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Jan James

Executive Director

    Jan graduated from the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology. After graduation she lived in the Hood River Valley for 24 years. During that time, Jan lived on an apple and pear orchard with her husband, and raised 2 Read More...

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Duncan Krummel

Music Director

    Duncan Krummel is a composer, singer, and instrumentalist from Hood River, OR. He also holds an MA in composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, UK under the tutelage of Rory Boyle and Gordon McPherson, and a BM in composition from Ithaca Read More...

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Zakia Elazami

Camp Counselor

   This will be Zakia’s 8th year at CGST. She has been a student and CIT and is incredibly proud to be on staff for 2019. She has been involved in theater for her whole life and is grateful to be given the opportunity to continue to explore her passion. She has previously been seen in Read More...




    Bryce Huntsman is very excited for his eighth year at CGST. He recently graduated from Summit High School and will attend Santa Clara University.


Alana Merz


    Alana Merz is a 15 year old currently living in Northern California. Alana loves CGST and has been going to camp since she was a baby!

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Jesse Merz

Artistic Director

    As an actor, Jesse has performed off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, in regional theatre, summer stock, feature films, student films, on the radio and in 120 cities in 34 states nationwide. He is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation Read More...

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John William Beck

Body and Voice instructor

    John William Beck is a bi-coastal resident of both New York and Oregon who has been a part of the CGST family since 2012. He has recently helped found a New York theatre company, PrismHouse Theatre Company, and is currently receiving his BFA in Acting from Tisch School Read More...

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Ryan Shallenberger

Camp Counselor

   Ryan Shallenberger is a native to northern California, where he attends Butte College full time in pursuit of a future MFA. He is a playwright, an actor, and a pianist, and has tried his hand at piano accompaniment, stage managing, and even professional acting on a train. Ryan is very excited Read More...




    Meredith Butler has been involved in theatre her entire life. This is her fourth year at CGST. This is also her second year as a counselor in training.



Counselor in Training

    Chloe Ollila is thrilled to return home to CGST for her third year as a camper and first time as a counselor in training.

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Bronwyn Allen

Camp Director

    Bronwyn Allen is excited to finally return to the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre by stepping into the role of Camp Director. Having studied technical theatre and performance at Butte College, and having worked as an independent technical theatre professional on many shows Read More...

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Kayla Rodriguez

Dance Director

    Kayla Rodriguez graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Psychology in 2012. She was coach, captain, and choreographer of the Hawkettes Dance Team as a junior and a senior at Roger Williams University. Read More...

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Kenna Harris

Camp Counselor

   Kenna Harris is currently pursuing an AAT in Theater Arts at Butte College in Oroville, California. After achieving this goal she plans to continue forward in her education to attain a BFA. At Butte College she has been both Secretary and Vice President of the Drama Club. Read More...


Trinity Slowik

Counselor in Training

    Trinity Slowik is a 17 year old senior at Oak Harbor High School. She has never attended CGST before but she is beyond excited to attend as a CIT.


Ruby Morgan


    This is Ruby's 5th year at CGST. She will be a junior at Pacific Crest Community School in Portland, Oregon. She can't wait to meet all the new campers!


support staff

   In addition to a dedicated full-time Staff roster, CGST is supported by many volunteer and/or part-time staff members who assist with guest classes, rehearsals, production needs, and in many other capacities. We thank these individuals immensely for their contributions.



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