Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff teach and direct the learning activities of CTE. Our faculty members supervise students in all workshops and serve as mentors to the CTE interns. We employ certified teachers, and we conduct background checks of all employees and interns. All staff receive first aid training & CTE maintains a drug-free, safe environment for children.

Kathy Dorgan, Artistic Director & Arts Festival Director

Kathy has been with CTE since the summer of 2003, and has served as our Artistic Director since 2004. She has a B.F.A. in Theatre, an M.A.Ed. in administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and has taught acting and theatre classes for over 20 years. She has been the Theatre Director for Olympia High School since 1996 and is active as an actor and director in other local theatre productions. Kathy is committed to working in and promoting theatre arts whenever and wherever she finds opportunities.


Louise Doran, Managing Director

Louise has been involved with CTE since 2006, as a Board member and for the past 11 years as Registrar.  She also manages the administration of CTE during the off-season.  You will find her during this 2017 season in the CTE office.




jason_haws_headshotJason Haws, Showcase Workshop Director





paul_purvine_headshotPaul Purvine, Spotlight Workshop Director

Paul has enjoyed being part of CTE since 1997, and in 2010 he became the Spotlight Workshop Director. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, he holds a degree in Theatre and Education. Paul is on loan from New York, but local credits include shows at Harlequin Productions, Capital Playhouse, Theater Artists Olympia, Olympia Family Theater, Olympia Little Theater, and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He would like to thank all his family and friends for their love and support.



Terra Dawson-Neal, Technical Director


Harrison Fry, Assistant Technical Director

Harrison Fry is so excited to be joining the amazing CTE family this summer. He has been involved in the Olympia theater community for many years and loves any opportunity to teach the art of theater, which he loves, to the future of our world!



Elliot Weeks, Music Faculty

Elliot is an Olympia native and Olympia High School graduate. He has music directed for Capital Playhouse Kids at Play and Three Rivers High School in Three Rivers, MI. He holds a Bachelors degree in music from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Music from the University of Miami, both degrees specializing in jazz voice. He is an award winning jazz vocalist and has performed all over the United States as well as Europe.



stephanie_headshotStephanie Kroschel, Assistant Spotlight Director, TYROS & Theatre Masterclass

In 2017, Stephanie is thrilled to be directing a play with the Spotlight workshop and teaching Theatre Masterclass with Paul Purvine. She will also head up the TYROS program. Stephanie is thankful for the chance to once again bring her work and love to CTE. She is currently a teacher in the Lake Washington school district, and spends her spare minutes performing in local community theatre. It is her greatest joy to help kids discover the magic of theatre through this program that has done the same for her!



Megan Temple, Dance Faculty & Choreographer

Megan is thrilled to return to CTE for a fourth year! Her resume includes projects with Capital Playhouse, the OSD Players, St. Martin’s University and South Puget Sound Community College.   When she’s not dancing, she’s a busy mom to three awesome kids.



Kelly Cornwall, Arts Festival Music

Kelly has been involved in CTE for the past 10 years. She is happy to be here working with a wonderful faculty. She has a Bachelor of Music from Washington State University in organ performance and has been accompanying music students, musicals, and choirs, as well as vocal coaching for the past 17 years. She has musically directed shows for River Ridge and Rainier High Schools as well as the Olympia School District Education Foundation. Currently Kelly accompanies choirs at Yelm High School and SPSCC. She enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 4 children.


Melissa Longnecker, Art Faculty

Melissa will teach Art masterclass this summer. She has been involved with CTE for 14 years and is excited to be back for more!



Carolyn Fry, Arts Festival Production Assistant & Showcase/Spotlight Costume Coordinator

Carolyn is delighted to be working with CTE again in 2017 for her second summer!   A Wisconsin native, Carolyn holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. Since moving to Olympia, she has choreographed, taught, and performed with numerous local theater groups, most recently Olympia Family Theater and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. This summer, Carolyn can also be seen as Allison in First Date at Harlequin.



Jill Hayes, Admin Assistant

2017 will be Jill’s third year working at CTE. She will take care of the administrative aspects of the Arts Festival program, and you will find her in the office from 9am-12pm. Before that she’ll be checking in the early drop off students at 8am and overseeing our student helpers. During the off-season Jill is a member of the CTE Board, and encourages parents to join this dynamic group!