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Mark Rosman


Mark RosmanA Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray and Jennifer Coolidge. Rosman re-teamed with Duff on Universal’s The Perfect Man, which also starred Heather Locklear and Chris Noth. He directed William & Kate for Lifetime and two movies for ABC Family Channel: Princess, one of the highest rated TV movies of 2008, and the Christmas romantic comedy Snow 2: Brain Freeze.

Rosman’s career began with the cult classic horror/thriller The House on Sorority Row, which he wrote, directed and produced. The film became one of the highest grossing independent theatrical features of 1983. Among the highly rated TV movies he has directed are Life-Size, starring Lindsay Lohan and Tyra Banks for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney, and The Blue Yonder, which Rosman also wrote. The latter was nominated for a Writers Guild and Cable Ace Awards. Rosman’s series television work has included directing numerous episodes of the hit comedies Lizzie McGuire, State of Grace and Even Stevens. His dramatic TV work includes the primetime CBS suspense drama Ghost Whisperer and the ABC Family hit series Greek.

Rosman serves as 410 coordinator in the Production Program at UCLA TFT. As 410 coordinator, he is responsible for supervising all aspects of the instruction of UCLA TFT’s first-year MFA directing and cinematography students, and overseeing their film productions.

He is a film school graduate of NYU’s School of the Arts (now the Tisch School of the Arts), is a member of the Writers Guild and Directors Guild, and has taught filmmaking at numerous universities. In addition to teaching at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, he is currently an adjunct faculty member at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.


Student Film “The Battle of the Jazz Guitarists” doing well on Festival Circuit

Battle of the Jazz Guitarist

Posted on November 15th 2012 in Announcement

“The Battle of the Jazz Guitarists,” a documentary directed by MFA Directing student Mark Columbus ’10, MFA ’13, has been making it’s way around the festival circuit over the past several months. In addition to being chosen as an official selection at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, the film also won best short documentary at both the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Guanajuato International Film Festival.

Columbus made this tribute documentary about his father Max, a jazz guitarist once famous in the Fiji Islands who took a big hit to his career by moving his family to America. Though just 7 minutes long, the film gives the viewer fantastic insight into the family’s history and provides a emotional yet humorous examination of the father-son relationship.

For a more thorough overview of the film, check out the great write up on below!

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Home > Faculty > Michael McLain

Michael McLain

Professor Emeritus

Michael McLainMichael McLain participated in the founding of the Geffen Playhouse as its initial literary director and artistic associate, and he was similarly involved in the founding of the School of Theater, Film and Television as its first associate dean for the Department of Theater. As a Fulbright-Scholar, McLain conducted research in the areas of directing and director training in the former Soviet Union. Subsequently, he was a member of the first faculty exchange between the UC and what was then Leningrad State University. In 2011, McLain became a fellow of the Likachev Foundation, St. Petersburg. In more than three decades of teaching in the Department of Theater, McLain directed works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Brecht and Sam Shepard, among many others. He is the co-author of Play Directing: Analysis, Communication and Style, now in its seventh edition (Allyn & Bacon). He is a consultant to the government of Hong Kong in the area of theater curricula for graduate and undergraduate programs.


Home > Faculty > Michael Hackett

Michael Hackett


About DeanMichael Hackett is a professor of directing and theater history and former chair of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Department of Theater.

He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at The Hague; the Centrum Sztuki Studio and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw; Santa Fe Short Story Festival; Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles Opera (children’s series); Musica Angelica; Antaeus Company; the Geffen Playhouse; and 15 radio productions for L.A. Theater Works including Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (which was nominated for two Audie Awards) with Charles Busch.

Hackett taught at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for three years, where he co-designed and instituted a music-drama program and gave a series of lecture/demonstrations for the Royal College of Music. He has also given workshops for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since 1995, he directed Greek chorus workshops and presentations for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Familiar to opera audiences in Southern California, Hackett has lectured extensively for the Los Angeles Opera and, for these activities, was given the Fifth Annual Peter Hemmings Award by the Opera League of Los Angeles.

Hackett has also conducted more than 70 arts-related interviews for classical radio KUSC and he has lectured at the Huntington Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Costume Council), Armand Hammer Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum and Getty Research Institute.

He was the co-editor and wrote the introduction for Five Plays by Carlo Goldoni, published in March 2016 by the University of Toronto Press for the Lorenzo da Ponte Italian Library.

Hackett received an A.B. in English from Boston College and a Ph.D. in drama and the humanities from Stanford University.


Home > Faculty > Mel Shapiro

Mel Shapiro


Mel ShapiroMel Shapiro is professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. During his tenure at UCLA TFT, he served as a distinguished professor of Theater. Prior to his time at UCLA TFT, he was one of the founders of NYU’s Theater Program (Tisch School) and was the head of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. For the last several years, he has been an advisor for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater program.

On Broadway, he directed the Tony Award and NY Drama Critics Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, John Guare’s Bosoms and Neglect and Stop the World — I Want to Get off starring Sammy Davis, Jr. He directed the off-Broaday productions of Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves (named best American play by the NY Drama Critics), Vaclev Havel’s The Increased Difficulty of Concentration (Obie Award, best foreign play) and five productions for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. He has also directed in London and in various regional theaters such as the Tyrone Guthrie in Minneapolis, the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Center Theatre Group Los Angeles, and the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.

Shapiro has received Tony, Obie, New York Drama Critics, Drama Desk and Drama-Logue awards. He is the author of An Actor Performs and The Director’s Companion.


Home > Faculty > Jose Luis Valenzuela

Jose Luis Valenzuela

Distinguished Professor; Head of Directing

About Jose Luis ValenzuelaJosé Luis Valenzuela is the artistic director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, an award-winning theater and film director and a tenured professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

For more than 25 years, Valenzuela has directed critically acclaimed productions at major regional theaters including the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he created the Latino Theatre Lab in 1985, and the Mark Taper Forum, where he established the Latino Theater Initiative. He most recently directed Premeditation and Solitude, both by Evelina Fernandez (LATC), La Victima by El Teatro de La Esperanza (LATC), and La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin (Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral), all produced by the Latino Theater Company.

His international directing credits include Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at the Norland Theatre in Norway and Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman at the National Theatre of Norway. In 2002, he directed the world premiere of Dementia, written by Evelina Fernandez, for the Latino Theater Initiative, which won the 2003 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Theater Production in Los Angeles. Valenzuela was featured in The New York Times in December 2007 and the Los Angeles Times in December 2008 for his annual pageant play La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.

In 2006, he successfully acquired funding from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to renovate the Los Angeles Theatre Center for which the Latino Theater Company received a 20-year lease from the City of Los Angeles.

Valenzuela’s artistic vision and community commitment has garnered him many recognitions, nominations and awards including the Ann C. Rosenfield Distinguished Community Partnership Prize presented by UCLA Center for Community Partnerships, and the Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero of the Year Award sponsored by Union Bank and KCET, Los Angeles. Both awards recognize distinguished citizens for their contributions to improving the quality of life throughout their respective communities.


Home > Faculty > Brian Kite

Brian Kite

Chair, Department of Theater; PROFESSOR

About Brian KiteBrian Kite has directed live theater across the United States and abroad. He served as producing artistic director of La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts from 2008-2015 and directed many productions for the theater, co-produced by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, including their critically acclaimed productions of American Idiot, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors, Dinner With Friends, Steel Magnolias, starring Cathy Rigby, Driving Miss Daisy, starring Michael Learned, and David Auburn’s Proof.

Kite is the recipient of the 2013 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Spring Awakening. He directed the national tours of In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate and Pride and Prejudice for L.A. Theatre Works, and staged the first production of Miss Saigon to ever play in China when his show closed the Macau International Music Festival. He also directed Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, starring Margaret Colin, which toured throughout Mainland China. The production was the first U.S. production of a play at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Prior to that, he helmed the production of Cabaret in Bermuda under the patronage of the Queen’s Governor and directed Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at The Actors Co-op in Hollywood.

Other credits include the live radio recording of David Mamet’s American Buffalo and two Los Angeles revivals, Archibald MacLeish’s J.B. and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, as well as the West Coast premiere of Václav Havel’s The Beggar’s Opera. He directed the Philadelphia production of Glenn Wein’s Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral and worked with Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan on Geffen Playhouse’s production of Hedda Gabler, starring Annette Bening. He directed more than 20 productions during his tenure as director of theater programs at New York’s French Woods Festival, a position he held for more than seven years.

Kite serves as the chair of the L.A. Stage Alliance’s Board of Governors and is the artistic director of the award-winning Buffalo Nights Theatre Company.