School of Theatre, Television and Film


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Adrian Alita

Associate Professor, Head of Acting

Office: DA 212


Phone: 619-594-0419

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.

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. In the past two years, nineteen SDSU students have been able to satisfy the international experience requirement for graduation by attending these workshops.

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 process-oriented approach that encourages students to explore possibilities, develop artistry, empowerment, and self-assessment.

Recent performance experiences while teaching at SDSU include performing alongside SDSU students in the physical theatre piece, Squawk!, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival in Orange County, a supporting role in the independent film Resistance Movement (distributed nationally on DVD), and a regional Superbowl commercial for First Bank in Colorado. Previous highlights include live stunt shows at Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios, a regional dance performance with Diavolo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and five years experience as a sea lion trainer at Sea World, CA. Adrian directed the 2012 SDUSD Honors Theatre Project as well as a one act from 2013’s Playwrights Project, and presented at the 2013 conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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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