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Executive Team

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Jason Parker, Artistic Director

Jason was the Director of Choirs and Drama at Squalicum High School from 2015-2023. He has relocated to New London, MN and now serves as the Director of Choirs at New London-Spicer School District. During his time at SQHS, he directed all mainstage productions, advised Drama Club, and mentored students who were directing one acts with their peers for the SQHS One Act Play Festival. Prior to his appointment at Squalicum, Jason served in various capacities in educational theatre including roles as Music Director, Pit Conductor, Technical Director, as well as Artistic Director. His experiences have given him a broad view of educational theatre and its benefits for students. As our Artistic Director, Jason oversees the “Big Picture” and focuses on music, acting, staging, and choreography. He believes in the power of theatre through an educational process and is proud to bring together students from across the Bellingham School District for summer collaboration. He is a founding member of SMTI and will be returning to Bellingham this summer to direct our 2024 summer show! 

Connie Campbell, Music Director

Connie is the Director of Choirs at Bellingham High School where she administers the choir program, teaches AP Music Theory, Unified Music, and Piano/Keyboarding as well as leading the Whatcom Middle School Choir Club. “Mean Girls” is her 26th high school production! Before coming to Bellingham, she served for 10 years as the Director of Choirs at Woodland Park High School in Colorado. Connie holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Miami. She has loved musical theater since the 4th grade, when her children’s choir was included in a university production of “Oklahoma!” She caught the theater bug, even though she ended up taking her bows with only one shoe. In addition to productions in public schools, Connie has served as music director for community, college repertory, and children’s church productions. She is a founding member of SMTI.


Tim Reinholtz, Technical Director

Tim has been a science teacher at Squalicum High School since 2007 and has served as the school’s Head Theater Technician since 2019. He is a professional member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the Educational Theatre Association (ETA). Tim brings many technical talents to SMTI. He loves using the science behind audio- and light engineering to achieve artistic effect. He is very familiar with standard construction practices, such as carpentry, plumbing, and welding. He has worked as an electrician and is a certified rigger, which means he can safely build various load-bearing systems for the stage, knowledge he also used frequently in the decade he spent volunteering for Search and Rescue in Colorado. As our Technical Director, Tim oversees the scenic, sound, and lighting design of the shows. He is a founding member of SMTI.

Jen Lois, Managing Director

Jen has been a sociology professor at Western Washington University since 2000, teaching courses in gender, emotions, and identity. She developed an adult-onset musical-theatre obsession when she saw the Lion King from the front row on Broadway in 2006. Her appreciation greatly expanded when her daughter began performing in youth shows and community theatre and she got to see behind the scenes. Since then, she’s seen over 100 musicals, from traveling Broadway productions to community theatre to high school shows. If you sing it, she will come! As our Managing Director, Jen coordinates the moving parts of each production, such as registration, scheduling, publicity, and front-of-house duties. She is a founding member of SMTI.  


Affiliated Arts Educators

Marina "MC" Clever, Choreographer

Marina Clever is an arts teacher and choreographer based out of Bellingham and Western Washington. They've had the privilege of choreographing over a dozen musicals for different schools and community theatres and they're delighted to be returning to work on another fantastic SMTI production. They're currently teaching at Dancing For Joy studio in Bellingham.

Sam Grubbs, Choreographer

Sam Grubbs is a dance teacher and choreographer out of Seattle and Bellingham. She is a graduate of Western Washington University with degrees in English and Modern Dance and a Master in teaching. Her previous works include SMTI’s Mamma Mia! and Legally Blonde, as well as years of experience teaching at The Dance Studio! 

Community Team Leaders

We also invite members of the community to inquire about sharing their expertise in our productions! As with arts educators, we hope these community relationships grow into long-lasting partnerships. Please reach out to us if you are interested in working on a particular show!

Learn more about our performance and production programs!

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