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Department of Theatre and Dance

Theatre Faculty


Dr. Michael Phillips
Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Phillips, Associate Professor: 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. 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.

David Janoviak

David Janoviak

David Janoviak: David Janoviak is a professional actor, director and teacher.  David has been a professor of theatre and Head of Acting at Western Oregon University for the past thirteen years.  As an actor, he has performed at many regional and professional theatres across the country and abroad, including The Northern Stage Company, Theatre Hebertot (Paris), Actor’s Repertory Theatre, The Spotlight Theatre, The Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Salem Repertory Theatre, CoHo theatre and seven seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Janoviak has also directed over fifty productions. 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.

Scott Grim

Scott Grim

Scott Grim / Professor; Scenic Designer: 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. 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, including the Jekylle Island Musical Comedy Festival on Jekylle Island, Georgia. Some of the over 40 productions Mr. Grim has designed include Playboy of the Western World, God’s Country, Fuddy Meers, Into the Woods, Macbeth, Noises Off and You Can’t Take it With You.

Sandra Hedgepeth

Sandra Hedgepeth
Assistant Professor

Sandra Hedgepeth / Associate Professor; Costume Designer: Sandy received her MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University. She has worked as a professional costume designer all over the United States and at several theatres in Portland, including: Tygres Hart Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, Portland Opera, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the Barter Theatre. She has also worked extensively with Michael Curry Design Studios.


Thaddeus (Tad) Shannon
Assistant Professor

Tad Shannon / Assistant Professor; Lighting Designer: (RA 108, 838-8095, shannont@wou.edu): Tad recently joined the WOU faculty after many years as a freelance lighting designer. He has been the resident designer with Portland’s Do Jump Movement Theatre since 1992, designing the lighting and rigging for national tours in 2000, 2001 and 2007. He received a Theatre LA Ovation award for the lighting of the Los Angeles production of Do Jump’s Openings and Doors at the Geffen Playhouse. He has designed lights for a wide variety of regional dance and theatre companies including many productions as the resident designer for Portland’s New Rose Theatre and San Francisco’s Sweet Can Productions. He has designed for Rainbow Dance Theatre since 2002. Tad received his Ph.D. in Systems Science from Portland State University in 2007.


Ted deChatelet
Full-time Non-Tenure

Ted deChatelet / Full-time Non-Tenure Faculty: Ted deChatelet:  Ted is a professional actor, director, teacher and fight choreographer who has worked extensively in New York and in Regional Theatres around the country 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.


Kent Neely

KENT NEELY, Professor (RA 106, 838-9253, neelyk@wou.edu): Kent earned a BA in Speech/Drama at Oklahoma City University and an MA and PhD in Theatre at Wayne State University where he and his wife were members of the Hilberry Repertory Theatre. He was on the theatre arts faculty at the University of Minnesota where he was Managing Director of the University Theatre and Director of the MA/PhD program. While at Minnesota, he oversaw the managerial responsibilities for over 270 theatre productions across five different venues. Kent’s scholarly work about experimental theatre of the 1990’s and historical subjects has appeared in Theatre Journal, Text and Presentation, Theatre History Studies, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and High Performance. He has also published on theatrical management issues in Fund Raising Management, Theatre Topics and Theatre Design and Technology. From 1992 until 1998, he served as Editor for “PRAXIS: The Performance Study and Review Section” of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He made scholarly presentations at numerous regional and national conferences and has served as an officer for various organizations including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Kent was Chair of Theatre and Dance at Boise State University before entering university administration full time. Thereafter, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Oregon University. One of his most valued accomplishments was producing, with his wife and three other friends, a traveling children’s theatre for inner-city youth in Detroit while in graduate school.


Ryan Wright
Technical Director

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


Department of Theatre and Dance 503 838-8461 | or e-mail: eliassl@wou.edu

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