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Arlyn McDonald

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Program Principal & Production Manager

Arlyn has been teaching in the southern California area since 1987. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from University of Northern Colorado and graduated with Honors with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University, Fullerton. She began working at Fullerton College in 1988, and has taught at Citrus College, California State University, Fullerton, Cypress College, Orange County High School of the Arts and Gallery of the Performing Arts. During her time at Fullerton College she taught Musical Theatre, Acting Techniques, Acting 120A, 120B and 120C, Theatre Appreciation, Acting for the Camera, and Movement for the Actor. She has been the Lead Instructor for the SRO Summer Conservatory Program for over 20 years, as well as the Program Principal and Production Manager, where she managed the program from conception to completion. Arlyn has appeared in numerous productions throughout southern California which include: Ousia in Six Degrees of Separation, Madame Mertuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Tuptim in The King and I, Anna in The King and I, Josse in A Moon for the Misbegotten and Louisa in Nine. She was a seven time American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Irene Ryan Nominee, an American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Irene Ryan Acting Award Finalist and recipient of the Kevin Moss Creative Drama Achievement Award. She has directed productions, which include: Julius Caesar, The Shadow Box, House and Garden, Much Ado About Nothing, and The King and I. In 2005, she was honored to have two productions she directed at California State University Fullerton, chosen to participate in the American College Theatre Festivals New Play Competition. She finds the greatest reward and joy in teaching the fine art of acting to people of all ages.



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