Those Who Can Do, Teach! - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

By Ohlone College.

EDT professor Matt O'Donnell.Ohlone’s experienced professors have been part of the entertainment industry and worked with big name events, shows and performers. These connections allow the faculty to network with professionals working in the field. Many of these professionals come to campus, or call in via Skype, for a seminar or workshop. Some have stayed on to teach for a semester or more.

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Matt O'Donnell, award-winning lighting designer, is a full-time member of the faculty. Formerly based in L.A., Matt worked extensively in all aspects of live production – from concert tours to corporate events to celebrity appearances. His lighting credits include President Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Newt Gingrich; working the Grammies and trade shows such as Pokemon World Championships; and touring with jazz artists with jazz artists Issac Hayes, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, and toured with Hall of Fame nominee Cheap Trick.

Fred Alim, another full-timer, works with students in the craft of scene construction. has years of experience in the industry, from MTV, the Oscars and the Grammies, to tours with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Barbra Streisand. While Fred was working in the industry he would come back to Ohlone year after year for summer musicals…then, one year he just decided to stay. Fred has been with Ohlone for “a lot more than a decade!”

Rocky Paulson, teaches the rigging class. Well-respected in the industry, his extensive resume includes three years of Super Bowl halftime shows and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” tours in the 1980s. He’s taught stage rigging classes and seminars all over the world from Japan and Germany, to Las Vegas.

David Swenson is chief sound designer for the video game “Call of Duty,” winning coveted awards in the video gaming world for sound design. Swenson joins Ohlone EDT program to teach sound for art and animation in spring 2016.

Students are able to learn from these professionals who teach the skills that are applicable in today’s entertainment industry and share their firsthand knowledge of how to break into the industry.

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