Lorney O’Connor MA, MFA: Theatre Arts Department Chair
Lorney began his academic career at MSJC in 1992, where he received an AA and AS in 1996 with high honors. He received his BA in 1998 and MA from Cal State University, San Bernardino (Summa Cum Laude) in 2004. After working as Scenic Artist and Properties Master at CSUSB for five years, he returned to graduate school and received an MFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene. Lorney is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theater Arts department at MSJC. He has designed sets, lights and properties for many different venues in Southern California and has won numerous Inland Theatre League Awards in all areas of design. Lorney is extremely proud to be instructing and working with the exceptional students at MSJC.
Janet Gasman: Box Office Clerk
Paul Jacques MFA: Associate Faculty
Paul is an award-winning writer, actor, fight choreographer, scenic designer, producer and director with over 150 stage, film, radio, television and commercial credits. As a director, Paul has been honored by the Inland Theatre League award for his work on two separate productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was privileged to direct Broadway’s original Joseph, Bill Hutton, in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Some of his other directing credits include Fiddler on the Roof, I Hate Hamlet (ITL Award, Scenic Design), The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew (ITL Award) and Godspell. As an actor, Paul has performed such roles as Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Mortimer Brewster (Arsenic and Old Lace), Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), George (Schoolhouse Rock, Live! - ITL Award), Edmund (King Lear-ITL Award), Matt (The Fantasticks), Cornelius (Hello, Dolly!), Fred, Young Ebenezer, and the full-of-life Ghost of Christmas Present (A Christmas Carol: the Musical) and Curly (Oklahoma!). As a writer, Paul has had 20 scripts staged. He has been on staff at Notre Dame, Arlington, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs and Poly high schools in Riverside, as well as being an Artist in Residence with the Riverside Arts Council. He holds degrees from RCC (AA, Music) and UCR (BA, Theatre, Summa Cum Laude; MFA, Writing for the Performing Arts). Paul is also Charles Dickens for the Riverside Dickens Festival, a Co-Founder of 3 Theatre Group of Riverside, and on the Theatre faculty at San Bernardino Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College and California Baptist University. He lives in Riverside with his beautiful wife, Sarah, and their daughters Katharina and Olivia.
Rick Hoglund: Associate Faculty
Rick earned his Bachelor of Education in Music from the University of Toledo. He continued postgraduate classwork at California State University San Bernardino, concentrating on integrating music and theater. This blend of performing arts suits Rick's present MSJC teaching assignment where he serves as Musical Director for musical theater productions and instructor of the Techniques of Musical Theater class. Rick teaches a variety of music classes for San Bernardino Valley College, including class piano, music history, music theory, and choir. He is a CSUSB lecturer, serving as Musical Director for most of their musicals since 1998. He also teaches elementary school instrumental and vocal music for the Hemet Unified Schools. Rick is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association and the Phi Mu Alpha Honorary Music Fraternity.
Darren De Priest: Performing Arts Technician
Darren received his Technical Theater Certificate from MSJC in 1998. A theater practitionor of over 100 producations, Darren has performed, directed and designed scenery and lighting at MSJC and throughout the San Jacinto Valley and Desert communities. Darren is the recipient of many Inland Theatre League and Desert Theatre League Awards.