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Amy Critchfield

Amy Critchfield
Technical Director of Theatre/Instructor of Theatre
Office: B-131 

Amy is originally from Spokane Washington.  She received an AAS in Natural Sciences from BYU Idaho and a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University. She later went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from Utah State University. Some of the highlights of her career have been designing several original works such as Grasshopper and the Ant and First Freedom. She has also enjoyed working with several community and regional theaters in Washington, Idaho, Utah and New Jersey.  Among some of her most memorable designs have been Seussical, Jane Eyre, Big River, Titanic, the Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Amy joined Western in the fall of 2002 and continues to enjoy working with the Theater Department.

Chris Will

Chris Will
Musical Theatre Instructor
Office: B-130 

Chris comes to Western from New York City.  He received his BFA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming followed by a Master of Performance in Musical Theatre from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. While in the UK, Chris had the wonderful experience of working with some of the key producers and practitioners currently working in theatre - including Martin Lowe (MD Mama Mia) and was honored to represent the United States as Young Buddy in a West End star-studded production of Follies in Concert, which was specially arranged by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Chris has also performed in several workshops for new musical theatre, including the opportunity of working with Jason Robert Brown. For the last 11 years he has been performing and directing professionally all around the world including two Off-Broadway shows (Time Being, and The Jungle Queen).  Chris has been honored with his work at the collegiate level both in directing and performing with Meritorious Achievement Awards: Directing “The Music Man” & playing the role of Mary Sunshine in “Chicago” as a guest Artiest at the University of Wyoming.  His greatest role he has played is husband and father to wife Beth, daughter Caitlin (5 yrs), Ashlee (3 yrs) and soon to be child number three.    

Eric-Richard de Lora Eric-Richard de Lora
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice
Office: B-130
Phone: 307-382-1729

Eric is thrilled to share his knowledge and experience in the performing arts with students at Western. He is a versatile theatre artist, having collaborated as director, designer, producer, writer or actor on 275 productions and as music director on 90 musicals, as well as administrator and manager with arts and business organizations, in Alaska, California, Iowa, Oregon and Utah. Some of his directing credits include the world premiere of his plays Audition, For Will, The Piano-Player's Song, Portraits, and Words & Music; the world premiere of his children's play Folktales around the World that toured to over 200 elementary schools; the world premiere of Hagemann's opera A Shaw Trilogy, the West Coast premiere of Orr's play The Wisdom of Eve, the Iowa premiere of Poulenc's opera Dialogues of the Carmelites and the Oregon premiere of Sondheim's revue You're Gonna Love Tomorrow; the musical works Annie, Broadway/Opal, Gianni Schicchi, Godspell, Oh What A Lovely War!, Oliver, The Rake's Progress, Tosca and The Sound of Music; and plays by Brecht, Gilroy, Kaufman, Mamet, Moliere, Shakespeare, Shaw, Stoppard and Wilder. Some of his music directing credits include Anything Goes, Camelot, Chicago, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Thing?Forum, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Hello Dolly, Into the Woods, King and I, My One & Only, Nunsense, Pippin, Promises Promises, Rocky Horror Show, Wizard of Oz and West Side Story.

Eric is also an accomplished musician and educator. He has conducted adult and youth vocal and instrumental ensembles in more than 500 concerts, performing masterworks by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Faure, Handel, Haydn, Honegger, Mozart, Orff, Rutter, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Thompson, Vaughan-Williams and Vivaldi. He has sung under the direction of William Hatcher on a month-long tour of Russia, Estonia and Finland; John Logan Cobb on several tours across the Northwest; Thomas Iverson on a two-week tour of Hawaii; and the conductors Jacob Avshalomov, Lane Cheney, John Cooksey, James Dixon, Alexander Dmitriev, Roberta Hall, Will Kesling and Edgar Thompson. He has played piano, organ, harpsichord and percussion in concerts in Austria, England, Germany, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington; and accompanied over 2500 weddings, funerals, memorials, and services, for Adventist, Baptist, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Jehovah's Witness, Latter-day Saints, Lutheran, Methodist, Metropolitan, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Swedenborgian churches. He has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Eastern Oregon University, Pacific University, Umpqua Community College, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, Maybeck High School and New Conservatory Theatre Center.

Eric was born in Portland, Oregon, but raised in Los Angeles and Fresno, California. He began acting and singing at age 5, studying piano at age 7 and organ at age 11, and giving weekly public performances at age 12. He wrote and directed his first play, The Worm, at age 13. In high school he was inspired to pursue musical theatre by his teacher Dan Pessano, founder of the Good Company Players. Following two years of missionary service in southern Germany, he earned two Bachelor's degrees with honors at Eastern Oregon University: the first in German and Music, with a double emphasis in voice and piano, and the second in History and Theatre Arts, with an emphasis in directing. He completed the Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre Stage Direction at the University of Iowa, studying with Cosmo Catalano, Robert Eckert and Beaumont Glass. He has also pursued advanced studies in film music with Richard Trombley at the University of Oregon, and conducting with Jay Evard Welch at the University of Utah and Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Linda Nelson



Lynette Nelson
Adjunct Music Faculty

Katie Pastor



Katie Pastor
Theatre Program Office Assistant

Kristy McManusKristy McManus
Office: B-130

Kristy McManus is the Assistant Professor of Theatre and Forensics here at Western.  When she is not designing and making costumes, she is coaching the speech and debate team.  Kristy is a native of Wyoming but has spent the past 16 years working professionally throughout the country.  She also has three amazing children and husband to go home to every night.


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