Professors

Danielle Weaver

Danielle Weaver or Danie as she goes by friends and family, is a big sister of a CAA student. Danie is an English Major graduating from San Jose State University in 2010. Danie has worked at a preschool and in retail. She also currently works at the Children's Discovery Museum as a Program Specialist, where she delights in helping visitors all day. Danie enjoys reading, watching movies, writing poetry, cooking or baking and photography.

Gavin Darby

Gavin graduated from the University of Santa Cruz in 2009 with a BA in psychology, and has worked as a Behavior Specialist with Tucci Learning Solutions for the past four years. Year's earlier, Gavin began playing the guitar at the age of 14. He has carried his passion for music with him throughout his educational and professional education. He is a trained Music Docent with Music for Minors and has helped train other music educators how to work with differently-abled individuals. He is currently working on his MA in Educational Psychology through West Virginia University, and is excited to apply what he has learned to make music education fun, engaging, and worthwhile.

Leslie Vazquez

Unpublished

Leslie is in her final year of her Bachelor’s completion at SJSU in Recreation Therapy. She is a dynamic leader and supporter of individuals of all abilities. Everyday Leslie lives by her dream of helping better lead better lives through therapeutic techniques in the arts, nature, & recreation.

Katie Zeisl

DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF THEATRE & SPECIAL EVENTS

Katie is honored to be CAA's Director of the School of Theatre & Special Events and having the opportunity to wear many hats as a professor, campus event planner, site manager, and administrator. 

Katie received her B.A. in Theatre Arts (Magna Cum Laude), with concentrations in acting and theater education, from San Jose State University. She also completed her Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Francisco State University's College of Extended Learning. 

Katie is a reader and actor for City Lights New Play Readers Series where she recently played Julia Waldren in "The Last Iceberg". She performed in the 2015 and 2016 productions of Epic Immersive Theater's "Matthew Briar and the Age of Resurrection" at San Jose History Park, playing multiple roles across three decades. She was the Preacher in "From the Notebook of July 12, 1782", (SJReal of the former San Jose Rep) and Jenny Tepperman, Panther, and Avatar in "March" (Dragon Theater). She played Miranda in Guerilla Wanderers Films’ corporate commercial, "Mission Impossible Virtual Instruments" and is a bridesmaid in their upcoming short film, "Shogun Wedding".

Katie is a returning speaker at the Cinequest Film Festival where she introduces films and leads Q&As. During the 2015 festival, Katie was the Event Manager for the VIP Soirees, planning and executing eleven consecutive soiree-networking events each attended by 300-400 filmmakers, innovators, sponsors, and patrons. 

During CAA breaks, Katie has worked as a conference assistant on behalf of Buckalew Hospitality and as an assistant and MC at ProtoHack hackathons in San Francisco.

Katie was SJSU's 2010 Kaucher Mitchell Fellow in Storytelling and Oral Interpretation. She now serves as a prelims judge at the biannual Kaucher Mitchell Mathis-Swanson storytelling and oral interpretation events.

Michael Dubinsky

Michael studied Photography at Ohio University. He is a published photographer and has worked in all aspects of the photography field. He enjoys sharing his skill sets with CAA students. CAA shows the true spirit of creativity.

Bernard Smith

As choir accompanist I have the privilege of working with Professors Earl, Katie and Pam as well as all the talented members of the choir. And as a student at CAA, I enjoy my classes; reading partners, speaking with confidence, language arts and many others as well.  I also enjoy singing with Lyric Theater, playing trombone in jazz and classical ensembles, but most of all I enjoy playing the piano and singing at many venues around the San Jose area.  I am happy to be here today at our Annual Staff Showcase not only as an accompanist for the choir, but also as a student, to see the many talents of my CAA professors.