Faculty & Staff
TERRY DONOVAN SMITH
Office: PA 106 • Phone: 909.537.5797
Terry Donovan Smith (Associate Professor) teaches dramatic literature, theatre history, and acting. Before coming home to Southern California, Terry taught at the University of South Carolina where he headed the MA program, was Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre, and taught script analysis as well as serving as resident dramaturg performing research for guest artists from nationally recognized companies including the Aquila Shakespeare Company, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare and Company, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Before coming to higher education, Terry made his living as an actor in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He viewed his work in TV and film as the day job that supported his work in small professional theatres. Along the way, he appeared in over 100 regional and national commercials, two dozen educational films (including several for PBS), as well as being featured or co-starring in such '80s icons as Hunter, Jake and the Fat Man, and Crazy Like a Fox. Terry has appeared in over 50 plays, many of which were new and experimental works. In San Francisco, he was a member of the acting company of The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, performing innovative works each summer. He is an active member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Actors Equity (AEA), and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Terry has directed in numerous venues. After completing his BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University, he ran a prison theatre group in Richmond, VA, producing shows with maximum security inmates including a controversial production of Edward Albee's Zoo Story. In happier circumstances, his directing credits include Rhinoceros (Theatre South Carolina), Waiting for Godot (The Hyperion Theatre), Tartuffe (CSU, Northridge), and The Taming of the Shrew (Ojai Shakespeare Festival) as well as several shows at CSU including Polaroid Stories, The Miser, and Much Ado About Nothing. Terry's professional memberships include the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and the International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT). Besides numerous conference presentations in the United States, Terry has presented papers on performance analysis in Amsterdam, Paris, and St. Petersburg, Russia. His publications include essays and book chapters in Modern Drama, The International Journal of the Humanities, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, and Method Acting Reconsidered. Terry won recognition for his teaching in South Carolina and was named the Outstanding Faculty in the College of Arts and Letters for Instruction in 2009. Terry earned his Ph.D. in Theatre History and Critical Theory from the University of Washington's School of Drama.
Office: PA 106 • Phone: (909) 537-7451
Carol Damgen received her M.F.A. in Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She is a fulltime faculty member teaching courses in: Acting, Audition and Interview Prep, Creative Drama, Intro to Theatre, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Touring Theatre and Readers Theatre. Carol began her acting career on stage at the age of nine. Theatre credits range from timeless favorites, Richard III and A Flea in her Ear to contemporary works, Other Desert Cities and One Man, Two Guvnors. She has won twelve Inland Theatre League Awards for Acting, Directing, Playwriting and Scene Design. As a freelance director she has presented many modern and classic productions, such as: Almost, Maine, God of Carnage, Hauptman, Into the Woods, Private Lives, The Hobbit, Fiddler on the Roof, The Great Gatsby, The Music Man and To Kill a Mockingbird to name a few. She has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1996, is the Co-Vice Chair for the National Playwriting Program for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and a resident artist with the repertory company-Redlands Theatre Festival where she was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for the 2015 season. Her original devised work, Without a Box won KCACTF’s “Most Compelling & Strongest Connection to the Prompt” 2014 Regional Award. As a writer, Carol had her original shows, The Twists and Turns of Edgar Allan Poe, Jackie Robinson: An American Dream and Grimm Tales produced at CSUSB. Additionally, she is a teacher leader for The California Arts Project presenting and creating workshops for K-12 teachers, and a member of the Dramatist Guild.
Office: PA 107 • Phone: (909) 537-5892
Kathryn Ervin is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University San Bernardino. She served on the faculty at Michigan State University. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and Illinois State University.
She is active in numerous professional organizations including the California Educational Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and she is a fellow of the California Arts Project. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Outstanding Educator Award and an NAACP Pioneer Award. She is a consultant and past president for the Black Theatre Network, the national organization for artists, scholars and individuals with an interest in celebrating the beauty and complexity of black life onstage. In 2010 she received the Black Theatre Network Lifetime Membership Award recognizing her service to the organization.
As a director her representative productions include THE WIZ, Novio Boy, HAMLET:the artist formerly known as PRINCE of Denmark. She guest directed Intimate Apparel at UCR and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at Illinois State. Her original production of the hip hop opera Keep Hedz Ringin by Rickerby Hinds was a finalist at the American College Theatre Festival in Utah and presented as part of the NYC Hip Hop Theatre Festival in 2002.
Office: PA 121 • Phone: (909) 537-5846
Andre Harrington holds a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, in addition to earlier costume design training from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Harrington hails from the east coast, with a freelance career based in Philadelphia, PA. He has designed costumes for many professional theatre companies, including The Alliance Theatre, TheatreWorks USA, The Court Theatre, Freedom Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and Crossroads Theatre. Andre participated in the Career Development Program for Designers sponsored by TCG/NEA and has served on the executive board of the Black Theatre Network as Parliamentarian. He also holds membership with USITT and TCG. Mr. Harrington is a member of the United Scenic Artists Union 829.
MARGARET A. PERRY
Office: PA 109 • Phone: (909) 537-5879
Margaret Perry has worked as a Director, Design Consultant and Production Manager for many regional theaters, including The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Steamboat Repertory Theatre, Theatre 40, Redlands Theatre Festival, Performance Riverside and American Theatre Arts. Her lighting, scenery, costume and stage property designs have been seen on stages throughout the country. Prof. Perry taught at San Diego State University and California State University, Long Beach prior to joining the CSUSB faculty and has served as an artist-in-residence for many colleges. She served on the Colorado Council for the Arts and Humanities and as a member of the Board of Directors for several community arts organizations, including Arts On 5th, Stage One Players, and the Southern California Region of United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Professor Perry earned her M.F.A. in Theater from San Diego State University.
Office: PA 104 • Phone: (909) 537-7367
Tom Provenzano is Professor of Theater Arts at California State University, San Bernardino, specializing in acting, voice, speech, directing and children's theatre. He has directed his own adaptations of Macbeth, Hamlet, Charles Dickens: Great Expectations and Just So Stories of as well as productions of Wilderness!, Six Degrees of Separation Electricidad, The House of Blue Leaves, Blithe Spirit, Rumors, Night Must Fall and Eastern Standard. His production of Resa Fantastiskt Mystiskt was invited to the 2001 Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival (KC/ATCF). Professor Provenzano received his MFA in Theater from UCLA in 1992. In 1984, with Teresa Love, he created Imagination Company, a children's theater touring schools and libraries throughout California. Professor Provenzano wrote and directed several of the troupe's productions, including the company's highly successful Alice in Wonderland and Big Bad Riding-Wolf and the ugly Step-Pig as well The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He is also a respected theater journalist in Southern California. He reviews theater for the LA Weekly second only to the LA Times in Southern California circulation. He also writes interviews and theater profiles for LA Stage Magazine. Other publications include Backstage West/Drama-Logue, LA Parent Magazine, Theater Week, Creative Drama and Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater's Parabis. Professor Provenzano is past-chair of the Playwriting Program of the KCACTF, Region VIII. He is a member of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) as well as the Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA) He is also actively involved in the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) and the American Alliance for Theater in Education (AATE). He is a member of RIMS-California Arts Project and presents workshops throughout Southern California for in-service teachers and their students.
Office: PA 103 • Phone: (909) 537-5881
Johanna Smith is a Professor of Theatre Education, Improvisation, and Puppetry at CSU-San Bernardino. Her research and practice focuses on integrating puppets into classrooms as well as professional Theatre for Young Audiences. She has served as a puppetry artist for Broadway-bound extravaganzas to museums to colleges to preschools, and often directs tours for CSUSB. She is also fond of International tours: Her production of The Odyssey (director, puppet design) toured to the PuppetFair puppet festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008, followed by a tour of 4 major Chinese cities for the Chonqing Children's Theatre season in 2009. She has written and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and TCG. She created and teaches one of CSUSB's most popular courses, The Cultures of American Childhood, a Humanities offering that is highly sought after by all majors. She teaches improv and is a proud graduate of the Second City sketch comedy writing program (LA). She serves as a board member of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (www.aate.com). She believes in the power of laughter and creative re-use to inspire a love of learning.
CATHERINE M. ERICKSON
(Costume Shop Manager)
Costume Shop • Phone: (909) 537-5882
Catherine Erickson is an alumna of Cottey College where she earned her Associate of Arts Degree. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Poly, Pomona, majoring in Costume Design and completed her formal education at USC, earning her M.F.A. in Design. While costuming is her first love, she has been known to show up on stage as well. She enjoys interacting with the students and teaching them the ancient art of ironing.
Office: PA 111 • Phone: (909) 537-5876
(Scenic Artist/ Propmaster)
Office: PA 216 • Phone: (909) 537-7340
Sara Flis is an alumna of CSUSB, graduating in 2002 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Technical/Design emphasis. Not only is Sara the Scenic Artist and Properties Master for the department, she also enjoys Stage Managing and has a passion for Makeup Artistry, having served as a Makeup Artist at Knott's Scary Farm for 5 years.
(Graphic Design, Public Affairs, Box Office Manager)
Office: PA 145 • Phone: (909) 537-5884
Scott Kruger is an Addy Award winning graphic designer that earned his Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Marketing from the Art Institute of California - Inland Empire. He worked for several years in the marketing department for San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland California, and as the Art Director for HyattWard Advertising in Redlands, California. In 2009 Scott won the American Advertising Federation Gold 'Addy Award' for his work as creative director for the multi-media Invasion of Infinite Creativity event in San Bernardino, and again in 2010 for his logo design for the Art Institute's School of Graphic Design.
Office: PA 142 • Phone: (909) 537-5878
Eric is an alum from CSUSB and the new technical director for the department of Theatre Arts. He spent the last several years teaching and building at Five Towns College on Long Island NY. He was also credited with many of their set and light designs. Several of his last productions have included “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Hay Spray”, “Rag Time” and “The Metamorphoses.” Before entering the educational field he worked in the production of industrial trade shows from major corporations to major environmental agencies.
(Instructor - Dance)
Office: PA 111 • Phone: (909) 537-7620
(Instructor - Dance)
(Instructor - Dance and Acting)
(Instructor - Dramatic Literature and Playwriting)
Office: PA 105 • Phone: (909) 537-5880
Steven Leigh Morris is a playwright and theater writer. He served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2010. His play, Beachwood Drive, was presented off-Broadway in November, 2008, and subsequently published by both Samuel French and Smith & Kraus (in its "Best New American Playwrights of 2009" anthology). His new farce about the press, Red Ink, has been in development at the New York Theatre Workshop. Morris has been the lead theater critic at the L.A. Weekly for 12 years. His theater features have also been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine, Back Stage, and DRAMA Magazine in London. For the past six years, Morris has served on the faculty of the NEA/Annenberg School of Journalism Institute for Criticism in Theatre and Musical Theatre. In 2011 he received a citation for excellence by the Southern California Press club for his theater reviews.
(Instructor - Dramatic Literature)
Office: PA 105 • Phone: (909) 537-7309
Lee Lyons (Professor Emeritus) taught Scenic, Lighting and Audio Design for 20 years during which time he designed over 65 productions and directed such award winning University Theatre shows as Noises Off, Emma's Child and Rough Crossing. He has worked with almost every local producing organization. Lee's designs for Performance Riverside include a Chorus Line, Man of La Mancha, The Who's Tommy and The Secret Garden (winner of the 1996 "Robby" award for Best Lighting Design.) He created scenery for Theatrical Arts International's productions of Zorro Live, The Christmas Box and lighting for the tour of On Golden Pond starring Jack Klugman. Prior to joining the Cal State faculty, he worked extensively in the professional motion picture and television field, serving as Art Director, Draftsman or Scenic Designer on many television series and national commercials including Dirty Dancing, The Dom DeLoise Show, Munsters Today and MacDonald's. He earned his MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University. Lee is currently a member of the faculty at California Baptist University and continues to live locally with his wife Lisa, son Nick and daughter Grace.
AMANDA SUE RUDISILL
Dr. Rudisill received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She was an editor of the Readers Theatre News, a national publication in which she published several articles and interviews. Dr. Rudisill created the Imagination Players, a Readers Theatre touring company which performs for elementary schools. She also developed the Children's Theatre Certificate offered by the department. She served as Executive Secretary and as Vice-President for Theatre for young Audiences for the Southern California Educational Theatre Association and as VP/Regional Director of the SCETA Auditions & Interviews, held annually in conjunction with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival's Regional Festival. She has also served as a Circuit Coordinator for KC/ACTF and as an adjudicator. In 1993, she received the Kennedy Center Medallion for Outstanding Contribution to the American College Theatre Festival.
WILLIAM L. SLOUT
Dr. Slout has had a distinguished career in publication, particularly in the field of popular amusements. His premier book of tent shows, Theatre in a Tent (1972), is still in print and continuously used in the research of that area of entertainment. He is currently editing a multi-volume series on 19th century amusements. His full length play, The Burial of Alma, was performed at CSUSB in the summer of 1985. Having grown up as a family member of a dramatic tent show, he now serves on the board of the National Society for the Preservation of Tent, Folk and Repertoire Theatre and the Museum for Repertoire Americana. He produced and performed in his own Equity summer stock theatre for several years—Ledges Playhouse, Grand Lodge, Michigan. He has also acted in many other theatres, in television and radio, and is a member of Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild. Dr. Slout received his Ph.D. from UCLA.