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 — Theatre Conservatory Director, 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.
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Kay Thorton — Fine Arts Facilities Office
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Barbara Cannon (Acting)
Milissa Carey (Acting, Voice)
Julie Engelbrecht (Costume Design and Construction)
Marcia Frederick (Acting, Production)
Jay Manley (Production)
Joe Ragey (Design)
Lauri Smith (Acting, Voice)
Tracy Ward (Acting, Directing)