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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
[ MEET OUR BOARD ]
Board of Directors
Sam Stewart / Chair
Amanda Squibb / Vice Chair
Linda Riley / Treasurer
Sia Lewis / Secretary
Lynne LeBlanc / Past Chair
Jean Pinniger / Director Emerita
Joan Staunton / Director Emerita
Ed Cunion / Ragland Rife
Regina Morris / Ragland Guild