Guest Artists

A collage of Theatre productions from 2021-22 | photos by Michelle Smith-Lewis

SPU Theatre regularly brings theatre professionals to campus as directors and designers for our seasonal productions. They work alongside our students and provide a point of contact to the professional theatre community.

Darnell Abraham vocal coach
Sean Begley lighting designer
Bretteney Beverly director
Ian Bond fight choreographer/director
Christine Marie Brown dialect coach
Andrew Coopman choreographer
Marianna de Fazio dialect coach
CT Doescher director
Adam Ende puppet master
Brian Engel lighting designer
Gregg Essex lighting designer
Emi Faltinson stage manager
Laurel Pilar Garcia director
Jordan Gerow scenic/projection designer
Gin Hammond dialect coach
Michael Hase projection designer
LeeAnn Hittenberger costume designer
Aimee Hong music director
Sadiqua Iman costume designer
Aaron Lamb music director
Sonja Lowe dramaturgy mentor
Patty Mathieu lighting designer
Annett Matteo puppet designer
Kristiana Matthews lighting designer
Kelly McDonald costume designer
Sarah Mosher costume designer
Taylor Niemeyer choreographer
Dani Norberg lighting designer
Beth Orme choreographer
Matt Orme fight choreographer
Anne Hitt Pierson stage management mentor
Mark Press musical director
Carol Roscoe director
Faith Bennett Russell director
Marianne Savell director
Nicole Song stage manager
Jessica Spencer director
Joseph Swartz sound designer
Charlotte Tiencken


Sam Vance music director
Ruben Van Kempen director
Nikki Vissel dialect coach
Robertson Witmer sound designer
Parmida Ziaei scenic designer

Guest speakers

Khristián Méndez Aguirre performance as public practice
Aaron Alonso production manager
Ariel Bui company manager (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Iman Corbani live design
Kathy Hsieh writer/actress/arts advocate
TJ Kearney AEA stage manager
Dr. Devair Jeffries Intersectional Feminism and Contemporary Black Feminist Theatre
Maggie Lee playwright
Weiyu Li Orientalism, Asian American theatre and Yellowface
Annette Mateo puppet designer/builder/performer
Kati Nickerson director of youth education and outreach (Village Theatre)
Amy Poisson artistic director (Macha Theatreworks)
Carlos Salazar Post-colonialism and Decoloniality
Jimmy Shields actor/choreographer

Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis