Del Mar Performing Arts Staff

Band Director

William Burkhead

William Burkhead, Music
MA Southern Oregon University, American Band College 2007
BA Music Education, CSU, Chico. 1994


Mr. Burkhead is in his 21st = year at Del Mar High School and oversees the Performing Arts Department, focusing primarily on Music. He is also the conductor for the "Campbell Express-A Community Band".  He is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for bands and musical theatre pit orchestras.



Theatre Arts

Maria Griswold, BA, SJSU

Maria Griswold is ecstatic to return to her alma mater, not only as the Theatre Arts teacher, but as an English 1 teacher. After graduating from Del Mar in 2012, she continued on to San Jose State University where she received her bachelors in Theatre Arts Education, and later her English Teaching Credential. Although still fairly new to her directorial position, Maria is no stranger to theatre. After performing for over twenty years, as well as assistant vocal directing and directing over ten productions, she couldn’t be happier to mold Del Mar’s finest performers. “One of the most satisfying things is when you push an actor further than they think is possible, and watching them on opening night fully embodying their characters. It’s like a lightbulb clicks and they’re ready to embrace stardom and captivate their audience.”

Additional Staff

Daniel Hughes, Accompanist & Vocal Coach

Kale Duprey, Asst. to the Band Director, Visual Coordinator (on Hiatus 2020)

Rene Canto-Adams, Marching Band Woodwind Coach

Bailey Morgan, Battery Percussion Coach

Charlie Tran, Front Ensemble Coach

AJ Gonzales, Brass and Movement Coach

Russ Cabudol, Colorguard Instructor

Julie Goodall, Musical Theatre Vocal Coach (Winter Musical Only)

Joni Cronin, Musical Theatre Movement Coach (Winter Musical Only)