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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Rudy Schuepbach

Technical Director

    A longtime CGST veteran, Rudy Schuepbach is thrilled to be joining camp for it's 20th Anniversary Summer as the resident Technical Director. He most recently worked as the Associate Technical Director at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. He also has Read More...

MAria Caputo

Music Director

    Maria Caputo is a singer, pianist, music teacher, and theater music director. She splits her time between Manhattan and Fairfield County, CT, where she plays gigs, teaches piano lessons, and sings in some of New York's most storied halls. She is excited to return for her second year Read More...

Izzi Durham

Camp Counselor

   2016 is Izzi's eighth year at CGST. She has been acting for as long as she can remember, having performed in over thirty shows in schools, camps, and Seattle theaters. Favorite roles include Little Becky Two Shoes (Urinetown), Giuseppe Zangara (Assassins), Lear (The Memorandum), Read More...


Truman Fritz

Counselor in Training

   Truman has been attending CGST since 2012, making this his fifth year. He loved being a counselor-in-training last year and he's excited to be one again!

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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...

Laurel MERZ

Camp Director

    Laurel Merz is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing working as a school nurse through the Multnomah Educational Service District. Laurel has worked in some capacity at CGST since 2000 and loves theatre, dance, yoga and running. Read More...

Madison Grun

Assistant Camp Director

    As a Portland Native, Madison spent the last two years living in Chicago, Illinois studying Theatre Performance. While in Chicago, Madison appeared in "Legally Blonde: The Musical", "25th Annual...Spelling Bee", "Our Town", "BBE: Family" and worked Read More...

Heather King

HEAD CAMP Counselor

    Heather King is beyond thrilled to be returning to the CGST family! She has spent the last two years back in school for sign language interpreting and is ready to start combining her two greatest passions: children and arts! She is most proud of co-founding a theatre company Read More...


Emily Larsen

Counselor in Training

    This is Emily's 6th year attending CGST. She is beyond excited to return and get the chance to spend time and train with the most amazing people she has ever met.

Nicole Smith

Managing Director

   Nicole is a California-native currently living in Somerville, MA. She joined the CGST family in 2011 as a Lady Counselor and has since called this place her "hearthome." Growing up, Nicole found herself in the theatre, both on and off stage, at every turn. CGST has Read More...

Hogan fritz

Digital Director

    With 11 years of CGST under his belt, Hogan Fritz is based out of New York City where he attends Marymount Manhattan College, pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with minors in Journalism and Political Science. He originates from Portland 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...

John William Beck

Camp Counselor

    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 is currently receiving his BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he works with the Atlantic Acting School, founded by Read More...




    Gabe is elated to return to CGST for one final year. He thanks those who have helped him get here and CGST for always welcoming him home.


Zakia Elazami


    Zakia can't wait to come back to her favorite place in the world for her fifth year and is excited about being a counselor in training for the first time.



    Alysa "Sunny" Leff is attending CGST for her 6th year and can't wait to come back to an amazing family and her second home. 



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