Our faculty is an important part of the success of our students.
June E. Richards, Professor
Co-Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department
Director of Theatre/Drama Program
June received her MA in directing. She is an accomplished stage actress, director and author. Ms. Richards appeared in multiple productions in a variety of theatre companies including; The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, the Actor's Workshop in San Francisco and Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre in New York City. Prior to her appointment in San Diego City College, June was Chair of the Performing Arts at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA; Chair of theatre arts at Contra Costa College where she served as Interim Dean, and Dean of Community Services. In addition to performing, she is an accomplished composer working with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ACT (SF) and Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. Ms. Richards researched and wrote a musical based on the life of Sarah Bernhardt.
Alicia RinconCo-Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department
Director of the Dance Program
Alicia Rincon received her BA and MFA in Dance and Choreography from USIU's School of Performing and Visual Arts. She was one of the original members of Jazz Unlimited. Alicia has choreographed over 30 major works during the past fifteen years while working with the company. Alicia is the Artistic Director at City College and makes time to serve as Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. She has also served on the dance faculty at UCSD for the past 25 years.
Robert NorbergTechnical Director
A graduate of UCSD, Rob has been working as a Technical Director and Lighting Designer for San Diego City College for the past 25 years. He has designed hundreds of productions during his tenure with the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Outside of his campus duties, Rob has worked in many other venues as a designer, tech director and stage manager.
Duane GardellaScenic Designer
Duane received his MFA in theatre design from UCLA. In addition, Professor Gardella brings an extensive background in professional television, Theatre and film design to his faculty and design duties at City College. Among his many awards are the Marcom Masque award, Florence Theil Herscher award and a Dramalogue award. His art direction work has been seen on "General Hospital," all three major TV networks and in music videos. Duane's set designs have been featured at the Long Beach Playhouse, Westchester Playhouse and Hillside Repertory.
Carol WhaleyCostume Designer
CAROL WHALEY has designed hundreds of costumes that have been featured in City College’s productions of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Guys and Dolls,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Anything Goes!” In addition to her design duties, Carol also creates the make-up designs for each production.
Katie RoddaAssistant Professor, Dramatic Arts
Katie earned her MA and Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara, and she received her BFA cum laude in Theatre Arts Education from the University of Arizona. She has taught a variety of classes and subjects in colleges and universities all around San Diego, and she has been at City College since 2000. Directing credits include plays at Cygnet Theatre, Scripps Ranch Theatre, San Diego Junior Theatre, the Fritz Theatre, MOXIE Theatre, CSU San Marcos, Southwestern College, and MiraCosta College. She was a staff member at the Old Globe Theatre from 1991 – 1995, and she has served on the Board of Directors for the Fritz Theatre and Actors Alliance of San Diego.