Faculty and Staff
Tom Gough — Department Chair
BA-Theatre Arts, Santa Clara University
Secondary Education Credential--History/Drama, Santa Clara University
MFA--Dramatic Arts, UC-Davis
Tom Gough, a Los Altos native, has been a member of the Foothill College Theatre Arts faculty since 1996 (adjunct 1996-2004, full-time 2004-present) as well as having taught at UC-Davis, Santa Clara University and Ohlone College. Mr. Gough serves as coordinating chair of the department and teaches classes in acting, voice, movement, dialects, dramatic literature as well directs some of the department productions. Mr. Gough has been notably active with companies throughout Northern California since 1981, participating in well over one hundred production as both actor and director. In addition, Mr. Gough is a founding and active member of ComedySportz-San Jose and the former artistic director of the City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose.
Janis Bergmann — Instructor
B.A - Theatre Arts, University of California Los Angeles
M.A - Theatre Arts, San Jose State University
Janis is the Director of Foothill College's Theatre Conservatory, which she co-founded in 1990. She has been a faculty member and resident costume designer at Foothill since 1982, winning numerous Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Awards and Dean Goodman Choice Awards for her work. She teaches classes in Acting (Stage and Camera), Auditioning (Stage and Camera), Theatrical Makeup, Directing, Voice, and Costume Design and Construction. She has directed and produced numerous plays at Foothill and runs the Brown Bag performance group, the Foothill Players. She has acted, directed, designed and taught throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and is currently also a faculty member at Seydways Acting Studio in San Francisco.
As an actress she is a member of the Actor's Equity Association and has extensive credits in stage, television, film and voice-over work. Some of her local theatre credits include performances at San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, TheatreWorks, Busbarn Stage Company and Playhouse West, where she performed a one-woman show, as well as two other plays for which she received Dean Goodman Choice Awards.
Milissa Carey — Faculty
Milissa Carey joined the faculty of Foothill in 2003 in both the theatre and music departments.
Milissa teaches Acting, Singing for the Actor, Musical Theatre Repertoire, History of the
American Musical and is a member of the team taught Multi-Cultural Music in America team.
At Foothill, she directed productions of Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, All Shook Up
. Other directing credits in the Bay Area include work with companies
like Broadway By The Bay, Los Altos Stage Company, California Conservatory Theatre and
Opera Academy of the West. Milissa is also on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music as an acting teacher and a stage director for the Opera Department.
Milissa is a member of Actors Equity Association and has performed with many Bay Area
companies, including Center Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks, American Musical Theatre
of San Jose, Centralworks, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, Thick Description, 42nd
Street Moon and Foothill's own Foothill Music Theatre. She toured the US and Canada
on the 25th Anniversary Broadway National Tour of Evita under the direction of Hal
Prince. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music, Master of Music from the University of Southern
California, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and American Conservatory
Theatre in San Francisco.
Bruce McLeod - Director, Theatre Technology Program
Bruce McLeod joined the Theatre Arts department in 2007 for the opening of the Lohman theatre. He is responsible for the Theatre Technology Program and serves as the department's Production Manager and Technical Director.
Previously he worked professionally as a stage manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was the first technical director and production manager for TheatreWorks, where he oversaw site-specific productions of Cabaret (downtown Fire Station, now Avenidas), Macbeth (Baylands Nature Center) and Everyman (various churches). He has a long career as a designer in the BayArea including work with Center Rep, West Bay Opera, Magic Theatre, Eureka Theatre and TheatreWorks. Favorites among his many designs include scenery for three productions of As You Like It, The Great White Hope, Rags (Bay Area Theatre Critics Award), Romeo and Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Someone To Watch Over Me, Rashoman and Marry Me a Little (Theatre Bay Area nomination). Lighting designs include The Elephant Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Oliver and Peter Pan. He has been a guest lecturer and designer at Colorado College and is the founder of Living Design, a residential design firm on the Peninsula.
At Foothill, in addition to his teaching duties, he has served on the Academic Senate, the Academic Council, and the Graduation Committee. For the Theatre Arts department his designs include scenery for Adding Machine, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale, and Working and lighting for All Shook Up. He directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
He is currently working on the set designs for Sunday in the Park for Georg and preparing to direct Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in the spring.
Kay Thorton — Fine Arts Facilities Office
- (650) 949-7252
Barbara Cannon (Acting)
Julie Engelbrecht (Costume Design and Construction)
Marcia Frederick (Acting, Production)
Jay Manley (Production)
Joe Ragey (Design)
Lauri Smith (Acting, Voice)
Tracy Ward (Acting, Directing)