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Leon Wiebers
Chair and Professor

In addition to serving as chair of LMU Theatre Arts and Faculty Senate President, Leon is an internationally award-winning costume designer and Fulbright Scholar. He earned his B.A in Theatre from University of Washington, Seattle and his MFA in Costume Design from UCLA. Leon is a board member and President-Elect of the Costume Society of America and has been a faculty member at LMU for over a decade.
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Katie McFarland
Senior Administrative Coordinator

As a seasoned professional in management and marketing, Katie previously served as the Operations and Marketing Manager for a start-up merchandising company before transitioning to the role of Senior Administrative Coordinator. She is passionate about community building and supporting the department students and faculty. Beyond her professional expertise, Katie brings valuable skills in theatre production, leadership, and brand building. Committed to making a positive impact in both the workplace and the community, she excels in creating connections and fostering growth.


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Catherine Chapman
Props Artisan

Cate is a Props Designer and Stage Manager who has worked with local LA theatre companies such as Center Theatre Group, Ghost Road Company, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. As a Loyola Marymount University Theatre Arts alum, she is committed to bringing her professional experience to the students through hands-on collaboration and exciting projects. Through her work, she hopes to unveil the intricacies of the world of prop design and is passionate about telling stories through the physical items that surround us.
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Rob Hillig
Master Electrician/Asst. Technical Director

Robert graduated from Chapman University in 1997 with a BFA in Technical Theater specializing in Lighting and Scenic Design. After 5 years in New York at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, first as the Stage Carpenter and then as the Master Electrician, Robert returned to California to work for Strand Lighting. At Strand, Robert had a hand in the development of many products in use today by many leading theaters.
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Tammie Merheb-Chavez
Costume Shop Manager

Tammie is a Los Angeles-based costume designer/stylist who received a BFA in Theatre/Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans, and her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Florida State University. Throughout her 18+ year career in the industry, Tammie has designed costumes at several regional theaters, colleges, performing arts schools, and professional dance companies. Tammie believes that communication, research, and color theory are the foundation of a solid overall design. Her work combines her hands-on experience with costume technology knowledge, attention to detail, and love for the art of storytelling.
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F. Jason Sheppard
Technical Director

Jason is the Technical Director for the LMU Theater Arts and Dance Department and has worked on over 100 productions since he started working at LMU in the fall of 1997. Off campus he has designed sets for several companies in Los Angeles. Some favorites include Grace Notes & Anvils (Odyssey Theater Ensemble), Beast On the Moon (Long Beach Playhouse), The Architect (The Gascon Theater), and Modigliani (Buffalo Knights).