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 is the proud recipient this year of the Theatre Credential as part of the first cohort of theatre teachers to obtain this credential in California in almost 50 years. He is also a CTE Credentialed teacher, which offers course pathways in Drama and Tech, and which has provided generous grant funding for those courses.
Mr. T. has been a professional actor for over 30 years. He has been on Broadway and many national tours including Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Camelot, and Grease. He has garnered numerous awards in Los Angeles and San Diego, and continues to be involved in the San Diego theatre community, including serving as the Director of Education for San Diego Musical Theatre.
Read the 92129 Magazine article about Mr. T.!
Tech Director – 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 plays and musicals of all sizes as well as for corporate events, touring concerts, and festivals. He has worked at Sea World, lighting animal enclosures and the variety of acrobatic shows on site. He currently moonlights at the House of Blues, and is a Inside Wireman Apprentice with IBEW Local 569.
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.
Improv Coach – Adam Rudder
Adam Rudder is a creative visionary and storyteller who has spent over 20 years in the film and music industries. During this time, he has partnered on ventures with some of the industry’s top executives, including both the former Director of Development at Marvel Studios and former CEO of LucasFilm, as well as serving as a founding member on multiple tech and content driven startups. In addition, Adam has served as a film producer, director and screenwriter for numerous projects ranging from feature films and national commercials to the emerging digital entertainment market for companies such as Disney and Google. He has worked with countless celebrities, professional athletes, social influencers and business executives.
As an award winning Improviser and Team-building Facilitator, Adam has been leading his original improv-based trainings for over seventeen years. In the process, Adam has assisted countless business professionals and teams make dynamic break-throughs in their careers. He continues to teach the improv art form to train teams and individuals to shift their mindsets and take quantum leaps in both their professional and personal lives. Through both his Improv4Companies and Improv Playground platforms, Adam has coached well over a thousand students, many who have seen success in TV, film and garnered immense followings on YouTube and social media platforms.