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Literature and History

John (Jay) Ball, PhD

(Assistant Professor)

Jay Ball (Assistant Professor) received his PhD in Theatre History & Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 and has taught theatre history, literature and dramaturgy at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and the College of Charleston. A member of the American Association for Theatre Research, Dr. Ball's research is focused on the international dimensions of 20th-century political theatre, with a special emphasis on South Africa, Northern Ireland and the former Czechoslovakia. Teaching emphases include World Drama, the history of dramatic theory, reception theory and the practices of adaptation/devised theatre.
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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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Shari Foster

Lecturer

Literature/History

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Brenda Hubbard, MFA

(Professor)

Vita

BRENDA HUBBARD (Professor) has more than 40 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 Garden for 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 20 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 26 productions including Two Gentlemen of Verona, Stop Kiss, The Country Wife, Lloyd's Prayer, Hay Fever, and 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, which she also directed and designed the sound. She will complete the year co-directing A Year with Frog and Toad as a studio production along with graduate student, co-director and choreographer Juleen Murray Shaw.

Brenda eagerly awaits her next directing assignment in Portland with Northwest Classical Theatre where she will direct The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra opening in Feb. of 2013.