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Design and Production Faculty

Christina Barrigan, MFA

Resident Lighting Designer
Associate Professor
Head of Design

Ms Barrigan's Web site

CHRISTINA BARRIGAN (Associate Professor and Head of Design) is a native of North Pole, Alaska. Barrigan earned her B.A. in Theatre from Grinnell College, and an M.F.A in Design and Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the faculty at CWU, she worked as a freelance artist, working in opera, dance, theatre, ballet, independent film and performance art. Professionally, she has lit sea-creatures, ice shows, music acts, production shows, singers, magicians, jugglers, and comedians in situations ranging from theatrical performances, theme parks, corporate/industrial events, cruise ships and concerts. Barrigan's work can be seen locally and regionally. She also has extensive experience in computer aided design and automated lighting. At CWU she is Central Theatre Ensemble's resident lighting designer and as such, designs in the season and mentors student lighting designers' work on the Main Stage and in the annual Orchesis Spring Dance concerts. She is a founding member of DogTown Theater and the current chair of the Northwest section of USITT.

Headshot of Marc Haniuk to come

Marc Haniuk, MFA

Resident Scenic Designer
Associate Professor

MARC HANIUK (Assistant Professor, Resident Scenic Designer) Marc will begin his third year at CWU fall. Marc received his undergraduate degree at the University of Montana and an MFA from San Diego State University. Marc has designed over 150 productions in professional, academic and conservatory venues both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Marc was the Professor of Scenic Design at University of Northern Colorado, and The University of Oklahoma, School of Drama. He has served on the faculty of Montana State University, Sonoma State University, Hartnell College and The Putney School for the Arts.

Marc designs professionally two or three shows a year, most recently for The Little Theatre of the Rockies in Greeley Colorado, Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel California and The Carousel Theatre in Fort Collins Co. His recent design credits include: Buddy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The Secret Garden.

Marc is a native of Montana and is delighted to be in Ellensburg.

Photograph of Jerald M Dougherty.

Jerald M. Dougherty, MFA

Senior Lecturer
Production Manager

JERRY DOUGHERTY (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 Earnest in 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.

Photograph of Technical Director David Barnett.

David Barnett, MFA

Technical Director
Scene Shop Manager
McConnell Stage 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 are Man 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.

Joshua H Legate

Light Shop Manager

Joshua Legate received The Spotlight Award in 2008 and The Alexander and Victoria Dean Scholarship in 2009 for work in the technical field. After receiving a BA in Drama from The University of Montana, Josh moved to New York where he received his Masters in Lighting Design from Binghamton State University while also becoming Production Manager with Galumpha Dance Company. Specializing in Technical Direction and Lighting Design, Joshua has worked professionally in Montana, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and much of New England.

Photograph of Costume Shop Manager M. Catherine McMillen.

M. Catherine McMillen

Costume Shop Manager

Ms. McCMillen's Web Page

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.

Photograph of Costume Designer Scott Robinson.

Scott R. Robinson, MFA

Department Chair
Resident Costume Designer

Professional Vita


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 UniversityIllinois State University, and Lethbridge Community College. His professional work includes Waterville Opera HouseIdaho Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Utah Musical Theatre. He is a recipient of several Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards including 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.


Meredith Magoun


Meredith Magoun is a lecturer in costume design and technology at Central Washington University. Magoun begins her adventure at CWU in September.

Jason Tucholke


Jason Tucholke hails from a family farm in rural South Dakota. With degrees in Theatre, Music, and Art's Technology, he spends much of his time working (or continuing to grow) in one of these areas. Recent professional work includes sound design for The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), Illinois Shakespeare Festival; composer and designer for The Tempest, 3U Shakesfest; composer and designer for Eurydice, Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, and serving as composer and performer for the Praireland Movement Dance Project. He is ecstatic to be making a move to the Northwest and joining the CWU faculty and staff.