Good People Bios 2024-01-17T00:35:32+00:00

Thor Edgell (Mike) An ex-professional baseball player with the Detroit Tigers and a seasoned actor for many years. Thor’s theatre credits include To Kill A Mockingbird, in which he played Atticus Finch and received a Stage Scene LA award, The Rite performed at the Ingemar Bergman Festival in Sweden, Long Days Journey into Night, Arms and the Man, Hamlet, Fool for Love, Twelfth Night, The Country Girl and Bus Stop. His TV and film credits include: HBO movie Five Aces, Body of Proof, Criminal Minds, The Doctor, Seventh Heaven, Angel, Passions, The Practice, Push and Days of Our Lives. Thor has also starred in motion capture video games Battlefield 3 & 4 and internet game Skyrim. Recently seen performing at Civic in Plaza Suite, Native Gardens and the Bryan Harnetiaux Playwrights’ Festival. Thor looks forward to working in the upcoming production of Good People.

Scarlett Hepworth (Jean) started out as a composer/conductor and realized at the age of 40 that she liked being on the stage more than in the pit. She got her first acting gigs in Spokane beginning in 1992, then took it on the road to the San Francisco area in 2004, where she continued to grow and learn as an actor working with many well-known actors and directors. She has made her living since 1993 (30 years!) as a private vocal music instructor. She returned to Spokane last May after a 19-year hiatus and is glad to be “home.” Scarlett has been nominated or received numerous awards, including two for Best Actress for Wit, both in Spokane and in the Bay Area. Thought not a union member, she earned her Actors Equity weeks primarily by understudying at Berkeley Repertory Theater, where she amazingly went on in Mother Courage in the first week of the run. She is also proud of her work as a soundscape creator, notably the underscore for The Laramie Project here at Civic in the early 2000’s, which has been used since in several other productions of the work. Scarlet lives with two cats, Juno the Hutt and Mr. Grey, while refurbishing the Victorian Browne’s Addition home she and her wife, Marilyn Langbehn, bought in 1997. Marilyn remains in California (at a career-capping theater admin job she loves and is good at) until she retires, at which time she will join Scarlett here in the Northwest.

Pam Kingsley (Dottie) A veteran actress, director and playwright with several hundred theatre credits. For Good People, Pam returns to the Firth J Chew Studio Theatre stage as an actress after a 35-year “hiatus!” She was last seen in the Studio in the title role of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You; Mona in Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; and Beverly in The Shadowbox. Pam also directed some half dozen plays in the Studio Theatre: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Vanities, Waiting for the Parade, The Garage Sale (a Bryan Harnetiaux premiere) and the Spokane premiere of the musical Angry Housewives. Recent local directing credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Spokane Shakespeare in the Park), Love, Loss & What I Wore (Actors Buddhio) Constellations (Civic), and Freud’s Last Session (Stage Left). In the last few years, it is Pam’s playwriting that has been featured in the Studio Theatre during the Bryan Harnetiaux Playwrights’ Forum Festivals. Her plays Mother’s Day (2019) and Boxes (2022) each received an “Audience Choice Award.” Pam’s plays have been widely produced throughout the U.S. and in London UK. In 2023, Minister of Sorrow won the Appalachian Playwriting Festival in North Carolina and will open the 2024 season at the Parkway Playhouse in May. An expanded version of the play will premiere next December as part of Stage Left Theater’s 2024 Season. Pam has a BFA and MA in Theatre. Click here for her website.

Deborah Marlowe (Margaret) loves the quest for one’s own complete self to access the roles life – and theatre – present.  Margie is a Willy Loman in South Boston – tragic, heroic, lost, found and hanging on for dear life for her and for her daughter. She’s been a challenge and a heartbreak, a dear one to embody for awhile. She definitely goes in the “favorite roles” pile. Some other favorite Spokane productions include Lifespan of a Fact and Native Gardens at Civic.  And, Admissions at Stage Left. Gratitude expressed to my Director and my cast mates. And, especially, to our audiences! God gives such interesting assignments.

Rhead Shirley (Stevie) is excited for his first show with Civic Theatre! Rhead has performed around the Spokane area with various theatre companies including his work as Dead Body in Wild Dust, Derek in 7 Minutes in Heaven (both with Upstart Players) and Joshua in Corpus Christi (Stage Left).

Rachae Thomas (Kate) is originally from Spokane, WA. She recently relocated to her hometown by way of Los Angeles in 2021. Her TV credits range from recurring to guest appearances on streaming networks like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Shows like How to Get Away with Murder, Hand of God and Casual. Her breakout role was in a  film called Life of a King playing a supporting role to 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 all over Los Angeles. She’s also performed her own and other One Woman shows around the country. Rachae’s goal is to break racial boundaries and limitations in roles and in life. Creating relate-able characters and stories that transform and empower the narrative around Women, People of Color and normal ass people everywhere, is her passion. Being “Mommy” is her passion too.

Marianne McLaughlin (Director) 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. Marianne has been directing and acting in the region for over 25 years. Recent shows she has directed in the Studio are Orphans by Lyle Kessler and Bug by Tracy Letts, both of which competed in AACTFest, winning multiple awards, and The Lifetime of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken. If I can guide and create conditions for actors to discover and communicate what the playwright intended, I have done my job. Every time I direct, it’s challenging, exhilarating, and humbling. I want to thank my husband, Michael, for his limitless support.

Cameron Anderson (Scenic Design) is a seasoned scenic designer with over 20 years of experience in various theater scenic settings, including children’s, community and professional theater. He worked as a Technical Director for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater, and is a proud member of IATSE 93 stagehand union. Cameron is married to his supportive wife of 29 years, Karina, and has two wonderful daughters and 3 basset hounds.

Bryan D. Durbin (Lighting Design) has a BA in theatre and is very excited to be back as Civic’s master electrician and lighting designer following the long hiatus. “I want to thank my family Heather, Evie, and Abby for all of their support.”

Jamie L. Suter (Costumer) holds a BA in Theater Design and Technical Production with concentrations in Costume Design and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, studying under Broadway professionals Gail Brassard, Liz Covey, and Bob Anton. Her favorite credits include Costume Design for The Wonder!: A Woman Keeps a Secret (T. Schreiber Studio), Assistant to the Costume Designer for Sweeney Todd (Avery Fisher Hall), Assistant Costume Designer for The Lucky Chance (Theresa Lang Theater), Director/Costume Designer for Seven Femmes (Rathskeller Studios), and Costume Designer for The Lost Cabaret (NYC Fringe Festival). Jamie loves being part of the fun and frivolity of live theater, and is incredibly happy to do that at her home away from home, Spokane Civic Theatre.

Josephine Keefe (Dialect Coach) is excited to work with Marianne and the cast on Good People with the East Boston dialect. Previously, Josephine worked on Civic’s production of Memory of Water, directed by Dawn Taylor-Reinhardt. Other dialect coaching credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Bing Crosby Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gonzaga University), The Misanthrope (SFCC), Plough and the Stars (UCLA), and the one-act Providence (UCLA TFT). Josephine holds her MFA from UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television where she also taught Voice and Speech to undergraduate acting students.

Nicole Deitrick (Props) is excited to we working on another show with Civic! Favorite credits include lights for Much Ado About Nothing (Spokane Ensemble Theater), props for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ensemble in Elf The Musical and Flower Girl in My Fair Lady (all with Civic).

Marty Kittelson (Props) has been involved with theatre in every capacity including over 30 years with Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls, 1983-2013. Her props and scenic painting work can be found in many Civic shows over the last few seasons. In addition to all things theatre, she loves playing the ukulele with several groups of wonderful musicians.

Denny Pham (Tech Director) is a local actor and the Technical Director for Spokane Civic Theatre. He holds a BA in Theatre from Eastern Washington University in Acting (Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov and Shakespeare), and Technical Theatre with focus in Scenic Design and Lighting. He was awarded a Merit of Acting from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for his role as Doctor Nemur in Flowers for Algernon. He is a technical theatre veteran with 10 years of experience working professionally and locally in over 115 productions both on and off stage. Favorite credits Acting: Dennis Ziegler in This Is Our Youth, Caliban in The Tempest, Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q; Scenic Design: Cabaret, The Play That Goes Wrong, Murder on the Orient Express; Lighting Design: Chicago. He is thrilled and proud to be part of a company of artists that pushes for all degrees of creativity. @Dennydpham

Ryan Wasson (Light Board Operator) welcomes you to Season 76! He’s made a home at Spokane Civic Theatre over the past 5 years. His recent credits include Scotty/Ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along, Waiter/Ensemble in She Loves Me, an Ancestor in The Addams Family, Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Civic Academy), James Watson in Photograph 51, and Ensemble in The Wizard of Oz (all at Civic). Ryan also works in the area as an actor, director, and photographer in addition to working as the Communications Assistant at Civic. He thanks his friends and family for their love and support. @rgwassonofficial

Lily Savage (Sound Board Operator) is happy to be back behind the scenes at Civic after stage managing last season’s special event National Pastime. Recently she played Ru/Ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along (Civic), Denise in Wild Dust (The Upstart Players) and Angel/Ensemble in Jersey Boys (Civic). She would like to thank her family and friends for their love, support, and inspiration through this process!