Theater alumnus gets big break

March 27, 2018

By Frank Portillo Alumnus Peter Mendoza journeyed from student actor to playing the lead in “Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue” at the Kirk Douglas theater in Los Angeles. In a Los Angeles Times review of the play from theater critic Charles McNulty, Mendoza was said to “raise the emotional stakes for the audience as the young Marine descends into hell.” The actor, however, didn’t end up in his position easily. He…


Theatre Department prepares for upcoming production

By Jesus Figueroa  East Los Angeles College’s Theatre Arts Department is getting ready for the two one-act comedies “The Chekhov Vaudeville!…featuring The Proposal and The Bear!” By Anton Chekhov in the P2-101 Upstairs Theatre premiering this Friday at 8 p.m. The two one-act comedies written by Chekhov are set as the second production for ELAC’s Theatre Arts department. Both plays have alternating cast members set to perform in different shows….

April 24, 2014

Acting major pursues life-long dreams

  By Jane Fernandez Acting major Peter Mendoza will be playing the leading character, Algernon Moncrief, in the ELAC production, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which opens Nov. 30 on campus. He dedicated the last seven years of his life to pursue his childhood dream of being a professional actor. With plans of transferring to California State University, Fullerton for a bachelor’s degree, and later to University of California, Irvine for…

October 9, 2012

‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ mixes comedy with classic story

By J.C. Casarez Before a sold out audience at the Black Box Theater, the play “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead,” opened Friday night. The Tom Stoppard play is presented by the Speech, Theatre Arts and Broadcasting Department and is directed by W. Colin McKay and David Laird Scott. The play is based on characters from the Shakespeare classic “Hamlet.” It focuses on the travels and actions of the main characters, …

March 24, 2012