Jim Johnson (Artistic Director)
After 40 years of service at Modesto Junior College as a Professor of Speech & Theatre, plus Dean of the Arts, Humanities and Communications division, Jim is retired and now dedicates his time to the Gallo Center for the Arts as the Artistic Director of the Gallo Center Repertory Company. He previously served for six years as the Gallo Center Arts Education Coordinator in the Pathways to Creativity program. Jim’s work as the Artistic Director includes producing, directing and acting in shows at the Gallo Center. His recent acting roles include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Our Town, Inherit the Wind, August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Church and State and Tuesdays With Morrie. Jim’s recent directing assignments include: The Piano Lesson, Freedom Riders, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Stand and Deliver, The Odd Couple and All Is Calm. His role as GCRC Artistic Director also includes preparing a season of theatrical events. Jim currently serves as a Board of Trustee member for the Gallo Center for the Arts, and he is also a committee member for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration ceremonies. His community awards include: MJC Purdy award for excellence in education, Stanislaus County Arts Council Lifetime achievement in the arts, Stanislaus County PFLAG special honor and the Stanislaus County NAACP Special recognition. Jim holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from California State University, East Bay and a PH.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California.
Ryan Foy (Director of Produced Theatre & Special Programming)
Originally from Denver, CO, Ryan attended the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. While based in New York City, Ryan appeared onstage in numerous national/international tours and regional productions across America, Australia, and Asia, including performances at Radio City Music Hall and the New York International Fringe Festival. A skilled director, Ryan has also helmed a wide variety of musical theater productions from coast to coast. Ryan's theatrical experience extends beyond the stage, with work in company management, Broadway marketing/advertising, and theatrical design and production.