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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...

Duncan Krummel

Music Director

    Duncan Krummel is a composer, singer, and pianist from Hood River, OR. He is a recent BM Composition graduate of Ithaca College (IC), where he studied composition with Dana Wilson, Jorge Villavicencio Grossman, and Evis Sammoutis; film scoring with Peter Rothbart; 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...




    Name is now attending CGST for her 8th year and cannot wait to come back to an amazing family and her second home. 

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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...




    Name is incredibly excited to be returning to one of her favorite places: CGST. This will be her third time attending and her first time as a counselor in training. 


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...

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...



Counselor in Training

    This is Name’s 6th year attending CGST. He is beyond excited to return and get the chance to spend time and train with the most amazing people he has ever met.


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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