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.
Dyan McBride: Acting/Directing/ Diversity
Phone: 864-7000 x4312
Dyan works regularly throughout the Bay Area and California as an actress, director, singer and educator. She has worked with such notable companies as 42nd St. Moon (20 years as a company member), Woodminster, Center Repertory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Lucky Penny, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Broadway by the Bay, California Theatre Center, Utah Musical Theatre and Performance Riverside. Multimedia work includes Polycom, Remedy, Yahoo, Nintendo, Progressive Auto Insurance, Comcast, Lien on Me (web series) and the rock documentary, Springsteen and I. She is an adjunct faculty member in theatre at Solano College, where she has taught many acting classes for stage and film, and also directed the plays and musicals. She is currently the Education Director for 42nd St. Moon. Awards and nominations include the Theatre Bay Area, BATCC, Dean Goodman, Arty, Shellie, Elly, Broadway World, Backstage West, Irene Ryan/Kennedy Center. BA -Cal. State Fullerton (Musical Theatre). MFA -UC Davis (Acting). Member-SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Represented by Boom Models and Talent.
Darsen Long: Technical Director, Full-Time Technical Instructor
Phone: 864-7000 x4523
Darsen Long has been involved in the performing arts since 1976. He is a graduate of Diablo Valley College with an Associate of Arts degree in Drama and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Technical Option at California State University, Hayward. He also has a California State Community College Instructor Credential in Technical Theatre and Related Technologies from Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Currently, Darsen is the full-time Technical Theater instructor. His teaching philosophy is to get the technical theatre students involved by actively engaging and directly involving them in Solano College Theatre productions and finding opportunities within the community for students to gain practical experience. His goal is to offer support and guidance for career and educational advancement. Darsen has been a professional Technical Director/Coordinator/Instructor for more than 25 years. While working as a Director of Operations for the Mondavi Theatre in Davis he was responsible for many international productions. Darsen has been technical director for many diverse productions including, Chris LeDoux, Toni Tennille, Jose Feliciano, Don McLean, The Kingston Trio, Pablo Cruise, John Cafferty, Tom Chapin, the Coasters, Dave Mason, Chuck Negron, John Amos, John Astin, Crystal Gayle, the opening and closing General Sessions for the annual California Parks and Recreation Convention in Sacramento, and the Annual Arty Awards. Darsen also has worked on many high-profile shows and events in the greater SF Bay Area, including The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind & Fire, Jimmy Cliff, The Cars, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Celebrations and the San Francisco Papal Visit. He has designed lights for the world premiere of Western Star, Scrooge, way too many Nutcrackers and Pump Boys and Dinettes.His Solano design credits include Death of a Salesman, Harvey, Play It Again, Sam, The Grapes of Wrath, The Heiress, The Glass Menagerie, The King And I, The Foreigner, West Side Story, The Will Rogers Follies, My Fair Lady, The Three Musketeers, A Golden Fleecing and Of Mice and Men. Darsen is proud and grateful to have the opportunity to train tomorrow’s technical theatre professionals as a contributing faculty member at Solano Community College.
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.
Rebecca Valentino: Costume Design & Make-up/Hair Design
Phone: 864-7000 x5170
Rebecca Valentino, holds a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in technical theatre from The University of California, Santa Cruz (1991) and a MFA in costume design from the University of Michigan (1995). As a professional costume designer Rebecca has worked in many local and regional theatres including: The B St. Theatre (Sacramento), The Aurora Theatre (Berkeley), 42nd St. Moon (San Francisco) Livermore Valley Opera (Livermore), West Virginia Public Theatre (West VA), The Purple Rose Theatre ( Chelsea, MI), The Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Jackson, MI) and the Performance Network of Ann Arbor. Rebecca has an Elly and a Arty Award for her Costume Design for Much Ado About Nothing (Solano College Theatre, 2010) and an Arty Award for Intimate Apparel (Solano College Theatre, 2008) In addition to her design work, Rebecca worked as a Costume Crafts Artisan at The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The University of Michigan. She was the costume shop manager for The Solano College Theatre Association from 2005 to 2014.
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.