||Cathy Crane launched her career in Theatre in Columbus , Ohio working with costume designer, Dick Frank, on Miss America pageant costumes. She relocated to California where she earned her MFA degree in Costume Design at California Institute of the Arts in 1984. Long Beach City College snatched her from unemployment upon graduation and she has been a faculty member ever since. Favorite productions at LBCC include: "Amadeus," "Agamemnon," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Marat/Sade," "Royal Hunt of the Sun," and "The Robber Bridegroom." Additionally, Cathy has designed costumes for: Shakespeare Orange County , International City Theatre, Theatre West, Back Alley Theatre, Long Beach Studio Theatre, Globe Theatre, Los Angeles City College , Chapman University , CSU Bakersfield and CSU Long Beach. Cathy is currently serving as the Department Head of the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film.
Jan Quinn-Weyant, a native Californian, was educated locally at St. Joseph Girl's High School; Long Beach City College; California State University at Long Beach - CSULB - where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting and Directing; University of Southern California - USC - where she earned her Master of Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Directing and Film.
Graduate work and Doctoral studies include: Law School at West Los Angeles School of Law; course work in Education and Film at Walden University via the internet and the University of Indiana in Bloomington. She has also completed studies in Theatre and Art at the Westminster University in London, England and course work at UCLA in screenwriting, playwriting, theatre management, and on-line education. In 1998 she completed her one year sabbatical and attended the Cannes Film Festival in France . Her sabbatical Dissertation "The Study of Behavioral Learning Skills Utilizing an Original Children's Theatre Musical, EMOTION COMMOTION " was well received. In Fall 2000 Jan was invited as a Professor of Theatre Arts and Film to be a delegate with the national People to People Ambassador Program. This delegation took a trip to China to see, discuss and analyze Theatre and Film with Chinese educational and professional counterparts.
Jan has been associated with Long Beach City College as a faculty member since 1975. She has written and directed eight original Children's Theatre musicals that toured Southern California. In1976 served as the Director of the Children's Theatre Program at LBCC; in 1982 was the recipient of a Grant by the California Community College Chancellor's Office - Fund for Improvement of Instruction - to make a film of her original Children's Theatre musical, CHOMP, CHOMP, CRUNCH, CRUNCH!. 1986 Jan was selected and awarded the National Women's Institute for Leadership in Community Colleges Development. Her proposal for the National Women's Institute for Leadership in Community Colleges as realized in 1987 when she created a successful Youth Theatre Program - a summer workshop for kids; In 1985 Jan co-founded the International City Theatre (ICT) - a professional theatre founded at LBCC - and now the official Resident Theatre of Long Beach, located at the Center Theatre in downtown Long Beach; served as the ICT General Manager, Outreach Director and Educational Director. Jan has earned good reviews acting in numerous plays and performing stand-up comedy. She has staged numerous plays, musicals and events at LBCC. She has directed plays at local theatres within Southern California. She is most proud of her directed productions, the musical NUNSENSE during the summer of 1993 ; FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF by Ntozake Shange, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by Lynn Nottage, which both earned strong reviews, and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler - for which she earned the LBCC Associated WomenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Students "Women's Advocate Award". Most recently she directed THE LUCKY SPOT by Beth Henley and was awarded the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBest Ensemble Cast" award. Due of THE LUCKY SPOTÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢S success Jan was additionally nominated and invited to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
At LBCC she has served as the Chairperson of the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film, and been a member of the Curriculum Committee for several years, currently she holds the position Curriculum Sub-committee Chairperson of the Committee on Academic Standards and Policies. Professionally she is affiliated with AFI and the American Theatre Association, and academically a member of the California Teachers Association, and the Faculty Association of Community Colleges of California. Presently she is a Professor of Theatre and Film and a Theatrical Stage Director. She has taught Film at LBCC for several years, and started teaching Film 1 online in spring, 2001. In April, 2005, Jan was invited to speak at the California Community College Foundation TechEd 2005 Conference held at the Pasadena Conference Center. She presented: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTeaching a TeleWeb Film Course Using An Original Student-Centered E-learning Environment" utilizing an online cinema class she created here at LBCC, with the assistance of the Distant Learning team. In 2005 Jan was requested by the publisher McGraw Hill to assist in the review and editing for a new textbook THE ART OF WATCHING FILMS, by Boggs & Petrie 7th edition, for which she was awarded a stipend.
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ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
Jan is happily married to Bill. Together they are the proud parents of two handsome English Springer Spaniels named Prego & Grazi, three beautiful inside kitties, named: Skatoula, Merci & Beaucoup, and three adorable outside felines, named: Merlot, Chianti & Mozzarella. (We have an international & epicurean family.)
When not involved teaching or directing plays, pastimes include (but are not limited to) traveling, reading, cooking and gardening. Jan & Bill just returned from a holiday trip to Hawaii where they visited with family and met their great grandson, Ziggy, for the first time. It was fabulous!