Crafton Hills College Names New College Theatre Department Head

By on October 10, 2019
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Crafton Hills College (CHC) Theatre Department has named Paul Jacques as the college’s new CHC Theatre department head. Jacques is a well-known Inland Empire director and producer of a variety of shows. Jacques has joined the CHC faculty this fall as a Professor of Theatre Arts.

“I am excited to work with this group of students as well as the theatre faculty and staff to build on the amazing tradition that Crafton Hills has in its theatre program,” said Jacques, “The Crafton administration is very supportive, and this year should be nothing short of amazing.”

Jacques holds an AA degree in music from Riverside Community College, a BA in theatre and an MFA in creative writing/writing for the performing arts (playwriting and screenwriting) from University of California Riverside, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University. Jacques is now filling the position as theatre department head following the retirement of Tom Bryant who ran the department for 15 years.

Jacques has directed and produced numerous shows at many local venues including the Redlands Bowl and the California Theatre in San Bernardino. He is also an artist-in-residence for the Riverside Arts Council, a resident director for the California Theatre and is an advisory board member for BellaJohn Theatricals in Riverside. Jacques, a resident of Riverside, has portrayed Charles Dickens for the Riverside Dickens Festival for 15 years.

CHC’s next theatrical performance, Lysistrata, will be staged Thursday through Saturday, December 13, 14 and 15.  An ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, Lysistrata was originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comedic account of a woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that only inflames the battle between the sexes.