Josh Machamer

and Associate Dean,
Mainstage Production Director


  • Office: Bldg. 47, Rm. 31
  • Phone: 805-756-2359
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  • Pronouns: he, him, his

Areas of Expertise

directing, acting, theatre history, international education/program development, general education, career development, conceptualization, composition, collaboration

About Josh Machamer

Josh Machamer is the Associate Dean for Operations for the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Josh received his MFA in Directing from Pennsylvania State University and his BA in Theatre Arts & English from Whittier College. He has extensive college/university and professional directing credits, as well as production experience within the American television and film industry. He has participated as an invited artist at the University of Birmingham, UK, and on more than one occasion with the London-based Complicite and performed on stage with the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) in productions of God of Carnage, Hairspray, Enron & Shipwrecked! Josh has written several articles for the Pasadena Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre, as well as been published within the International Journal of the Humanities and Local-Global: Studies in Community Sustainability. At Cal Poly, Josh currently teaches courses in Directing, Theatre History, Global Theatre and Performance, Senior Project Seminar, and First Year Seminar. Outside of his department, he has extensive university experience in a variety of areas, such as General Education, College and University Curriculum, International Programs, the Academic Senate, and Cal Poly’s Center for Expressive Technologies. In the field of international education, he has served several times as a participating faculty and resident director on Cal Poly’s London Study Global Program. Currently, he serves as the editor and curator of the Arts in Society Book Series: Immersive Theatre – Engaging the Audience. Currently, Josh serves as a member of the Cal Poly Foundation Board and as a member of the Central Coast Performing Arts Center Commission, a campus and community advisory board for the Performing Arts Center. He is a recipient of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s University Distinguished Teaching Award.

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