YAP GUEST FACULTY
Associate Professor Scott Parker joined the Theatre and Film faculty in 1977 and teaches acting and improvisational acting classes. He has worked in the Portland theater community since 1969, performing with several semi-professional theaters in the area, as well as the comedy group Waggie & Friends. He was Master of Ceremonies for the annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Gala (fund-raising event) - introducing The Temptations in 2002. Each Christmas Scott performs with the Oregon Trail Band in a benefit for "Friends of the Children." He also teaches in Portland State's University Studies program - an innovative, interdisciplinary general education program and he has been able to use his theater training and expertise to great advantage. Parker's last professional presentation was for the 2010 ATHE conference in Los Angeles. Parker is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and still occasionally does film and television work in the area. He holds an MA from Portland State University.
James Pick is a pianist, accompanist, composer, and teacher based in the Portland area. He earned his B.A. in Music Theory/Composition and Piano Performance (‘11) at George Fox University and is currently working towards his M.M. in Collaborative Piano at Portland State University.
As an accompanist, James has enjoyed diverse opportunities, ranging from local solo/ensemble competitions to full recitals. He has worked with choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists, from students to professionals. From 2012 to 2014, James served in the GFU music department as a staff accompanist. His collaborations there included master-classes with guest artists, auditions, competitions, voice classes, and end-of-term juries, as well as recitals with students and faculty members alike.
James has worked extensively in the world of musical theater as a conductor, music director, and accompanist. James has also been very active as a composer. He was awarded the “John ‘Jack’ Kenneth Cole Composition Prize” for his work, “The Tube," which was premiered by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in June 2016.
Laura Hiszczynskyj holds a B.F.A. in ballet from Texas Christian University and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Oregon. National tours include Sesame Street Live and SwingDance America. She has choreographed over 40 musicals and her work has been seen in such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Judson Church (NYC), The Joyce SoHo (NYC), City Center (NYC), The Royal Theatre (Victoria, B.C.), Lakewood Theatre, and Broadway Rose in Oregon. Teaching credits include: Texas Christian University, University of Oregon, Columbia College, Cornell University, and venues in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Laura currently teaches at the Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre in Portland.