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Cathie McClellan

Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts


Phone: 209.946.2051


DeMarcus Brown Studio Theatre
Room 9


MFA, University of Arizona, 1989

BA, Brigham Young University, 1975

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

Theatre as an art form is (in my opinion) the perfect amalgam of theory and practice, and thus I try to incorporate both in everything I teach. It requires a thorough understanding of history and theory to go against tradition and conceive of something new. It requires a strong grounding in realized practice to understand the possibility of trying new ways to do things.
I want my students to leave Pacific with appreciation for the many and varied fields that are represented in what the audience sees as the final product on stage and with respect for the training and labor each individual brings to the process of bringing that production to life.
I want them to have respect for each other as individual contributors and as group collaborators. 
I want them to have a lifelong enjoyment of making theatre with others.
I want them to learn to be ethical practitioners and stewards of the resources of the planet.
I expect them to immerse themselves fully in the opportunities provided them and extract every bit of learning they can from me and my colleagues in the department. 
And in ten or twenty years, I expect some of them to come back to academia and take over and begin to teach the next generation of theatre professionals. When that begins to happen, I will know that I have successfully fulfilled my dreams as a teacher.

Scholarly Interest

Costume History
Costume Design and Technology
Hair, Makeup, Wigs: Design and Construction
Devised Theatre
Mask Making


THEA 003 Stage Works
THEA 005 Back Stage
THEA 011 Introduction to Theatre
THEA 033 Design Fundamentals
THEA 037A Costume Technology
THEA 089 Practicum: Production
THEA 189 Practicum: Production