INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
Jeff Tabler, Artistic Director, is the co-founder of the Conservatory. Jeff graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and holds a degree in cinema from Ithaca College. He has been involved in film and theatre for more than 30 years as a teacher, director, writer, producer, and actor. He also teaches and directs for OCPA.
William Shakespeare haunts the walls of the OCPA office, and apparently, he now frequents the OCPA website! During the year you might hear him mumbling something about "To thine own selfie be true," and if you see a bright flash of light, it's probably because Will loves to take selfies. This is especially true during the OCPA summer camps, when he brings out his bright pink sunglasses and totally rocks the hipster vibe. When he's not worrying about his "selfie", he spends the day cheering on OCPA students to greatness!
Jessica Blaszak has been a professional actor, dancer and singer for 20 plus years. She has performed regionally in NYC's Chelsea Playhouse, Actor's Theatre of Phoenix and Phoenix Theatre in AZ, PCPA Theatrefest in CA, and at the Mt. Baker Theatre in Bellingham. She was also a member of Childsplay in AZ, a professional children's theatre company that does outreach and educational theatre for all ages of adolescence. She did outreach in schools all over the central coast of CA as well. Jessica has performed locally at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Rogue Music Theatre; most recently as Mona in OCT's Dames at Sea. In addition to performing, Jessica has been teaching theatre and dance at different conservatories over the years as well. She has directed and choreographed numerous times to ages 3-21. She will be directing and choreographing at Ashland High School this fall. Jessica choreographed for OCPA in 2005 and is excited to be back this summer.
Andrew Brock is currently the Director of Choir and Drama at Cascade Christian High and teaches music classes at Grace Christian School. Andrew has completed Master's Degrees in Voice and Music Education from the University of Oregon, and earned his initial Administrator’s License from Southern Oregon University in 2011. He has performed with Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival (Eugene), University of Oregon Opera Ensemble, Obsidian Opera (Bend) and at the Aspen Music Festival. Local performances include appearances with Rogue Opera, Rogue Valley Chorale, Camelot Theatre, and Siskiyou Singers. Andrew has directed for OCPA for the past 7 years.
Laura Delgado, holds a bachelors degree in Theater Arts, from Portland State University, in technical theater work. She joined the OCPA staff family in the summer of 2007 as props master and lighting designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has been our Stage Manager for numerous camps ever since. Laura has also been stage manager for numerous shows with such groups as Shoestring Productions, Randall Theater Company, Portland State University and Rogue Community College. Besides stage management she's designed and built scenery for Rogue Opera's Taking Opera to the Schools Program, Portland State's Second Stage Graduate Projects; designed and built props for PSU's production ofHaroun and the Sea of Stories and designed lighting for multiple productions at PSU and Shoestring Productions.
BriAnna Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from the University of Hawaii, and recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Southern Oregon University with a drama endorsement. She has also worked on over thirty productions wearing many different hats from actress, director, and choreographer, to makeup designer, seamstress, and producer, as well as leading many educational workshops in Hawaii for youth of all ages. Bri has been passionate about theatre since she was a young girl and has a special place in her heart for musical theatre. Some of her favorite productions she has appeared in include Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. This past year she was a student teacher at Eagle Point High School where she co-directed their spring production of Almost, Maine.
Marcia Katzmar has taught singing in public and private schools for more than 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in music education and has worked in many shows involving youth. Marcia joined the OCPA staff in the summer of 2001 as has served as the musical director for OCPA’s productions of Treasure Island, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, and Charlotte's Web.
Miriam Liberatore, President, is a registered professional engineer, and a project manager with the Bureau of Land Management. She developed a passion for education projects teaching technical topics to children and teens. Her interests turned toward the local theater community when her children enrolled in their first OCPA camp in 2007. She believes deeply in the power of the arts to enrich our lives and is excited to be working with OCPA.
Deborah Dewar, Vice President/Treasurer, teaches science and math to seventh and eighth graders at Sacred Heart School. Her two daughters are active in OCPA, and her husband does wildlife surveys for the Bureau of Land Management. Deb runs various programs at Sacred Heart, including a haunted house, a winter musical (as assistant director), a science fair, a talent show, and the middle school’s anti-bullying program.
Laura Delgado holds a bachelors degree in Theater Arts, from Portland State University, in technical theater work. She joined the OCPA staff family in the summer of 2007 as props master and lighting designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has been our Stage Manager for numerous camps ever since. Laura has also been stage manager for numerous shows with such groups as Shoestring Productions, Randall Theater Company, Portland State University and Rogue Community College. Besides stage management she's designed and built scenery for Rogue Opera's Taking Opera to the Schools Program, Portland State's Second Stage Graduate Projects; designed and built props for PSU's production ofHaroun and the Sea of Stories and designed lighting for multiple productions at PSU and Shoestring Productions.
Dennis Foster, a co-founder of OCPA, also founded and directed the Eagle Institute of Performing Arts and several small theatre companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Portland State University, with master’s coursework in theatre production at Central Washington University. He has 20 years of experience in theatre as a director, producer, and actor. He lives with his wife and two children in Beaverton.
Grace Philp is a registered vascular technologist at Providence Medford Medical Center since 2006. Her husband is a project engineer for Jackson County. Her two daughters had a positive experience through OCPA. Grace enjoys local live art entertainment and working with children. She joined the board in 2017.