Terry Hale - Executive Artistic Director
Terry has directed and produced theatrical productions for over 25 years. In the past 10 years, he has produced 48 major productions for the Opera House. Throughout his career, he has introduced hundreds of adults, teens, and children to theatre through his theatre arts program at the Opera House and other community programs.
Terry is credited for reviving the once closed and forgotten Elgin Opera House to what is now a thriving regional community attraction. His background in both the arts and marketing communication has uniquely qualified him to manage the several diverse tasks required to create, sustain and grow a successful rural arts program.
Terry enjoys teaching and is currently the theatre arts instructor at Blue Mountain Community College and has directed theatricals for Pendleton's College Community Theater, which serves BMCC.
Terry is the director of the award-winning, nationally recognized youth theatre group, Opera House Youth Actors (OHYA). Terry was awarded the Freddie G Fellowship, a prestigious award recognizing outstanding theater educators.
Terry has worked as a full-time marketing director, marketing consultant, and business owner. Terry earned degrees in MarketingCommunications, English and Interpersonal Communications. He also studied music, dance, theater movement, and acting techniques.
Terry has acted in several musical theater productions over the past 25 years. Some of his favorite roles include Bill in Mamma Mia, Smudge in Forever Plaid, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Reverend Moore in Footloose, Rooster in Annie and a Brother in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
Grant Turner - Associate Artistic Director
Grant Turner has been acting, directing, and producing classical theatre in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. He has worked with; Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland OR), Profile Theatre (Portland OR), The Northwest Children’s Theater (Portland OR), Bend Shakespeare in the Park (Bend OR) among others, and founded the award-winning Northwest Classical Theatre Company (Portland OR) where he served as Artistic Director for 16 years.
In his 25 years on stage he has worked and trained with several theatrical legends including; Bill Alexander and Barry Kyle (both associate directors of the a Royal Shakespeare Company), and actors Joseph Marcell, Michael Pennington, and Dame Janet Suzman (among others).
Grant has been in or directed (sometimes both at the same time) over 60 Shakespeare productions, and has presented 34 of the 37 plays in Shakespeare’s canon.
Favorite productions include; Richard III, Othello, Cymbeline (with the NWCTC), Titus Andronicus (Bend Shakespeare in the Park), and Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Elgin Opera House.
Grant was honored with the 2014 Special Achievement Drammy Award for his contribution to Portland, OR Theatre.
Laura Califf - Box Office Manager
Laura Califf was born and raised in La Grande, OR. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology. Laura is married to Ron and has 3 teenage children and 2 bonus daughters. She has lived in the Portland area twice but has been back “home” for almost 8 years.
About 12 years ago, Laura and her family were “introduced” to the Elgin Opera House with Terry Hale’s first production of Annie and they all were very impressed by the show. Shortly after, they moved to Cornelius OR for 3 ½ years; but as soon as they moved back to town, they saw Shrek The Musical and Oliver and were blown away.
Laura’s youngest 3 children decided they would like to audition for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and were cast in the children’s ensemble; they were bitten by the “acting bug”. They talked Laura into being in Johnny Cash’s Musical Show, Ring of Fire. Her family has been in various productions at the Elgin Opera House since then including Annie (2015); The Little Mermaid; A Christmas Story; The Wizard of Oz; The Addams Family; Mary Poppins; and Newsies. Laura enjoys being in shows and being a theatre mom very much.
Laura is excited and honored to be one of the Box Office Managers for the Elgin Opera House and brings many years of professional experience with her. She can not wait to meet the many amazing Opera House supporters, patrons, and actors that she will be working with.