skip to content

Theatre Alumni News

More than 525 different actors have stepped onto the college’s stages over the last 25 years. The whereabouts of 19 of them is reflected below. We’d love to know more about the other 506. Please keep us informed of what’s happening in your lives. We will endeavor to share that information with your peers via the college’s theatre website. Email Brian Tyrrell:

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 9/25/2015:

CHRIS BANGE (1994-1997) continues to produce highly acclaimed one and two man productions that routinely tour Canada every summer. His performances have graced Centralia College’s stages numerous times over the past decade.

Educators MISTY CARSON (1997-1999), SHANE RIVERS (1998-2001) and ERIC LYNCH (2001-2004) all serve their communities as Theatre/English instructors at Redmond, Kentwood and Centralia High Schools, respectively.

ANNA GARRISON (1991-1994) enters her ninth year of teaching and/or administrating for the Yelm School District. After directing the theatre program for six years, Anna is now the district’s Instructional Specialist with a focus on secondary English Language Arts. She resides in Tumwater. After ten years spent teaching in Marysville and Shelton, it’s great having her back in the area.

JALYN GREEN (2001-2003) is a University of Washington Theatre graduate who works consistently in the Seattle area. He was recently seen in The Pillowman for Second Story Rep and in Sweeney Todd for the Renton Civic Theatre.

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. Andy’s worked in numerous theatres in Portland including productions of The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, The Big Meal and And So It Goes at Artists Repertory Theatre. For Portland Center Stage he was seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Clybourne Park. Andy and Brit relocated to Los Angeles, fall 2015.

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. Josh recently appeared in A Lion in Winter for Second Story Rep in Redmond.

DAVID LENZ (2012-2014) is Centralia College’s most recent addition to the University of Idaho where he’s about to complete his BFA in Theatre (2016).

KATIE MEDFORD (2006-2008) received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Idaho in 2011 and then served 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. The following year Katie was the Rex Rabold Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she appeared in My Fair Lady (u.s.) and The Tenth Muse. Katie moved to Chicago in 2014 to continue her acting career.

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 where she was seen in such productions as The Importance of Being Earnest and Urinetown, moved to Chicago, IL where she was active with an improv troupe. Eleise recently returned to the Pacific Northwest and we’re happy that she did.

LINDA MORRIS (1991-1993) is currently playing Adriana in The Comedy of Errors for Seattle Shakespeare Company. Prior to that she was seen as Regan in Seattle Shakespeare’s production of King Lear and as 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 and works for Microsoft.

PAUL PURVINE (2000-2004), a veteran of numerous Harlequin Productions’ plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 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.

CASEY RAIHA, after completing his second year with AMDA, the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, in Los Angeles, returned to the Northwest and has been steadily employed in a number of Seattle theatres including multiple productions with The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Second Story Rep, Stage Right and Harlequin Productions.

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. She recently returned to the Pacific Northwest and appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor for Harlequin Productions.

SOFIA SANCHEZ-MUIR (2013-2015) recently began her studies in theatre arts at the Cornish College for the Arts in Seattle.

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. Over the past three years she’s been seen in Chicago, Second Story Rep., Big River and The Producers at The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Peanuty Goodness for Stage Right, A Girls Guide to Coffee for Centralia College and Young Frankenstein, Sweet Charity and Jesus Christ Superstar for Seattle Musical Theatre. She was the co-choreographer for Sound Theatre Company’s production of The Wild Party.

DUSTY WARREN (1995-1997) resides in Los Angeles where his award-winning short films, Walking and Stealing were produced.

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. She appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman for Second Story Rep directed by Billie Wildrick.

Corbet Theatre

Contact Drama Department

Brian Tyrrell, Professor
(360) 736-9391, ext. 301