Marita Cardinal, Professor
Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Instructor
Sandra Hedgepeth, Associate Professor
Deborah Jones, Professor
Carl Massey, Instructor
Amy McDowell, Instructor
Sharon Oberst, Professor
Darryl Thomas, Professor & Department Head
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Deborah is a dancer, choreographer and teacher holds an M.F.A. degree in Dance from Mills College and a B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley in Dramatic Art-Dance. She has performed and choreographed for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area with such companies as The Assortment, The Dance Exchange and Six Thumbs Dance Theatre and with the Oregon based contemporary music ensemble SoundMoves, as well as for other independently commissioned projects. A tenured Full Professor at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ms. Jones has taught for the Theatre/Dance Department since 1991. Ms. Jones has been a guest artist at various colleges and universities including University of California at Davis and San Francisco City College. Other faculty positions include San Jose City College, CA and Linfield College, OR.
For the past several years, Ms. Jones’ area of research has been within the field of creativity. One outcome of her continuing studies led to Ms. Jones creating an academic course, “Creativity”, dealing with both the nature and development of personal creativity and the understanding of the creative process. Her innovative curriculum assists students in understanding this process and developing their own creativity. The course has been widely praised for the contribution it has made to the Western Oregon University Liberal Arts experience. The success of this course resulted in Ms. Jones being invited to teach “Creativity” for the Honors Program. Her work in the area of creativity has attracted the attention of health and counseling professionals, resulting in referrals for her private classes as well as invitations to teach at places such as the Hawaii Wellness Institute on Oahu. Requests for her work have also included upper management training for local corporations to develop the creative potential of the individuals and the business. Deborah continues to offer ongoing workshops in the Salem area.
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Office: Maple HallDarryl Thomas toured throughout the world as dancer and artistic collaborator in the world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre, receiving an Emmy for his 1996KennedyCenter performance of the Pilobolus work “Untitled”, starring annually in the Company’s sold-outNew York performances, and performing in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics inAtlanta,Georgia.In addition, Thomas has collaborated with Pilobolus on commercial television projects such as the 2006 award-winning Hyundai television commercial which featured dancers in silhouette creating a series of images including a Hyundai car.Demonstrations from the commercial were featured television on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Conan O’Brien Show, and the 2007 Academy Awards (Oscars).Previous to his work with Pilobolus, Thomas danced in Washington, D. C. with Assane Kante’s Kankouran West African Dance Company. Thomas is also Artistic Director for Rainbow Dance Theatre. He received his Master of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from theUniversityofHawaiiat Manoa.He has received grants and awards for choreography from the Hawaii State Dance Council, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Oregon Commission for the Arts, Persis Foundation, and MJI Broadcasting.Thomas has collaborated on programs in dance for at-risk youth inFlorida,Ohio,ConnecticutandOregonin conjunction with local police departments, school districts, churches and high schools for the performing arts.One such program, “Youth At Risk Dancing” (YARD) based in Cleveland, Ohio was awarded the 1999 United States President’s “Coming up Taller” Award given by Hillary Rodman Clinton. In 2001, Mr. Thomas represented Rainbow Dance Theatre at the National Ballet of Senegal inDakarwhere he researched indigenous dances and collaborated with National Ballet Costume Designer Djibril Sane on costumes for Act Three of RDT’sCamouflage Trilogy. His choreography has been featured in the repertory of dance companies spanning the globe, includingSingapore, Mexico City, D.F.,Pusan,South Korea,Honolulu,Hawaii, and many regional companies in the United States.Mr. Thomas has taught as a visiting professor at theUniversityofFloridaof Gainesville,Florida, the Centro Nacional De Las Artes of Mexico City, D.F., Studio Dance Tanz of Osaka, Japan and Pusan National University of Pusan, South Korea. Currently Mr. Thomas is Professor of Dance atWesternOregonUniversitywhere he teaches composition, partnering, Hip Hop, Hawaiian, Salsa, West African and Modern Dance.
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