Director – Robert J Townsend
Our wonderful director, Robert J Townsend (a.k.a. “Mr. T.”), has been Westview’s drama and theater tech teacher and WVTC’s director since Fall 2016 (he was a guest director twice in 2015-16). He is a certified CTE (Career Technical Education) teacher and is also the Westview theater facilities manager.
Mr. T. has been a professional actor for over 25 years. He has been on Broadway and many national tours including Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Camelot, and Grease. He received Los Angeles Ovation Best Actor awards for his performances in Jekyll and Hyde as the title role, and as Thomas Weaver in The Story of My Life. Mr. T. is also the recipient of multiple Critic’s Circle award nominations for his work in San Diego, most recently being named as Best Actor for his portrayal of Georges in San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of La Cage Aux Folles. He continues to act in regional theater productions at SDMT, The Old Globe, Moonlight Amphitheatre, etc.
Read the 92129 Magazine article about Mr. T.!
Theater Tech Coach – Clint Webster
Clint is a lighting designer, master electrician, and stage hand with over 12 years of technical and leadership experience in the entertainment industry. He began developing his skill in the Westview theater as a lighting tech, where he found a passion for the craft. In college, he pursued technical theater, becoming a crew lead and master electrician as well as expanding his understanding of all aspects of theatrical production. He has built sets and lighting rigs for a variety of plays and musicals, as well as live events of all types at the San Diego House of Blues and for event production companies in many places around California. He currently works at Sea World, installing and maintaining the lighting, rigging and special effects for the park’s rides, shows and events.
Clint hopes to bring his knowledge of the entertainment industry back to Westview and foster the same love of the craft in the students that he has. He wishes to instill in them the work ethic that is required in the industry as a whole, as well as help develop the skills and vision that will benefit the students in the future, both in the entertainment industry and the broader world.
Award winning improviser and playfulness coach, Adam Rudder, has been teaching improv for over fifteen years. In addition to directing the critically acclaimed troupe, The Hinges, Adam has trained hundreds of improv students, many who have seen success in TV, film and garnered immense followings on YouTube. He has also assisted countless business professionals make dynamic breakthroughs in their careers. He continues to facilitate the improv art form to train teams and individuals to shift their mindsets and take quantum leaps in both their professional and personal lives.
For the better part of a decade, Adam has also run two production companies, Moocha Pictures & ThePlaybookTV.com, serving as a film producer, screenwriter, and director for numerous projects ranging from feature films and national commercials to branded entertainment for companies such as Disney and Google. Adam graduated with honors in Communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Check out Improv Playground!