Meet the Drama Staff



 Jules Moorhouse, Artistic Director

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Jules Moorhouse, Artistic Director

This is Jules’ seventh year at Robert Gray as the Artistic Director for the drama program, where she directs three shows a year. She is a graduate from Portland Actors Conservatory and Artistic Director of the former Magdelyn Theater Company where she produced and directed 13 shows. She is also the current Artistic Director of Portland Youth Performance Academy where she holds summer theatre camps for Portland area youth ages 6-18. She also directs the youth conservatory program at Portland Actors Conservatory. Jules teaches drama at Woodstock Elementary School and holds the position of Vice President on the board of WAAC (Wilson Area Arts Council). 



 Denise Bruce, Production Manager

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Denise Bruce, Production Manager

This is Denise’s ninth year working with the RGMS Drama Department! She has enjoyed working with each and every student and the many parents that have been alongside her all these years. She has done five years of costumes for RGMS and is the company creative writer to make sure everyone has a shining moment on stage.



 Dawn Larned, Choreographer

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Dawn Larned, Choreographer

Dawn has studied movement and theater for thirty years. She has participated in shows across the country: Austin, Portland, New York City, Philadelphia, and Northern California. As a graduate of The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater, she studied corporeal mime, acrobatics, mask, commedia dell’arte, theatrical clown, African Dance, breath work, character creation, and more. She also studied at Portland Actor’s Conservatory. As a yoga teacher and massage therapist, Dawn recently started her own business, Breath and Gravity: Massage, Yoga, and Wellness Arts. This is her seventh year as the choreographer for Robert Gray Middle School’s theater program.



 Jeffrey Childs, Music Director

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Jeffrey Childs, Music Director

Jeff has been teaching piano and voice as well as music directing and accompanying for more than 20 years. He is currently an instructor with Oregon Children’s Theatre, and is musical director for Broadway Rose, Staged!, and Portland Center Stage. He moved to Portland seven years ago from Northern California where he owned and operated a youth theatre. He has served as choir director in high schools and middle schools. Jeff also worked for Music Theater International in New York, where he developed shows for their Broadway Junior division. Jeff has held the position of musical director at Robert Gray for numerous productions over the last six years.