, Theory of Acting, Multicultural Theatre in America, Alexander Technique, and directed numerous plays: Dreamgirls, The Wiz, Fences; to name a few.

JR Morocco Technical Director/Adjunct Faculty

JR Morocco


J.R. has been the Technical Director/Production Designer for Knox Center for Performing Arts since the day it opened in August of 1980.

He attended Cal State Northridge and Foothill College as a Drama Technical major, which led to his entry into the California Community college system at American River College in 1974. Since then, he has created lighting for dance and theatre companies including Dimensions Dance here in the Bay area, and the premier performance of the Koslov Ballet.

At CCC, he has produced all the sets, lights, and special effects for nearly every show in the last thirty years: from “Peter Pan” to “The Wiz” ….from “A Streetcar Named Desire” to “Hamlet”; just to name a few.

He is also a regular professional stage Special Effects designer at the San Jose CPA, where he has designed effects for such notable blockbusters as “Phantom of the Opera”, “The Wiz,” and the “Wizard of OZ”.

J.R. is also a film/TV Special Effects designer. Although semi-retired from the business now; he worked for many years on Film, TV.

He (and his work) have been in movies such as: Dracula, and Zodiac Killer. And in TV on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL (Mythbusters and Timewarp), PBS (Fireworks special), and National Geographic shows as well as CNN / local news and the Chinese New Years Parade in San Francisco.

Scott Price, MFA Adjunct Faculty/Technical Theatre

Scott Price


Scott is an instructor in the Technical Theater Arts, he earned his BFA in Technical Production and Design from the University of Connecticut and his MFA in Technical Production from San Diego State University. He is a Production Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where he is part of a production team that manages over 150 events a year. He consults on entertainment health and safety and has presented at the LDI Conference in Las Vegas. Scott is an ETCP Certified Rigger for Theater and conducts entertainment rigging inspections around the Bay Area. His career highlights include: Operations Manager for the CES Show in 2011, Technical Director for California State University Long Beach, Automation Engineer for the La Jolla Playhouse, and Design Draftsman for Opera Australia. He has been published in USITT Tech Expo 2007: Electromagnetic Door Catch.

Tara Blau, MFA Adjunct Faculty/Director

Tara Blau


Tara received her B.A. in Theater and English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her M.F.A in Acting, from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver, CO. She has worked professionally both Off-Broadway and Regionally. Favorite roles include: Amanda in Private Lives, Meurtuil in Les Liasons Dangerouses, Masha in Three Sisters, Anna Petrova in Wild Honey, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. Tara is the proud recipient of 3 Dean Goodman Awards and has been nominated for two BATCC awards for lead actress in a drama. She was the co-founder of Porchlight Theater Company and served as their Artistic Director for 3 seasons.

John Wilk , MFA Adjunct Faculty/Intro to Theatre

John Wilk

John studied with Gordon Rogoff and assisted James Waring. There he was introduced to Kristin Linklater, Eric Bentley, Julian Beck, Judith Malina and Jean- Claude van Itallie.

He has worked Bill Ball and James McKenzie at the American Conservatory Theatre, learning much about the professional Regional Theatre movement in America, as well as Lawrence Hecht, Anna Deavere Smith, Jack Fletcher, Joseph Chaikin and Sydney Walker.

He was Artistic Director of his own Equity company the San Francisco Theatre Project where he produced some of Amy Freed’s early work, premiered Sam Shepard’s “States of Shock” on the West Coast, as well as Joe Pintauro’s “The Dead Boy.”

As professor at City College of San Francisco some highlights include Regional finalist with the American College Theatre Festival in 1990 with the “The Normal Heart;” three multimedia productions, “The Laramie Project,” “The Exonerated,” and his original piece “Aftermath of War: in their own words.” His “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was recorded and then broadcast on the California Community College Satellite Television network for an entire year; a ninety minute adaptation of “King Lear,” and Shaw’s “Major Barbara” among 28 other productions.

Over the past four years John has been writing musical comedies for the Dymphna Amateur Acting Company at Saint Aidan’s Chruch in San Francisco. The titles include “Lost and Fo_nd,” “Altar Oregano’” Murder at the Snickerage” and “Belgium, it must be Tuesday.”

John also obtained a M.F.A in Scenic Design from at San Francisco State University in 2008.