Theatre - Staff

Neil Carpentier-Alting

Neil Carpentier-AltingNeil Carpentier-Alting came to COS in 2009. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University and a Master's of Fine Arts specializing in design at Wayne State University.  Mr. Carpentier-Alting has twenty years of experience as a Technical Director and thirteen as an educator.  He most recently served as the Head of Design and Production/Technical Director/Lighting Designer at Interlochen Arts Academy as well as the Production Manager at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.  Prior to that, he served as the Technical Director at numerous professional theaters in the Illinois and Michigan areas, as well as at Wayne State University.
Phone: (530) 938-5206

Sharon Swingle

Sharon SwingleSharon Swingle has been with the College of the Siskiyou's Theatre Department since 1997, but first became interested in theatre as a student here at COS in 1980. She has worked in Theater over 20 years primarily as a costume designer. She has also acted, directed, and managed every aspect of the theater. Sharon is the theatre department's costumer and the art department's instructional aide, but she also teaches adjunct in theater, and art. Ms. Swingle holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design from Southern Oregon University and a Master's in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in production design from Ashland Center for Theatre Studies at SOU. She is also a freelance artist.
Phone: (530) 938-5351

Vrenda Lee

Vrenda LeeInstructor Vrenda Lee is new this term to the COS Theatre Department Faculty, with a Master of Arts in Theatre from Regent University and her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Southern Oregon University.  She is a former Siskiyou County resident who also attended COS in her early college years! Vrenda believes in sharing her lifelong, theatre passion and has an extensive theatre and musical theatre background.   She has performed, directed and/or produced theatre workshops in CA, OR, IL, OK, & NY.  Her published thesis focuses on “Exploration of Collaboration and the Creative Process” and includes her recent work as a playwright of Postcards From Hotel Cassiopeia: a Play with Dance & Music.  Although she most recently has been based in Ashland, OR, Ms. Lee looks forward to relocating back to Siskiyou County and working with the COS Theatre faculty, students and community!


Wendy james

Wendy JamesWendy James is a recent addition to the College of the Siskiyous's Theatre Program and she brings a wealth of professional experience as an acclaimed stage veteran, poet and Emmy award winning choreographer! Her credits include Broadway: White Christmas, London: Show Boat. World Premieres: Sister Act, The 3hree Musketeers, An American in Paris. Regional: Hair, The Who’s Tommy, Pippin, Crazy for You and many others. Wendy has an impressive teaching resume as well, holding Faculty and/or Director positions at the University of San Francisco, Schumacher's School of Dance, American Conservatory Theater, Liberty Theatre Company and many other dance and vocal education roles throughout the San Francisco Bay area.