IADT Las Vegas - Faculty & Staff Profiles

At IADT-Las Vegas, we view education as a collaborative relationship that will develop between you and your instructors. That's why we hope you'll take this opportunity to meet a few of the experienced faculty and staff members who are committed to helping you acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to shape your creative passions into professional possibilities.

With their diverse backgrounds and many professional accomplishments, these are a few of the people we think you'll enjoy getting to know:

Faculty & Staff Profiles:

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Name: Greg Anderson

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Cinema Production

Educational Background:

  • BA Accounting, BA Communication Arts - Georgetown College;
  • MA History & Criticism of Theatre,
  • MFA Playwriting - Ohio University;
  • MFA Cinema - University of Southern California

Professional Experience:

  • Studio Executive – Embassy Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures
  • Acquisitions Executive – Champion Press, Ltd.
  • Motion Picture Production – Ocean Palm Entertainment Group

I Got Into This Field Because … The industries in which I have worked and have taught were not being trained in the full breadth of technical and creative areas necessary to succeed in these industries today.

What I Love About Teaching Is … The students – the look in their eyes when information and purpose connect for them, and the degree to which they push me to be better at what I do and know.

One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me Is … I set a conference pitching record (for ERA) my junior year of college.

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include:

  • Member of Mystery Writers of America, published novelist, produced playwright, instructed classes/workshops/seminars in cinema production on six continents.

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Name: Robert "Bobby" Ferrari

Title/Position: Studio Manager, IADT-Las Vegas

Professional Experience:

  • Studio Manager and Designer, IADT Las Vegas
  • Producer/Engineer
  • Odds On Records & Studios in Las Vegas: Engineered all in-house productions, developed recording clients and worked with all aspects of studio business; in 2007 was promoted to managing partner in charge of the design and build-out of a 7,000-square-foot new recording space and starting the first full record label in Las Vegas with national distribution and established artists like Air Supply, Ultraviolet Sound, Greg Medoro and others
  • LP Studios: In 1997 hired as Chief Engineer to redesign the now-defunct LP Studios; the first year earned the new facility over $200,000 in business and included clients like John Stamos, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Wayne Newton, and others
  • Touring bassist for Spencer Davis, Chuck Negron, Mike Pinera, and others
  • Bassist & Asst. MD Fox Television's "The Ron Reagan Show," 1991
  • Hired by Studio City Sound & Video in the 1990s to develop clientele and maintain their new facility in Studio City, CA; clients included Gilby Clarke & Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses
  • As a bassist, backed up such renowned artists as Chuck Negron (3 Dog Night), Al Wilson, Mickey Dolenz, Spencer Davis, Mitch Ryder and many others

I Got Into This Field Because … Having the chance to pass along my experiences to a new breed of producers and engineers has always been a dream that I now get to fulfill every day.

One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me Is … I performed on the Sunset Strip in the 80's with bands like Poison and Guns N' Roses and had really big hair!

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include:

  • Nominated for a 2009 TEC Award for Creative Achievement in Studio Design
  • Nominated for a 2009 Audio Pro International Award for Studio Design
  • Awarded a 2009 Spotlight Award for Special Use Construction
  • Platinum Sales Award for the Australian group Human Nature for the album "Get Ready"
  • Produced songs that have made the Top 20 in the Hot Adult Contemporary category on the radio
  • Endorsed by these companies as a musician: ESP Guitars, ADA Amplifiers, Aria Guitars, A.R.T., Washburn, LeDuc Basses, Kahler Bass Tremolo Systems, Randall Amplifiers

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Don Pitzer

Name: Don Pitzer

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Graphic Design

Educational Background:

  • MS, Syracuse University
  • BA, Washington State University

Professional Experience:

  • Principal/Creative Director, CREATE+ (clients include Ogilvy & Mather NY, DDB NY/LA, FCB LA, NBC LA, CBS LA, Seattle Mariners MLB, Service Master, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, SAFECO, Sears, Hewlett Packard, Country Music Association, HONDA ATV, Nordstrom, Dilettante Chocolates)
  • Instructor, Graphic Design, IADT-Las Vegas, IADT-Seattle
  • Instructor, School of Business, University of Washington
  • Instructor, School of Business, Seattle Pacific University

I Got Into This Field Because … We turn abstraction into logic, illusion into reality. In the new digital age, we don’t just create art. We design and program. We aren’t limited to marketing and packaging. We develop products and services.

What I Love About Teaching Is … The new generation of designers! They are most comfortable bouncing between both sides of the brain, continually fascinated with the ‘how’ and the ‘why’, and fully engaged in perfecting their artistic ability to influence, motivate and change peoples’ lives.

One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me Is … I was an "extra" – bicycling on a Iowa prairie - on a Pepperidge Farm TV commercial.

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Name: Carolyn Ann Thomas

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Fashion

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota;
  • MS Arizona State University;
  • BAE Arizona State

Professional Experience:

Teaching:

  • IADT Las Vegas since 2004; now Lead Instructor
  • Southwest Missouri State University – Visiting Professor
  • Central Washington University – Assistant Professor
  • University of Northern Iowa – Assistant Professor
  • University of Minnesota – Research & Teaching Assistant
  • Oklahoma State University – Assistant Professor
  • University of Kentucky – Instructor
  • University of Arizona – Extension Home Economist

Other:

  • Viking Sewing Machine Company – Store Educator and Sales
  • Tantrumz – Children's Wear Designer
  • Branson Missouri Theaters – Costume Designer

I Got Into This Field Because … I love working with fabrics and creating new apparel.

What I Love about Teaching Is … sharing what I have learned with others. I like the excitement I see in the students as they successfully create a new item of apparel.

One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me Is … I was a judge for a dairy goat fashion contest.

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include:

  • Three funded grants: University of Northern Iowa Scientific Equipment Grant, U Of M Agricultural Station, Title I Arizona Post Secondary Commission
  • Elected to 3 Honoraries: Phi Upsilon Omicron, Pi Lambda Theta, Kappa Delta Pi

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Name: Shawn Treants

Title/Position: Lead Instructor, Game Production

Educational Background:

  • BA English;
  • finishing MS Applied Technology with a focus on Game Production

Professional Experience:

  • Westwood Studios – Quality Assurance, 1 year
  • Simutronics, Inc – Game Developer, 3 years
  • ITT Technical Institute – Full-Time Game Design Faculty, 6 years
  • Art Institute of Las Vegas – Adjunct Game Art Faculty, 2 years

I Got Into This Field Because … I love video games. I love the ability to enter another world and explore and adventure and play. It is escapism at its best. I love books for the same reason, but video games go that one step further and let you guide the story. I started making games because I wanted to make more of the games that I enjoyed.

What I Love About Teaching Is … The absolute best part about teaching is working with students and seeing that light bulb turn on when they finally figure something out. It is just awesome. As a teacher I am there to guide and mentor and help, but in the end, it is up to the student to grow and learn, and when they do … it is amazing.

One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me Is … I moved to Hawaii when I was 18. Didn't know anyone out there and just wanted to try something new. I spent about 8 or 9 months there. Worked at T.G.I. Fridays on Kuhio Ave. and stayed the majority of the time in a hostel about 5 feet from the beach.

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include: I have received awards for director's list, Employee of the Year and Rookie of the Year for ITT Technical Institute. I was also recognized for my ability to encourage new students entering school for the first time.

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Name: Dennis Wright

Title/Position: Instructor, Fashion Design

Educational Background:

  • BS Clothing & Textiles (Fashion Merchandising), Theater Minor, Brigham Young University;
  • MFA Costume Design

Professional Experience:

  • Manager: J. Riggings Menswear – Salt Lake City
  • Visual Merchandiser: Michael's Craft Stores – Salt Lake City
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Pioneer Theater Company – Salt Lake City
  • Costume Crafts Supervisor: Barn Theater – Augusta, MI
  • Costume Designer: Jackson Hole Playhouse – Jackson Hole, WY
  • Costume Crafts Supervisor: Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts – Santa Maria, CA
  • Costumer, Costume Designer, Project Manager: Walt Disney World – Orlando, FL
  • Instructor, Fashion Design & Merchandising: IADT – Orlando, FL

I Got Into This Field Because … I have always loved clothing. I love the history, the fabrics, the shapes that can be created. I see fashion as an art form and a fascinating means of self expression.

What I Love About Teaching Is … Seeing students learn and understand new concepts. Opening up a world of new thinking and watching the students push themselves to be better at what they are passionate about.

One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me Is … I have performed all over the world as a singer and dancer, touring many countries and meeting many fascinating people.

My Notable Awards/Achievements Include:

Professional:

  • Nominated for two NAUMD (North American Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors) awards for Walt Disney World uniform designs 2007, 2008
  • Nominated for Brigham Young University Contributing Alumni Award 2008

Personal:

  • Eagle Scout; Best student director – Brigham Young University 1992; Married 16 years; Four wonderful children

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