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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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Hogan Fritz

Digital Director

     After 12 years of CGST, Hogan is based out of New York City, Working at the William Morris Endeavor global talent agency. He recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Communication Studies with minors in Journalism and Political 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 7th year at CGST. She has been a student and CIT and is incredibly proud to be on staff for 2018. 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...




    Alysa "Sunny" Leff 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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Heather King

Camp Director

    Heather King is an actor, singer, director, stage combatant, and all around performing enthusiast! In 2010, HK was part of the first full class to graduate with a BFA in Theatre Arts at Central Washington University. She is also an ally of the Deaf community and is finding ways to merge her 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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Zach Hacker

Camp Counselor

   Zachary Hacker is currently living in Chicago, IL studying at The Second City Conservatory. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. There he was the president of the Improv Club and an active member of his theater Department where he wrote and directed Read More...


Emma Long


    Emma 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. 


Meredith Butler

Counselor in Training

    Meredith is elated to return once again to CGST and to the people she calls her second family. She looks forward to yet another life-changing summer.

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Eve Johnstone

Managing Director

    Eve Johnstone currently resides in Portland as a theatre artist and teacher. She graduated with honors from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing where she studied physical acting training, how to create and produce original work, and ensemble  Read More...

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Charlie Graham

Wellness Coordinator

    Charlie Graham is currently a student at Butte College in Chico California. Charlie's passion for theater began at a small charter school in the middle of nowhere. It was love at first rehearsal, and her teacher proclaimed “Charlie needs to eat the stage.” She has training in Meisner and 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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Kate Jones-Waddell

Camp Counselor

   Kate is a Senior at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she studies Theatre and Education. Once she graduates, she plans to enroll in the University's renowned Master of Arts in Teaching graduate school program. After that, she plans to teach theatre at Read More...


Bryce Huntsman

Counselor in Training

    This is Bryce'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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