Office: PAC 124
Nathan Cole is new to Ventura College, having moved from Dallas, Texas where he was the lead faculty and faculty coordinator in the Theatre Department at Mountain View College for almost nine years and chair of the Drama Discipline Committee for Dallas County Community College District. His favorite directing credits from Mountain View include The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic,The Laramie Project, Radium Girls, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, David’s Mother, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and The Waiting Room. Before Mountain View, he taught for KD Studio College where he co-founded the theatre company Blackbox Operations, and coached for the nationally and internationally ranked speech teams of Rice University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, he directed THE MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS and ANTONIE, both of which were featured in the Out of the Loop Festival sponsored by Water Tower Theatre. Other credits include: The Chalk Garden, Holiday Memories, The Cemetery Club and The Lion in Winter at the historic Granbury Opera House in Granbury, Texas.
Abra Pilar Flores
Office: PAC 224
Abra Flores is the resident costume designer at Ventura College. She received her Bachelor of Arts form Portland State University and a (MFA) in Costume Design from the California Institute of the Arts. She teaches the Costume and Design and History class, the Make-up Artistry class, and Fundamentals of Costuming. Abra designs the productions for both the Theatre department as well as the productions for the Opera Workshop. The collaborative process that takes place for every production is one of the most important aspects of her job. To enable students to be part of that process, whether it is learning how to make the costumes, how to design and build a show, hat making, or the design and application of the makeup for the plays, she encourages active participation and teamwork. Working with the students to create the costumes for the plays is pure enjoyment for Abra.
Besides being the resident designer at Ventura College for the past twenty-four years, Abra has designed productions at the Rubicon Theater Company, the Burbage Theater, Los Angeles Theater Works, Access Theater, Ensemble Theater, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, and Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. She has also worked on several video and film projects. Please feel free to contact her if you have any interest or questions about how to participate in the very exciting process of costume design.
Jay F. Varela
Office: PAC 126
Jay Varela received his Bachelor of Science in English Literature at Loyola Marymount and his Master of Arts in Theatre Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Varela taught for six years at Pierce Community College before beginning a professional career in acting, directing, and writing in theatre, television and film. He has been an associate professor at Ventura College for the last fifteen years. Twelve years ago, he began the Student One-Act Play Festival, to give students the opportunity to write, direct, act and engage in all aspects of play production.