(Department Chair, Professor & Resident Costume Designer)
SCOTT R. ROBINSON (Professor, Costume Designer & Department Chair) Mr. Robinson continues as department chair and member of the CWU faculty. Prior to his arrival at CWU, Robinson was a faculty member at the University of Montevallo, and taught at Northern Michigan University, Illinois State University, and Lethbridge Community College. His professional work includes Waterville Opera House, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Utah Musical Theatre. He is a recipient of several Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards including a two time winner of the Gold Medallion of Excellence, and meritorious awards for his costume design work on Fantasticks, and Man of La Mancha and scenic designs for Bird Woman: The Story of Sacajawea, and the world premiere of Blankity Blank. He has been a reviewer for the American Library Association's Choice Magazine. He has served on numerous state and regional theatre organization's boards and committees and currently serving as the Financial Officer of Kennedy Center ACTF Region VII. Robinson received his A.A. degree in Mid-Management from Brigham Young University - Idaho [Ricks College], his B.F.A. in Design from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, and his M.F.A. in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal. He recently designed masks/headresses for the Sunderman Conservatory of Music production of The Magic Flute at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, PA. Robinson's CWU design credits include: Man of La Mancha, Jungalbook, The Laramie Project, Hayfever, Tartuffe, Blankity Blank and Much Ado About Nothing among others.
Senior Lecturer - Production Manager
JERRY DOUGHERTY (Senior Lecturer, Production Manager) has worked in opera, dance, theatre, and musical theatre as a production manager, technical director and designer. He joined the Department of Theatre Arts in 2005 as the production manager and designed scenery for CTE's production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Hard Times and The Importance of Being Earnestin addition to being technical director for the Noh Telling project. His technical direction credits include The Magic Flute, Faust, Sour Angelica and The Devil and Daniel Webster at the University of Northern Colorado and The Threepenny Opera, and Nantasket at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally he designed the scenery for UNC's Opera Theatre productions of The Old Maid and the Thief, Cosi Fan Tutte, and I Can't Stand Wagner. He was the resident prop master for the Little Theatre of the Rockies for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He has also worked with Colorado Dance Theatre, Waco Children's Theatre, Austin Theatre for Youth, Sharir+Bustamonte Danceworks, and KNVA TV 54 in Austin, Texas. He is the house rigger for the Capitol Theatre and is on the advisory committee for the theatre technology program at A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, WA. He received his MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2000. He is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and serves as the Executive Officer for the 382d Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Seattle, WA. He teaches Theories of Play Production, Stage Management and produces the Dr. Betty Evans Original One Act Festival. He is married to Christina Barrigan.
Senior Department Secretary
MARY MAKINS (Senior Secretary) joined the Theatre Arts Department in January 2006 after working as Office Manager for a local manufacturing company for many years. A native of Yakima, and one of 11 children, she relocated to the Kittitas Valley in 1979. A life-long supporter and patron of the arts, she has traveled extensively pursuing her passion for all things artistic. She received her BA in Family and Consumer Sciences from CWU and is a clothing designer and professional seamstress. She is also a photo historian, collecting and taking photos of personalities and events of Ellensburg and beyond for the past 20 years. She is an avid athlete who enjoys swimming, hiking, bicycling and is a retired triathlete. She devotes her free time to her family, traveling, and pursuing music and the arts.
Fiscal Technician II
M. Catherine McMillen
(Costume Shop Manager)
Catherine McMillen (Costume Shop Manager) began her formal training in theater studying costuming under the tutelage of Susan Tsu at the University of Texas at Austin and later earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Auburn University-Montgomery while working as the assistant wig master at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Her professional career has included working for Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Alley Theatre, NETworks productions, The University of Texas Theatre Department, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. McMillen was a guest artist at CWU creating wigs for the 2004 production of “Tartuffe.” She has also worked as a makeup artist for TV, indie films, photography, opera, ballet and stage. In her spare time she enjoys working as a freelance wigmaker, seamstress and upholster. She is very excited to be joining the CWU staff this year.
(Technical Director & Scene Shop Manager)
DAVE BARNETT (Technical Director) earned his M.F.A. in Design and Technology from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in Industrial Education from the University of Wyoming. His set design work at Central includes productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Charlotte's Web, for which he received a Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award. His lighting design credits include Cloud Tectonics and Jungalbook. He has served as Technical Director on more than 45 productions in his 11 years at CWU, among his favorites areMan of La Mancha, Oklahoma and Beauty and the Beast. Barnett has also worked with Village Theatre Summer Stock as both TD and set designer and, most recently, as Technical Director for Idaho Repertory Theatre. He supervises the theatre department scene shop, technical production, McConnell Auditorium, and teaches scene technology, drafting, advanced scene tech, scenic and props construction, Theatre 107 and theatre lab. Barnett will provide sound design for this season's Youth Theatre Tour, Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede.
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