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Kathleen Jeffs
Assistant Professor, Department Chair

Gonzaga University
Theatre and Dance Dept
AD Box 022
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5506

Office Location
College Hall 432A

Office Hours
By appointment


Kathleen has been directing the theatre program at Gonzaga since the Fall semester of 2012. Before coming to Gonzaga, Kathleen was based in the UK at the University of Oxford, where she completed her graduate and postdoctoral work. Her most recent post was as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded theatre project 'Out of the Wings' (www.outofthewings.org).

Kathleen's D. Phil. research took place within the context of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Spanish Golden Age Season in 2004-05. She was hired as a rehearsal dramaturg and literal translator for the RSC and participated in the daily rehearsal processes for Laurence Boswell’s The Dog in the Manger and stayed on to perform a similar role for Mike Alfreds’s Pedro, the Great Pretender. She is currently revising the thesis as a monograph.

Teaching and Directing

Kathleen teaches theatre from the perspective of performance. Using both classroom and studio-based methods, she has taught at the University of Oxford, lectured on the Finalists course at the University of Cambridge, and taught drama at the University of Sussex. At Gonzaga she teaches a variety of courses for the Theatre and Dance Program. Highlights from her theatre work include working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, bringing a series of one-act plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directing Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia in New College, Oxford, and co-producing a one-woman show about yoga at Theatre 503 in London.

Selected Publications

Staging the Spanish Golden Age: Translation and Performance, forthcoming book based on D.Phil. thesis.

“Prolonging the Pleasure: Gil Vicente and Jo Clifford’s Adaptations of Don Duardos for Ever-New Audiences” In The Limits of Literary Translation: Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages, ed. Javier Muñoz-Basols, Catarina Fouto, Laura Soler González, Tyler Fisher, (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2012).

“The Politics of Gender in Guillén de Castro’s La fuerza de la costumbre” In On Wolves and Sheep: Exploring the Expression of Political Thought in Golden Age Spain, edited by Aaron Kahn (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) 147-76.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America University Caucus Sourcebook, Volume Four, edited by Kathleen Jeffs, Bryan Moore, and Roxanne Ray. Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, August 2011.

“‘Acomode los versos con prudencia...’: Polymetric Verse on Stage in Translation” Journal of Romance Studies 8.3, Winter 2008: 3-21.

“The Evolution of Translation Values from Pre-Production through Rehearsal” The Mercurian: A Theatrical Translation Review 1.4, Fall 2008, 12-22.

“Literal and Performance Text” In The Spanish Golden Age in English: Perspectives on Performance, ed. Catherine Boyle and David Johnston with Janet Morris (London: Oberon, 2007) 75-88.

“The Role of the Dramaturg in the RSC’s Spanish Season” Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Review 17.2, Spring/Summer 2007, 10-15.

“Interview with Laurence Boswell” Comedia Performance 2.1, Spring 2005, 171-92.

“Cervantes Goes to Stratford: Pedro de Urdemalas on the English Stage” Antes y después del Quijote, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Valencia, Spain. Biblioteca Valenciana, 2005.

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Suzanne Ostersmith
Dance Program Director, Instructor

Gonzaga University
Theatre and Dance Dept
AD Box 024
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6508

Office Location
Theatre/Dance Studios

Office Hours
By appointment

Suzanne Ostersmith has taught theatre and dance at Gonzaga since 2000.  She is the founding director of the Dance Programs here at Gonzaga and at Whitworth University.

Her studies took her to UC San Diego, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco and British American Drama Academy, Oxford England, and she enjoyed a professional theatre/dance career on the West Coast.  She has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Previous Gonzaga Directing and Choreographing credits include A Chorus Line (choreographer), Chicago, Urintown (choreographer), The Crane Wife, Seussical, Weaving Our Sister's Voices 2006/2009, Zink, Pippin, The Honorable Urashima Taro, Medieval Mysteries, Once Upon A Mattress (choreographer) as well as Spring Dance Concerts, 2002-2013.

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Charles M. Pepiton

Assistant Professor

Gonzaga University 502 E. Boone Ave
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Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6537

Office Location

Office Hours
By appointment

Charlie joined the Theatre & Dance faculty in August 2014. Before coming to Gonzaga, he taught theatre and performance courses at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Charlie earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of Idaho, and he is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (China 2010-2012). 

s a stage director, Charlie's creative and research interests revolve around the transformational qualities of theatre where communities may be changed or formed through their participation. He creates new work alongside playwrights and explores new potentials for theatre to engage across borders–those between people and cultures and those between methods and disciplines. Charlie serves as Producing Artistic Director of Square Top Theatre.

Most recently, he directed the world premiere of playwright Damon Falke's Now at the Uncertain Hour, a piece for live performance, online streaming, and broadcast radio.

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Justin Schmidt
Temp Tech Dir, Theatre & Dance

AD Box 22

Office Hours
By appointment.

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Fr. George Morris

Sacramental minister University Ministry

502 E Boone
AD Box 111
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6019
Fax: (509) 313-4060

Office Location
Schoenberg Center

Fr. George Morris supports the Theatre & Dance department through the ministry of Chaplain.  He leads our prayers and helps us stay focused on our mission.  Our department is stronger with him among us.


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