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Chris Cannon

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Chair and Professor of Theatre
Office: P-106-5
Office phone: (714) 564-5666

Professor Cannon is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received his MFA in Drama and Performance. He is also an alumni of Southeastern University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian, earning his BA in Theology.  In addition, he has studied acting and performance at the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. Before joining the theatre department at Santa Ana College, Professor Cannon served as a religious studies instructor and as Assistant Professor of Acting at his alma maters, Southeastern University and the University of Virginia.  He has been an educator since 1999 and a director of regional and collegiate productions since 1996. Professor Cannon is also an active professional actor and member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors' Equity Association.

As a professional stage and film actor and director, Professor Cannon has worked in New York City, Virginia, Florida and Los Angeles.  He has also held a variety of performance, creative and managerial positions at Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Pepperdine University, Theatreworks/USA, Heritage Repertory and the Sonnetag Theatre at the Icehouse, to name a few.  He is a former production manager for Holland America Cruise Line and served as the Executive Director of the Berks Arts Council in Pennsylvania managing one of the largest jazz festivals on the East Coast. He has starred in a multitude of independent films that were shown at various film festivals throughout the country.

He has starred in a multitude of independent films that were shown at various film festivals throughout the country – this portion still there, add back . . . including the award-winning feature horror film, Playroom. He is the recipient of the Utah Film Festival's Best Supporting Actor Award for his portrayal of Tom Matthews in the feature dark comedy Deany Bean is Dead. Favorite roles on stage include The Conductor in Warner Brothers Studios' live production of The Polar Express, Marston in And Then There Were None, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Lt. Barney Greenwald in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Mozart in Amadeus, Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Nikos in Charles Mee's Big Love, James Lingk in Glengarry Glen Ross, Kipps in The Woman in Black, Mirabell in Heritage Repertory's production of The Way of the World directed by Sabin Epstein, as well as the Knight of the Mirrors in Sonnentag Theatre at the Icehouse's production of Man of La Mancha directed by Terrance Shank for which he won a Cubie Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Season.​

When not working on stage or in front of the camera, Professor Cannon is on the road or in the air traveling to as many corners of the globe as he can reach.

Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History, Online Learning, Acting Fundamentals, Scene Study, Directing, Acting for the Camera, Theatre Production, Motion Picture Performance Production.


Amberly Chamberlain

Professor of Theatre
Office: P-106-1
Office phone: (714) 564-5668



Professor Chamberlain is an alumna of Cal-State, Long Beach where she received her MFA in Acting, with a specialization in Theatre Pedagogy. She is also an alumna of Fullerton College and Cal-State, Fullerton where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian, earning her BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.  Before teaching and directing at Santa Ana College, Professor Chamberlain taught courses at her alma maters, CSULB and FC.  She has been an educator since 2004 and a director of regional and national productions since 2000. Professor Chamberlain also adjudicates and conducts workshops for various high school theatre award programs, including the MACY's, CETA and MTSC. 

Before entering into the world of academia, Professor Chamberlain worked steadily as a professional actress and singer/songwriter. She produced and performed on her debut album entitled, In His Hands; is a member of BMI and owns her own music publishing company, Roundbrush Music that represents her as well as other songwriters.  She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and an Equity Member Candidate and has starred in award winning independent films that were shown at various film festivals throughout the country.  Some of her television credits include three seasons on the "Tonight Show" as a sketch actor, and four seasons as a featured regular on "MADtv," where she additionally spent a season behind the scenes as the key set P.A. Some of Professor Chamberlain's favorite roles on stage include Elsa in Performance Riverside and Candlelight Pavilion's The Sound of Music, Vera in Ten Little Indians, the Witch in Into the Woods, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing..., Charity in Barnum, Brooke in Noises Off, Ethel in Petticoat Fever, Laura in Look Homeward, Angel, Grace in MTSC's Annie, as well as Musical Theatre West's production of Annie with Andrea McArdle.

We are excited to have Professor Chamberlain as a part of our SAC Theatre Arts Department and family.  She can't wait to help your find your story and aid you on your artistic journey. 

Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Acting, Intermediate Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice, Movement, Directing, Theatre Production.

Sean Small

Faculty Head of Technical Theatre
Office: P-104
Office phone: (714) 564-5667


Lighting Fundamentals, Intelligent Lighting, Programming, Computer Applications for Entertainment Lighting, Production Design, Theatre Production.