Peter DeBono, Lecturer
Peter DeBono has recently retired as Professor Emeritus from the Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Department. He is the 2011 MPC recipient of the Allen Griffin Award for Teaching Excellence. He has a BA in Theatre from UCLA. He also holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from UCLA. Peter has directed 151 plays in the course of his career. His most recent directing credits are “Our Town”, “Death of a Salesman”, Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”and “Chapter Two” and “Art” at MPC.
Matt Wolf, London Theatre Critic
Matt is London theatre critic for The International New York Times, and theatre editor and a founding member of the The Arts Desk; he also does a weekly interview column for Broadway.com and writes frequently for The Guardian, Evening Standard, and the Royal Academy Magazine, among other publications. He spent 13 years as a London theatre critic for Variety and is the author of two books including, most recently, Sam Mendes at the Donmar: Stepping into Freedom. Matt teaches throughout the year for the London programs of NYU and Syracuse University and has taught a summer course for UC Berkeley since 1995. Matt grew up in New York and graduated from Yale in 1983. After graduation he moved to London and has lived there ever since!
Betty Cole, Group Coordinator
Betty is a Certified Travel Consultant and Destination Specialist and has been planning and organizing luxury cruises, custom tours, individual itineraries and much more for over 35 years. The London Theatre Tour has been an annual event for 34 years under her skillful coordination. With her meticulous organization of the air, hotel, transfers, tickets, speakers and many behind the scenes people, there is no aspect of the tour she is not involved with.
Liane Pfaff, Creative Design and Logistical Planning
Liane (“Girl Friday” as she calls herself) has been a London Theatre Tour member for over 15 years, and in the travel industry since 1986. Her working relationship with Betty started 6 years ago, and she is responsible for all the literature, web site, email blasts and informational material for the tour. Her expertise and attention to detail makes navigating the London public transportation system seamless. She is the creator of the wonderful London Guide you will receive upon arrival that details information on our plays, speakers and miscellaneous potpourri!
Diane Simpson, Group Liaison
Diane has hosted cruise groups and student trips both abroad and in the United States. Besides her two grandchildren her interests include participating annually in the Susan G. Komen 60 Mile Walk for the Cure. She is a resident of Dana Point in Southern California. Diane helps co-ordinate group functions and the day to day activities that apply to the group including the Welcome Reception.
Jeremy Zimmerman, Purveyor of Guest Speakers & Tickets
For the first 24 years of the London Theatre Tour, the late Dr. Arnold Zimmermann, FRSA, was our Mentor in London and through the Educational Development Association he procured our theatre tickets and guest speakers; he brought life and spirit to our London Theatre Tour. Wanting to keep his father’s spirit involved in Theatre, son Jeremy has continued his father’s good work with our group. Jeremy is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked on international productions for the past twenty years with such notable directors as Peter Yates, Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro & Richard Attenborough. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1995 for Outstanding Individual Achievement for the casting of Joseph, a television movie. Jeremy joined forces with Noel Davis and they started their own casting agency, Davis & Zimmerman. After ten years in partnership, Jeremy opened his own company, Jeremy Zimmerman Casting.