Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance
Laura Hope joined the faculty at Whitman College as chair of the Department of Theater and Dance in 2020. She has a doctorate in performance studies from the University of California, Davis. Her primary research interests are in new play and musical development, directing, dramaturgy and Irish theater.
Visiting Associate Professor of Theater and Costume Director
Annaliese Baker is a theater artist with 20 years of professional and postsecondary work, nationally and internationally. As a “multi-hyphenate”, Baker explores performance in multiple facets: directing, the design of over 100 performances in live theater and film/television, and theatrical management.
Director of Theatre and Associate Professor of Theater509-527-5017
Daniel Schindler is a theater designer and scenic painter. He is a member of United Scenic Artists #829 and has designed professionally at the Toledo Repertory Theatre, the Arvada Center in Denver, Colorado, and the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.
Senior Lecturer of Theater and Technical Director509-527-4717
Nate Tomsheck has spent over 15 years teaching and serving as a technical director in a small liberal arts setting. Prior to coming to Whitman, Tomsheck served as the resident scenic and lighting designer at LaGrange College.
Kevin S. Walker
Senior Lecturer, Master Electrician and Sound Engineer509-527-5938
Kevin Walker brings 25 years of theatrical building experience to Harper Joy Theatre. Walker has a B.A. from Humboldt State University, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and a MAT from Willamette University.
Associate Professor of Dance509-526-3002
Renée Archibald is a dancer and choreographer. She has performed throughout New York City, the United States and internationally. Her choreographic work has been presented at NYC venues including The Brooklyn Museum, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen. She has received choreographic residencies through the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, and Yaddo and has taught at Barnard College, University of Illinois, the Yard, and White Mountain Summer Dance Festival.
Peter de Grasse
Senior Lecturer of Dance509-527-5796
A physical practitioner first, Peter de Grasse grounds his work in an ongoing investigation of popping, waving and street styles, which he first saw during raves of the late '90s and early 2000s. Since the close of his concert career, he has built on these formative experiences through intensive one-on-one study with Robin Rojas, Slick Dogg and Megaman.