Alumni Guest Artists
Megan Weaver (Guest Director, Eurydice) is a director specializing in new play development and collaboratively devised work. Megan originally hails from Oregon and earned her BA in theatre from George Fox University. She is a proud alumna of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute, and has trained with The Wooster Group and SITI Company. She is currently an MFA directing candidate at Arizona State University. Recent projects include POVV (prisoner of view/point of war) and American Agency (ASU); Cause of Failure (playwright; FullStop Collective and FringeNYC; published in NYTheater's Best of FringeNYC 2012 collection); Eurydice (George Fox University); The Lover, Notebook and Vaudeville Vanya (O'Neill Theater Center); Unville Brazil (assistant director; New York Innovative Theater Award nomination for Best Musical 2011); and The Push to Mate (FullStop Collective).
Megan is a founding member of FullStop Collective, a New York theater collaborative devoted to the development and production of innovative new plays. She has served as artistic director of dramatic productions at Mystic Seaport and an adjunct professor of theater at George Fox University (meganweaver.com).
Caleb Thurston (Guest Director, Doubt) earned his BA in theatre at George Fox University in 2010, focusing on acting and directing. In 2009, his direction of Jim Leonard Jr.'s play The Diviners earned him a commendation from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Following graduation, Caleb served as a guest artist at St. Helens High School and at George Fox University, directing Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. Outside of George Fox, his favorite directing credits include Oliver! by Lionel Bart, Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, and Harvey by Mary Chase. Caleb is the cofounder and former director of River City Children's Theatre, bringing performing arts opportunities to more than 400 students in Columbia County, Oregon. Caleb currently serves as executive director of Valley Repertory Theatre, Newberg's professional theatre company (valleyrep.org). He is especially proud of VRT's "Stories of Newberg" project that endeavors to bring true, local stories to the stage. Caleb lives in Newberg with his wife, Heidi.
Matt Tibbs (Sound Designer) is the resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company and adjunct faculty member teaching sound design for the University of Utah. Matthew continues to design for Great River Shakespeare Festival and has worked previously at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Matthew's work in film has been seen at the Art Directors' Club, NewFilmmakers New York, The Austin Film Festival, and the Toronto ReelHeART Film Festival, among others. Matthew holds an MFA in sound design from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a BA from George Fox University.
Rich Swingle (Guest Artist, GFU Class of '91) has performed on five continents, 25 nations and in hundreds of venues with his one-man plays and workshops. The dynamic nature of his work can fill as little as 10 minutes in a larger presentation or as much as a full week of workshops. He has performed at churches, colleges, retreats, camps, prisons, a military base, theatres from Off-Broadway to The Kennedy Center, film, radio, and CD-ROM. For the "Beginners Bible" video series, distributed by Sony Wonder, he did 20 roles, including Jesus, Adam and the Serpent. He has performed voice-overs and on-screen roles in several commercials and nine movies. He has performed and/or taught workshops in more than 30 colleges or universities, including Namseoul University, Korea, Memphis University, and Princeton. Rich also spoke at the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action, hosted by the Harvard University chapter of Christian Union.