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Faculty & Staff

Chris Will Chris Will
Director of Performing Arts
Office: 1004B
Phone: 307-382-1898

Chris comes to Western from New York City. He received his BFA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming followed by a Master of Performance in Musical Theatre from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. While in the UK, Chris had the wonderful experience of working with some of the key producers and practitioners currently working in theatre - including Martin Lowe (MD Mama Mia) and was honored to represent the United States as Young Buddy in a West End star-studded production of Follies in Concert, which was specially arranged by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Chris has also performed in several workshops for new musical theatre, including the opportunity of working with Jason Robert Brown. For the last 11 years he has been performing and directing professionally all around the world including two Off-Broadway shows (Time Being, and The Jungle Queen). Chris has been honored with his work at the collegiate level both in directing and performing with Meritorious Achievement Awards: Directing "The Music Man" & playing the role of Mary Sunshine in "Chicago" as a guest Artiest at the University of Wyoming. His greatest role he has played is husband and father to wife Beth, daughter Caitlin (5 yrs), Ashlee (3 yrs) and soon to be child number three. View Chris' website.

Eric-Richard de Lora Eric-Richard de Lora
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice
Office: 1004D
Phone: 307-382-1729

Eric has collaborated as a director, designer, playwright, actor, music director, vocal coach or accompanist on 200 productions, including over 100 musicals, with theatre companies in California, Oregon and Wyoming. As an arts educator, he has taught theatre and music at the University of Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Eastern Oregon University, Pacific University, Umpqua Community College, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, and Maybeck High School.

Eric's directing credits include the world premiere of Philip Hagemann's opera A Shaw Trilogy, the West Coast premiere of Mary Orr's play The Wisdom of Eve, the Iowa premiere of Francis Poulenc's opera Dialogues des Carmelites, the Oregon premiere of Stephen Sondheim's revue You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, and the Wyoming premiere of Tony Kushner's play A Bright Room Called Day; the world premiere of his plays Audition, Circus, Elders, Folktales around the World, For Will, Grimm Faerie Tale Theatre, Mastering the Art of French Kissing, The Piano-Player's Song, Portraits, Salt/Box and Words & Music; the musical works The Addams Family, Broadway/Opal, A funny thing... Forum, Gianni Schicchi, Godspell, Jane Eyre, Oh What A Lovely War, The Rake's Progress, Tosca, A Wilder Christmas and Your Rock; and plays by Brecht, Gilroy, Henley, Kaufman, Mamet, Martin, McLure, Moliere, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Stoppard. Some of his design credits include The Laramie Project, The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Real Inspector Hound, Sophocles' Antigone, and Talking With. As an actor, some of his favorite roles include Birdboot (The Real Inspector Hound), Bluntschli (Arms and the Man), Clifford (Deathtrap), Harold (Orphans), Norman (The Star-Spangled Girl), Peaches (The AIDS Show), Stanley (Broadway Bound), and Tartuffe (Tartuffe). His music directing credits include Addams Family, Annie, Anything Goes, Chicago, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, George M, HMS Pinafore, Honk, Into the Woods, The King and I, Medea the Musical, Pippin, Promises Promises, and West Side Story. As a vocal coach and piano accompanist, he has worked with thousands of singers in auditions and performances of songs from the Great American Songbook, four centuries of classical music, and all styles and genres of musical theatre.

Eric was born in Portland, Oregon, but raised in Los Angeles and Fresno, California. He began acting and singing at age five, studying piano at age seven, and writing and directing at age twelve. In high school he studied theatre, history, music, and German, and after graduating with honors, lived and worked in southern Germany for two years. He completed two Bachelor's degrees with honors at Eastern Oregon University: one in History and Theatre, with an emphasis in directing, and the other in German and Music, with a double emphasis in piano and voice. He pursued graduate studies in conducting with Jay Evard Welch at the University of Utah and with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival. He completed the Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre Stage Direction at the University of Iowa.

Eric and his husband are avid travelers, gourmands, and arts historians, and together have explored America (USA), Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Vatican City, and Vietnam. They have one daughter, three sons, and eleven grandchildren.

Amy Critchfield Amy Critchfield
Assistant Professor of Technical Theatre
Office: 1004A
Phone: 307-382-1787

Amy is originally from Spokane, Washington. She received an AAS in Natural Sciences from BYU Idaho and a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University. She later went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from Utah State University. Some of the highlights of her career have been designing several original works such as Grasshopper and the Ant and First Freedom. She has also enjoyed working with several community and regional theaters in Washington, Idaho, Utah and New Jersey. Among some of her most memorable designs have been Seussical, Jane Eyre, Big River, Titanic, the Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Amy joined Western in the fall of 2002 and continues to enjoy working with the Theater Department.

Rebecca Mayer, MFA
Assistant Professor of Dance
Office: 3653
Phone: 307-382-1718

Rebecca Frost Mayer completed her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy (Choreography/Dance Emphasis) at Virginia Commonwealth University, where credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Director-Choreographer), Pride and Prejudice (Choreographer), The Sports Page (Director-Choreogapher), and the Richmond Triangle Players' mid-Atlantic premiere of Yank! (Choreographer). At VCU, she taught tap, ballet, period movement, and a variety of acting courses. Rebecca's scholarly interests include tap history, tap pedagogy, and popular entertainments of the early twentieth century. She recently completed her thesis, Speaking of, Talkin 'bout, Riffing on Tap, which was presented at the VCU Graduate Research Symposium in May. Additionally, she holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University, and has choreography, directing, and performance credits from Boston to Portland and points in between. Her tap and storytelling cabaret, Near and Dear, was presented in Portland in 2012, and she is currently working on a remount. Rebecca has extensive training and teaching experience in tap, ballet, jazz dance, modern dance, period dance, and a few ethnic dances including flamenco and ballet folklorico.

Katie Pastor Katie Pastor
Performing Arts Department Office Assistant
Office: 1004
Phone: 307-382-1721

Katie is a Wyoming native and has worked in the Performing Arts Department since 2010. She enjoys interacting with the students on a daily basis and also appreciates the comedies and tragedies that come with a performing arts department. When not at work, Katie loves spending time with her friends and family (a husband, two boys and a German Shepherd), being outdoors, gardening, and playing the piano.

For more information, contact Katie Pastor at (307) 382-1721 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181