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Performance And Musical Theatre

Patrick Dizney

Assistant Professor - Performance

PATRICK DIZNEY (Assistant Professor) received his MFA from the University of Washington, spent 6 years acting in NYC, and continues to work as an actor and director throughout the region. Credits include prime time television, national commercials, industrial videos, children’s theatre, two national tours, Off and Off-Off Broadway, feature and independent film, and Regional theatre including: Artists Repertory Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Penobscot Theatre and Theatre! Theatre! He also wrote, produced and performed in his one person show Inveigler on Theatre Row in NYC. His directing credits include: 36 Views, Romeo and Juliet (at Idaho Rep), The Diviners, The Foreigner, Meatgrinder Waltz (at 13th Street Rep in NYC), If Dreams Came True by Mark Kuntz, and Convention by student playwright Dan Ericson. Recent acting roles include: Vershinen in Pultizer Prize winner Tracy Lett’s world premier adaptation of The Three Sisters at Artist’s Rep, Kenny in Theatre District (another world premier) by Richard Kramer of TV fame, and Father Flynn in Mount Baker Theatre’s production of Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. Dizney has recently been  appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival's Region VII.

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Terri Brown, PhD

Associate Professor 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 withEdgewater 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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David Brown

Associate Professor / Musical Director

DAVID M. BROWN ( Musical Director) earned both his Bachelors and Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from Central Washington University, where he was also a member of the Faculty Brass Quintet. Brown has played lead trumpet with the Harry James Orchestra, several regional symphonies, and has conducted a number of musical theatre productions at universities and colleges throughout the country. His most recent conducting and musical directorships have been for Owens Community College and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. While earning his degrees at CWU, he served as musical director, conductor and lead keyboardist for several CTE productions including Man of La Mancha, Oh Coward!, and Little Shop of Horrors. His past experience also includes touring and recording for more than ten years with several international rock groups including such bands as "The Sonics," "Burgundy Express" and "Jimmy Le Favour," and was a studio musician, recording artist and musical director for Nirvana Productions in Los Angeles. He is currently the Director of Music for Edgewater Records in Atlanta, where he continues his professional work. This season Brown will provide musical direction for the world premiere ofBlankity-Blank! and serve as production manager for the CTE season.

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Brenda Hubbard, MFA



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 in a Dance Naked Production of 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. In 2013 she directed The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra for Northwest Classical Theatre.
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?  then known as the "Willie Awards,” now known as Drammys. 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 27 productions including Master Harold…and the boys, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Stop Kiss, The Country Wife, Lloyd's Prayer, Hay Fever, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Macbeth. She has also acted in The 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 and 2013 seasons she created her own adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Last winter she directed The Glass Menagerie for Portland Actors Conservatory and taught a Restoration styles class.

Brenda is currently engaged in rewrites of her new play, DOUBLE EXPOSURE, which she work shopped in public readings last summer at Cerimon House in Portland. For Central Theatre Ensemble’s 2014 season she will direct The Duchess of Malfi and will be presenting DOUBLE EXPOSURE as a part of the Women’s History Month at CWU in the spring of 2015.


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Michael Smith, MFA

Head of Performance


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 AEA and SAG/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, Rounding Third, and Scrooge’s Christmas. Recent CWU productions he has directed include The Adventures of Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes. For CTE's 2013-14 season, Michael directed a double bill of live radio shows: Princess O’Hara and Dick Tracy and the Big Top Murders and played Scrooge - for the third time - in A Christmas Carol.

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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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Anneliese Childress

Lecturer - Choreographer


ANNELIESE CHILDRESS (Guest Choreographer and Lecturer) is a native of Ellensburg who has served as a director, choreographer, actor and dancer at high schools, colleges, community and regional theatres throughout the country. Childress began her formal training early under the direction of Christine Zeigler and later continued at Cornish College of the Arts, and was a member of the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance company of Chicago. She was an ensemble member in The 5th Avenue Theatre productions of Singin' in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz. Childress was seen most recently on the CTE stage as Lady Macbeth and wowed local audiences as Meg Brockie in the Valley Musical Theatre production ofBrigadoon. She has choreographed several CTE productions including Man of La Mancha, West Side Story and, most recently, Working. This season Childress is teaching the new Stage Dance course and will be guest choreographer for the CTE world premiere of Blankity-Blank!