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Faculty and Staff

Jerry IvinsDr. Jerry R Ivins, Department Chair
C13.120 - Fine Arts Bldg

A.A. Paris Junior College
B.A., M.A., University of Houston
Ph.D. Texas Tech University


Jerry Ivins (Chair of Fine Arts and Artistic Director of Theatre and Film) is in his nineteenth year as an instructor at SJC and seventeenth year as the Director of Theatre and Film. He has also served eight years as the chairman of the Fine Arts department, and one and a half years as Interim Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Language Arts. Dr. Ivins received his A.S. degree from Paris Junior College, B.A. and M.A. degrees from U. of H., and his doctorate from Texas Tech. Besides being an accomplished actor and stage director, Doc is also an instructor for students considering film and video careers. He has directed and/or cast over 350 films, commercials, and plays. His goal is to make every actor who crosses TSJ's doorstep as marketable as possible. He and his wife, Renee, are proud parents of McKenzie, and twins, Sarah and Caitlynn.


Curt MeyerProfessor Curt Meyer
C13.117 - Fine Arts Bldg

B.S. Lamar University
M.A. Southwest Texas State


Curt Meyer (Technical Director) received his Bachelor of Science in Technical Theatre from Lamar University in 1996, and his Master of Arts in Scenic Design and Theatre Technology from Southwest Texas State University in 1999 before he began teaching in the Houston area. His work has been seen in Houston, San Marcos, Baltimore, and Atlanta, including designs for “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Beaumont Civic Opera), “Chekhov in Yalta” (Main Street Theatre), “Romeo and Juliet,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Southwest Texas). Curt also served on the Texas Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors in 2006-07 and 2008-09. 

Richard TurnerProfessor Richard Turner
C13.108 - Fine Arts Bldg

A.A.S., A.A. San Jacinto College
B.F.A. Sam Houston State University
M.F.A. University of Houston


Richard Turner (Acting/Costume Design) Richard Turner is a former San Jacinto College student. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy and an Associate of Arts in Theatre. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and teacher certification from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Turner earned his Master of Fine Arts in acting and directing from the University of Houston, where he was able to work side by side with Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee, as well as Tony winner Stewart Ostrow. He has performed professionally in Cape Cod, Mass., at the W.H.A.T. Theatre. He was recently in the films “This is America” and “Walking Distance.”


Jay ThomasJay Thomas 
C12.100A - Fine Arts Bldg 

 B.A. University of Houston 



Jay Thomas (Facility and Events Coordinator/Head of Recruitment), is no stranger to this campus, since it is here where he received his Associate of Arts degree. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston, become a state certified teacher, and began his teaching career in 2011. Jay has more than 14 years of acing/theatrical experience and has been involved with such groups as UIL, TETA, and ACTF, where he is a proud Irene Ryan nominee. In addition to that, he has also served as a UIL adjudicator and contest manager since 2009. He is very proud to return to a department from which he learned so much as a student and would like to thank all of his family and friends, especially his best friend and wife, Danette, for all of their continuing support. 


Brian HamlinProfessor Brian Hamlin
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C12.100B - Fine Arts Bldg

M.F.A. University of Houston



Brian P. Hamlin (Fight Choreographer - Adjunt Profressor) hails from Houston, where he is an actor and fight director. He recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Houston and has trained for eight years with the Society of American Fight Directors in stage combat. He has performed with the Alley, Main Street, Stages Repertory Theatres and various festival companies such as Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and Revels Houston. In the last year Brian has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes at the University of Houston, been a guest lecturer at Texas A&M University, and more recently returned to San Jacinto College to teach. Some of his favorite roles include Allen in “Bobraushenbergamerica,” Hermocrate in “Triumph of Love,” and Vertumnus in “Metamorphoses.” 


Billy MacTavishProfessor Billy MacTavish
C13.122 - Fine Arts Bldg

B.F.A. Stephen F. Austin State University
M.A. Academy of Art University


Billy MacTavish (Filmmaking Instructor) joined the Department of Theatre and Film at San Jacinto College in 2012 as its Communications Theatre & Film Instructor in the Video and Film Production A.A. degree program. His diverse professional experience includes producing, writing, directing, cinematography, and editing in all forms of media. He has worked on many successful films including Rushmore (1998), Friday Night Lights (2004), Return of the Outlaws (2009) and Caveman Theory (2011). In addition to Hollywood films he has worked in television, and traveled the world making commercials, educational and corporate videos, industrial films and documentaries for the US Government, Fortune 500 Companies and independent producers. Billy’s work has garnered numerous industry awards including a Telly, an Accolade, a REMI, and a Golden Ace for cinematography and editing. He received his BFA in Film Editing & Cinematography from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1990 and a Masters in Multimedia Communications from Academy of Art University in 2011. In addition to teaching filmmaking at San Jacinto College in the Department of Theatre & Film, Billy has taught digital video in the Visual Communications program on South campus (2011-2012) and in the filmmaking program at HCC (2005-2012) and in the Audio Recording program at Lee College in Baytown, TX (2009 & 2011). Billy has been an active member of the filmmaking community with memberships in the Local 484 of the I.A.T.S.E AFL-CIO, South West Alternative Media Project and W.I.F.T. and has served on the Filmmaking advisory boards at HCC since 2005 and San Jacinto College’s Visual Communications advisory board since 2011. Billy MacTavish believes that it is his responsibility to train up the next generation of filmmakers.


 Jessica McCarroll

Jessica McCarroll
C13.118 - Fine Arts Bldg

 B.S. Oklahoma City University


 Jessica McCarroll (Fine Arts Senior Administrative Assistant/Dance Choreographer) is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor
of Science in Dance Management. Throughout college, she was a member of OCU’s American Spirit and Liturgical Dancers, helped a variety of non-profit organizations, and pursued her career as a dance instructor. After returning to Houston in 2007, she was able to join the San Jacinto College theatre and film department as choreographer. In addition to teaching, she has had the opportunity to be part of the ACTF Nominated play Shaken by Dr. David LeMaster, as well as begun exploring opportunities in film within the Houston area. Jessica is the co-founder of Dancers Against Cancer, a fundraising organization designed to promote awareness and funding to find a cure for cancer.  She is also proud wife to Ryan and mother to Lilian and Violet. 

Ralph Ehntholt - Adjunct Faculty


M.F.A University of Houston



Ralph Ehntholt graduated with his Master of Fine Arts Degree from University of Houston in January of 2000.  He has been a theatre instructor for over 30 years.  He has been involved in every type of professional theatre in the Houston and Galveston area.  He appeared for six seasons at the Houston Shakespeare Festival as well as having been a guest artist at Stages, The Alley, Main Street Theatre, A.D. Players and The Strand Street Theatre.  He believes in a hands on and experiential  approach to learning how theatre can be a unique and exciting art form with a major focus in learning how to strengthen the tools necessary to becoming a professional actor.

Jamie Almeida - Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Marymount Manhattan College
M.A. The City College of New York 



Jamie Almeida (Adjunct Professor) grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She moved to New York City after graduating high school and remained there for twelve years.  While in New York, Jamie earned a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College.  She also received a Master's degree in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York. Jamie has worked as an actor in both plays and film. She also spent six years as a drama teacher within the New York City Public School System. Additionally, Jamie has had a great deal of experience working as a teaching artist, specializing in theatre arts.  She has had the privilege of directing many student productions and has also been able to help students to write and produce their own work.  Jamie and her family have lived in the Houston are for a little over a year now and she could not be more thrilled to join the San Jacinto College Department of Theatre and Film! 

Tifani Pust - Adjunct Faculty


M.F.A  Arizona State University



Tifani Pust is currently the Artistic and Education Programs Director for Air Alliance Houston, where she is responsible for managing educational programs, Ozone Theater and Air Pollution Solutions. Ozone Theater uses the tools of theater to teach a highly interactive science/health lesson plan. Through Ozone Theater, she has been in over two hundred elementary and middle school classrooms in Houston. Tifani is also teaching acting classes at Mosaic Theater in Houston, Talento Bilingue de Houston and Upstage Arts in Clear Lake.  In July, she started her own theater festival, Green Arts Fest, which seeks to connect environmentalists and artists. She received her master’s degree in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.