DG headshot Duane Gardella, MFA

Professor of Dramatic Arts

C106A | duanegardella@mac.com  | 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 | krodda@sdccd.edu | 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 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, and Urinetown. She is married to the dashingly handsome Chris Schmid, and their son Teddy is equal parts brilliant and amazing.

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 240, 242, and 244 - Production
  • HUMA 102 - Humanities


Andrea.bAndrea Singer, MFA

Professor of Dramatic Arts and Graphic Design

AH305 | asinger@sdccd.edu | 619/388-3417 

Andrea Singer is a professor of Theatre and Graphic Design at City College. She earned her BA and MFA in Theatre from UCSD. She worked for the La Jolla Playhouse for a number of years, where she designed A Lesson from Aloes with South African playwright Athol Fugard. She studied illustration at the Pratt Institute in New York and worked as an illustrator and animator for educational software companies in San Diego. She has worked with the US Marine Corps as educator in the prevention of domestic violence. She was the Playwright and Director for Images Theatre, working with underserved youth. She was Artist-in-Residence at UCSD, collaborating with City College and UCSD students to cultivate a community of voices and art with underserved populations in San Diego. Andrea developed a theatre makeup program at City College where she and her students serve various organizations from Cal Fire Rescue and first responders to Vanguard Culture events to LGBTQ+ youth. Most recently, she is splitting her time between the Theatre and the Graphic Design programs at City College.

Classes taught for City College:

  • ARTG 100 - Basic Graphic Design
  • ARTG 174A - Book Arts
  • DRAM 105 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts
  • DRAM 124 - Makeup for the Stage
  • DRAM 143 - Beginning Costuming
  • DRAM 144AB - Special Effects Makeup
  • DRAM 145 - Theatrical Glamour
  • DRAM 146ABC - Special Effects Makeup


Kate Stone BWKate Neff Stone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts

C106C | kstone@sdccd.edu | 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 New Play Festivals and Macbeth.

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 WilsonTerry Wilson, MFA

Professor of Dance

C202D | twilson@sdccd.edu | 619/388-3555


Terry Wilson has been performing, choreographing and teaching for over 32 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



Nathaniel Pitcher, Theatre Technician


Adjunct Faculty

Kristin Arcidiacono - DRAM 240 - Musical Theatre

Elisa Benzoni - DRAM 143, 153 - Costuming; DRAM 124 - Makeup

Farrell Foreman - DRAM 244 - Production

Carol Whaley - DRAM 105 - Introduction to Dramatic Arts; DRAM 107 - Study of Filmed Plays