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David Janowiak
Creative Arts Division Chair,
Professor of Theatre

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David Janowiak is a professional actor, director and teacher.  David has been a professor of theatre and Head of Acting at Western Oregon University since 1997. David has also directed over sixty productions. 

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As a stage actor, he has worked at professional and regional theatres across the country and abroad, including The Northern Stage Company, Actors Repertory Theatre, The Little Sandwich Theatre, Salem Repertory Theatre, CoHo Theatre, Public Playhouse, Theatre Hebertot (Paris), Dallas Shakespeare Festival and six seasons with the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.  On camera, David has done numerous films and industrials, as well print ads, and continues to work as a professional voice actor in films, commercials and industrials.  He served as artistic director of the Spotlight Theatre Company in Milwaukee, WI for five seasons and was a founding member and artistic director of Salem Repertory Theatre, where he produced over twenty shows and directed and acted seasonally. He has won numerous awards for his acting and directing, including Best of 1990 in Theatre Week Magazine for his performance in the title role of Dr. Faustus.

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Scott Grim 
Department Head,
Professor of Theatre

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Scott Grim is currently a Scenic Designer and Professor of theatrical design and technology at Western Oregon University. He holds an M.F.A. in Theatre (Scenic Design emphasis) from the University of Georgia. 

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Mr. Grim has designed numerous theatrical productions outside of WOU, including Leach Theatre in Missouri, Highlands Playhouse of North Carolina and Pentacle Theatre. A number of his designs have been included in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology International Design Archive. He has served as Technical Director at various institutions for over 14 years.

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Sandy Hedgepeth

Professor of Theatre

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Sandy is the resident Costume Designer and teaches the costume design and technology curriculum at Western, including Costume Design, Costume Props, Fabric Modification, and Millinery. She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from Florida State University. 

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She has worked as a professional costume designer all over the United States, including productions at Tygres Heart Theatre in Portland, Oregon, Salem Repertory Theatre in Oregon, and George Street Playhouse in New Jersey. Other regional costume credits include the Portland Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Syracuse Stage in New York. She has also worked extensively with Michael Curry Studios on many projects including the The Lion King on Broadway, Aladdin at Disney, and as Head Milliner for The Cat in the Hat, the live action movie with Mike Meyers. Some of the over 100 productions she has designed include The Liar, Reefer Madness, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Romeo and Juliet, The Inspector General, and A Company of Wayward Saints, and Cabaret.

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Dr. Michael Phillips

Professor of Theatre

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Dr. Phillips received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1996, where his dissertation concerned the philosophical connections between 20th century scientific theories (quantum physics, relativity, and chaos theory) and dramatic literature. Dr. Phillips teaches Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Directing.

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He is a professional director, with over 30 full-length professional and university level productions. His professional credits include work with Salem Repertory Theatre in Salem, OR, Lancaster Opera in Lancaster, PA, Lord Leebrick Theatre Company in Eugene, OR, and The Neighborhood Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. He has also worked as a dramaturg, most recently with Sojourn Theatre in Portland, OR. At WOU, Dr. Phillips teaches Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Directing.

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Ted deChatelet
NTT Assistant Professor of Theatre

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Ted is a professional actor, director, teacher and fight choreographer who has worked extensively in New York and in Regional Theatres around the country 

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including: Classic Stage Company, The Culture Project NYC, ACT Seattle, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory, Public Playhouse, Profile Theatre, CoHo Theatre, Milagro Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, Salem Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Buffalo Studio Arena and the Shakespeare Festivals of Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina. In addition to the stage, Ted has worked in front of the camera in numerous commercials, industrials, and films. Ted has studied with Wynn Handman in NYC and with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voiceworkä and a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors. He co-owns Revenge Arts Stage Combat (www.revengearts.com) and has directed violence for over 40 professional and collegiate productions.

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Ryan Wright
Technical Director

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Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Technical and Design from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. 

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While in college he worked for the Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM) and Pennsylvania Center Stages (State College, PA) as part of the stage and electrics crews. Since graduating, Ryan has worked at a number of professional theatres and entertainment companies across the United States. These include Fireside Dinner Theatre (Fort Atkinson, WI) as Master Electrician, Field Installation Supervisor and Regional Manager for Creative Realities Inc. (Fairfield, NJ), Technical Director for Rollins College, as a Master Electrician and a general technician for Innovative Show Designs (Longwood, FL).