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Ray Pritchard



Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with Performance/Directing Emphasis

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

December 2013


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Drama

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

August 2005


Teaching Experience:


Yakima Valley College

Yakima, Washington

September 2016 - Present


Theatre Adjunct Professor

  • Teach a range of courses in theatre, including Intro to Theatre, Theatre History, Playwriting, Directing, Stagecraft, Technical Theatre as well as Public Speaking and Humanities.

  • Serve as Technical Director and Theatre Manager for all performances in Kendall Hall Auditorium and Black Box Spaces.

  • Collaboration with students and staff to ensure successful performance.

  • Direct 1 – 2 productions per year ranging from One Act/New Works Festivals to full length Straight Plays and Musicals.

  • Provide constructive feedback and guidance to students on their creative projects, performances, and academic assignments.

  • Mentor and advise students on their academic and career goals, helping them navigate their theatrical journeys.


La Salle High School of Yakima

Yakima, Washington

August 2020 – Present


Drama Teacher/Chair of Fine and Performing Arts Department

  • Teach courses including Drama, Advanced Drama, Choir, Speech and Debate, Video Production, and Lightning Prep.

  • Design and develop a comprehensive theatre arts curriculum that aligns with state standards and school objectives.

  • Provide acting and performance guidance to students, helping them improve their skills.

  • Encourage creativity, self-expression, and self-confidence among students.

  • Foster relationships with area theaters to enhance students' exposure to the broader theatre community.


University of Wisconsin - Manitowoc

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

August 2014 – June 2016


Director of University Theatre

  • Designed and delivered courses in Acting and Theatre Production for undergraduate students.

  • Directed student productions, guiding actors, and crew members to achieve high-quality performances.

  • Assisted in the selection and procurement of materials for theatre productions.

  • Participated in faculty meetings and contributed to departmental initiatives.

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

August 2011 – December 2013


MFA Graduate Assistantship

  • Theatre 105/106 – Basics of Performance Instructor

  • Communications 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking Instructor

  • Hartung Theatre Shop Assistant

  • Teaching Assistant for Rob Caisley: Play Analysis, Theatre History

  • Teaching Assistant for Kelly Quinnett: BFA/MFA Acting - Chekov

  • Teaching Assistant for David Lee-Painter: Directing


Non-Profit Theatre Experience:


Warehouse Theatre Company

Yakima, Washington

2017 – Present


Director/Board Member/Board Vice President and President

  • Served as 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President of Board of Directors.

  • Directed productions, managing all aspects of production, including casting, set design, and rehearsals.

  • Collaborated with fellow actors, directors, and designers to create memorable theatrical experiences.

  • Served as Chair of Play Selection Committee.


Other Skills:

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, essential for teaching and mentoring students.

  • Proficiency in theatre technology, including lighting, sound, and stage design.

  • Extensive knowledge of theatre history, dramatic theory, and contemporary theatre trends.

  • Ability to adapt teaching methods to different learning styles and levels of experience.

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, crucial for coordinating productions and coursework.

  • A commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in theatre education and production.



Professional Affiliation:


Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – 2013 to Present

  • Serve as Regional Respondent for Region VII (Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, Northern California, and Northern Nevada)

  • Co-Coordinator of Region VII Musical Theatre Initiative Auditions

  • Co-Coordinator of Region VII Next Step Auditions

  • Festival Workshop Leader


Children’s Theatre of Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

  • Director of CTM Pre-Professional Summer 2014 Production of Les Misérables


Idaho Repertoire Theatre

Moscow, Idaho

  • Actor, Sir Hugh Evans, The Merry Wives of Windsor – Summer 2013

  • Sound Designer, The Merry Wives of Windsor – Summer 2013

  • Stage crew, Shop Assistant – Summer 2013

  • Sound Operator – Summer 2012

Ray Pritchard


Ray Pritchard was born and raised in Port Angeles Washington, where he began loving theatre at an early age. Being from a small town in the corner of the state of Washington he was extremely privileged to get as much experience in the arts as he did. From singing and dancing groups in elementary school, directing his first play in 3rd Grade, to joining the band in middle school, becoming Drama Club President in high school and performing in Carnegie Hall with his high school orchestra, Port Angeles was a fantastic place for a young performing artist to grow up.

Following his graduation in 2001, Ray moved to Pullman, Washington to attend Washington State University. It was at WSU that he really developed his love for theatre. Under the wonderful guidance of Dr. Terry Converse, Ray grew as a theatre artist with every production and class. Ray served as the Teaching Assistant for all levels of Directing for 2 years. He was an active member of STAGE, the undergraduate student theatre organization, and was also a performer in Nuthouse Improv Comedy for all 4 years at WSU.


During his Junior and Senior Year, Ray served as the Organizational Affairs Director of STAGE and was a student representative of theatre on  VPLAC (Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee). He also received an Irene Ryan nomination for his performance as Petruchio in WSU's production of Taming of the Shrew. Ray received many awards through stage including; Best New Member, Best Comedic Actor, and Most Valuable Person. He also received the Calvin Watson Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Junior in Theatre Arts and upon his graduation in 2005 received the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Theatre Arts Award.

After graduation from WSU, Ray moved to the town of Omak, Washington where he became the Technical Director of the Omak Performing Arts Center as well as the Technical and Performing Theatre Teacher at Omak High School. While in Omak, he had the opportunity to work with extremely talented students, faculty, and community members on several productions, but the favorite part of this experience was being the local stage manager for all of the touring productions that came through the small town. While there, Ray had the opportunity to work with The Harlem Gospel Choir, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Great China Acrobats, Broadway on Tour, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Utah Repertoire Dance Theatre, and The Eugene Oregon Ballet. 

In 2008 an opportunity was presented to Ray to return to Washington State University to take the position of Instructor of Acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He absolutely loved his time teaching at WSU as he was able to work with his former professors who were now colleagues, and was able to continue to grow and learn from his mentor and friend Terry Converse. While at WSU, Ray taught Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Acting as well as Stage Speech, Stage Makeup, Movement for the Stage, Script Analysis, and History of Film.

In 2011, Ray was accepted into the MFA Directing program at the University of Idaho where he continued his growth as a theatre artist. While at U of I, Ray gained a new understanding and love for theatre and thoroughly enjoyed working with the talented faculty and students in Moscow. In December of 2013, Ray graduated with his MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing/Performance. Ray remained in Moscow, Idaho for the next 6 months continuing to act in University of Idaho productions and was able to work with Idaho Repertoire Theatre as an actor, sound designer and build crew. Ray also was able to work with Center Stage Theatre in Federal Way, Washington as their Sound Designer for a production of The 39 Steps.


In August of 2014 Ray moved to the city of Manitowoc, Wisconsin and became the Director of University Theatre for the University of Wisconsin - Manitowoc. Ray loved every minute of his time in Wisconsin, making many new friends, working with various community theatres and even directing for the prestigious Children's Theatre of Madison, a resident theatre company for the Overture Center of the Performing Arts in Madison, Wisconsin.


In 2016, Ray briefly held the position of Arts Center Technical Director at Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, but with the combination of a family emergency and an opportunity to move back to his home state of Washington, Ray decided to once again make a move across country and has been the Technical Director and Theatre Faculty member at Yakima Valley College since September of 2016. 

Ray has directed, been set designer, light designer, sound designer, and even acted in several plays and musicals since 2016 for Yakima Valley College. He is also an active member and current President of the Warehouse Theatre Company where he has directed several award winning shows including Blithe Spirit, Suite Surrender and The 39 Steps. 


While in Yakima, Ray has also has had the opportunity to teach drama at the St. Joseph/Marquette Middle School and is the current Drama Teacher and Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at La Salle High School of Yakima.


His time in Yakima has been wonderful and better than he could have ever hoped for. He is truly thankful to all who have helped him along the way.


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