Jason Berner Dean at Contra Costa College

It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Travis Hiner. I have known Travis since January 2016, when he began working as the Theatre Staging Specialist (TSS) at Contra Costa College in Richmond, California. As dean of the Liberal Arts Division, I supervised Travis in this position.

From the moment he was hired, Travis began establishing himself as a creative and innovative member of the Contra Costa College community. He took over the TSS position from someone who had retired after holding the job for over thirty years. While the previous TSS was highly skilled and experienced, Travis was able to immediately invigorate the CCC Drama Department, bringing a fresh perspective and innovative approach to theatrical productions. Soon after beginning his work at CCC, for example, he oversaw the installation of a large state-of-the-art screen, instantly expanding the technical possibilities for Drama Department productions. And while Travis greatly increased the use of technology in our theater space, he also brought an old-fashioned, problem-solving technical director sensibility to our productions: Suddenly, our sets and other design elements reflected a level of skill and craftsmanship that had been missing in earlier years.

I have also been impressed by Travis’s collegiality and professionalism. Here at CCC, we are faced with chronic budget challenges. Despite this, Travis always works with directors and faculty members to ensure that their shows and classes are as well-produced as possible. He seeks out creative solutions for design challenges, and remains patient and considerate when dealing with unexpected challenges.

I am very sorry to see Travis go, but I have no doubt that he will find success in his future endeavors. I give him my highest recommendation.

Lesley Schisgall Currier Managing Director at Marin Shakespeare Company

Travis is a skilled and personable Technical Director. He completed his duties with diligence and an excellent attitude. We recommend his work.

Scott Price Director of Operations, Event Technology at PSAV

Working with Travis as Faculty at Contra Costa College was a an enjoyable time. Travis had many responsibilities and many hats to wear. He approached all aspects of his work with detailed planning and execution. Travis is a collaborator who truly enjoys what he does. He will succeed at whatever he is working on. Contra Costa College and its students are lucky to have him.

  Scott Coopwood Actor, Educator, Private Coach…

I worked with Travis for two seasons at MSC. I was employed as an actor and as a carpenter on the build. Travis is a great boss. Always prepared, detail oriented and easy going. Travis made the workplace professional but also fun. He is always aware and concerned with speed, cost, and efficiency but never at the expense of safety. I would work for him again anytime, anywhere.

Nicola Maurantonio Master Magician, Guest Entertainer

Travis is a kind and helpful. He’s a responsible, efficient and always available. I worked with Travis in the Stardust Theatre of the Norwegian Spirit and was always a pleasure to meet him and work with him. In a show of great illusions is really important the backstage tech. before, during and after the show and Travis was my right arm in the preparation of the show. The success on the stage is always to share with people who work well with you and Travis is without doubt one of the best I’ve ever met. Thank you Travis. Cripton

Shawna Eiermann PSR Coordinator II | Telecom Jack of All Trades | Lyricist| Musician | Singer | Performance Artist

Travis is a very kind, efficient, and hard working man. I had the pleasure of working with him on San Francisco State’s The Barber of Saville, and he was an absolute delight.