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Theatre and Communication Arts

TCA Faculty and Staff

Janet Gupton - Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Resident Director

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Education: B.A., J.D. Wake Forest University; M.S., Ph.D. University of Oregon

Professor Janet Gupton is in her sixteenth year at Linfield where she teaches Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Topics in Performance, Theatre History & Dramatic Literature, Directing, Advanced Directing, and Theatre Business and Promotions. She also directs for the Linfield Theatre Program. Past Linfield directing credits include A Small Family Business, The Importance of Being Earnest, Spring Awakening, Dead Man;s Cell Phone, Execution of Justice, Lend Me A Tenor, The Comedy of Errors, Man of La Mancha, Crave, Macbeth, A Corpse with Feet, Scapino!, and The Foreigner. She directed God of Carnage for Chehalem Players Repertory in Septemner of 2013. She is an active member of Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has received numerous certificates of merits for her direction of shows. Most recently, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley was chosen from the region to be presented at the 2015 festival in Central Washington University. Dr. Gupton received her law degree and undergraduate degree in political science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She practiced law for three years in North Carolina before heading back to school to obtain her master’s and doctorate in theatre from the University of Oregon.

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Sandra E. Lee - Professor of Intercultural Communication and English as a Second Language; Chair of English Language and Culture Program

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Education: B.A. Hons. Portsmouth Polytechnic, U.K.; Diploma in Teaching English Overseas, Manchester University, U.K.; M.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Sandra Lee joined the Linfield faculty in 1985. She is the co-author of several texts, including “Seeing the Big Picture: Exploring American Cultures on Film,” which uses popular films to illustrate aspects of various cultures, such as African, Chinese, Mexican and Native American cultures. Prior to coming to Linfield, Lee taught in China and in many European countries. Her work focuses on creating bridges for U.S. and international students to learn from each other, both in and outside the classroom. Professor Lee’s academic interests include intercultural communication and second language acquisition.

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Tyrone  Marshall - Professor of Theatre Arts, Director of Theatre and Resident Designer

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Education: B.A. North Texas State University; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Professor Ty Marshall, a member of the Theatre Program since 1987, teaches design and technical courses. He creates the scenic and lighting designs for most of the program's productions and on occasion designs for theatres in Portland, Oregon. Professor Marshall has received numerous awards for his work, including the Kennedy Center Medallion and several Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), and the Horace Robinson President's Award from the Northwest Drama Conference. Additionally, in 2003, he received the college’s Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award. He is also an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and has served as Jr. Vice Chair and Newsletter Editor of the Inland Northwest Section. At Linfield, his research interests include the development of computer-aided design curriculum for theatre students in a liberal arts environment.


Brenda DeVore Marshall - Professor of Theatre and Communication Arts

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Education: B.A. University of Denver; M.S. North Texas State University; Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Professor Brenda DeVore Marshalll has been teaching in the Theatre and Communication Arts Program since 1987. As an undergraduate, she studied theatre and music at the University of Denver, while at the graduate level, she specialized in speech communication and theatre at North Texas State University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Marshall is the co-author of numerous books and book chapters on women’s political discourse, including “Telling Political Lives: The Rhetorical Autobiographies of Women Leaders in the United States” and “Women’s Political Discourse: A 21st-Century Perspective.” In 2005, she was awarded the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award that honors outstanding faculty members. Among her other academic interests are intercultural communication, gender and communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, gender studies and theatrical directing.

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Jackson B.  Miller - Professor of Communication Arts and Director of Forensics (Chair)

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Education: B.S., M.A. Ohio University; Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

A member of the Communication Arts faculty at Linfield since 2001, Dr. Jackson Miller specializes in protest and reform rhetoric, performance theory, and nonverbal communication. He leads the Linfield Forensics Program (speech and debate team), teaches debate courses for inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary, and presents debate workshops throughout the world in places like China, Guatemala, Mexico, and Turkey. Dr. Miller also has expertise in interactive theater techniques, and he works with the InterACT Performance Troupe to facilitate sexual assault prevention trainings on military bases and on college campuses.

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Laurel Peterson - Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager

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Education: B.A. Linfield College, M.F.A. Boston University

I received my Bachelors of Arts at Linfield College in 2007 with a major in Fine Arts and minors in Theatre and Literature. I then completed a year long costuming internship at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, and then went on to Boston University where studied costume design and I received my Masters in Fine Arts in 2011. After designing and teaching in Oregon for a few years, I was hired on as the full time costumer at my alma mater, Linfield College. I love being back at Linfield and sharing my design, sewing and craft knowledge with the next generations of theatre artisans.


Vicky Ragsdale - Administrative Coordinator and Box Office Manager

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Vicky Ragsdale has been the Administrative Coordinator and Box Office Manager for Linfield’s Theatre and Communication Arts Department since 2003.


Robert Vaughn - Instructional Associate, Theatre Technical Director and Sound Designer

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Education: B.A. in Theatre at Linfield College; M.F.A. in Scenic Design at Northern Illinois University

Robert Vaughn has been a member of the Theatre Arts Program faculty since 2008. Prior to his appointment as Technical Director and Sound Designer at Linfield, Professor Vaughn was the Technical Theatre Manager at the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics in Vancouver, WA.  He has also found freelance work in the Portland are with Profile Theatre, Lakewood Center for the Arts and Broadway Rose.

 This former Wildcat holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Linfield and a graduate degree in scenic design from Northern Illinois University.

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