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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 432Q

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
AD Box 22
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).

As 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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Shaun D. Sorenson
Lecturer, Production Manager

AD Box 22

Phone: 509-313-6357

Office Location
College Hall 432C

Office Hours
By appointment

Shaun completed his MFA in Theatre Design & Technology at the University of Idaho.  He has taught at Eastern Oregon University and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.  

As Technical Director, his production experience includes The Nutcracker, Six Songs from Ellis Island and From the Ashes: A Cinderella Story.  Shaun also designed the lighting for such productions as Hole in the Sky, Cabaret and Stones in His Pocket.

In addition to his academic training, Shaun is a licensed journeyman electrician in the state of California.

His passion for theatre design was born out of his experience as an audience member during a production of Angels in America while he was in his first semester as an undergraduate.  He is happy to living back in the Inland Northwest and to be at Gonzaga University.

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Leslie Stamoolis


AD Box 22

Phone: 509-313-3606

Office Location
CG 249

Office Hours
By appointment only

Leslie completed her MFA in Costume Design at the University of California, Irvine.  She has also been awarded a MA in Theatre from Miami University (Ohio).

Her professional and academic experience includes costume design for theatres in California, Washington, Illinois and Ohio.  Notably her work has been featured in productions of the following works:  Cyrano, Embraceable Me, Steel Magnolias, Sound of Music, Dames at Sea, Aida, The Conversion of Ka'ahmunanu, For the Boys, 42nd Street, Shout!, The Rose Tattoo, As You Like It, Orlando, The Misanthrope, Waiting for Godot, Arcadia, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man and After Troy.

Leslie has been involved in theatre higher education as well as youth programs across the country.  As an educator she has specifically contributed to the success of the "Kids at Play", a summer stock program for youth in Olympia, Washington as well as the multiple outreach programs offered through the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Ohio).

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Justin Schmidt
Fxd Technical Dir, Thtre&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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Pamela Erickson
Adjunct Instructor

Phone: (509) 313-6083

Courses: Ballet, Modern, Dance History

Pam Erickson began her training and performing career with the Santa Barbara Ballet Company, and is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her professional credits include performances with the San Francisco Dance Theatre, the Chamber Dance Ballet Company of San Francisco, the Sphinx Jazz-Ballet Company of Vienna, Austria, and in Broadway-style revues abroad the MS Crystal Harmony cruise ship. She recently choreographed for Spokane's World Aids Day performance and for the Theatre Ballet of Spokane's Spring Concert. As a dance instructor, Pam has taught at Western Washington University and the University of Utah; during the past two years she has also taught master classes at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She teaches at Spokane's Ballet Arts Academy and is a national adjudicator for Spotlight Dance Competition. Currently she is an instructor at both Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities.

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Karla Parbon
Adjunct Instructor

AD Box 22

Phone: (509) 313-6083

Courses: Jazz, Conditioning, Hip Hop

Karla Parbon is a graduate of Whitworth University. After getting her degree she trained exclusively in studio where she performed and competed in jazz, tap, modern/contemporary, and hip hop for 12 years across the state of Washington. Karla has choreographed several musicals for the Christian Youth Theatre and for the Gonzaga Preparatory Competitive Dance Team and was their choreographer and advisor for seven years. Currently, Karla is a faculty member in the dance programs at both Gonzaga University and Whitworth University, where she teaches jazz, dance conditioning, and hip hop. Karla is also the Dance Ministry Leader at Life Center Church, where she choreographs and performs pieces for services and special events.

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Sarah Glesk
Adjunct Instructor

Phone: (509) 313-6083

Courses: Modern

Sarah Glesk began teaching Modern Dance at Gonzaga University in September 2013. She also teaches ballet and modern at Ballet Arts Academy, Inland Northwest Ballet, Suncrest Ballet Studio and is the resident choreographer for Ballet Arts Academy Senior Company. Sarah graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance in 2006. While at Cornish she was chosen to perform in Martha Graham's "Diversion of Angels" at the Paramount. Over the next 10 years Sarah performed with companies such as Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, Geoffrey Johnson, Alloy Dance Project, Serendip and helped found the in-house dance troupe currently known as the CanCan Castaways in Seattle's Pike Place Market. After returning to Spokane, Sarah helped form Suncrest Ballet Studio and began her career of teaching and choreographing.