The Production Team

Blair Cromwell
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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. 

Technical Director

Alicia is a DHS Alumni of 2016 that has returned as our Technical Director for her first year. She specializes in set painting and prop making with credits at Western Oregon University and  Enlightened Theatrics.

Chynna Rae Shurts

Chynna is studying at Western Oregon University to obtain a BFA in Acting, as well as a minor in both Dance and Computer Science. She has a large background in classical ballet and jazz as well as musical theatre style dance.

Aaron Fawcett

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.

Hannah Fawcett

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 Kilip
Music Director

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. 

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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 2021-2022Thespian 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!  Please enjoy an encore viewing of our 2019-2020 Board as we update our website.
Maddie Blanchard

Maddie is thankful for the opportunity to serve on this years Thespian Board! She has been working on productions with Troupe 4429 for 8 years now, and plans on studying theatre, dance, and business in college after graduation. When she isn’t in rehearsal, she’s probably in a dance class or playing cards with her family.

Hadley Nelson

Hadley has been involved in DHS theatre since her freshman year. She is also involved in the school’s choir, tennis, and Rotary Interact programs. 

Wyatt Button

Besides being involved in the theatre department, Wyatt is also in the School's Jazz Band, and has a background in piano and choir. After highschool, he hopes to major in Music Education and study American Sign Language as well. 

Rachel Halin

Rachel enjoys both the technical side of theatre, as well as acting. Her go-to role in a production is stage management, and working with props. She has been a thespian board member for the past two years and she loves finding ways to improve the theater troupe. When she is not in the theatre, you can find her working at McDonalds.

Bryce Hayes

Bryce is heavily involved in both the theater and the band. He has performed in both arts outside of school at various venues, including Shakespeare, classical music, and jazz.