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Donald Grube
Theatre Arts Instructor

With Cabrillo College since 2004


TA 29 Rehearsal and Performance
TA 529 Rehearsal and Performance
Director and Dramaturge for "Dragon Jaws," a World Theatre piece
Co-Artistic Director for "Cabrillo Theatre Festival, 2013"

TA 22T Touring Theatre Ensemble
Co-Created and Directed "Africa Lives In Me," a World Theatre piece

TA 17 Introduction to Directing
Instructor of skills, concepts, problem solving and history of directing

TA 9 Appreciation of Theatre Arts
Instructor of general theatre skills, knowledge and concepts
Helping the student become a better audience member by developing critical thinking skills and viewing lots of theatre

TA 27 Theatre Production Workshop
TA 527 Theatre Production Workshop for Older Adults
Co-Instructor of backstage skills, concepts and problem solving


Donald made his stage debut in Zambia in the 3rd grade as a bear in "Noye’s Fludde," and continued to perform in theatrical and choral events throughout his childhood. In high school, he co-founded Company for Dinner, a youth run theatre comprised of thespians from the Santa Cruz County School District. One production, "You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown," used the Santa Cruz Pacific Garden Mall as its venue where Donald sang the role of Linus.
After high school, Donald earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, and a double Master of Fine Art in Acting, and in Set, Light and Costume Design from the University of California, Davis. At UOP he played the role of Uncle Billy in Becklar’s Opera, "Outcasts of Poker Flat" and entertained Dr. Dehning and the A Cappella Choir members en route during various West Coast tours. He studied with Bill Gaskill and Frank Hauser from the Granada Artists’ Program at UCD. Another professor, William Shephard, introduced Donald to Jerzy Grotowski’s theories, and Donald had the opportunity to observe one of Grotowski’s acting classes at UC Irvine. Some of Donald’s favorite roles during his graduate studies were the Father in "Six Characters in Search of an Author," Bud Frump, in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and Orlando in "As You Like It," in which he threw Charles, the wrestler, played by Michael Gaston.

After graduating, he worked at Santa Cruz County Actors’ Theatre, where he directed new works and acted in plays. Two projects of which he is particularly proud are his direction of "Bill W. and Doctor Bob" and the play "Blue," by his mother, Patricia Grube. While there, Donald was also an Artist in Residence, under the guidance of Bill Peters and Sarah Albertson. At Scotts Valley Performing Arts Donald played Seymour Krelborn to Mel Welles’ Mushnik in "Little Shop of Horrors." Mel Welles, from the original 1960’s movie, "The Little Shop of Horrors," later instructed Donald in a voice-over intensive. Around this same time Donald took an improvisation workshop with Keith Johnston, offered through Clifford Henderson and Dixie Cox’s Fun Institute.

Soon Donald secured a teaching position with The Western Stage in Salinas. While there, he performed the roles of Hysterium in "Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," Reverend Parrish in "The Crucible," and Ira Stone in "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," to name a few. He also directed Bernard Shaw’s, "Village Wooing," and Paula Vogel’s, "Cats and Dogs."

Since 2004, Donald has been an instructor at Cabrillo College Theatre Arts where he has taught Introduction to Directing, Theatrical Touring Ensemble, Rehearsal and Performance, and this fall, Theatre Appreciation. The topic for Theatrical Touring Ensemble was Africans and African-Americans and the class developed an historic, timeline review, with music and dance entitled "Africa Lives in Me." Donald was Co-Director of "Theatre and Me" at The Cabrillo Stroke Center, now The Cabrillo Stroke and Disability Learning Center. He and his cohort worked on students’ gross and fine motor skills, language re-acquisition, and memory abilities by having the company sing and dance musical comedy routines. He served as Artistic Director, along with Sarah Albertson, for the "Cabrillo Theatre Festival, 2013." This last spring, 2015, he directed an elegant world debut of "Dragon Jaws," written by Susan Forrest and composed by Jennifer Bloomer.

Donald has also worked at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota; Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana; Fallon House in Columbia California; Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre in Sacramento; Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa; and The Magic Theatre in San Francisco.

Donald Grube has also designed hundreds of sets and been prop master for many shows.

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