John Blondell, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre Arts, Chair
(805) 565-6778

Office Location

Porter Hall 112


Directing, History of Theatre, Acting

Research Interests



John Blondell graduated from Winona State University and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in dramatic arts at UC Santa Barbara and came to Westmont in 1988. His productions of classic and contemporary plays have received local, regional, and international acclaim, and secured his reputation as one of Santa Barbara’s most progressive, adventurous directors. He is co-founder and director of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, an award-winning international theatre ensemble, and founder of the Lit Moon World Theater Festival. He has directed more than 30 productions for Lit Moon and programmed 12 World Theatre Festivals with more than 60 international productions from noted companies. In 2012, his production of Henry VI Part 3, staged for the Bitola Theatre, appeared at Shakespeare’s Globe for the Globe to Globe Festival featuring all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. He has received 11 Independent Theatre Awards for excellence in directing, and the Santa Barbara Independent named him a Local Hero in 2009 for his “tireless devotion” to the international theatre community. His production of “The Pirates of Penzance” received three national awards in 2014, including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Director of a Musical from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.