Performing Arts Faculty

Performing Arts Instructors

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Cherie Brown

Theater Arts

Received her Bachelor of Arts from Cal State Fullerton and Master of Fine Arts in Acting from UC Irvine. Along with her involvement with Citrus College, Cherie’s resume also includes teaching and directing at various academic and professional institutions in and around the Southern California area. As director, a short list for both would be QUILTERS, LADYHOUSE BLUES, WHEN YOU COMIN ’BACK RED RYDER, TARTUFFE, THE RIMERS OF ELDRICH, HOT L BALTIMORE, THE RAINMAKER and AS YOU LIKE IT for Dallas/Ft. Worth’s Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-founded and was co-Artistic Director for the LA Troupe, Theatre-In Education and toured the classics to schools along the California coast.

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Dan Volonte

Emerging Theater Technologies

A Lighting designer, Scenic designer and Art Director by trade; he has designed over 750 theatre, television and concert productions. As Vice President of design at Gothic Moon Productions he oversaw the design of scenic elements for Tiger Jam for the Tiger Woods foundation, scenic elements for the Walt Disney Corporation and the Kodak Theatre. As a technician for the entertainment industry, he has work with Patrick Stewart (Star Trek Next Generation), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek Next Generation), Brent Spiner (Star Trek Next Generation), Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Tim Burton, James Cameron, U2, Cold Play, No Doubt, INXS, KISS and Aerosmith .

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Doug Austin

Vocal Music/Musical Theater

Douglas Austin, director of the internationally acclaimed Citrus College Singers has devoted over twenty-five years to the students in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Citrus College. After receiving his degree in Music from California State University, Los Angeles, Mr. Austin embarked upon a professional career as a composer, conductor, stage and musical director, arranger, vocalist and performer. He teaches classes in vocal and choral techniques, musical theatre and performance skills.

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Gino Muñoz

Instrumental Music

Gino has been a professional musician for over a two decades, performing with such greats as Michael Bublé and Gwen Stefani, he brings his passion for great live music as the driving force behind the Instrumental Music program at Citrus College.

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Gordon McMillan

Recording

Mr. McMillan started working in the audio industry in 1985 as a live sound engineer in the UK. He worked on many productions and in 1987 after moving to Toulouse, France, he worked for two production companies whilst touring with many top-flight artists, including Simple Minds, David Lee Roth, Metallica, Anthrax, Pantera, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, David Bowie, Don Henley, John Mellencamp and George Michael. He's worked as an assistant engineer at Joe’s Garage recording studios in South West London, and headed up a new recording school (SAE Institute) in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the director of education at SAE-Miami and worked on a few Grammy nominated recordings. He has also worked for the Los Angeles Recording/Film School before Citrus College.

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Joe Holbrook

Emerging Technical Theater

Joe Holbrook is a Set Designer and Technical Director based in Southern California. As a design consultant, he has served as an Art Director, Draftsman, and Associate Designer for several organizations including Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks Live Entertainment, and The LA Philharmonic. A Kennedy Center National Award Winner in Set Design, he received his Master in Fine Arts in Theatrical Design & Production from Cal State Fullerton, where he also served on the production staff for over 200 productions. Joe has been teaching design and production courses at a number of colleges and universities in Southern California since 2010 and also teaches technical theater workshops at Disneyland as part of the Disney Performing Arts program.

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Ken Edwards

Instrumental Music

Before relocating to the Los Angeles area, Ken Edwards (trumpet/flugelhorn) was an active freelance musician and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and taught for eleven years at The University of Texas at Arlington. Ken was a featured soloist while on tour with the legendary jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and played on Ferguson's final studio album, The One and Only (MF Music). He was also a member and featured soloist in the world-renown One O'clock Lab band at The University of North Texas and served as Teaching Fellow/Assistant while earning his M.M. in Jazz Performance.

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Renee Liskey

Dance

Renee holds an AA degree in Vocal Music from Citrus College, a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Cal State University Fullerton, and a Master’s degree in Humanities from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Renee began her career at Citrus College as a member of the esteemed Citrus Singers, and after receiving her degrees, returned to Citrus as an educator, where she has taught jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, musical theater, and humanities for the last 15 years. Renee also maintains a vocal residency at the Quiet Woman in Corona Del Mar, California, where she has been singing three nights a week for the last ten years.

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Sean Fitzpatrick

Vocal Music

Sean is a freelance studio singer (SAG-AFTRA), drummer, vocal percussionist, sound engineer, and educator in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach, and a master's degree in jazz studies from California Institute of the Arts. Sean has over 11 years of professional vocal and instrumental ensemble experience including Pacific Chorale, Clarion Singers, and various contemporary a cappella ensembles. He is also the Director of Concert Production and lead sound engineer at the Academy of Creative Education at Oakwood School, Hollywood, CA.

Performing Arts Adjuncts

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Andrea Cordova-Caddes

Dance

Andrea Cordova-Caddes has been working in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Citrus College since 2001. Her favorite class to teach is a Pilates-based conditioning class called Alignment and Correctives. Andrea has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Master’s Certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, BA in Dance and Psychology and is nationally certified in Pilates. Andrea has a private physical therapy practice in Claremont called Somadoc. In addition to her adjunct position at Citrus, Andrea also teaches at Scripps College and is known as Dr. CC by her students.

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Carlos Gardels

Instrumental Music

Pianist Carlos Gardels is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University Bloomington. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 2016 and subsequently was invited to give solo recitals throughout Europe and the United States. He has received awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and Los Angeles Liszt Competition, and as composer has had works published the Theodore Presser Company. Aside from being on the faculty of Citrus College, he has also taught in Shanghai, China, and maintains a private studio in Pasadena.

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Eric Burgess

Recording

Eric is an electrical and audio engineer. He has worked with many popular audio brands for years at Music Marketing, such as FL, Melodyne and FabFilter. Eric is an active producer and enjoys pretty much anything to do with audio.

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Jennifer Dawson Allgaier, Ph.D.

Dance

Jennifer Dawson Allgaier attended UC Irvine and earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in dance and one in French literature. In 1998, Dr. Allgaier completed a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in dance, also at UC Irvine, and began working on a Ph.D. in dance history and theory at UC Riverside. She completed this latter degree in January of 2006. Dr. Allgaier has worked as a dance educator, both in private studios and higher education, since 1996. She has taught various levels of ballet, jazz, modern dance, composition, dance concert production, and dance history at UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Scripps, Mt. San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, Norco College, and Riverside Ballet Arts. She joined the dance faculty at Citrus College in the spring of 2003.

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Kevin Slay

Theater

Kevin is a college professor of Theatre, serving on the Theatre faculty at Cal State Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University and in the Art department of Citrus College as a professor of film studies. He is the author of the published textbook titled: The American Performance: Cultural Diversity in Theatre, Music and the Cinematic Arts. Kevin frequently works as a freelance director for local and regional Theatre companies as well as colleges and universities throughout the Southern California area. Recent notable directorial credits include - Auntie Mame (IVRT) Romeo and Juliet (APU) The Sneeze (APU), Godspell (APU), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vanguard U.), Tartuffe (Vanguard U.).

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Sean Barrett

Instrumental Music

Sean Barrett is a Los Angeles based composer, orchestrator and bassist. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Music as well as a Master of Music degree in Composition. As a bassist, Sean has shared the stage with many artists, performing and recording music of different styles including pop, rock, R&B, reggae, country, jazz, and more. As an orchestrator, Sean has worked alongside his associates at Tutti Music Partners to assist composers of a growing list of film, TV and video game projects including The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, Doctor Strange in the Multitude of Madness, Zack Snyder's Justice League, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Hidden Figures, Bridgerton, The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, and Call of Duty: Vanguard, among many others.

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Steve Cotter

Instrumental Music

Steve Cotter is an active guitarist, jazz soloist, accompanist, and educator based in Los Angeles, since 1997. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music/Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Steve has recorded and toured internationally and extensively with Steve Tyrell, Bobby Caldwell, and Joey Defrancesco. Other artists he has performed with include Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Cobb, Larry Goldings, Lew Soloff, Bennie Maupin, John Pisano, Bill Perkins, Dale Fielder, Bob Maize, Ernie Watts, Ramon Banda, Brian Swartz, and Charles Owens.

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