• Meet Your Faculty

  • The performing arts faculty and staff members at Mt. Hood Community College are recognized for their accomplishments as performers, composers, educators, producers, directors and stage designers. Our collaborative instructors are here to help you perfect your technique, encourage your creative spirit and give you a chance to shine. Please contact your faculty advisers to find out more about our excellent program.

    Music Faculty/Advisers

    Dan Davey, Music Faculty/Jazz Band

    Dan Davey, Music Faculty/Jazz Band
    Office AC 2129

    Dan Davey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon where he directs all jazz ensembles and teaches core music courses. Dan received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Prior to coming to MHCC, he taught at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
    Dan works as a professional pianist, organist, and trumpet player and has performed at Symphony Hall, Ryles Jazz Club, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (Boston, MA), and the Greensville Performing Arts Center (Emporia, VA). An accomplished musician, he’s played with the South Coast Jazz Orchestra, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Herb Reed and the Platters, Doc Severinsen, Alan Vizutti and Bobby Shew.


    Kevin Lambert, Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs

    Kevin Lambert, Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs
    Office AC 2130

    Kevin Lambert is the Director of Chamber and Symphonic Choirs and teaches core music classes in the program.  He received his Master in Conducting at Portland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cum Laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Since arriving at MHCC, Kevin has been the musical director and arranger for our winter musicals, including RENT, Footloose, Sleepy Chaperone and UrineTown.

    Prior to moving to Portland, he performed in Europe and throughout the United States as a choral director and as a concert pianist, including a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an evening with the jazz legend Dave Brubeck. He is also the choral director for Milwaukie Presbyterian Church. In May 2016 Kevin received the Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement as an instructor.

    Grant Linsell, Music Faculty/Symphonic Band, Orchestra

    Grant Linsell, Music Faculty/Symphonic Band, Orchestra
    Office AC2132

    Dr. Grant Linsell is the Director of Instrumental Activities at MHCC. He has held similar appointments at Willamette University in Salem, OR, Minot State University in Minot, ND, and Lansing Eastern High School in Lansing, MI. A sought-after conductor and clinician, Dr. Linsell works with many ensembles – from middle school to professional – across the United States and Canada. 

    A native of Detroit, MI, Dr. Linsell attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. He holds a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oregon (where he studied with Bob Ponto) and a Doctorate in Wind Ensemble Conducting from Arizona State University (where he studied with Gary W. Hill).

    At ASU, he was a research fellow at the Intelligent Stage Motion Capture Facility in the Arts, Media, and Engineering Program where he worked on computer-aided conductor motion analysis and on developing a conductor driven and musically responsive computer system – the only such system in the world.  He has two dogs and two cats.

    Ryan Meagher, Music Faculty/Guitar

    Ryan Meagher, Music Faculty/Guitar

    Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who launched his international reputation in New York City in 2003 after completing his bachelor of music degree at San Diego State University. During his years in New York, Ryan launched his debut jazz album Sun Resounding, followed by his second album entitled Atroefy on Fresh Sound New Talent Records.  His third album Tone, received international critical acclaim.

    After completing his master's degree at University of Reno, Meagher relocated to Portland, Oregon where he became a recognizable force in the creative music community. He is a co-founder and Programming Director of the Montavilla Jazz Festival, Director of Operations of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Director of Portland State University's The Shed Summer Jazz Workshop and editor of Jazzscene Magazine.  Ryan’s teaching credits include Lower Columbia College, Portland Community College, West Valley College (Saratoga, CA), and San Diego State University. He teaches guitar at MHCC and is a valued faculty member of our music program. His fifth album, Mist. Moss. Home. will be available in October of 2016.

    Theatre Arts Faculty/Advisors:

    Mace Archer, Artistic Director for Theatre Arts

    Mace Archer, Artistic Director for Theatre Arts
    Room AC2135

    Mace Archer is an accomplished actor and director who has worked as a theatre professional for over 25 years.  He earned his MFA in directing from Illinois State University.  Upon completion, Mace founded Venture Theatre in Billings, MT, an adult contemporary theatre where he served as Producing Artistic Director for 14 years. 

    In 2010, Mace became the chair of the Theatre Department at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, and launched the WildCat Theatre Conservatory, a summer theatre program for youth that has provided internships to countless college students, including MHCC students.

    Since joining MHCC in 2013, Mace has been instrumental in establishing the campus improv troupe and the student drama club, The Thespian Empire.  Directing credits include Othello, Footloose, Drowsy Chaperone, and Alice in Wonderland.  During summer months, Mace has directed shows at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Theatre Baton Rouge and acted at Fort Peck Summer Theatre.  

    Daryl Harrison-Carson, Theatre Technical Director

    Daryl Harrison-Carson, Theatre Technical Director
    Room AC2133

    Daryl Harrison-Carson is the Theatre Technical Director and Professor of Theatre at Mt. Hood Community College.  She serves as designer for theatre productions and teaches courses in design, stagecraft and history of theatre.  Before coming to MHCC, Daryl taught at Central Florida College and Santa Fe Community College.

    Daryl’s professional credits include lighting and production work with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Stumptown Stages, Bouand Dance Company, Maine State Musical Theatre, Kennedy Center, Ocala Civic Theatre, as well as lighting design for cruise lines, theme parks and casinos. Her lighting design for Bouand Dance Company’s Sideshow was televised on KOPB.  She holds an MFA from University of Cincinnati Conservatory and a BS from James Madison University.

    Bruce A. Hostetler, Theatre Facility Manager

    Bruce A. Hostetler, Theatre Facility Manager

    Bruce A. Hostetler is an award-winning theatre/opera director, producer and playwright. In addition to his role as theatre facility manager for MHCC, Bruce is also the resident stage director for the Portland Revels, artistic director of CompassWorks, and production manager for the Ashland Film Festival. 

    In his 25 year directing career, Hostetler has directed more than 150 theatre, musical and opera productions from New York to Santa Cruz. He was producing director for the Carnegie Mellon Summer New Plays Project, where he worked with playwrights Craig Wright and Aaron Posner, and from 1999-2003 he worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. In 2016 Bruce directed H.M.S. Pinafore for Mock’s Crest Productions, winner of five Drammy nominations including best director. He holds a master’s degree in directing from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.