Theatre Department Faculty and Staff
Matthew Kellen Burgos
Phone: 909 274 4337
Office: 2T-126 (by appointment)
An award-winning director, playwright and actor, Matthew has been working in collegiate/professional theater for over twenty years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a master's degree from the prestigious Florida State University School of Theatre in Directing.
Currently, Matthew is the Artistic Director of VanguardRep and has dedicated his professional career to the creation and cultivation of new works.
His most recent credits include: Persephone's Watch (original TFYA play for the Skirball Cultural Center), After the Autumn (VanguardRep original), 12th Night (original adaptation), Juliet &her Romeo (original adaptation), Saint Joan (MET Theater, Los Angeles), Boeing Boeing, Big Love, The Diviners, The Illusion, Still Life with Iris, How I Learned to Drive, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Marat/Sade, Metamorphoses, Oedipus Rex, among others.
Matthew Kellen Burgos
Richard Strand (chair)
Phone: 909 274 4422
Office: 2T-127 (by appointment)
Richard has been in charge of Mt. SAC’s technical theater areas since 1998 and he has designed the scenery since 2001. Previously, he has worked as the production manager at Columbia College School of Dance in Chicago and at Centre East in Skokie, Illinois. His articles on technical theater have been published in Dramatics Magazine. His M.F.A. is from the Playwright’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. As a playwright, his scripts have premiered at Actors Theater of Louisville, GeVa Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf, Mixed Blood, the Eugene O’Neill Center and many other venues. He is published by Samuel French, Heinemann Books and Dramatists Play Services, Inc.
His plays The Bug and The Death of Zukasky were premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, and both plays continue to be produced nationally. The Bug has been translated many times for productions in France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy.
Phone: 909 274 4338
Office: 2T-125 (by appointment)
Christine has been a theater artist for over twenty years, performing, directing and teaching at the collegiate and professional levels throughout the Chicagoland area and Southern California. Christine has also taught in the Conservatory program at The Laguna Playhouse since moving from Chicago where she served as the Education Director for the Actor Training Academy @ Citadel Theater. She has a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Cal State Fullerton and a master’s degree from Illinois State University in Acting.
Christine has also worked in radio Voice Over with Great Plaines Media in Bloomington, IL and was the Production Coordinator for the independent feature film Using with Phenom Features. Most recent performance credits include Avery Bly in Sin with The Garage Theater of Long Beach, Jacqueline in STAGEStheatre’s production of Don’t Dress For Dinner, Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It with Alchemy Theater and the world premieres of Fraternal Instinct and Cold Cold Feet with Diamante Productions in Chicago.
As a stage director, Christine has directed multiple productions including Blithe Spirit and No Exit here at Mt. SAC, Tartuffe at Aurora University, Crimes of the Heart at Illinois Central College, the musicals Hello Dolly! and Once Upon a Mattress and Pride’s Crossing at Elmhurst College where she received Best Director honors.
Alan Brooks (adjunct)
Office: 2T-124 (by appointment)
Teaching at Mt. SAC since 2003, Alan has also taught at Glendale Community College, Life Pacific College, CalArts, American Musical & Dramatic Academy, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has a B.A. degree in Theater from Occidental College and an M.F.A. degree in Acting from Florida State University. As a director, Alan directed The Odd Couple for The Sierra Madre Playhouse last season. With L.A.’s INTERACT THEATER CO., Alan directed AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG (winning Dramalogue awards for Directing, Sound Design, and Production), and the West Coast Premiere of Richard Strand’s The Second Story Man. At Mt. SAC, Alan has directed The Foreigner, As You Like It, Rumors, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and others.
As an actor, Alan has worked in regional theaters all over the country – including Florida’s Asolo State Theater, The Milwaukee Rep., The Old Globe, A Noise Within Theatre Co., PCPA TheaterFest, The Walnut Street Theater, and South Coast Rep. He has also been seen on many commercials (most recently being assaulted by Peter Pan for GEICO), as well as on General Hospital, Scandal, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Veep, Fresh Off The Boat, Star Trek: Voyager, and How To Get Away With Murder.