Faculty Profile

Jerry Collum

Jerry Collum

Assistant Professor of Theatre; Technical Director

Email: jlc95@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2039
Office: Beegle 109

Education: BFA, Auburn University, 1994. At SPU since 2006.

After graduating from Auburn University with a BFA in technical theatre in 1984, Jerry Collum began his professional theatre career at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Over the course of seven seasons, he became assistant technical director.

In 1992, he moved to the Pacific Northwest to accept the position of assistant technical director at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Since then he has worked as technical director for Tacoma Actors Guild, INTIMAN Theatre, Wildwood Opera Company, and Russia’s Ilkhom Theatre (for a U.S. tour).

A member of International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 15, Mr. Collum has also worked as project manager/technician in commercial environments such as Pacific Studios and Nickelodeon Studios in Florida. In 2001, after 16 years in the professional ranks, he joined the University of Washington School of Drama as the faculty technical director.

In September 2006, Mr. Collum joined the SPU faculty as assistant professor of theatre and technical director. Among the courses he teaches are “Production Practicum,” “Introduction to Lighting and Sound,” “Sound Design,” and “Stagecraft.”

Jerry Collum - Why I Teach

Why I Teach at SPU

Jerry Collum, Assistant Professor of Theatre; Technical Director

“Theatre at its core is a collaborative art form. This is the primary reason I have joined the academic ranks — in order to help young people discover the joy of working together in creating productions for the stage. At SPU I have found students who embrace this collaborative idea in their hearts, which is extremely rewarding to me as a teacher.”