Faculty & Staff

Eastern Oregon University Theatre Faculty & Staff

Ken Bush


Ken is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts specializing in Acting and Directing. He received his BA in speech and theatre from Colorado State University and his MFA in directing from the Catholic University of America. Ken has also studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner, the Stella Adler Studio with Stella Adler and Mano Siletti, and the Mirror Theatre with Geraldine Page. Ken came to EOU in 1999 to work in a smaller school and a better environment. Recent productions at Eastern include directing Our Town, A Flea In Her Ear, The Lion in Winter and Twelfth Night which received recognition at the 2000 NWDC/ACTF. In 2004, Ken directed the 75th anniversary production of Arms and the Man. In April, he appeared as Phineaus in Medea. And most recently he directed Fefu and Her Friends in an “environmental theatre” production that took place at the Stange Manor, one of La Grande’s finest historical homes. When asked about his greatest achievements, Ken was torn between once consoling a crying Michael Jackson and escorting Jackie Kennedy down the stairs of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street.


Kenn Wheeler


Kenn, in his thirteenth year, is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts who considers himself a theatre generalist. His areas of concentration would include musical theatre, stage management and directing, but he also designs scenery, and teaches acting, theatre history, stage makeup and stage combat. He received his BA from Southern Utah University and his MFA from Michigan State University. Before coming to EOU, Kenn taught at Lansing Community College and Albion College, in Michigan, and Treasure Valley Community College, in Ontario, OR. His most recent project was directing the musical Jekyll and Hyde. In the fall of 2010, Kenn was privileged to direct the first amateur university production of The Phantom of the Opera staged in the United States. While some of his favorite projects have included Urinetown the Musical, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, and Much Ado About Nothing, he considers his greatest productions to be his three daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Jillian. He and his wife, Denise are now working on spoiling the Wheeler grandkids: Valin, Boston, Nathaniel, Oren and most recently, Tobin and Hazel.


Michael Heather


Mike is an Associate Professor of Theatre and program chair here at Eastern Oregon University. Mike teaches Scenic, Costume and Lighting design, Stagecraft, Irish drama, Banned Plays, Theatre History, Introduction to Theatre and advanced studies in Theatre and Film. Mike has also directed such shows as Titanic the Musical, The Crucible and Life is a Dream at EOU. Currently Mike is writing an anthology of plays with supporting material geared to the needs of the design professor and student. Mike earned his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in Design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in both Theatre and Social Studies/History from Southern Utah University. Mike’s goal is to “Tell part of the story” when it comes to design for theatre productions. Previously, towards that end, Mike has been an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Augustana College and Georgetown College, Technical Director for Randolph College, Resident Designer and Technical Director for the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Granbury Opera House and Black Hills Community Theatre. Mike has also worked for the “Mouse”, Walt Disney Resorts, Entertainment Art at Disneyland as a Consultant/Assistant Art Director. Mike holds memberships in the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) and the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society.

Heather Tomlinson


Heather is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts whose main focus is costuming. She received her BS in Clothing, Textiles and Design from the University of Idaho and also her MFA in Theatre Arts: Costuming from the University of Idaho. She received a KCACTF Certificate of Merit for her Costume Designs for The Country Wife. The costumes combined found objects with richly colored fabrics to create the ornate look of the Restoration Period. She has also designed costumes for Words, The Stonewater Rapture, and Oklahoma. Heather has worked for the Idaho Repertory Theatre and also the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. Last year, Heather designed costumes for EOU’s productions of Les Miserables.


Beckie Thompson-Hendrickson


Beckie is an adjunct faculty/guest choreographer who began training in ballet at the age of 3 and was dancing professionally by her teens. She has danced with the former Portland Ballet Theatre and Portland Repertory Theatre with special solo appearances in My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, and The Music Man to name a few. She has over 30 years experience as a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and coach. Beckie says that her two children are her greatest accomplishments! Her daughter Daisy is a dancer for the Portland Trail Blazers and her son George is a singer, songwriter living in New York. In 1980, she opened Beckie’s Studio of Dance and coached and choreographed the La Grande High School’s Competitive Dance Team for ten years. She was an artist in residence at Luigi Galvani Institute in Quito Ecuador teaching dance to over 350 school children in 2004. She also served as adjudicator for the Portland Trail Blazers dance team finals in selecting their 06-07 & 07-08 teams. She has been resident choreographer and instructor for the EOU Theatre Program since 1994 choreographing such shows as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fiddler On the Roof, Coyote Tales and As You Like It.


Student Staff for 2014 – 2015

  • Alexander Fuller – House Manager
  • Julie Esquibel – Box Office Manager
  • Fernando Moreno – Box Office Assistant
  • Caitlin Burke – Costume Shop Assistant
  • Bryn McLaughlin – Costume Shop Assistant
  • Richard Scott – Theatre Archivist
  • Caleb Hulsey – Scene Shop Assistant
  • Kelsy Carson – Promotions Assistant
  • Johann Hoogstraten – Promotions Assistant
  • Megan Cane – Promotions Assistant
  • Allyssa Putas – Theatre Librarian
  • Richard Scott – McKenzie Theatre Student Technician
  • Rachel Bentz – Assistant McKenzie Theatre Student Technician


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