About the Intermission Institute

Whether it’s summer break or distance learning schedules, there is always a forced “intermission” just around the corner for performing and technical arts students.

The Intermission Institute gives arts students a chance to stay connected and engaged in our art forms; to explore new ideas and keep our skills sharp and improving.

This digital lobby is an opportunity for performing arts students to stay involved and active in their various art forms while we are away from our classrooms, theaters, and concert halls.  It is also an avenue to learn new skills from each other, to share meaningful experiences, and most of all, to stay connected. The Intermission Institute is an outlet to share and create, to hone our crafts, and to learn with and from each other.  Through our collaborative efforts with this website, we will not make “intermission” a pause in our artistic endeavors, but a part of it.

Cameron Brown

Director of Instrumental Music
Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Mr. Brown is in his 15th year of teaching instrumental music, and his 8th year at Marshall Middle School.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University and a Master of Music from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Brown’s main instruments are trumpet and percussion (specifically drum set). He lives in Poway with his wife, son, and 3 dogs.

Russell Shedd

Director of Instrumental Music
Scripps Ranch High School

Russell Shedd, a native of Plymouth Michigan, has been the music director at Scripps Ranch High School for 18 years and teaches the award-winning band, orchestra, percussion and marching band programs. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory (CCM) and Central Washington University.  He lives in Scripps Ranch with his wife, Kadie, and daughter, Everly. 

Jeff Russell

Theatre Arts Director
Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Mr. Russell has been the theatre director for Thurgood Marshall Middle School for 12 years. The program encompasses theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, and video production.

It is his goal to work with students to bring an authentic theatre experience to the Marshall Middle School community and the students never disappoint.

Patrick Garcia

Theatre Arts Director
Scripps Ranch High School

This coming school year will be Mr. Garcia’s 30th year teaching theatre and his 8th year at Scripps Ranch High School.

His 8 years at SRHS have made Mr. Garcia proud of the work done by the students in creatively growing the Falcon Playhouse.