Faculty

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KATHY DORGAN

Artistic Director

Kathy has been with CTE since the summer of 2003, and has served as our Artistic Director since 2004. She has a B.F.A. in Theatre, an M.A.Ed. in administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and has taught acting and theatre classes for over 20 years. She has been the Theatre Director for Olympia High School since 1996 and is active as an actor and director in other local theatre productions. Kathy is committed to working in and promoting theatre arts whenever and wherever she finds opportunities.

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LOUISE DORAN

Managing Director

Louise has been involved with CTE since 2006, as a parent and Board member. After 2008 she became more involved –  running registration and coordinating volunteers for the shows. She has worked in the office during the CTE season for several years and manages the administration of CTE during the off-season.

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JASON HAWS

Showcase Workshop Director

Jason has been Showcase Workshop Director since 2004.  In the school year he teaches Humanities at Marshall Middle School.

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PAUL PURVINE

Spotlight Workshop Director

Paul has enjoyed being part of CTE since 1997, and in 2010 he became the Spotlight Workshop Director. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, he holds a degree in Theatre and Education. Paul is on loan from New York, but local credits include shows at Harlequin Productions, Capital Playhouse, Theater Artists Olympia, Olympia Family Theater, Olympia Little Theater, and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He would like to thank all his family and friends for their love and support.

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ELLIOT WEEKS

Music Faculty

Elliot is very excited to be back as music faculty for his fifth CTE season. This past year, he was the Choir Director at The Northwest School of the Arts in Seattle, directing four choral ensembles and music directing for the school musical theater production. In the past, Elliot has musically directed shows for Timberline HS, Three Rivers HS, and Capital Playhouse Kids at Play. He has a B.M. from Western Michigan University and an M.M. from the University of Miami. Elliot remains active as a composer, arranger, and performer.

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HARRISON FRY

Co-Technical Director

Harrison Fry is so excited to be part of  the amazing CTE family again this summer. He has been involved in the Olympia theater community for many years and loves any opportunity to teach the art of theater, which he loves, to the future of our world!

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KATIE RUSSELL

Admin

While new to the CTE staff, Katie is not new to the CTE family. Like many, Katie looked forward to spending her childhood summers at CTE as both a student and an intern (1985-1994). In recent years, she has enjoyed witnessing the magic of CTE through the eyes of her own two children and she is excited to join the CTE circle once again. Katie has a B.A. in Communications and M.A.T. in Elementary Education from The University of Puget Sound.

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STEPHANIE KROSCHEL

Production/Costume Assistant, TYROS & Theatre Masterclass

In 2021 Stephanie is thrilled to be heading up the Tyros program which is running daily. Stephanie is thankful for the chance to once again bring her work and love to CTE. It is her greatest joy to help kids discover the magic of theatre through this program that has done the same for her!

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MELISSA LONGNECKER

Art Faculty

Melissa will teach Art masterclass this summer. She has been involved with CTE for 18 years and is excited to be back for more!

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CAROLYN FRY

Arts Festival Director

Carolyn is delighted to be working with CTE again in 2021 for her fifth summer!   A Wisconsin native, Carolyn holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. Since moving to Olympia, she has choreographed, taught, and performed with numerous local theater groups, most recently Olympia Family Theater and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

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JIMMY SHIELDS

Dance Faculty

Jimmy was born in Honolulu, HI and moved to the Pacific Northwest as a toddler as a result of his father's Military orders. His strong passion for the arts began at a very young age. Already singing and dancing by the age of two, Jimmy began his formal dance training at the age of 8 while attending Elk Plain School of Choice. An arts elementary. That allowed him to study all disciplines of dance.

If you are local to the greater Seattle area you may have seen Jimmy acting on stage at Village Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse and ACT Theatre.

As a Director/Choreographer, you may have seen his work with Showtunes Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Theatre Puget Sound and Tacoma Arts Live.

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STEPHANIE LAYTON

Accompanist

Stephanie Layton is elated to be part of the CTE's music team this year after having spent multiple summers designing its poster and t-shirt art. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and splits her time between Olympia and NYC working as a graphic designer, pianist/drummer, and jazz singer with her event band Eden Lane. Steph grew up in Olympia as a die-hard theatre kid and is extremely grateful to be making her living in the arts.