bree valle - Artistic Director of Drama Programbree valle
Artistic Director of Drama Program, Actor, Director, and Teacher
bree valle studied at University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, and Lakehead University. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance (Solo Performance, Acting, and Directing) from Arizona State University where she studied directing from five-time Tony nominated Marshall W. Mason. She studied acting with Scott Swan, the founding Artistic Director of Suomac Studios in Vancouver and voice with Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Institute in France and David Smuckler at York University.

She was the founding Artistic Director of Oceanquest Studios in Phoenix and the Artistic Director of the Canadian comedy improvisation troupe Who Cares. She is the co-artistic director and co-founder of Blu Canyon Studios. bree valle has acted and directed locally, nationally, and abroad.

Richard Jackson, Stagecraft and Technical TheatreRichard Jackson
Stagecraft and Technical Theatre

Richard Jackson received his BFA in Theater Arts from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and his MA from California Polytechnic State University. Before he began teaching at Cuesta College, he worked as a set and lighting designer for The Huntsville Enrichment of the Arts Program in Huntsville, Texas; The Salt City Center for the Performing Arts in Syracuse, N.Y.; and The Tahlequah Outdoor Drama in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He had also freelanced as a designer and technical director for various theater companies in Las Vegas including Clark County Community College, New West Stage Company, Las Vegas Little Theater, Betty Sullivan Cleary Productions, Jim Carey Productions, and the City of Las Vegas Arts Programs. When Richard is not teaching and working at Cuesta College, he freelances as an art director and editor in the video and film production field.

Daniella Blanchard, Theatre AppreciationDaniella Blanchard
Theatre Appreciation

Daniella Blanchard — professional actress of stage, film, TV, and radio. BFA — Theatre/Musical Theatre Boston Conservatory of Music, MA — University of Arizona. Acted in over 100 plays and musicals. Taught acting, voice, stage movement, dance, theatre appreciation, film at the University of Arizona, Cuesta College, SLO Little Theatre, Arts and Cultural Camps, and private studios around the country. Drama/Dance Director of New Life Community Church Worship Arts Department. Highlights of her life include missionary work to Africa and Mexico. She loves teaching at Cuesta College because the students enrich her life and make teaching such an engaging experience.

Philip Valle, Principles of ActingPhilip Valle
Introduction to Theatre, Directing for the Camera, Acting for the Camera, Fundamentals of Acting
Philip Valle is a playwright, director, and performer. He holds a B.A. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison and, additionally, an M.F.A. degree in Theatre from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Contemporary Performance Theory, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Education. He also attended U.C. Berkeley where his first play, "The Stall," was selected to represent the university at the California Experimental Theatre Festival.

Mr. Valle’s original works have since been produced both nationally and internationally. In 2002, he received the Arizona State University’s Dean’s Award for Research and Creativity for his multimedia production of Lincoln’s Sassy Nation.

David Sprague, Principles of Acting, North CountyDavid Sprague
Principals of Acting

David Sprague has been involved with theatre for over 25 years. In 1996, David moved to the Central Coast where he began teaching at San Luis Obispo High School and Cuesta College. In 2000, he again set his sights on advancing his theatrical education and returned to graduate school, this time earning a Master's Degree in Theatre from Prescott College, Arizona in the spring of 2002. He continues to enjoy challenging young minds both at the high school and collegiate levels.

Ron Eminhizer
Technical Director, Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center