Fresno City College theater professor Debbi Shapazian reminds me that a very special person on the college’s faculty is retiring:
Just wanted to let you know that Linda Quinn is going to retire from teaching acting classes at Fresno City College and we are having a reception after the Dec. 10 matinee performance of “Drunken City” to honor her. She has been with us for a very long time and has worked her magic on many students who had no idea what theatre was. Sometimes a counselor just plopped them into the class and even though they may not have pursued a career in the arts they walked away a better human being.
Here’s a nice piece in the Fresno City College paper on Quinn, who has taught at the college since 1975. In it she talks about the connection she has with her students:
As soon as you walk into my classroom, you become my baby. I love the students, and I feel their love for me.
The college and the Fresno theater community will certainly miss her teaching.