BMCC Names Bob Clapp Memorial Theatre

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Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: November 8, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753


BMCC Names Bob Clapp Memorial Theatre


Responding to the request by a group of community members, the Blue Mountain Community College Board of Directors unamimously approved renaming the Pioneer Hall theatre on the Pendleton campus the Bob Clapp Memorial Theatre.

Clapp taught theatre arts and speech at BMCC for 25 years, in addition to serving as the College Community Theatre (CCT) resident director and producing nearly 100 plays in the theatre that will now bear his name. Bob Clapp passed away in September from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lorie Baxter spoke of a "collective desire to honor Clapp’s lifetime contribution to education and to theatre, and a desire by his friends and colleagues to honor his legacy."

Speaking about his achievement in theatre, the CCT Board of Directors said Clapp left a legacy of leadership and inspiration, successfully fostering creativity, imagination, dedication, and hard work in his students, and a thriving community theatre that provided a home for the creative talents of thousands of community members. Several CCT board members, former colleagues, and friends spoke about Clapp’s impact on them. John Remington, former BMCC theatre student and current Pendleton High School theatre arts instructor, said, "I chose to work in the rural community of Pendleton specifically to pay forward Bob’s teaching, generosity, and spirit." BMCC theatre arts instructor Craig McIntosh characterized Clapp as ‘Mr. Theatre, a mentor, and a friend to all.

Lorie Baxter, who served as chairperson for the group, said a dedication is being planned in conjunction with College Community Theatre’s winter production of William Shakespeare. A fundraising effort in Clapp’s name is planned to support theatre arts.