Meet our Academy Instructors

At Spokane Civic Theatre, we believe that certified, qualified, and educated instructors make all the difference in the world. Each of our instructors is organized, prepared, and has enthusiasm that is bound to rub off on students as we teach them not only theatrical lessons, but life lessons as well.

The Spokane Civic Theatre screens all Academy Instructors through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI).

Academy Instructors


Chris Taylor - Director of Education, Early Childhood Theatre Education, Adult Actor Training

 Chris is a native of Orlando, FL and is a graduate of the UCF conservatory theatre, where he holds the BFA and MFA degrees in acting. Chris has performed throughout the central Florida region, including tours with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Artificial Intelligence INC., Mad Cow Theatre and the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Chris' tenure in Orlando included a scholarship to the University of Central Florida, a sponsorship from the Florida Theatrical Association, and two ACTF nominations.



Bryan Durbin - Early Childhood Theatre Education, Stag Combat, Special Skills

Bryan is a graduate from Eastern Washington Universtity, BA of Arts in Theatre, and has mostly been seen designing lights or choreographing stage combat. 

Bryan’s professional credits include: Lighting designer for The Belle of Amherst, Rounding 3rd, The Clean House, Grace and Glorie, set and lighting designer, Moon Over Buffalo.Community credits include: Set and lighting designer for Don’t Dress for Dinner, lighting designer for AmadeusThe Producers, fight choreography forMan of La Mancha, Oklahoma (x2), The Women of Lockerbie, Pirates of Penzance, Catfish Moon, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, The Illusion, and The Count of Monte Cristo. He was last seen onstage as Aramis in The Three Musketeers (for which he was also the Fight Choreographer), Treasure Island and A Christmas


Darnelle Preston - Voice Training

Darnelle received a BA of Music degree, Magna Cum Laude from San Francisco State University. She holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Ms. Preston was chosen as a Vocal Fellow to the Tanglewood Music Center where she received the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Performance for the 1986 season.

Ms. Preston has appeared with the Utah, Billings, Carmel, Washington D.C. Masterworks, Handel & Haydn Society, Muncie and Nashville Symphonies.

Her solo appearances throughout the Northeast have included performances of Bach’s “b minor Mass” and “St. John Passion”, Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Creation” and Poulenc’s “Gloria”.

Opera roles include the Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro’, the Cake Box Lady in Argento’s “Postcard from Morocco” and Lady Billows in Britten’s “Albert Herring”. 

Ms. Preston has performed locally with the Spokane Symphony, the Northwest Bach Festival, Allegro – Baroque and Beyond, Zephyr, Spokane Opera and Coueur d’Alene Summer Theatre.

She is currently the Associate Director of the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus.


Whitney Robinson- Early Childhood Theatre Education

Whitney has an AFA degree in Drama from SFCC.

Whitney has appeared in many productions, and will soon be seen as Rosaline in "Love's Labour's Lost: The Musical" at EWU, where she is working towards her BFA in Theatre.

Whitney has an extensive vocal background, and has also trained in stage combat, make up, costuming, writing, and directing. 

Whitney is thrilled to be part of the Academy and to teach young children the beauty and importance of theatre.


Preston Loomer - Early Childhood Theatre Education


  February 2017

Coming Up

A Little Night Music

February 10 - March 5, 2017
Tickets >Info >

Holding On - Letting Go

March 17 - April 9, 2017
Tickets >Info >

Noises Off!

March 31 - April 23, 2017
Tickets >Info >

ACADEMY: Murder Mystery Weekend of Doom: A Love Story

April 8, 2017
Tickets >Info >

The Taming of the Shrew

April 28 - May 21, 2017
Tickets >Info >