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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, Shakespeare Drama Cam

 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. chris@spokanecivictheatre.com

 

 

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 Carolbryan@spokanecivictheatre.com

     
 

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 is thrilled to be teaching her second year at the Academy! She received her BA Degree in Theatre from Eastern Washington University in Spring 2017.

Recent roles incluse Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost: The Musical, Charlotte in These Shining Lives, and most recently Lucy in Avenue Q: The Musical, as well as multiple characters in Civic's production of The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Whitney has experience in singing, acting, dancing, directing, set and costume design/ construction, as well as publicity and playwriting. She is excited to teach youngsters the challenges, the hard work, and the reward of theatre and anxiously awaits to meet her actors and create art for the whole family!

 

Preston Loomer - Early Childhood Theatre Education

Preston recently finished lighting up the Civic stage in one of his dream roles as Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty
and the Beast
. Other favorite productions include Richard III, The Tempest, Les Miserables, and Broadway
Bound.

Preston is a theater graduate of Whitworth University where he received the Limelight Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Theater.

 

Jessica Loomer - Early Childhood Theatre Education

Jessica has directed at Spokane Children’s Theatre, Ignite, Stage Left, and served as Assistant Director for
Civic’s productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man.

A Whitworth graduate and SCT veteran, Jessica has worked in almost every area of theater, but loves none so much as directing.

 

Jennie Oliver - Shakespeare Drama Camp

Jennie graduated with her AFA in Acting from Spokane Falls Community College in 2013. She is trained in
Classical Acting, Writing, Directing, Stage Combat, and Choreography.

Previous acting credits include Lady Anne in Richard III, Ophelia in Hamlet, Sylvia in Sylvia, and Whitney in A Piece of my Heart.

 

Brook Bassett - Early Childhood Theatre Education

Brook is the founder of Luminary Initiative Project, co-founder of CDA Murder Mystery Theatre and owner of
Verve Studio 8. She is a frequent director, choreographer and actor around the area and is the playwright of Girl, Awake! - a social justice education production utilizing girls ages 10 to 18.

Favorite youth theater directorial credits include Annie, Pocahontas, and Alice in Wonderland.

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Coming Up

Holding On - Letting Go

March 17 - April 9, 2017
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Noises Off!

March 31 - April 23, 2017
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ACADEMY: Murder Mystery Weekend of Doom: A Love Story

April 8, 2017
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The Taming of the Shrew

April 28 - May 21, 2017
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Kiss Me, Kate

May 19 - June 11, 2017
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