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R. Michael Gros

Theatre Arts Department Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Acting and Directing 

 Meet Michael Gros

A California native, Michael, spent his youth hanging out at the beach and playing baseball... until his high school English teacher took the class to see the seminal Peter Brook production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. While Michael still visited the beach on occasion, his dreams of playing on baseball diamonds rapidly transformed to theatrical playing spaces. 

Michael, a member of the professional theatre directors union (SDC), is the Co-Artistic Director of PlayFest Santa Barbara (, a company dedicated to the development of new plays, playwrights and audiences. He joined the Santa Barbara City College faculty in 2010 and currently serves as an associate professor, Co-Chair of the SBCC Theatre Arts Department, and resident faculty director for its affiliated producing wing, the Theatre Group at SBCC. For Theatre Group he has directed Other Desert Cities, Proof, The Music Man, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Bus Stop, Ten Red Kings (world premiere), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ground (west coast premiere), Present Laughter (multiple Indy Awards including for direction), and Light Up the Sky. For the SBCC Theatre Department he has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trojan Barbie, Tartuffe, and Almost, Maine.

Full Bio
Current CV


MFA, Directing, UC Irvine
BA, Theatre, UCLA
AA, Theatre, El Camino College

Courses Taught:

TA 111: Beginning Acting
TA 112: Intermediate Acting A
TA 214: Advanced Acting
TA 215: Fundamentals of Directing
TA 106: Development of Drama: Musical Theatre

TA 107: Development of Drama: Greeks to Renaissance
TA 108: Development of Drama: Restoration to Contemporary

Recent Work:

A Flea in Her Ear
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Other Desert Cities
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