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, Canada. She studied voice with Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Institute in France and David Smuckler at York University.   bree is a professional director who continues to work with universities, professional theatres and other venues in the United States and abroad to create new work that challenges the individual artists to connect with questions about their own history and utilize those questions to create imaginative, playful and transformative theatre.  In 2016, under her direction, the production of Refried Elvis won 6 national awards from the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival. Currently bree is the Artistic Director of the Cuesta College Theatre Program and a freelance director.

To contact bree, please email her at bvalle@cuesta.edu 


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.

To contact Richard, please email him at rjackson@cuesta.edu or call 805-546-3914.



Michelle Wright, Performing Arts Division Assistant