Theater Arts Faculty and Staff

Titian Lish
Department Coordinator
Acting, Theater History, Musical Theater, Production Director, Voice/Speech for the Actor

Titian Lish received her Bachelors in Acting, and Masters in Drama, from San Francisco State University; additional training includes AADA in New York and BADA in Oxford, England and teaching internships with London’s Globe Theater, through UC Davis, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. She was awarded the Outstanding Performing Arts Educator, City of Tracy, 2010 and Teacher of the Year, TUSD, 2010 and has worked throughout the Bay Area as an actor.

Ken Ross
Children's Theater, Drama Workshop, Improv

Ken Ross has been a Las Positas faculty member since 1989, teaching classes and directing plays and musicals. He has also worked as a professional actor and stage performer, primarily in musicals. His degrees are an MFA from US International University, MA from San Francisco State University and BA from Elmhurst College.

Wendy Wisely
Acting, Improv, Production Director, Theater History

Wendy Wisely recieved her MFA at San Jose State University and has been a Chabot-Las Positas Faculty member since 1989. Additionally, she is an instructor at the California Shakespeare Theater and Santa Rosa Junior College, and has worked locally as both a professional actor and director.

Jill MacLean
Musical Theater , Production Director, Drama Workshop

Jill MacLean earned her MFA in Musical Theater from San Diego State University, where she also taught Acting for Non-Majors. In New York, she was a professor at Marymount Manhattan College. She has directed for New York University's Undergraduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and was the Directors Lab Assistant at Lincoln Center Theater for five years. As an actor, Jill has performed in the Bay Area, New York and regionally and is a member of Actors' Equity Association. Since returning to the Bay Area, Jill has joined the faculty for Las Positas College, the Young Conservatory at American Conservatory Theatre, has been a teaching artist with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, StageWrite and Word for Word/Youth Arts, and was the Managing Producer of Playwrights Foundation from 2009-2012.

Janet Brehe Johnson
Children's Theater

Janet Brehe Johnson has been teaching full-time at Las Positas College since 1986. She teaches both Speech and Theater classes, and often coaches the Speech Team. She has loved teaching Children's Theater at Las Positas, and will always cherish her Looking Glass Land and Invisible Treasure experiences. Janet received her B.A. from San Diego State University, M.A. from San Francisco State University, and has studied Theater in London and with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Recently her readers theater production of The Splendid Stones won a Semi-finalist Award and Best Achievement in Script from the American Readers Theater Association’s (ARTa) national championships.


Mike Rinaldi
Technical Theater Instructional Assistant

Mr. Rinaldi has been a stage technician at Las Positas for more than 11 yeas. He is a member of the Stagehands Union in Oakland and San Francisco, and has worked on opera, ballet, theater, and concerts. Mr. Rinaldi also own and operates his own lighting company, Northern Lights, providing lighting for performing arts, concerts, and special events throughout the Bay Area.

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