Eric-Richard de Lora
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice
Eric has collaborated as a director, music director, playwright, or actor on 185 theatre
productions, including 110 musicals, with performing arts organizations in California, Iowa,
Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. His recent directing credits include the Wyoming premiere of the
musical James and the Giant Peach, as well as The Addams Family, A funny thing happened on the
way to the Forum, Into the Woods, and Jane Eyre; and the Wyoming premiere of Tony Kushner's
play A Bright Room Called Day, as well as the plays Arsenic and Old Lace, Peter and the
Starcatcher, and Wild Oats. Some of his other 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 plays by Brecht, Kaufman,
Moliere, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Wilder.
Some of his music directing credits include The Addams Family, Annie, Anything Goes, Chicago,
Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Into the Woods,
James and the Giant Peach, The King and I, Little Shop of Horrors, Medea: The Musical, My One
and Only, Pippin, 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, over four centuries of classical music, and all genres of musical theatre. His
writing credits include the world premiere production of his plays Audition, Beauty and the
Beast, Folktales around the World, For Will, Grimm Faerie Tale Theatre, Mastering the Art of
French Kissing, The Piano-Player's Song, Portraits, and Words and Music; public readings of
his plays About Edward, Circus, Elders, and Salt/Box; articles in the ACDA Choral Journal and
The Sondheim Review; and publications with the University of Wisconsin Press and
Googlebooks.com. 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
Eric was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Clovis, California. He began singing and
acting at age five, studying piano at age seven, and writing and directing at age twelve. In
high school he studied German, music, history, and theatre, and after graduating with honors,
lived and worked for two years in southern Germany. He completed two Bachelor's degrees with
honors at Eastern Oregon University: one in in German and Music, with a double emphasis in
piano and voice, and the other in History and Theatre, with an emphasis in directing. He
completed the Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre Stage Direction at the University of
Iowa. He has taught music and theatre courses at the University of Iowa, University of Oregon,
University of Utah, Eastern Oregon University, Umpqua Community College (OR), Jewish Community
High School of the Bay (CA), and Maybeck High School (CA).
Eric and his husband are avid travelers, gourmands, and arts historians, and together have
explored Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechia, England, Finland, France,
Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, the
United States, Vatican City, and Vietnam. They have one daughter, three sons, one son-in-law,
two daughters-in-law and eleven grandchildren.
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.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
Stephen Cramer holds a BA from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and an MFA from Kent State University in
northeast Ohio. Prior to graduate studies, Stephen enjoyed a long career as a professional singer and actor.
Mr. Cramer made his Broadway debut in 2000 in the New York production of Les Miserables, performing the role of Jean
Valjean. Before coming to Broadway, Stephen spent 3 years in the U.S. and Canadian national tours of Les Miserables.
During a six month stay in Toronto, he had the opportunity to work with Colm Wilkinson. In 2007, Stephen sang the role
of Tony in the 50th Anniversary salute to West Side Story produced by Signature Theatre, performed at the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C.
He revisited the role of Jean Valjean in both Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and Riverside Center's productions of
Les Miserables both in Virginia. Other regional theatre credits include, King Arthur in Spamalot, Private Lives
directed by Pat Carroll, Down at the Old Bull and Bush at Arena Stage's Old Vat, and playing Rev. Shaw Moore in
Footloose at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. Other roles include Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore, Tony in West Side Story,
and Billy Bigelow in Carousel.
Mr. Cramer is a 6-time Helen Hayes Award nominee. In 1994, he was honored with the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in
a Musical for his portrayal of Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Interact Theatre at The Lansburg Theatre in
Washington D.C. Stephen is no stranger to oratorio and opera as well as musical theatre. Classical roles include
Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the tenor soloist in Bruckner's Te Deum with the Choral Arts
Society of Washington, and the tenor soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony for The Lawton Philharmonic in Oklahoma.
Stephen is a former member of The United States Army Chorus in Washington DC. where he was a soloist for the
re-dedication of the Pentagon after 9/11 and portraying Santa at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December
Stephen is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
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 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.