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George W. Bellah, III, MFA

(Associate Professor)

GEORGE W. BELLAH 3rd (Associate Professor) earned his B.F.A. in Performance from Northern Kentucky University, and his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a recognized actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. His professional background includes acting, directing, and fight directing in theatres on both the east and west coasts. He specializes in teaching and choreographing movement, stage combat, acting and directing. Bellah joined the CWU faculty in 1999 and has directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Jungalbook, Bus Stop, Tartuffe, Working, A Christmas Carol, Noh Telling, and The Woolgatherer. He appeared as Serge in the Faculty Showcase production of ART. George and his family, wife Trisha, Max (18), Miranda (15), Tom (12), and Griffyn (9) are happy to live in Ellensburg, the ancestral home of the Bellahs.

News Flash
Professor Bellah has been studying the performance aspects of Noh, a form of classical Japanese dance theatre, with the Noh Training Project since 2008. He recently led a group of students on a study abroad tour of Japan, focusing on Japanese theatre, culture, and language for 10 days. He then stayed in Tokyo for a month to study Noh with some of his teachers. Bellah is preparing to direct and perform in a Greek/Noh fusion production of a script written by colleague Elise Forier, currently titled Icarus. Dallas-based composer Kevin Salfen is writing the musical score. Icarus is scheduled to be performed at CWU in winter 2012.


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Michael Smith, MFA

(Professor)

 

MICHAEL J. SMITH (Professor) teaches a number of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including acting, voice, directing, and dialects. He earned his B.A. in Theatre from California State University at Fullerton and his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Oklahoma. A member of AEASAG, and AFTRA, Michael has acted, directed, and choreographed professionally. He has many credits from regional theatres throughout the Northwest, including originating the roles of Red Gibbs in the Seattle Repertory Theatre production of The Ballad of Soapy Smith, Wallace in Angry Housewives at Pioneer Square Theatre, and Ben in Kosher Lutherans at Snowy Range Summer Theatre. He has extensive commercial credits and has been featured in a number of TV shows and films. Michael has also acted in such CWU productions as Man of La Mancha, Concrete Dreams, Art, and Scrooge's Christmas. Recent CWU productions he has directed include The Importance of Being Earnest, Vietnam 101: The War on Campus, and Mama Tomcat's Flying School. For CTE's 2010-11 season, Michael will direct Still Life With Iris and act in Rounding Third.

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Brenda Hubbard, MFA

(Professor)

Vita

BRENDA HUBBARD (Professor) has more than 39 years of experience as a professional actor, director, playwright and artistic director, having worked with some of the leading theatres in the nation including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, and San Jose Repertory Theatre, among others. A BFA graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, she also earned her MFA in directing from the University of Portland. A member of Actors Equity Association since 1978 and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1975, Hubbard has appeared in hundreds of radio and television commercials, as well as several feature films and television shows. In 2007 Brenda played the role of Lucille Cadeau, in Alan Ayckbourn's two plays, House and Gardenfor Artists Repertory Theatre. In 2008 she directed Bad Dates for Salem Repertory Theatre. In 2009 she appeared as an Equity guest artist in the role of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Columbia Basin College. Later in the summer and fall of 2009 her work as director was showcased at the IFCC Theatre in a devised feminist performance piece, Inviting Desire, which toured to critical acclaim in Canada appearing at three Fringe Festivals. In 2010 she directed Doubt for Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s readings series. In 2011 she directed and created the sound design for the premiere of Steve Patterson’s award winning new play, Immaterial Matters at Coho Theatre as part of the Fertile Ground Festival.

Hubbard has also served as the artistic director of two professional theatre companies, Portland Repertory Theatre and Laughing Horse Summer Theatre. In both companies she established new policies and procedures as she led each company to a higher quality of professional accomplishment. For Portland Rep she directed 15 productions during her five year tenure with the company, also creating the sound design for thirty productions. At the time she resigned, Portland Rep was 95% subscribed and the oldest professional AEA theatre in Portland. For her accomplishments at the Rep she was awarded "Best Show" and "Best Director" for productions of Home and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?through the Willamette Week Awards, then known at the "Willie Awards." For Laughing Horse Summer Theatre she directed five productions, acted in three and also served as a co- set designer, designing the sets for the 1998 season.

In addition to her professional career as an artistic director, actor and director, Brenda has been an esteemed member of the theatre faculty at Central Washington University for over 19 years, where she has variously served as the Chair, Artistic Director, Graduate Coordinator and Head of Performance. She was part of initial bargaining team to create the first union agreement for Central. In addition, she has received awards as "Woman of Achievement" and Parent's and Alumni award for "Outstanding Teacher."
For Central Theatre Ensemble she has directed 25 productions including Two Gentlemen of Verona, Stop Kiss, The Country Wife, Lloyd's Prayer, Hay Fever, Macbeth. She has also acted in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Independence and The Importance of Being Earnest. As a playwright, Hubbard has created two plays for Central Theatre Ensemble, an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which toured the Pacific Northwest in 2000 and, Concrete Dreams, a rural comedy, in 2003. For CTE’s 2011-2012 season she created her own adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol, for which she will direct an


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Terri Brown, PhD

Musical Theatre / History

DR. TERRI L. BROWN (Assistant Professor, Director of Musical Theatre Studies, History and Literature), award winning stage director, completed her M.A. in Theatre Production at CWU, graduating with honors. Brown completed her Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University "with distinction" and was awarded the departmental dissertation fellowship. Her impressive professional credits prior to returning to academia include a 17-year stint as a recording artist with Nirvana Productions in Los Angeles where she sang, performed, and directed across many entertainment genres including rock videos, television appearances, and commercial and voice over work. She has performed and directed numerous productions of musical theatre, opera, rock videos, and was a singing entertainer and cabaret artist in Reno, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Los Angeles. Brown also toured with musical theatre companies for several years throughout the US and Canada, both as a director and as a performer. Outside of her academic responsibilities, Brown is currently under contract with Edgewater Records in Atlanta, where she continues to work professionally. Her latest achievements include an invitation to direct Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a musical revue of A Night on Broadway for the Varna Music Festival, which will also include taking the CWU Musical Theatre BFA students on a cultural exchange performing tour of Varna, Rome, Tuscany, and Florence in the summer of 2011.


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Christina Barrigan, MFA

Resident Lighting Designer and Assistant Professor

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CHRISTINA BARRIGAN (Assistant Professor and Lighting 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 favorite lighting design was for The Old House Under the Elms, an adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms in the style of Chinese Opera, produced by the ZhengZhou Qu Opera Company. She also has extensive experience in computer aided design and robotic lighting. At CWU she has designed lighting forBird Woman, Tom Sawyer, Working, West Side Story, Frankenstein, and Orchesis Dance concerts. She has provided both scenic and lighting design for Bus Stop and Lloyd's Prayer. She is lighting designer for this season's Hard Times, the new musical Blankity-Blank!, Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede, and this spring's Orchesis Dance concert.


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Marc Haniuk, MFA

Assistant Professor, Resident Scenic Designer

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.

 

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Scott R. Robinson, MFA

(Department Chair, Professor & Resident Costume Designer )

Professional Vita

Mr Robinson's Web site

SCOTT R. ROBINSON ( Professor, Costume Designer & Department Chair)Mr. Robinson continues his quest as department chair and eleventh year as a 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 has received several Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards including the Gold Medallion of Excellence, along with 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 degined 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 includeMan of La Mancha, Jungalbook, The Laramie Project, Hayfever, Tartuffe, Blankity Blank and Much Ado About Nothing.

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Elise Forier Edie, MFA

(Performance Head / Associate Professor Applied Theatre)

ELISE FORIER EDIE (Associate Professor, Applied Theatre) received her initial professional training at the Arena's Living Stage, in Washington, D.C. and went on to direct and create arts programs at such diverse organizations as the City of Tucson, LimeLight Children's Theatre, the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, the Arizona Arts Commission and Tacoma Actors Guild. A professional playwright, Elise has had plays and musicals produced all over the country, in New York and Los Angeles, as well as such far flung places as Jonesboro, Arkansas and McCall, Idaho. She has won playwriting awards from the Columbia Entertainment Company, the Bonderman/IRT/IUPUI Children's Theatre Symposium, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission, and others. She has twice been invited to develop her works at the National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Elise received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Arizona. In addition to teaching classes in playwriting and playbuilding, Elise teaches rasaboxes and other movement techniques to BFA students in Performance and Musical Theatre. This year, Elise will be directing the Winter devised work "Challenger."