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IN MEMORY OF JAMES JOHNSON
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague James Johnson of the Theater Arts Department. He served the department for nearly 20 years as a Performing Arts Technician. James started when ELAC Theater was located in the U2 building, a small temporary structure on the edge of campus. During the transition period to the G3 Auditorium, James’ fellow technician passed away suddenly, and James stepped up to single handedly design the scenery, lighting, and sound for every show produced over the next two years. Since moving into the new P2 Theater building, James continued designing, teaching, and enriching the lives of those he touched.
James was originally from Colorado and did extensive theater work in San Diego before relocating to Los Angeles in the mid 1990’s. He truly was talented in every aspect of theater, and even directed and acted in several of our ELAC productions. James worked closely, often one-on-one, with our technical students, nurturing and developing their skills and building their confidence. His students adored him and felt that he made them better as people. He was beloved by his colleagues and will be not only missed but will leave a gaping hole in the heart of our program.
We’d like to share this short video ELAC Theater Ghost, a chillingly poetic piece that James wrote, narrated, filmed, and edited. This video is a testament to his poignant creativity and immeasurable talent. The ELAC theater ghost will forever live in our theater.
ELAC Theater will be hosting a Celebration of Life for James later this year on May 4, 2021 at 4pm, Cascades Park. 700s Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
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TAKING MATH THIS SPRING?
Our Theater Department has joined together with the Math Department to create cohorts for various math courses needed for graduation or transfer. These cohorts offer additional tutoring and an opportunity for theater students to work together in class, which is scheduled at a convenient time based off of their schedule of theater classes and rehearsals.
Here is the link to the google form if you want to be part of the cohort! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmWGGOAz1wt2yypK_W6vEIwrvbt46QNywmnQh8u0IE-1WOoQ/viewform