Faculty & Staff

KELLY MARIE PATE

KELLY MARIE PATE

Director, Production & Design Conservatory

kelly.pate@ocsarts.net

Ms. Kelly Marie Pate comes to OCSA after spending nearly 20 years as a stage manager working in professional theatre. Her career includes touring on the first national tours of Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver, the 25th Anniversary Tour of Annie, Cameron Mackintosh’s My Fair Lady, RENT: The Broadway Tour, Lincoln Center’s South Pacific, and Dreamworks Theatrical’s production of Shrek, the Musical. Ms. Pate also served as stage manager on Cirque du Soleil’s resident production of IRIS: a Journey Through the World of Cinema, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Locally, she has stage managed over 20 productions at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach. Passionate about hands-on education, she implemented the first stage management program at California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley in Duarte and built a K-grade 3 music and theatre program for younger students in Glendale, California. Ms. Pate holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts in theatre education from the University of Mississippi for Women.

VICTORIA HOYT-HEYDON

VICTORIA HOYT-HEYDON

Assistant Director, Production & Design Conservatory

Teaches: 7th Grade Intro to P&D

victoria.hoyt-heydon@ocsarts.net

Ms. Victoria Hoyt-Heydon is a graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music and OCSA’s Production & Design program. Ms. Hoyt-Heydon has worked for Live Nation, Sennheiser, and Sumerian Records. She has designed sound for USC theatrical productions such as Crimes of the Heart and Taming of the Shrew, been A1 for Fullerton College’s productions of American IdiotParade and Twelfth Night, and was resident A2 for all Musical Theater West shows at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, including Nice Work if You Can Get ItWhite Christmas, and In the Heights. She has worked tech crew for Bigger Hammer, been a Production Runner for The Mill, and was Assistant to the Costume Designer for Atelier Mela (including 3D Theatrical’s Beauty and the Beast). She was also a freelance entertainment technician for Southern California. She is excited to “come back to her roots” and have the opportunity to give back to the school that started her in her profe­ssional journey.

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Greg Christy

Greg Christy

Co-Founder and Owner

Brite Ideas, Inc.

Greg Christy is a 1984 graduate of the California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatrical Lighting Design and a Minor in Sound Design techniques.

In 1987, Greg garnered the first of many accolades from Special Events magazine as the Gala Award winner of “Most Imaginative Use of Lighting.” His innovative design for illumination of 70,000 square feet of tented party space, hosting the Inaugural Opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, landed him in the forefront of the Southern California special events market place.

Greg has achieved an unsurpassed reputation in this field, as the creator of dynamic solutions for corporate meeting planners, theatrical performance producers, and live television broadcast coordinators, on an international scale. Event Solutions magazine recognized Greg in ‘03 and ‘04 for lighting design, stage design, and technical direction endeavors. In 2005, SRO magazine named him one of the TOP 50 Technical Directors in the US. High praise continued with the nomination for the Technical Director of the Year and the 2006 award for Technical Supplier of the Year from Event Solutions Magazine, as well as, the prestigious VISION & VISIONARIES award for his career achievements in business and his philanthropic endeavors to the community from California State University, Fullerton. Coming full circle, in 2007 Greg received his third Special Events Magazine Gala award for the opening of the concert hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Once again, Greg broke new ground by illuminating the tent strictly with video content delivered through several types of LED fixtures. In 2008, Special Event Magazine awarded Greg with Best Achievement in Technical Support for the opening of the Broad gallery at the LA County Museum of Art. This event included flying stages with live performers, 70,000lbs of chandeliers flying over the guests' heads, and one of the largest Kabuki drops ever attempted.

Greg’s lighting design credits are all encompassing including: Republican National Convention, Media Press appearances for Bush, Reagan, and Dole, NFL Super Bowls for over ten years, broadcast lighting for the dedication ceremony of the Nixon Presidential Library, and the televised State Funeral; numerous charitable events including: Fire & Ice Ball, Hollywood Alzheimer Benefit, Louis Vuitton’s United Cancer Fund. Movie / Theatre premiers: Mama Mia, Rent, Aida, Austin Powers, Lord of the Rings. Corporate Events: Grand Opening of the Venetian Resort - Las Vegas, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, WAMU, Kawasaki.

Internationally, he has successfully coordinated technical productions for Option One and ING Corporation in Canada; Thermo King in Cabo San Lucas; ASTA in Glasgow, Scotland; American Express in Cancun; Jumex in Mexico City, and Media Asia in Cannes, France. Personally served as TD for name acts: Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls, Black Eyed Peas, Santana, Jay Leno, Michael Bolton, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Don Henley, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kenny Loggins and Sir Elton John.

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Susan Hallman

Susan Hallman

Retired Chairperson

Theater Department

California State University, Fullerton

Information coming soon.

John Oliphant

John Oliphant

Head Carpenter and Technical Director

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Information coming soon.