Faculty & Staff


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Kathleen Jeffs
Assistant Professor, Department Chair

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Phone: (509) 313-5506

Office Location
College Hall 432Q

Kathleen teaches theatre from the perspective of performance using both classroom and studio methods.  At GU since 2012, Kathleen has successfully staged her translation of the Spanish Golden Age play, The Force of Habit, written by Guillen de Castro as well as Alice, a student-adapted version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  Kathleen was also the co-Director and Dramaturg for the audience-record setting production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

As a teacher, Kathleen has been on the faculty of the University of Oxford, UK as well as teaching courses at the University of Cambridge, UK and the University of Sussex, UK.

Kathleen’s professional experience includes the Royal Shakespeare Company (Rehearsal Dramaturg and Literal Translator) during the productions of Laurence Boswell’s The Dog in the Manger and Mike Alfred’s Pedro, the Great Pretender.  She also expertly staged a series of one-act plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and directed Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia in New College, Oxford, UK.  Kathleen also co-produced a one-woman show at London’s Theatre 503. She was also involved with the AHRC-funded theatre project, “Out of the Wings”, as a post-doc Research Assistant.

Her research expertise is the Spanish Golden Age for which she has numerous journal articles to her credit as well as her upcoming book, Staging the Spanish Golden Age: Translation and Performance.

Kathleen was awarded a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, UK.

 
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Suzanne Ostersmith

Dance Program Director, Instructor

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Phone: (509) 313-6508

Office Location
Theatre/Dance Studios

Office Hours
Spring 2017
Tuesday: 1:45pm - 5:00pm
Thursday: 1:45pm - 2:30pm

Suzanne founded the Academic Dance program at GU in 2000.  Since then she has brought her signature passion and craft as director and choreographer to over 25 stage productions including the audience-record setting staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Pippin, Once Upon a Mattress, Suessical and Chicago.  In addition, she has staged two Japanese folk tales (The Crane Wife and The Honorable Urashima Taro) as well as an annual Spring Dance Concert.

In the classroom, Suzanne helps develop future dance instructors and fosters an interdisciplinary environment.  She has collaborated with faculty from the Department of Biology to design and instruct courses that combine dance and body mechanics.

She has studied and performed at the University of California at San Diego as well as with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the British-American Drama Academy in Oxford, UK.  She also enjoyed a career in theatre and dance on the West Coast for several years.

Suzanne was awarded a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

 
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Charles M. Pepiton

Assistant Professor

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Phone: 509-313-6657

Office Location
CG432A

Office Hours
Spring 2017
Monday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Charles M Pepiton teaches courses on acting, directing, voice & movement, and theatre for young audiences. As a stage director, his interests revolve around creating new work and exploring the potential for theatre to engage across borders—between people and cultures, between methods and disciplines. Since joining the theatre & dance faculty in 2014, Charlie has directed Much Ado About Nothing, Book of Hours, and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play for Gonzaga. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in China from 2010-2012 where he directed cross-cultural productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest at Guizhou University. He works as Producing Artistic Director at Square Top Theatre where he develops new interdisciplinary work. Recent directorial credits at STT include premieres of The Sun is in the West (2010) and Now at the Uncertain Hour (2014) by Damon Falke and the film Laura, or Scenes from a Common World (2016). Charlie earned an MFA in Directing at the University of Idaho.

For more information, visit www.cpepiton.com.

 
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Courtney Smith

Assistant Professor

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Phone: 313-6357

Office Location
CG 432C

Office Hours
Spring 2017
Monday: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Courtney Smith is a scenic designer for theatre, dance and film experience in both the professional and educational world.  As a freelance designer, Courtney works internationally and throughout the east and west coasts.

He works primarily in theatre but can also be found working on music videos, commercials, events and anything with a solid story and a great group of people behind it.  Courtney's designs received Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  His design for The Cherry Orchard won at KCACTF 7 and went on to win a "Distinguished Achievement Award in Scenic Design" on the national level at Washington, D.C.

Courtney was awarded a MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Idaho.

 
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Leslie Stamoolis

Assistant Professor

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Phone: 509-313-3606

Office Location
CG 249

Office Hours
Spring 2017
Monday: 9:00am - 11:00am 
Wednesday:  9:00am - 11:00am 
Friday:  9:00am - 11:00am 

Leslie is committed to increasing arts access through education.  She believes that theatre can educate as much as it can engage an audience particularly through inviting the audience “backstage” to understand the craft and skill that go into making a story come alive.  She encourages students to set aside anxiety about “good or bad” in design and focus on building effectively so that they story is strengthened through costume.  Indeed, as a costume designer, she is known and appreciated for her hearty research and thorough script analysis.

At GU since 2014, Leslie built historical costumes for Much Ado About Nothing and hip-hop designs for Jesus Christ Superstar.  She also advised and supported student costumer designer and student directors for their own productions.  Leslie continues to develop courses in costume construction and design, especially those that offer interdisciplinary access.

Leslie previously taught courses at Gateway Community and Technical College, Miami University (Ohio) and University of California at Irvine.

Her professional experience includes costume design for theatre companies in California, Illinois and Ohio. She was active in the youth summer stock program of Kids at Play in Olympia, WA as well at similar programs in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.  Notably, Leslie was the Director of Education for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Leslie was awarded a MA in Theatre from Miami University (Ohio) and a MFA in Costume Design from University of California at Irvine.

 
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Abbey Plankey
Technical Director Theatre & Dance, Art Dept Technician

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Phone: 509-313-6553

Office Location
Magnuson Theatre

 
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Fr. George Morris
Department Chaplain

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Phone: (509) 313-6019

Office Hours
By appointment

 
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Pamela Erickson
Adjunct Instructor

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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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Vincas Greene
Adjunct Instructor

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Phone: (509) 313-6083

Vincas Greene (MFA, California Institute of the Arts) is currently in Spokane teaching at Gonzaga. As department chair at Brenau University, he led the university to full accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance, was elected to the Commission on Accreditation and served as a Visiting Evaluator. He has been a master teacher at Nanyang Normal University in China. Working with Gonzaga, Brenau, Jacksonville, Belhaven, Gainesville Ballet, Theatre Ballet of Spokane, Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre and others, he choreographed over 40 dances and three operas. Vincas has danced in all 4 corners of the country and performed dances by Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, Carl Ratcliff, Jacques Heim and others.

 
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Sarah Glesk
Adjunct Instructor

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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.

 
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Karla Parbon
Adjunct Instructor

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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.