Susan Sluka (Gutierrez) Founder | Donald Williams Artistic director, EPTC Player | Don Williams | Ray Contreras EPTC Player | Kay Whisler | Marci Lovelady | Debbie Metzler | James McDonnell | Karen Kirkpatrick
Karen Kirkpatrick and James McDonnell
Directors Karen Kirkpatrick and James McDonnell have been involved with the Enchanted Playhouse for several years now.
is no stranger to the position of director, this will be Kirkpatrick's directing debut.
, having had a more formal background in theatre, is the second half of this directing duo.
McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting and directing from DeSales University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
His professional credits include having worked as costume designer for the Kern Shakespeare Festival on "Twelfth Night" and "Macbeth" and working as assistant costume designer with the Missouri Reparatory Theatre for "Comedy of Errors" and "The Seagull.
McDonnell also served as wig stylist for the national tour of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and the national tour of "Miss Saigon" in addition to serving as the key costumer for the Ang Lee film "Ride With The Devil."
Before coming to Visalia, McDonnell worked extensively at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Heart of American Shakespeare, The Coterie Theatre, and the UMKC Opera Conservatory.
We are fortunate that all of this talent and experience has been brought to College of the Sequoias where McDonnell is currently the sole Theatre Department faculty member.
teaches classes in acting, musical theatre, costumes, make-up and cinema.
recently directed the college's productions of "Noises Off", "Beauty and the Beast", "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" and "Quilters.
In addition to directing, McDonnell is the resident costume designer at College of the Sequoias designing costumes for productions such as "Beauty and the Beast", "Richard III", "Guys and Dolls" and "Big River.
does not hoard all of his
talents at COS
has directed for the Enchanted Playhouse Theatre's productions of "James
and the Giant Peach", "Cinderella" and "Alice in Wonderland.
Working with James
gives me the opportunity to pick his
brain for some great pointers to help me in my directing debut.