Faculty and Staff
Dr. George Popovich
George Popovich (Director of Theatre, Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab) was born in Monterey, California. He received B.A. and M.A.Degrees in English from the California State University and a Secondary Teaching Credential and Community College Teaching Credential from the California State University system. He received an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Ohio State University. He has taught secondary school full-time in California, Ohio, and Texas and University and Community College in California, Texas, Ohio and Michigan.
He is a graduate of South Coast Repertory Acting Conservatory, which won a Tony award for best regional theatre in the United States in 1988. While in California, Popovich founded the Tustin Theatre Guild, a professional acting company. He directed professionally in California at The Cabrillo Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, and The Sandcastle Players.
He has been the full-time Director of Theatre Arts at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan since 1985. Popovich developed the Associate Arts Degree in Theatre at HFC and founded The New Playwright's Workshop in 1996, which produces new plays by Michigan playwrights each spring. Popovich's productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Macbeth, The Grapes of Wrath, The Tempest, and The Skriker have been honored by the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival. He has directed and acted in over 400 productions at the college, professional, and community theatre levels and has designed scenery, lights, costumes, makeup, special effects, and sound for over 220 productions. He directed Dinosaurs! in November, 2014. He is the Director of HFC's Virtual Theatricality Lab. Popovich has taught Acting I, II, III and IV, Directing, Theatre History, Public Speaking, Film Genres, Film History and Criticism, Technical Theatre and Advanced Technical Theatre, Theatrical Production and Advanced Theatrical Production, Experimental Theatre, One Act Play Production, Stage Makeup, Virtual Reality in Theatrical Production, Theatre Appreciation, Film Acting, English 131, and Honors Directed Study at HFC.
Locally, Popovich has been recognized in newspaper editorials and feature articles. In 1993, he received The Dearborn Mayor's Arts Council Award for best Performer/Artist and in 1995 he was inducted into The Dearborn Theatre Hall of Fame. His productions have won over 35 Press and Guide Entertainment awards, including 3 awards for best director and awards for best sound design, best non-musical, best musical, best special effects, best makeup, best lighting, and best technical director.
Popovich's articles on film, performance theory, and digital theatre have appeared in many scholarly journals and his essay on the advanced theoretical applications of computer-generated theatrical scenery were included in Theatre and Cyberspace, a book of of critical essays. His dissertation on modern science fiction films serves as a reference work for scholars in the United States and in Europe . His inter-disciplinary course "Science Fiction and Horror Films" is one of the most popular course offerings in the Fine Arts Department. Popovich's opinions on film are often quoted in various media.
His virtual reality production of The Tempest was a regional winner at The Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival at Illinois State University, January 2004. He directed the 2006 production of of HFC's Virtual Theatricality Lab, Caryl Churchill's The Skriker. He is listed in the 2007 and 2008 editions of Who’s Who in America for his pioneering work in digital theatre through The Virtual Theatricality Lab. He was invited to the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival in January, 2007 to give a Motion Capture Workshop. Popovich, along with Virtual Theatricality Lab Team member Alan Contino, won the Michigan Education LAND award for best innovation team, January, 2007 and the Community College Innovation League Award, in March, 2007. In October, 2007, Popovich's Virtual Theatricality Lab was visited by Dr. Guangyao Bai, Vice President, The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts Beijing, China. His Virtual Theatricality Lab was a national finalist for The Bellwether Award in November, 2007.
From 2007-2011, Popovich developed several new VTL classes, including a course in greenscreen videography, 3d stereo videography, film acting, and motion capture acting, a Motion Capture Certificate, and presented several workshops for The Screen Actors Guild.
Popovich has a featured role in the film Misled completed in November, 2012. Misled had its world premiere in February, 2015.
Popovich will retire in May, 2017.
Gerard (Gerry) Dzuiblinski is adjunct instructor, Technical Director, and resident scenic designer. He earned his BA in Communications and Growth Environments at Antioch College, and his MA in Directing through the McGregor School of Antioch University. His undergraduate work included study at the Cockpit Theatre in London, England, and in his graduate study he was instructed by internationally known movement artist Marcel Marceau. Gerard has toured in seven states, directed and designed Shakespeare, musicals, theatre for the young, contemporary and period drama and comedy, as well as experimental work. His work has been sponsored by two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and multiple Detroit and Michigan Arts Council grants. He has adapted several works for the stage, and has been awarded the Dearborn Community Arts Council Mayor’s Arts Educator Award and the American College Theatre Festival’s Certificate of Merit, for his scenic design of Ruined. He directed Charlotte's Web, fall 2016.
E. Alan Contino
E. Alan Contino is celebrating his 20th year as a professional motion picture and television engineer. The past decades in the entertainment industry started off as a secondary career to Electrical Engineering but have transpired into the primary focus as a specialist in Stereoscopic, Motion Capture, Visual Effects and Post-Production technologies.
Working on various research and development projects along with SMPTE, IEEE, and AES, becoming the Virtual Theatricality Laboratory Engineer was a natural fit. The VTL special projects for live stage production have allowed Alan a high level of development and education in multi-system integration for Visual Effects technologies.
Alan is currently working with the Delirium Films partnership as a Senior Partner and Studio Engineer while taking on part time freelance work in Visual Effects, Virtual Theatricality and Motion Capture productions.
Alan keeps the VTL studio running and up to date. He has engineered VTL productions of The Tempest and The Skriker. He provides technical support for the VTL classes and engineers VTL productions. He is the HFC Film Club Adviser.
Fresh out of EMU’s Entertainment Design and Technology program, David is looking towards the future optimistically and feels honored to be a part of the team at Henry Ford College. David works freelance in the Michigan area. Recently, he designed lights for The Odd Couple (female version) at Tipping Point Theatre, and also worked for Tipping Point for their Wilde award winning production of Leaving Iowa. He has also done design work for Greenhills Academy, Northville High School, as well as Livonia Churchill High. Past technical work includes Michigan Shakespeare Festival, as well as design work for several main stage productions at EMU, including his projection design for Dr. Faustus, for which he was given a special honor by the ACTF. A native of Michigan, David looks forward to contributing to the Michigan theatre scene, and growing with amazing artists.
Judith Fletcher is a Detroit native,studied art at Michigan State and Wayne State University before raising a family and relocating several times in the U.S. Returning to Mich. in 1989, she began studying Theatre, first at Macomb Community College, then transferring to Wayne State to complete her BFA in acting while also taking several classes in Costume Design and Theatrical Makeup. She spent one summer touring with the U of D/Mercy Theatre Company in Greece and another summer at Cobalt Studio in White Lake, NY studying Scenic Art. Upon returning from NY she founded a studio--"Ariadne's Atelier" specializing in Scenic and Decorative Art for commercial and residential environments.
She came to HFCC in 1995 to teach Theatre classes and to oversee the Costume Department. She has won awards for her costume and makeup designs. She has designed and built costumes for the Dance Department at HFCC and also was the assistant costumer at Michigan Opera Theatre for several years. She has directed productions for HFC, including the Theatre for Young Audiences production of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2007. She directed Grease on the HFC stage, winter, 2011 and Snow White, fall 2013 and directed A Christmas Story, Fall,
2015. She will direct Blithe Spirit, winter 2017.
Christopher Bremer (Instructor/Shop Foreman) is a Detroit native who attained his BA in Liberal Arts and MA in Theatre from the University of Detroit.
After a stint as a banker, in 1993 he became Production Manger for ECA/Mr. Wizard shows where he would produce, direct and in some cases perform over 4,000 shows annually in elementary and Middle Schools all over the United States. In 1999 he moved on to the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, a 501-c-3 not for profit professional theatre located in West Bloomfield Michigan, where he became Managing Director. The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET) produces Seven main stage shows and reaches over 40,000 children annually with its outreach touring shows which deliver messages about bullying and tolerance of diversity.
In 2005 Mr. Bremer was selected as one of the five best directors in metropolitan Detroit by the Detroit Free Press. He has been nominated for best director by the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press and Between the Lines in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. He has directed shows for Meadowbrook Theatre, JET, The University of Detroit Mercy (in Athens Greece), Henry Ford College as well as community theatres in the Detroit area. He has also performed in Italy, Greece, and 44 of the United States. Mr. Bremer directed the Winter 2013 production of HFC's Ruined and was nominated for The Wilde Award (Detroit) for his comedy, Moonlight and Magnolias at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.
As of August, 2014, Mr. Bremer is the executive director of the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.
Ms. Bremer directs up to ten plays a year for The Theatre Company and Detroit area professional theatres. She has won all of Detroit's major acting and directing awards and is the director of the Dearborn Youth Theatre. She made her HFC directing debut with Vital Signs, summer 2011. She is directed our summer 2013 production of Drinking In America was recently nominated for a Wilde Award for her ensemble work in Moonlight and Magnolias at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. She directed HFC's production of The Good Doctor, summer 2014. She directed Hairspray, winter semester, 2015 and directed The Diviners, winter 2016.
Mike has appeared on the HFC stage in The Game, I Bet Your Life, Commedia Americana, Peer Gynt, The Tempest, and Arabian Nights. He is an HFC Alumni and is currently attending The University of Toledo and is majoring in Theatre. He plans to move to Los Angeles or New York and pursue a film career. Mike is the publicity specialist for the Theatre program.
Gary Glaser was born and raised in Detroit. Gary was the first person to graduate from Oakland University with a film and television degree (1974), and he holds a master’s degree in Radio, TV, and Film from Wayne State University (2001). Marking his 30th year in television and film production, Glaser has been producing documentaries exclusively for 20 years. He has completed 14 documentaries that have won 5 Emmy Awards, 14 Nominations, and several other awards. Gary’s background includes working in Los Angeles for Golden West Broadcasters on the former Warner Bros lot. Usually as a stage manager or prop guy, Glaser worked on such shows as “Jeopardy !,” “ WKRP in Cincinnati,” and “Solid Gold”.
While in Los Angeles, Gary also worked as a segment producer for Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera.” Before going to L.A., Gary worked in local Detroit television serving as a stage manager for the popular “Bill Kennedy Show” on WKBD Ch. 50 and as a film camera operator for “Michigan Outdoors” on WXYZ Ch. 7.
Stranded at the Corner, an expose on the “demolition by neglect” of historic Tiger Stadium had its world premiere in high definition April 24th 2007 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. It won three 2006 Telly Awards and the top prize at the Battle Creek Film Festival. It was screened at the 2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, New York. In May of 2007, "Stranded" garnered 2 Emmys and 11 nominations. Gary’s work has been featured in various newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Clips of Gary’s work can be viewed on his site, Glaser Productions. Mr. Glaser teaches advanced classes for HFC's Virtual Theatricality Lab.
Edwin was one of the first students to complete HFC's Motion Capture Systems Technician Certificate program. His work at the VTL involves capturing, cleaning, and editing data for Motion Capture projects and creating web content, along with supervising and helping students in the lab. He has also freelanced as a camera operator and has done previsualization for game design testing.