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Jennifer L. Read
  • Scenic Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Technical Director

JENNIFER L. READ is our chairperson and full-time faculty in design and technical direction.


Jennifer received her MFA in Theatre, with an emphasis in Lighting Design, from Florida State University and her B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the UC Santa Barbara.


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Cathy Susan Pyles
  • Musical Theater
  • Acting
  • Design


CATHY SUSAN PYLES has been a member of the LAVC Theatre Arts faculty for the past 10 years.


Cathy received a BFA in acting from West Virginia University and an MFA in scenic art and design from the University of Minnesota. She also studied for a year at Alvescott College in Oxford, England.


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  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Theater History

CHRISTOPHER did his undergraduate and graduate work at Occidental College in L.A., and has taught, directed, and performed in professional and academic theatres from sea to shining sea. Chris now makes his home in a suburb of Los Angeles, in a 1920s-era bungalow which he shares with his wife Roberta Wall, daughter Grace Ann, and three poodles.


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Mark Svastics
Performing Arts Technician


Pete Parkin
Adunct Professor

PETE PARKIN has been teaching at LAVC since 1970. Originally hired as Technical Director, Pete has taught everything in the curriculum except Theater History and Costuming.

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Samantha Jo
Costume Shop Supervisor


SAMANTHA JO JAFFRAY has been a part of the LAVC staff since 2018. Having received her A.A. Degree from the Valley College Theatre Department, she has designed and been a part of many productions here, both as student and staff.

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