Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, Director of Theater 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 Assistant Professor of Theater and Costume Director
Aaron Chvatal joins the faculty of Whitman College after an exciting decade of traveling the country and designing costumes for a range of theater, opera, and dance productions.
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.
Associate Professor of Dance509-526-3002
RenéeRenée 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, DanspaceDanspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen. She has received choreographic residencies through the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, and YaddoYaddo 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.
Candace Rose is a jackrabbit of all trades… and plays improvisational piano for dance classes. Originally from Colorado Springs, she holds a B.A. double major in ceramics and music from Colorado Women’s College in Denver. Ventured to Walla Walla in 1974, raised goats and chickens, and continues to thrive with many seat-of-the-pants careers including graphics designer in the days before computers, massage therapist, piano teacher, and assemblage artist in her downtown studio; she stays grounded with lots of yard work.
Paul has been a piano/percussion accompanist for dance classes at Whitman since 2017. After completing a Bachelor of Music Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, he performed and composed for a number of music and theater groups as well as creating 13 solo keyboard projects on CD. Before coming to Walla Walla, he was immersed in the social dance communities of Durham, NC, and Ann Arbor, MI, including teaching ballroom dance for three years.