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Sheila A. Malone, PhD
Professor of Theatre Arts: Technical Theatre

Sheila holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA. She received her MFA in New Media from San Jose State University and her BA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech University. She has worked for numerous non-profit arts organizations, for-profit and educational theatre companies throughout the Unites States, including Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia, Music Theatre Group in New York City, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio in Texas, the Jewish Community Center Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, Works/San Jose Gallery in San Jose, DadaFest and Counterpulse in San Francisco, El Camino College in Torrance, Pasadena City College, LA Pride, and SF Pride. Before moving to California, Sheila was the Resident Lighting and Sound Designer for The Omaha Theater Company for Young People (The Rose), the 3rd largest Children's Theater in the country. During that time she was a Co-Artistic Director of the small professional company The Blue Barn Theatre for 7 years where she designed and directed multiple productions including, Bondage by David Henry Hwang, original work about Frida Kahlo's life, an original play about the murder of Brandon Teena, and the experimental plays A Thousand Airplanes by David Henry Hwang, and Mona Rogers In Person by Philip-Dimitri Galas. Recent lighting and set designs include Max Frisch's The Fire Bugs, The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, Earthy: Ecosexual Bootcamp by Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens.

As a Technical Director, Sheila has worked on a range of scales of production like Annie, The Music Man, Cabaret, and As You Like It. She has worked on large touring shows with the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, summer outdoor drama as lighting designer at Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, to experimental work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Omaha, and New York. As a PhD student at UCLA, Sheila had the privilege of working in the UCLA library archive special collections for performing arts processing the Tony Award winning designer David Mitchell's prolific set designs including the designs for the original production of Annie, Barnum, Biloxi Blues, and The New York City Ballet's renown production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Before being hired at Chaffey College, Sheila was an adjunct instructor at El Camino College, Citrus College, and Cabrillo College. She has also taught in the Conceptual Information Arts Department at San Francisco University and the New Media Art Department at San Jose State University.

Malone has not only worked in theatre, but also dance, performance, and film. Her projections have been featured at LA Pride, Santa Cruz Fashion Art, and El Camino College's production of The Laramie Project. Sheila's documentary films have played all over the world in film festivals, galleries, and at universities and colleges.

She is a member of the professional organizations: Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and Cultural Studies Association (CSA). She has presented at multiple conferences including ATHE, ASTR, and CSA. She has published scholarly articles on performance, technology, and women and motorcycles in various journals including the International Journal for Motorcycle Studies of which she is currently a co-editor.

Sheila is incredibly excited about working with the theatre and center for the arts faculty, staff, administration, and especially the students at Chaffey College. She looks forward to the upcoming productions and the new stories that will unfold on the Chaffey stage.

Rev. 9/24/15

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