Christine Mani: Full Time Acting/Directing
Phone: (707) 864-7000 x 5379
Christine Mani has been directing, choreographing, producing and performing in the Bay Area for more than three decades. She has worked with a myriad of theater groups both professional and academic. Christine got her Masters in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, adjacent to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her 17 years as director of the Departments of Theater and Dance at Benicia High School have earned her over thirty Arty awards most recently as director for Xanadu. As a seasoned performer she also recently won Best Actress for her role as Morticia in The Addams Family with Bay Area Stage. Christine has been an adjunct professor at Solano for many years and is looking forward to working, as full time faculty, with the terrific staff and phenomenal students and to helping the performing arts program grow.
Darcia Tipton: Theatre Technician, Set Design & Property Design
Phone: 864-7000 x4521
Darcia has been involved in the theater world for over 30 years. She has built props, costumes and scenery for more than 120 productions at Solano beginning with Carousel in 1995. Her award winning designs include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, My Children, My Africa, As Bees in Honey Drown, Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical, Assassins, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Avenue Q , Moon Over Buffalo, and most recently Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Darcia sincerely appreciates the supportive team of faculty, the stagecraft students whose skills bring her designs to life and The School of Liberal Arts at Solano Community College for continuing to allow her to do the work she loves.
Carla Spindt: Acting/Directing
Carla, a professional actress, director and instructor, has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland; the Alley Theatre in Houston; American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre and Eureka Theatre in San Francisco; TheatreWorks in Palo Alto; Aurora Theatre in Berkeley; Marin Theatre Company and numerous other professional theatre companies. She directs Shakespeare, farce and contemporary works throughout Yolo, Solano, Napa and Sonoma counties. Carla founded Free Shakespeare at the Suisun Harbor teaching students from Solano Community College to present and learn by performing Shakespeare’s plays. At Solano, Carla taught Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Shakespeare, Acting Styles, Farce, Voice for the Actor, Auditioning, Dialects, International Phonetic Alphabet, Advanced Scene Study, Introduction to Theatre and Theatre History 1 & 2. She received her MFA in Directing from UC Davis and BA in Drama from San Francisco State University. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA.
Craig Scharfen: Production Stage Technician
Phone : (707) 864-7000 x4705
Craig Scharfen has been involved in the local theater scene as a stage technician, lighting designer and Technical Director for the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. He has recently brought his 14 years of experience to Solano College theatre where he is currently the Production Technician and Facilities Rental agent. His design credits include Man of La Mancha, Chess in Concert, Les Miserables, Peter Pan, Tommy, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and lend Me A Tenor.
Michael Dempsey: Acting
JanLee Marshall: History/ Stage Make-up, Diversity in theatre
JanLee received her Bachelor’s Degree in theater from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MFA in Dramatic Art from U.C. Davis. JanLee’s broad experience in theatre encompasses the roles of actor, director, teacher and administrator, fulfilling these in a spectrum of companies and academic institutions nationwide. Most recently, JanLee wrote, directed and performed in her one-woman show, Indecency (& Other Bawdy Bits), exploring the life of Mary Frith, a.k.a. Moll Cutpurse. JanLee currently serves as the artistic director for B8 Theatre Company in Concord, CA. and is an adjunct professor at Solano Community College.
Over the last 25 years JanLee has directed over 30 productions. Her diverse background reveals a deep appreciation for working in multiple genres and a passion for collaborative and devised performance.
JanLee is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Baily Clown College, and though rarely seen “in face” these days she brings her love of clowning and comedy to life throughout her theatrical endeavors. Jan Lee is most excited by collaborating with theatre artists who believe that theatre can change the world, also known as socially conscious theatre. Let us support one another and make theatre that draws us to listen with heightened attention and respond in mind, body and spirit as theatre makers and audience.