Summer in the Park with Civic 2021-05-24T23:31:30+00:00
Welcome to Summer In The Park With Civic — Spokane Civic Theatre’s summer performing arts training at the Forestry Shelter in Riverfront Park.

From Play in a Week camps to a variety of community-led workshops, participants will gain confidence and exposure, explore creative interests, develop technique, and gain new skills rooted in the collaborative experience of making theatre.

All classes and workshops meet at Spokane Civic Theatre before diving into the park as a (supervised) unit.

Please note, Play in a Week camps are grouped by age and experience. Workshops and seminars are open to artists ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

The health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff is our top priority. In light of the rapidly changing Washington State COVID-19 safety recommendations, COVID-19 protocols will be communicated via email the week prior to each camp/workshop.


Acting Principles And Styles

July 6 and 8, 4 - 7 PM

Explore the fundamental tools and techniques of numerous acting styles while learning how the principles of each style can inform your understanding of story/script and lead to a successful performance. Participants will learn how to interpret material from the viewpoints of differing acting techniques while applying elements of each style to their specific performances.

Instructors: Tom Armitage, Melody Deatherage

Workshops are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

Monologues And Character Development

July 13 and 15, 4 - 7 PM

Before you can develop a character, you must know how to develop a character. Participants will learn ways to find their character’s true nature while determining who they are in relation to the character, how the character functions within the scripts, and how the actor can best bring the character to life.

Instructors: Henry McNulty, Jake Schaefer, Rachae Thomas

Workshops are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

Comedic Characters And Scenes

July 20 and 22, 4 - 7 PM

Funny is as funny does! Learn how to test and develop the funny bones of a script by understanding how to land a successful punchline in an authentic way. Participants will engage in group scenes and develop their individual tone. 

Instructors: Kathie Doyle-Lipe, Jean Hardie

Workshops are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

Dramatic Characters and Scenes

July 27 and 29, 4 - 7 PM

Delve into the elements of drama and learn how acting choices impact scenes. Participants will explore authentic character development and discover ways for an actor to impact their audience while delivering a dramatic plot. This workshop includes individual cold reads and group scene study.

Instructors: Heather McHenry-Kroetch, Marianne McLaughlin, Troy Nickerson, Dawn Taylor Reinhardt 

Workshops are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.


August 3 and 5, 4 - 7 PM

Discover writing for both impact and sincere storytelling led by a published playwright, director, professor, and dramaturge. Participants will learn what it means to assemble dialogue and direction on a page to create the foundation of a script. Each participant will complete the workshop having written a base concept with the foundational skill set to write more! 

Instructors: Bryan Harnetiaux, Kathleen Jeffs

Workshops are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

Tools Not Rules: Techniques for Performing Shakespeare

August 10 and 12, 4 - 7 PM

In this performance workshop actors will learn how to develop a personal connection to Shakespeare’s language, communicate text boldly with clarity and ease and prepare the whole body for active listening and responding on stage. If you have any interest in the craft of acting, you won’t want to miss this unique training opportunity.

Instructors: Sara Goff, Jeffrey Sanders

Workshops are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

Improvisational Theatre: The Power of 'Yes, And…'

August 14, 12 - 4 PM

‘Yes, And’ is a fundamental rule in Improvisational Theatre, but it is also a philosophy of living. Through studying Improv, participants explore creativity, adaptation, awareness, self-confidence, risk taking, physicality, intuition, and collaboration. This workshop provides a safe and playful environment in which students can stretch their abilities and discover things about themselves and others that are crucial to success in the arts and elsewhere.

Instructors: Sara Goff and Jeffrey Sanders

Seminars are open to artists ages ~15 – 22. Some experience required.

Play in a Week

Weekly, June 28 - August 20

Experience an exciting fast track from page to stage! Develop confidence in storytelling, character creation, and an understanding of theatre fundamentals while having fun in a safe, creative environment. Each Play In A Week camp combines scene work, dialogue, storytelling, pantomime, and creative movement inspired by All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. See the learned skills put into action during an end of the week performance, limited to family and friends.

Instructor: Kearney Jordan

*Please note beginning, intermediate, and advanced groupings are based on age and experience.

Summer in the Park with Civic


Tom holds a BA in Radio/TV News and Theatre Education from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from University of Idaho. His favorite credits are Jean in A Christmas Story the Musical and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (both at Spokane Civic Theatre), and the Director of 70 productions at North Central High School. In 2017 Tom was inducted into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame for Education. Additionally, he was awarded the Spokane Arts Commission Arts in Education Award with H. James Brown and Karen Brathovde for founding and coordinating the Inland Northwest Theatre Arts Festival–INTAF!


Melody has a long association with Spokane Civic Theatre where she has appeared in or directed 50+ productions. She is known for a wide range of roles from serious drama to high comedy and musicals. Acting credits at Spokane Civic Theatre include: May Hutton in A Place to Call Home, Follies, Songs for a New World, Fiddler on the Roof, The Cemetery Club, Death of a Salesman, and 1776. Her latest director credits include Present Laughter and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. By day, Melody is an HR professional at Skils’kin.


Sara is currently a Professor of Theatre at Eastern Washington University. Previously Sara taught Acting and Directing in the BFA program at The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She was also a member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Her favorite roles there include Portia in Julius Caesar, The Duchess of York in Richard III, Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire and Lady Macbeth. Sara graduated from Western Illinois University with an MFA in Acting and is currently studying Improv with Elana Fishbein from the Magnet Theatre in NYC and is also exploring the field of Applied Improvisation.


Jean has been in the theatre community for 54 years as an educator and performer. She has received the Spokane Civic Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award and Spokane City Arts Awards for Excellence in Educational Theatre. Favorite recent productions include light board operator for Elf The Musical and  A Christmas Story The Musical at Spokane Civic Theatre, Mother Superior in Nunsese, Nunsese 2, and Nutcracker on multiple stages including Civic, Valley Repertory Theatre, and Center Stage, and Playwright and acting ensemble for the Playwrights’ Forum Festival 2018 and 2019. Jean is especially proud to see so many of her former students, campers and Box ‘n’ Hat Players as the movers and shakers of the next theatre generation in Spokane and beyond!


Bryan has served as Spokane Civic Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence since 1982. His first play Caution: The Surgeon General Has Determined… premiered in the Firth J Chew Studio Theatre on June 6, 1977. Since then, he has written over 40 plays, most of which were first produced in the Studio Theatre space. Bryan’s plays have been performed throughout the country, and 13 have been published. In December, he reprised his role as Charles Dickens in Civic’s radio production of A Christmas Carol. Bryan’s other favorite on-stage credits include Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Albert in A Thousand Clowns, and Canon Chausable in The Importance of Being Ernest. When not at the theatre Bryan enjoys spending time at the softball diamond, fly fishing, and with his wife of 51 years, Sue Ann, and their three children and their families.


Kathleen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Gonzaga University, where she has taught and directed since 2012. Kathleen teaches Playwriting, Acting, Directing, Theatre History, and Performance Text Analysis. She served as dramaturg for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Spanish Golden Age season and completed her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford (New College). She has lectured on drama at Oxford, Cambridge, and University of Sussex. Kathleen has written two documentary theatre pieces and many translations, including The Force of Habit (La fuerza de la costumbre) by Guillén de Castro (Liverpool University Press, ed. Machit, 2019). In the Spokane community she has collaborated on Civic’s Hapgood and Stage Left’s Arcadia and Ada and the Engine. She served as post-doctoral research assistant on the AHRC project Out of the Wings (, a virtual environment geared for theatre practitioners and educators to spark new performances of Spanish drama in English translation. Her book is Staging the Spanish Golden Age: Translation and Performance (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Kearney is overjoyed to return to teaching and directing at Spokane Civic Theatre, where she has been on staff since 2014. A mom of three teens, Kearney graduated from EWU, and has been involved in teaching for 20 years and theatre for as long as she can remember. Kearney is happiest when at the theatre, so if she’s not currently directing, she’s most likely performing in, costuming, choreographing, or producing a play. Or all of the above.


Heather most recently directed Cabaret, The House of Blue Leaves (Spokane Civic Theatre), Closing It Up (Spokane Stage Left), Dial “M” for Murder (Civic) and Back of the Throat (Stage Left). She has co-directed numerous shows with her friend Troy such as Evil Dead The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, and Little Shop of Horrors.


Kathie is now in her 36th year of involvement at Spokane Civic Theatre. She is one of the Resident Directors at the theatre and has helped win numerous state, regional and national awards for the theatre.  Kathie considers Civic her home away from home and would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the theatre.


Marianne grew up in Portland, Oregon attending PSU and was very active in the Theatre community there before moving to Spokane and earning her BFA in Theatre at EWU. Some of her recent directing credits include It’s a Wonderful Life, Bug which participated in the Washington Kaleidoscope Festival, Orphans which received multiple awards on its journey to the AACT Fest 2015 in Grand Rapids Michigan, The Producers, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for Civic and An Infinite Ache for Interplayers. Marianne’s most recent acting credits include playing Thelma in Night Mother, Silda in Other Desert Cities, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie for The Modern Theatre and as Mama Rose in Gypsy at Civic. She has received multiple awards for her performances in the National AACT Fest’s 2003 and 2007 cycles for her portrayals of Irena in I Never Saw Another Butterfly and Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins. One of Marianne’s great joys is having the privilege of working with actors, both as a director and in the workshop format, guiding them through their journey of discovery. In doing so her journey continues as well. It is both humbling and exhilarating.


Henry has served as Music Director of Spokane Civic Theatre since 2017, working on projects including last season’s Matilda The Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Cabaret. A vocalist and self-taught pianist, he earned his degree in Music Composition from Eastern Washington University. As an actor, he spent five seasons performing with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, including Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Forever Plaid (Smudge), and recently played Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein on the Civic stage. Henry is proud to call Civic his “home theatre,” having started here at a young age, performing in various summer camps, Main Stage shows, and as a member of the Box ‘n’ Hat Players.


Troy has directed countless productions at nearly every local theatre and currently serves as one of Civic’s Resident Directors. Recent favorites at Civic include Hello, Dolly!; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; the staged reading of I Never Saw Another Butterfly; Evil Dead, The Musical; Nunsense, A-Men!; Fiddler on the Roof; A Christmas Carol; and The Full Monty. Other notable local productions include The Trip to Bountiful and Equus for Stage Left; Jesus Christ Superstar, Avenue Q, Wit, Into The Woods, and Rent at The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene; Man of La Mancha and Wild Party for The Modern Theater Spokane; Little Shop of Horrors for Ignite!; and The Boys Next Door at Interplayers. An accomplished director, choreographer, and actor, Troy has garnered numerous local, regional, and national awards. He has directed three national AACTFest productions (K-2/Modern CdA, Assassins/Civic, and “Best In Nation” I Never Saw Another Butterfly/STG), and his portrayal of Jody in Lonely Planet (Civic’s “Best in Nation” production at AACTFest 1999) earned him the “Best Actor in the Nation” award. Local honors include “Best Actor” as Lenny in Of Mice and Men and the 2007 Arts Community Leadership award from the Spokane Arts Commission for his many contributions to local charities.


Dawn studied Theater at the Northern College of Speech and Drama in Oldham England. Since then Dawn has traveled the globe working as an actor, director, and production manager. Her passion for teaching lies deep within her.  She has been leading workshops across the nation and in our community for the past 30 years. Her favorite directorial credits include Wounds to the Face (North Idaho College), The Elephant Man (Whitworth University), Other Desert Cities (The Modern Theater), Reasons to be Pretty, and Boom (both with Interplayers).


Jeffrey is currently a Senior Lecturer of Theatre at Eastern Washington University having received his BA in Acting from Central Michigan University and his MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University. Before arriving at EWU, Jeff was a resident actor and director for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. His favorite roles there include Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Mitch (Streetcar Named Desire), Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), Fluellen (Henry V), Edgar (King Lear), Posthumus (Cymbeline) Hector (Troilus and Cressida), Lopakhin (The Cherry Orchard) and Julius Caesar.


Jake is a music producer, theatre director, founder of creative label EMPHATIC and, most proudly, Spokane Civic Theatre’s Creative Director. Jake/EMPHATIC credits include work with Beyoncé, Cirque du Soleil, Disney Theatrical Group, Emily King, KING, La Jolla Playhouse, LA Phil, Live Nation, Madonna, Marc Jacobs, The Nederlander Organization, Nike, Quincy Jones, Ricky Martin, Rufus Wainwright, Shoshana Bean, and Sony Pictures Entertainment; favorite theatre credits include Evita (Ace/The Wallis), It Must Be Him (Playwrights Horizons original production/Los Angeles workshop), Long Day’s Journey into Night (REDCAT), and The Night of the Black Cat (Edgemar Center for the Arts original production workshop); for Civic, Songs for a New World, West Side Story (with Spokane Symphony), Follies (In Concert), Young Frankenstein, Spring Awakening, and last winter’s A Christmas Carol Radio Play.


Rachae is from Spokane, WA. She started singing when she was 8 and acting when she attended Civic’s Summer Theatre while in her Jr. year at East Valley High School. In 2007 she graduated with a BA in Theatre at Western Washington University with a focus on African Americans in the Entertainment industry at Fairhaven College.  Shortly after, she moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue her career. Since then, Rachae’s TV credits range from recurring to guest appearances on streaming networks like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, How to Get Away with Murder, Hand of God, and Casual. She’s been in numerous films like Life of a King playing opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. She’s appeared in numerous national commercials throughout her career, as well as starred in critically acclaimed Theatre and Musical Theatre productions in Los Angeles including Neighbors and In the Heights. Rachae’s goal is to break racial boundaries and limitations in performance and create relatable characters and stories that help transform a narrative of People of Color. Her passions and training include musical theatre, traditional Shakespeare theatre, vocal performance, and artistic expression as a medium for social change. Rachae’s ultimate goal and passion however is to be an example for her 2 year old daughter that yes, she can Thrive.