Erick holds a M.F.A. in Theatre and Film from the University of New Orleans, and a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. His book ‘The Art of Knife Fighting for Stage and Screen’ was published in February 2022, and he is currently working on his second book, due out in the spring of 2023. He is member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the Academy of Performance Combat. Erick has trained and directed professional actors and performers for over 20 years and has worked with top rated performers and directors from all around the world in Opera, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Theatre, Commercials, Television, and Film. In his spare time, he enjoys coffee, BBQ, and anything Star Wars related.
Carole received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Idaho. She has worked in theatre professionally on both sides of the country including the Washington National Opera in Washington DC, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She designedRomeo and Juliet, andLend Me a Tenorfor the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Academic credits include the University of Wyoming where she designedChicago; Washington State University where her designs includeThe Golden Age,Guys & Dolls, andThe Heidi Chronicles. She has taught costume classes as well as designed shows and has worked professionally in all of costume shop positions: costume shop manager, draper, first hand, stitcher, costume crafts. Professional theatre experience also includes the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Washington Shakespeare Festival, and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Carole currently teaches THEA 114 Theatre Technology: Costume Construction, and THEA 102 Stage Makeup.
Jay Carkhuff has experience in most aspects of backstage work in theatre. In addition to booking, scheduling, and staffing events he is also a passionate lighting designer and scenic carpenter. Stage management is also one of his strengths.
Jay’s background is mostly in music and science. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho. Although most in this field move into industry Jay decided to remain in his hometown. Music has always been a hobby and Jay has taken many theory and performance music classes along his journey of education.
He first began working in the theatre in 1997 and soon after became involved with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. During this time he learned to work at a fast pace and communicate effectively with a large cast and crew. This experience has guided him to succeed in his current role at North Idaho College.
Aside from working at North Idaho College Jay has also worked in the Hartung Theater in Moscow and the KROC Theater in Coeur d’Alene. He has frequently worked union shows at the INB Opera House in Spokane as well as the Spokane Arena.
Jay is now able to help new clients from the planning stage all the way through to load in, rehearsals, performances and final invoicing. He is a great person to contact with any and all technical questions. Assisting students with the NIC Drama Department is only a small facet of his role at the college. He works with clients from near and far, including Opera Coeur d’Alene and the Eugene Ballet.
Corner of W. Garden Ave and Hubbard
(Number 22 on campus map)
Department of Communication & Fine Arts
1000 W. Garden Ave
North Idaho College
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814