Our Staff

Samantha Burris / Executive Director

Samantha is stepping in as Executive Director based on her experience with management, knowledge of the theater, and ability to work with the staff.  Samantha has over 30 years’ experience in dance and theater. After joining the Ragland staff in 2015, and spending several years as a Youth StARTS artist, and choreographer for the Ragland Summer Youth Camps since 2012.  She took over as Education director in 2017 and has worked side by side with the executive directors to learn all the ins and outs of the Ross Ragland.

exec.director@ragland.org  /  541.887.8632

Christy Ruegger / Chief Operations & House Manager

Christy has worked in almost every aspect of the performing arts over the past 31 years. As the Facility and House Manager for the RRT her responsibilities include the operation of the physical plant, safety, permits and logistics. You will also see Christy organizing the front of house to ensure audiences have a safe and enjoyable time.

operations@ragland.org  / 541.887.8634

Spencer Hamilton/ Interim Education Director

Spencer is joining the Ragland as Interim Education Director. He has been involved at the Ragland since the 1996 production of Wizard of Oz where he split his pants as a member of the Munchkin Guild. Since then, Spencer has grown up to go to Acting school and has been lucky to work as a professional Actor, Director, and Arts Educator all over the PNW and Mid-West. Spencer has experience teaching arts in the After School Classes here at the Ragland, as an instructor in our Inaugural Teen Theatre Program, and in multiple roles in our Summer Theatre Camps. Along with working with us, he has toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has experience in corporate management. We are as excited as he is to have him join us for a spell.


education@ragland.org  / 541.887.8637

Deborah Jones / Programs Coordinator & Office Manager

Deborah joined the Ragland staff in 2013. As Programs Coordinator & Office Manager for RRT her primary responsibility is to coordinate a smooth transition from the planning phase of events and rentals to the production and follow up.

office@ragland.org  / 541.887.8630

Steve Ayola / Technical Director

Steve has been involved with performing arts as a performer since the early 1960’s; and has been the theater’s Technical Director since 1990. He is responsible for maintaining the theater’s stage and technical systems and planning for technical needs of all stage events.

nohats121@aol.com  / 541.887.8636

Phyllis Faries / Technical Assistant

Phyllis started working at the theater in 2011 as a stage hand and quickly became interested in lighting design. She had a background in sound engineering for the Klamath Blues Society and worked for a local radio station for years. She has effectively been the theaters main lighting designer for the past 8 years and Steve’s second in command for about 4 years. She recently became a full time employee as the official “Assistant Technical Director” and the “Ragland Big Screen Coordinator.” When she’s not running light or sound you can find her kayaking local rivers or camping with her dogs, kids and grandkids.

atdtech@ragland.org / 541.887.8635

Will McKillip / Financial Advisor

Will has been a resident of Klamath Falls since 1967, a graduate from Klamath Community College, married to his amazing wife of 34 years with 2 children and six grandchildren. He is the most recent member of the Ross Ragland family.

finance@ragland.org / 541.887.8640

Corey Stamper / Box Office Manager

After moving to Klamath Falls when he was 18 Corey became involved with the local theaters. Having experience both on stage as an actor and dancer, as well as back stage, he has grown to love learning about the multiple facets of live theater. 


boxoffice@ragland.org / 541.887.8631

Ruth Olsen / Volunteer Coordinator

Ruth wears several hats here at the Ross Ragland.  She joined the Guild in 2011 and works as part of the facility crew, as well as being the Volunteer Coordinator.  Ruth has had a life-long love of music and played the accordion, piano, guitar, and marimba, as well singing in multiple choirs.  She also has a long history of community volunteerism and feels that it is a true honor to assist with the volunteers that are responsible for the long tradition of success at the Ross Ragland Theater.  The Guild plays a vital role at the Theater, literally, the show couldn’t go on without them!  She also loves dogs and chocolate.

volunteer@ragland.org / 541.887.8639


Board of Directors

Sam Stewart / Chair
Amanda Squibb / Vice Chair
Linda Riley / Treasurer
Sia Lewis  / Secretary

Lynne LeBlanc / Past Chair
Jessie DuBose
Kelly Armijo 
Adam Gaudiski
Nic Phair
Jean Pinniger / Director Emerita
Joan Staunton / Director Emerita
Ed Cunion / Ragland Rife
Regina Morris / Ragland Guild


Upcoming Events

  1. The Ross Ragland Theater Presents – 2021 Annual Gingerbread House Competition

    Tuesday, November 30 at 12:00 pm - Monday, December 20 at 5:30 pm
  2. Ragland Film Series Presents- A Christmas Story

    Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Klamath Chorale Presents- Home for Christmas

    Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Ragland Film Series Presents- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Tis the Season with Suzanne Stewart

    Saturday, December 11 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Visit with Santa at the Ragland!

    Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Ross Ragland Theater Presents- Rag Tag Children’s Choir: Merry and Bright

    Wednesday, December 15 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  8. Retro Room Records presents Ragland Comedy Night featuring Kabir ‘Kabeezy’ Singh

    Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm