The Production Team
Blair has been running the theatre at DHS since 1987. She holds a Masters in Education: Theatre/French. She was the recipient of the Oregon Thespians Melba Day Sparks Award for Teaching Excellence in Theatre, and the Rex Rabold Award from the Oregon Theatre Arts Association. Blair also was part of the teaching staff at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 27 years.
Yvette is a happy transplant to Oregon after living and working in Wisconsin, Florida, Washington, DC, and Virginia. She graduated from Viterbo College (now University) with an emphasis in Technical Theatre before working in several venues, most notably Arena Stage and The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.
Sharon Oberst is Professor Emerita of Dance at Western Oregon University where she taught and served as Head of Dance for 32 years. She performed with the Houston Ballet, Eugene Ballet, and Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. Oberst choreographs historical theatrical productions such as Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice and has directed and choreographed numerous musicals including Kiss Me, Kate, Victor/Victoria, West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Aaron was our choreographer for many years and works as a Director and Acting Coach periodically for DHS Theatre. He has a background in Directing, Acting and Dance. He holds a BS in Theatre and a Master in Education: English from Western Oregon University.
After graduating from Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Theatre, Hannah joined the 2019 Acting Company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While at OSF, she performed over 100 times in As You Like It. Hannah is a teacher and director with Children's Educational Theatre and the Artistic Director of Struts & Frets Theatre Company. She is thrilled to be back at her alma mater (Yahoo, DHS class of 2014!) and has recently directed Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, and Twelfth Night for DHS theatre.
Laura is a singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, and choreographer, that graduated with a masters of music in 2017 focusing on American Vernacular Music and Musical Theatre at Western Oregon University. She teaches private voice lessons and has been vocal director for our last two musicals! She is also a freelance singer and performs at wineries and restaurants throughout the Willamette Valley.
Paul Malone & Osvaldo Torres
The Fake Fight Company
Founded in June of 2018 by Osvaldo Torres and Paul Malone, TFFC teaches and designs “Stage Combat” or fight choreography for live theatre and film. The company also offers classes and workshops. Based out of the Salem/Keizer area, TFFC began by working with several different high school drama programs and local theatre companies. The Fake Fight Company is always open to new clients and opportunities!
The 2021-2022 Thespian Board
These 5 students help us run our program! They keep track of all thespian achievements and activity, as well as represent our department at various thespian events!
Savannah King, senior
Savannah is a senior this year at Dallas High School! She is a big fan of Taylor Swift, coffee, and, yes, the ARTS! You could have seen her recently in Twelfth Night, filmed last spring, or on stage in Romeo and Juliet! She is super excited to be back on the stage and performing for you again!
Graham Glazner, senior
Kala Geissinger, senior
Graham was oblivious to the magic of Theater before his first play in freshman year, but he has been entranced by the Theater and the people involved ever since. Graham is also a leader in his youth group at Grace Community Church and loves math class and D&D.
Kala is a senior at Dallas High School this year, and she's excited to be on the Thespian Board! Kala haas been in "Twelfth Night" and "A Christmas Carol," both filmed during the pandemic. She loves cats and fantasy, and she can't wait to work with you!
Nikki Vanaken, sophomore
Nikki has been involved in theatre since 7th grade. She mainly enjoys being on stage with her classmates, but also loves doing some behind the scenes work. From doing her first high school play without an audience, she simply can't wait to get back and make something amazing with her theatre community!
Anna Button, sophomore
Anna has been involved in theater since 6th grade. She loves musicals and being able to sing and dance with others. She is also a varsity cheerleader and loves being involved in her youth group and community.