Learn a little more about who’s behind Spokane Shakespeare Society.
Amanda Cantrell, DPA
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Dr. Amanda Cantrell was first bitten by the theatre bug as child when she performed in an industrial film for Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in the early 80s. Since then, she’s been drawn to the stage like a fly to the ghost light. She has multiple degrees, include an AA in acting from KD Conservatory, a BS in theatre and a BS in communications from Texas A&M Commerce, a MS in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University, and a DPA in nonprofit leadership from Valdosta State University, where her dissertation focused on the executive leadership for nonprofit theatres. Her time in theatre has shifted from acting on the stage to directing and administration, but she has always been connected to the art form. The board secretary for the Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, Amanda moved to Spokane in the fall of 2019. Originally from Dallas, her experiences have taken her across the country and beyond. During the day she is a marketing director until she can find her perfect fit in the nonprofit arts world.
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Jamie is currently the Costume Coordinator at Spokane Civic Theater having received her BA in Theater Design & Technical Production. Before arriving to Spokane, Jamie was working with a Tina’s Productions a costume house just outside of Philadelphia and prior to that she was living her best life in the daily frivolity of New Orleans where making (and wearing) costumes was a constant. Some of her favorite credits include: The Tale of Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center), The Wonder! A Woman Keeps a Secret (T. Schrieber Studios), Lost Cabaret (NYC Fringe Festival), Present Laughter (Spokane Civic Theatre) and Seven Femmes (Rathskeller Studio). A Jane of all trades, Jamie is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant local theater scene and looks forward to directing, designing, and stage managing many more productions in the future!
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The Artist-in-Residence position is an annual appointment for a theatre artist, in any capacity, who works on every show within the season. This artist is also a part of the administrative side, widening their perspective and experience in professional theatre while practicing their craft. Application window for the the 2022 artist-in-residence position will open in early 2022.
R. Scott Cantrell, MFA
Co-Founder and Board Director
R. Scott Cantrell is a professional actor with more than 30 years in the theatre. He earned his BA in Theatre from Anderson University and his MFA in Acting from Michigan State. He attended film school in LA, where we worked in the Feature Casting department at Twentieth Century Fox. He has been an actor across the nation—from touring with Madcap Puppets out of Ohio, to working on film in LA, to some of the largest regional theatres in cities like Dallas and Atlanta, to small community theatres in Anchorage and Spokane, and even lending his voice to multiple anime series. Some of his favorite companies to work with include Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Cyrano’s Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, Gypsy Theatre Company, among others. A Shakespeare scholar, R. Scott would be happy if he could do nothing but Shakespeare for the rest of his life.
Andrea “Andi” Duggan, JD
My life’s journey began by growing up in Montana with a 3 year excursion in New Mexico. My college life involved adventures at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana (Go GRIZ!) before I settle down into adulting at the Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana (Go IRISH!). I returned to the Pacific Northwest to Spokane after law school making my home in Spokane, WA where I have been a prosecutor for over 22 years. I have a son, Nick, who is ready to enter his teenage years and is dragging me along for the ride. Outside of work, I absolutely love the outdoors where I hike endlessly and if inside my home, I am either reading a good book while enjoying coffee or challenging myself with a vast array of puzzles to piece together. My Life is good.
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Delena Mobley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir and watching plays at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Cal Shakes in Orinda, CA. She has an extensive background in social and racial justice movement building, philanthropic grants management, retail, and project management. As a Peralta Colleges transfer student, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Peace and Justice at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA–before relocating to Spokane, Washington in 2015. Further planting roots in the Pacific Northwest, Delena became what the locals call a “Zag for life,” after earning a master’s degree in Communication and Leadership studies at Gonzaga University. She is also the co-owner of a small retail business in Spokane.
Previously, Delena served as a founding board member of Community Engagement Initiatives, board secretary for the West County Spartans youth football team, and trustee and choir President at Resurrection AME Church in Richmond, CA. She is the recipient of the Kappa Gamma Pi honor society award for excellence in leadership, scholarship, faith, and service. Delena loves to cook and worked for a Kosher catering company in Berkeley, CA. When time allows, she likes to build tiny doll houses, solve puzzles, and care for her many plants. Delena also enjoys a good laugh while spending time with her family, friends, and little dog, Squiggley.
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