Meet our Faculty

Our faculty is an important part of the success of our students.

Duane Gardella

Scenic Designer
Duane received his MFA in theatre design from UCLA. In addition, Professor Gardella brings an extensive background in professional television, Theatre and film design to his faculty and design duties at City College. Among his many awards are the Marcom Masque award, Florence Theil Herscher award and a Dramalogue award. His art direction work has been seen on "General Hospital," all three major TV networks and in music videos. Duane's set designs have been featured at the Long Beach Playhouse, Westchester Playhouse and Hillside Repertory.

Robert Norberg

Technical Director
A graduate of UCSD, Rob has been working as a Technical Director and Lighting Designer for San Diego City College for the past 35 years. He has designed hundreds of productions during his tenure with the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Outside of his campus duties, Rob has worked in many other venues as a designer, tech director and stage manager.

Alicia Rincon

Co-Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department
Director of the Dance Program

Alicia Rincon received her BA and MFA in Dance and Choreography from USIU's School of Performing and Visual Arts. She was one of the original members of Jazz Unlimited. Alicia has choreographed over 30 major works during the past fifteen years while working with the company. Alicia is the Artistic Director at City College and makes time to serve as Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. She has also served on the dance faculty at UCSD for the past 25 years.

Katie Rodda

Co-Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department
Professors, Dramatic Arts

Katie earned her MA and Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara, and she received her BFA cum laude from the University of Arizona. She has taught a variety of classes and subjects in colleges and universities all around San Diego, and she has been at City College since 2000. 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. She was a staff member at the Old Globe Theatre from 1991 – 1995, and she has served on the Board of Directors for the Fritz Theatre and Actors Alliance of San Diego. For City College she has directed The Vagina Monologues (2010 – 2013), the Festival of New Plays (first annual), Good Kids, and Chicago.

Andrea Singer

Costume and Make-up Design
Andrea Singer received her MFA in Design from UCSD, and has also attended the Pratt School of Design in New York. She is a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and currently teaches in the Dramatic Arts and Graphic Design Programs. Professor Singer designed, created, and constructed a touring show entitled Ophelia Rises.