Theatre Faculty

Professor; Theatre & Dance Department Chair

Ellen Margolis serves as chair of Theatre & Dance and director of Theatre. Her classes include all levels of acting, playwriting, directing, audition techniques, phonetics & dialects, among others. She holds an MFA in acting from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in theatre history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Jacob Coleman is a director, performer, teacher and founding member of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, who teaches in the Pacific University applied theatre program. He was an artistic director of Fever Theater from 2002-2009 and works with a number of local theatre companies.

Assistant Professor

Tal Sanders is an award-winning designer with numerous national credits. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, and has designed lighting and scenery for many aspects of entertainment including theatre, film, television, theme parks, concert stages, cruise ships, mall décor, and zoos. He holds an MFA in design from California Institute of the Arts.

Melissa Heller
Costume Designer

Melissa Heller is the resident Costume Designer for Pacific University Department of Theatre & Dance.