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Faculty

Meet our Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • James Bailey 

    Director of Theatre Arts & Visual Performing Arts Instructor; Department Chair
    707.255.0950 ext. 659
    Bio
  • Lisa Clark Schmeling 

    Instructor of Dance
    707.255.0950 ext. 572
  • Lauren Hesser 

    Associate Dean of Students
    707.255.0950 ext. 529
    Bio
  • Monica Jacobson 

    Instructor of Art
    707.255.0950 ext. 559
    Bio
  • Graham Terry 

    Instructor of Music
    707.255.0950 ext. 631
    Bio

Resident Artists

List of 3 items.

  • Sylvia Gregory

    Sylvia Gregory has worked as a costume designer, scenic designer and producer
    for 35 years in both theatre and film. She is a multiple award winner, having
    worked at Royal Court Theatre and the Hammersmith Theatre in London, MGM
    Studios, United Artists, Pinewood Studios and more. She is proud to have worked with many local theatre companies, including Justin-Siena, for which she de-
    signed The Twilight Zone, The Birds,Once on This Island and Sister Act, among others.
  • Tom Durante

    Tom Durante is a proud graduate of Justin-Siena in 1993. He went on to receive his BFA from Chapman University and his Masters from California State –Fullerton, in theatre design and production management. Tom has worked for companies up and down the state, designing for private clients and celebrities. For the last 15 years, his focus has been on creating The Lux Productions, an event production company located here in the North Bay. During those years, Tom has designed most of the events and theatre shows for Justin-Siena, including recent productions of Once OnThis Island, The Birds, Anything Goes, Footloose, The Twilight Zone Live On Stage, and more.
  • Vivian B. McLaughlin

    While working towards her BFA with honors from New York University, Vivian B. McLaughlin was chosen as a soloist for the annual Broadway on Broadway concert in New York’s Times Square. Soon after, she made her Broadway debut in TheWizard of Oz. After receiving her degree in drama with an emphasis in musical theatre, Vivian starred in Disney Channel’s Out of the Box and has since made appearances on Sesame Street English, Stanley’s Great Big Animal Adventure, and Bite Size. Her career has taken her to stages around the world, including Russia and Argentina. She has recorded several children’s audio books for Scholastic, Random House, and Bantam Doubleday and can also be heard on Volume I and II of the Playhouse Disney CD Series. Vivian has filmed industrials and commercials for such companies as Western Union, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, MSN, and Visa. She is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Vivian feels extremely lucky to have landed the role of “wife” to Bret McLaughlin and is equally blessed to have added the role of “Julien’s Mommy” to her resume.
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Guest Artists

Here are some of the many talented Guest Artists who have recently graced our campus to work with our student artists:

  • Staci Arriaga:  Award-winning choreographer.
  • Nicholas Belton: Actor currently appearing in Tony-winning Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comedy of 1812 on Broadway.
  • Jennifer Casey: Television producer of Discovery and National Geographic.
  • Chickspeare: All-female Shakespearean improv group from CSz Los Angeles.
  • A Gaul Culley: Visual artist specializing in murals and community-based projects.
  • Fr. George Drance, S.J.:  International theatre artist and professor at Fordham University.
  • Joshua Ferrell: Los Angeles based actor.
  • April George: Lighting designer.
  • Vivien Heilbron: Emmy-nominated actress and Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Jennifer King:  Artistic Director of Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Shakespeare Napa Valley.
  • Mark Kirkland:  Director of The Simpsons.
  • Anthony Lucero: Hollywood blockbuster visual Effects editor and filmmaker.
  • Derek Mears:  Horror and fantasy actor famous for portraying Jason in Friday the 13th.
  • Peter Novak:  USF theatre professor, director and actor.
  • Richard Pallaziol: Stage fight choreographer and weapons master.
  • Michele Palermo: Actress, producer, writer. Professor of television writing at Columbia University.
  • Cinco Paul: Writer of Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets and many other animated films.
  • Lauren Pritchard:  Actress and comedian, cast member of Mad-TV.
  • Mark Rappaport: Oscar-winning special effects and creature wizard.
  • Dylan Smith: Dancer and award-winning choreographer.
  • Cheri Steinkellner: Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of Cheers, and writer of Sister Act, The Musical.
  • The von Trapps: Internationally-known singing family, made famous by The Sound of Music.
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Justin-Siena High School

Justin-Siena is a Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition offering a college preparatory program that serves young men and women in grades 9–12.