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 DG headshot Duane Gardella, MFA

Professor of Dramatic Arts

C106A |  | 619/388-3594

Mr. Gardella received his BA and MFA from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and is a past member of Local 816, Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists Union. He worked professionally in Los Angeles for nineteen years as an Assistant Art Director/ Scenic Artist/ Stage Designer on a wide range of projects such as General Hospital, Married with Children, Mr. Belvedere, The Academy Awards, The Great American Children's Theatre, various commercials, and a smattering of film. While teaching at City College he has also worked with Bravo, an arts fund raising group and the San Diego Convention Center. He has designed all of the sets for City College Theatre for over 20 years.

Classes taught for City College:

  • DRAM 123/126 - Stagecraft
  • DRAM 129A/B - Scene Painting
  • DRAM 243 - Production
  • RTVF 126 - Lighting for Film and Television
  • RTVF 128 - Art Direction for Film and Television


Rodda Katie Rodda, Ph.D

Professor of Dramatic Arts

Co-Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

C106b | | 619/388-3088

Katie began teaching at San Diego City College in 2000. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara and her BFA cum laude from the University of Arizona. 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. For City College she has directed and produced The Vagina Monologues (2010-2013), the 2016 and 2021 Festivals of New PlaysGood KidsChicago, Electricidad, The Rocky Horror Show, Anatomy of Gray, Heathers, Just Like Us, Twelfth Night, Urinetown,The Wolves, Cabaret, Salvation Road, and The Prom. She is a proud mama to Teddy, the coolest kid in the world.

Classes taught for City College:

  • DRAM 103 - Acting for the Non-Major
  • DRAM 105 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts
  • DRAM 107 - Study of Filmed Plays
  • DRAM 108/118 - Playwriting
  • DRAM/RTVF 119 - Acting for Film and Television
  • DRAM 132/133 - Acting
  • DRAM 136/137 - Theatre History
  • DRAM 205 - Musical Theatre History
  • DRAM 240, 242, and 244 - Production
  • HUMA 102 - Humanities


Kate Stone BW Kate Neff Stone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts

C106C | | 619/388-3617 

Kate Neff Stone obtained her Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama with emphases in Dramaturgy and Critical Theatre from the joint programs at UC Irvine and UC San Diego. She earned her MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has extensive experience teaching theatre in Southern California, including performance and theory classes at UC Irvine, Santiago Canyon College, Golden West College, and Coastline College. She has presented original research at numerous national and regional conferences including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, and the Mid-American Theatre Conference. She has directed numerous productions in Southern California, Chicago, and New York, including Lord of the Flies (Ding Ah Sich Theatre); Othello (Blind Cotton Theatre Company); The Bacchae; Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge; Almost, Maine; and All in the Timing (Santiago Canyon College). For City College, she has directed the 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 New Play Festivals, Macbeth, Imogen Says Nothing, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Mr Burns: a post-electric play, and Tape.

Classes taught for City College:

  • DRAM 105 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts
  • DRAM 109 - Theatre and Social Issues
  • DRAM 132/133 - Acting
  • DRAM 134 - Beginning Voice for Actors
  • DRAM 242 - Production
  • DRAM 244 - Production

 Terry Wilson Terry Wilson, MFA

Professor of Dance

C202D | | 619/388-3555

Terry Wilson has been performing, choreographing and teaching for over 33 years. She began teaching at City College in 1997 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Terry worked as a professional dancer for 18 years with Three’s Company and Dancers, Isaacs/McCaleb and Dancers, and San Diego Dance Theatre. She earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan.  Terry choreographed many of San Diego Dance Theater's innovative Trolley Dances and created "Moving Stories," a children’s program. She served on the Board of Directors for San Diego Dance Theater. In 2000 Terry won the San Diego Dance Alliance Tommy Award for best female performer, In 2015, the City College Dance Collective took first place for Site-Specific Dance in the International Fringe Festival, and in 2019, the Collective won Best Modern Performance. In addition to her role as Dance Professor at City College, Terry is a Lecturer in Dance at the University of California, San Diego and the Artistic Director of San Diego Dance Theater. She also holds a BS in Psychology from San Diego State University. 

Classes taught for City College:

  • DANC 110 - Ballet
  • DANC 127 - Movement for Wellness
  • DANC 140 - Modern Dance
  • DANC 152A - Dance Making: Modern
  • DANC 181 - History of Dance
  • DANC 183 - Music for Dance
  • DANC 253 - Choreography
  • DANC 261 - Dance Performance
  • DANC 271 - Dance Production
  • DRAM 165 - Introduction to Stage Movement


Mike McCullock




 Mike McCullock




Theatre Technician 

C106D | | 619/388-3508

James (Mike) McCullock has been working in theater for over 40 years. He has done everything, from acting and directing, to designing and running shows. He has worked locally for The Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The San Diego REPertory Theater, Moxie,  Diversionary, Cygnet, and more. He has also worked  In New York at Waverley Place Theater in Greenwich Village and One Dream Theater in SoHo. He has toured the United states, Canada, and seven countries in Europe. Mike has his CTE credential in Art, Media and Entertainment, and taught Theatrical Production and Management for Coronado School of the Arts. Most recently he was the Technical Director the Idyllwild School of the Arts summer program, 2022 and 2023. He has his license in Massage Therapy and Asian bodywork, and is working on his Masters in English.

Adjunct Faculty

Kristin Arcidiacono - DRAM 240 - Musical Theatre Production

Richard Duenez Morrison - DRAM 240 - Musical Theatre Production

Wilfred Paloma - DRAM 109 - Theatre and Social Issues

Jacqueline Ritz - MUSI 134A - Singing

Carol Whaley - DRAM 105 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts; DRAM 107 - Study of Filmed Plays; DRAM 143/153 - Costuming