Adrian Alita

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Associate Professor, Head of Acting

Office: DA 212
Phone: 619-594-0419

Adrian believes that theatre arts are beneficial to all humanity, because they challenge us to view the world from someone else’s point of view. Classes are taught using a “learn by doing”, process-oriented approach that explores possibilities, develops artistry, and increases empowerment.

Pedagogy is based on principles gained from the study of classic masters such as Stanislavski, Meisner and Chekhov, and also incorporates the modern teachings of Stuart Rogers (writer/director/teacher currently working in Los Angeles) and of Richard Brestoff and Dr. Robert Cohen, whose books are found in universities all across the country.

In addition to working at SDSU and in the local community, Adrian also teaches workshops in Lima, Peru. Since 2013, over fifty SDSU students have been able to satisfy the international experience requirement for graduation by attending these workshops.

Holds a BA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine. Is a certified instructor of Eli Simon’s clowning technique (The Art of Clowning, Palgrave Macmillan), and a long time practitioner of Fitzmaurice Voicework. Has performed stunts at numerous southern California theme parks, has danced with Diavolo, and was a sea lion trainer at Sea World, San Diego, prior to his studies in theatre.

Teaching experience:
  • Pontifical Catholic University Peru, Lima
  • Grossmont College, CA
  • San Diego Mesa College, CA
  • The Acting Corps, North Hollywood
  • University of California, Irvine
  • New Swan Academy, Irvine
  • Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy, CA
  • San Diego Junior Theatre, CA
  • Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA
  • Go Fame Youth Theatre, Long Beach, CA

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