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Theatre Alumni News

Updated 10/20/2011
More than 450 different actors have stepped onto our stages over the last 20 years. The whereabouts of 12 of them is reflected below. We'd love to know more about the other 438. Please keep us informed of what's happening in your lives. I will endeavor to share that information with your peers via the college's theatre website. Email Brian Tyrrell: btyrrell@centralia.edu.

Note: The dates following alum's names are not indicative of the time spent earning their degree but rather the shows performed at Centralia College.

Alumni News, updated 10/20/2011:


ADAM HARRELL (1999-2001) graduated from the University of Idaho with an MFA in Playwriting in 2011. He has since relocated to New York City in search of employment. A collection of Adam's plays will be presented as part of Centralia College's 2011-2012 theatre season.
AUSTEN ANDERSON (2007) received his BFA in theatre from the University of Idaho in 2009. He is the co-founder of the Animal Fire Theatre Company and was the director of their Shakespearean productions of both Macbeth (2010) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (2011) produced outdoors in Priest Point Park in Olympia, WA.
JOSH KRUPKE (1999-2002) has appeared in a number of plays in the greater Seattle area including several productions at The Village Theatre in Issaquah.
HEIDI RIDER (1997-2000) a veteran of many Harlequin Productions shows, moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue a theatre degree at Hunter College.
LINDA MORRIS (1991-1993) is currently playing the title character in Sylvia at The Seattle Repertory Theatre. She was also seen in The Rep's production of Dancing at Lughnasa in 2011. She's the veteran of seven seasons with the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
ANNA GARRISON (1991-1994) enters her fifth year of teaching Theatre and English at Yelm High School. She resides in Tumwater. After a number of years spent teaching in Marysville and Shelton, it's good having her back in the area.
ELEISE MOORE (2002-2004) after having finished her second and final year as part of PCPA's (Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts) company in Santa Maria, California were she was seen in such productions as The Importance of Being Earnest and Urinetown, moved to Chicago, IL where she's active with an improv troupe.
PAUL PURVINE (2000-2004), a veteran of numerous Harlequin Productions' plays, including A Midsummer Nights Dream and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Macbeth, completed his Bachelor's degree in theatre at The Evergreen State College in 2008 and moved, with fellow Centralia College alum, Robert McConkey, to New York City in 2010 to pursue opportunities in the theatre. Paul also appeared in Olympia Little Theatre's production of Bus Stop and Theatre Artists Olympia's Macbeth, summer 2005.
ANDY HILLSTROM (2003-2005) completed his BFA in Theatre at the University of Idaho, spring 2007, and subsequently moved with his wife Brit to Portland, Oregon where he's been active in theatre. Andy's worked in numerous theatres in Portland including productions of The Cherry Orchard and As You Like It at Artists Repertory Theatre.
CASEY RAIHA, after completing his second year with AMDA, the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, in Los Angeles, CA., returned to the Northwest and has been steadily employed in a number of Seattle theatres including multiple productions with The Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA.
REBECCA WITT (1999-2002), like many of her Centralia College peers, has been seen on stage in a variety of Seattle theatres including multiple productions with The Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA.
KATIE MEDFORD (2006-2008) received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Idaho in 2011 and is currently serving an internship with the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She was seen in Pride and Prejudice, directed by Jon Jory, fall, 2011.
MEGAN TYRRELL (2007-2008), like many of her fellow Centralia College alums, received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Idaho, 2010. Upon returning to the Northwest, she was seen in Melancholy Play at Stage Right in Seattle, Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Capital Playhouse in Olympia and in A Stardust Christmas Carol (2010) and Stardust Serenade (2011) at Harlequin Productions. Megan also taught a dance and a cardio combo class at Centralia College 2011-2012.

Alumni News, updated 10/9/2007:


DOUG ALEXANDER is entering his second year in the theatre program at Western Washington University.
AUSTEN ANDERSON, KATE BELDEN and CHASE HARVEY (2007) are currently enrolled in the theatre program at the University of Idaho. All three were cast in the fall semester production of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Nights Dream."
ANNA GARRISON (1991-1994) enters her first year of teaching Theatre and English at Yelm High School. She resides in Tumwater, Washington. After a number of years spent in the Bellingham/Marysville vicinity, it's good having her back in the area. Welcome back, Anna.
ROBYN HEIAN (1997-2000) graduated from Columbia College's Dance Education program in Chicago before returning to the area in 2004 to co-direct "Talking With" with Jana Tyrrell and appearing as Hedy LaRue in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at Centralia College (2005). She recently married and now resides in Portland, Oregon.
ANDY HILLSTROM (2003-2005) completed his BFA in Theatre at the University of Idaho in spring 2007. At UI he appeared in a number of productions including "Boy Gets Girl," fall 2005, with Nellie Doelman, CWU undergraduate and Helena in C.C.'s spring 2004 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Lend Me a Tenor." Andy recently relocated to Portland, Oregon and will appear in a production of "As Is" in November 2007.
JOSH and REBECCA WITT KRUPKE (1999-2002) have appeared in a number of plays in the greater Seattle area including work at The Village Theatre in Issaquah.
ELEISE MOORE (2002-2004) recently finished her second and final year as part of PCPA's (Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts) company in Santa Maria, California. She was seen in their summer productions of "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Urinetown" in Solvang, CA this summer.
LINDA MORRIS (1991-1993) recently completed her seventh season with the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival, her fifth as a member of the Actors Equity Association. She currently resides in Olympia, Washington.
PAUL PURVINE (2000-2004) recently appeared in Harlequin Productions "Macbeth" in fall 2007. After a lengthy respite from the classroom, Paul will finish his AA at Centralia College in fall 2007 and enroll at The Evergreen State College in winter 2008 to pursue a teaching degree in the performing arts. Paul's Harlequin credits are numerous, including "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." Paul also appeared in Olympia Little Theatre's production of "Bus Stop" and Theatre Artists Olympia's "Macbeth" in summer 2005.
CASEY RAIHA, likewise, is beginning his second year with AMDA, the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, in Los Angeles, CA.
HEIDI RIDER (1997-2000), a veteran of many Harlequin Productions shows, moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue a theatre degree at Hunter College.

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