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 – Geno Carr
Geno Carr is a San Diego based actor, singer, director and educator who originated the role of Oz & Others in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Come From Away. He also played the role on the North American tour, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and the world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse. He has appeared Off-Broadway, on five national tours and in over one hundred plays and musicals across North America. San Diego credits include starring roles at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Moonlight, Cygnet (Resident Artist), Lamb’s Players (Associate Artist), San Diego Musical Theatre, Welk Resort Theatre, Lyric Opera San Diego, and Intrepid Theatre. Geno has directed plays and musicals at Sarah Lawrence College, Stephens College, Grossmont College, Hartwick College, Moonlight Youth Theatre, and the Heritage Theatre Festival.
In addition to serving for two years as Assistant Professor of Theatre and Guest Artist at Stephens College, he has also served on the faculties of Grossmont College, MiraCosta College, and taught on three voyages with Semester at Sea. In New York City, he has taught with Broadway Classroom, Believe NYC, and Junior Tours, served as Co-Director of Education for San Diego Musical Theatre Academy, and has also taught at North Coast Repertory Theatre, North County School of the Arts, and Youth Performing Arts School. He has served as a speaker coach for Google and TedX and worked in the entertainment departments of SeaWorld and The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.
Geno holds an MFA in Acting and Directing from Sarah Lawrence College, a dual BA in Music and Theatre from Hartwick College, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. In addition, he has trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade and Now This! Improv. www.GenoCarr.com @GenoCarr