Presenter Profile

Aaron Burns

Guest Artist, Colorado Film School (Community College of Aurora)

Aaron Burns is a Denver-area commercial actor. He studied filmmaking at Chapman University where he earned an MFA. He went on to work in Los Angeles for the director Morgan Neville, as an assistant on THE COOL SCHOOL (PBS documentary) and on Todd Snider music videos. He is currently on the faculty of the Colorado Film School in Denver where he teaches acting and film production.

Aaron's Workshops

    On camera audition for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    Strategies will be discussed, presented and practiced for on camera auditions, with an emphasis on commercial.

Aaron Galligan-Stierle

Guest Artist

Aaron Galligan-Stierle is an accomplished actor, director and producer with critically acclaimed work that ranges from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare. He is also a highly sought-after audition coach providing exclusive workshops and one-on-one training for professionals in the Broadway community and at top universities across the country.

Galligan-Stierle debuted on Broadway as Papa Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas followed by a wide range of performances including Henry Ford in the Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime and Mike Nulty in the National Tour of White Christmas. Galligan-Stierle was selected by Hal Prince to replace the longest-running actor in a Broadway show, taking over the role of Monsieur Andre in The Phantom of the Opera. Additionally, Galligan-Stierle won the prestigious Best Actor SALT award for his performance of Leo Frank in Parade at Finger Lakes Musical Theater.

Galligan-Stierle is well-known across the country in premiere regional theaters that develop new works and top Shakespeare companies including 7 seasons for the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He was Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Late Night Cabaret at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and his commitment to new works development includes serving on the selection committee for the New American Playwright’s Project and the York Theater Developmental Reading Series. He also works regularly as a director for the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Some of Galligan-Stierle’s highlights as an actor include Dromio in The Comedy of Errors, Feste in Twelfth Night, Smee in the regional Premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, Clown #1 in The 39 Steps, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Leo Davis in Room Service, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Mordred in Camelot, Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, Lt. Billis in South Pacific, Frankie in Forever Plaid, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (Maine State Music Theater), Daryl Grady in Curtains (Papermill Playhouse and TUTS), Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and Ted in the World Premiere of Island Song (Adirondack Theater Company).

Aaron was an Executive Producer and Casting Director for feature film Ruin Me (currently featured as a AMC’s SHUDDER exclusive) and served as Associate Director for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Grand Old Opry and Madison Square Garden, as well as Twelve Angry Men and Charlie’s Aunt at The Utah Shakespeare Festival. Aaron directed The Tempest at Sacramento Theater Company and the world premiere of new musical Under the Bodhi Tree at The Royal Family Theater a block from Times Square in NYC.

Galligan-Stierle is the East Coast Director for MaxTheatrix, NYC’s premiere audition coaching company. Described by clients as “a dedicated heart-healer and champion of the creative spirit,” he has also taught at U. of Northern Colorado, Penn State, Shenandoah and William Jessup University. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Shenandoah University and an MFA in Acting from Penn State. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children. Unions & Affiliations: AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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Aaron Wood

Guest Artist, Casper College

Aaron M. Wood is a choreographer, educator, dancer, and mixed-media designer. From 2007-2014, he danced with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, where he had the pleasure of performing the works of such dance legends as Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, José Limon, Murray Louis, Daniel Nagrin, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, and Shapiro & Smith. He’s had the opportunity to work with such esteemed teachers/choreographers as Tandy Beal, Ellen Bromberg, William (Bill) Evans, Abby Fiat, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley, Andrea Miller, and Peter Pucci. As a freelance dancer, he’s performed the works of Alwin Nikolais as a guest with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. Aaron’s works have been seen internationally and nationally from Salt Lake to Beijing, China. Currently, Aaron serves as an Instructor of Dance/Choreographer for Casper College.

Aaron's Workshops

    Dance Improvisation

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , /

    In this workshop, we will investigate improvisation in dance at the beginning level. We'll explore improvisational games and exercises that can inform and lead to short phrase work. We will also explore contemporary partnering.

    Lyrical Jazz

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Through explorations of classical and contemporary jazz dance, dancers will be encouraged to experiment with their own unique movement expression. Use of breath, shifting of weight, and changing levels will be explored in this athletically lyrical jazz dance experience.

    Musical Theatre Dance

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    This workshop in musical theatre dance will explore and develop basic comprehension of musical theatre dance styles, technique, and terminology. Students will learn basic musical theatre dance steps to prepare for future auditions. Styles such as Robbins and Fosse will be taught culminating in a fun and exciting dance number. Students will explore performance skills such as style, projection, focus, energy, movement quality and concentration. No experience is required, just come ready to have fun and dance!

Abby Stuckrath

Guest Artist, International Thespian Officer

Abby Stuckrath attend Denver School of the Arts, is a State Thespian Officer and is one of the six International Thespian Officers. The ITO’s represent all 36,000 student thespians all across the world. The fundamental part of the ITO program is to recognize,honor, and develop leadership abilities through teaching leadership and art advocacy workshops to thespians at state thespian conferences.

Abby's Workshops

    Jedi Training for Leaders

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    This is a Star-Wars themed leadership workshop, it is to teach/illustrate the importance of servant leadership through Jedi motifs.

    When leading as a Jedi it is necessary to build a positive atmosphere to grow. It is important that we as Jedi’s pull people in with our force, not out. You must lead with the intention of benefiting others, not yourself. We practice this concept in the workshop by playing a Star Wars version of Heads Up. In the game, the students must learn about how to adapt to others learning styles while upholding a positive atmosphere.

    Throughout the workshop, I also discuss the importance of failure and being able to accept and encourage failure as a leader. This is put to work through a blindfolded exercise.

    Finally, the workshop showcases the importance of individuality and that there is no one to lead, leadership comes in many different forms.

    Overall, the workshop teaches students that their voice as a leader is important and valuable.

Adam Rose

Guest Artist, AMR Accents

I’m Adam Michael Rose, a Los Angeles-based dialect coach and teaching artist.

HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE I’ve been teaching accent workshops and accent coaching productions in high schools across the country for almost a decade. I’ve coached more shows that will fit here, but a few of my all-time favorites include Mary Poppins, Shrek, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off, Peter and the Starcatcher, Guys & Dolls, Arsenic and Old Lace and many more. I’ve been teaching accent workshops at high schools for almost 10 years. I’ve also coached school productions throughout the country including Mary Poppins, Shrek, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off, Peter and the Starcatcher, Guys & Dolls, Arsenic and Old Lace and many more.

FESTIVALS I present accent workshops at conferences and festivals throughout the country including EdTA’s International Thespian Festival, EdTA’s National ConferenceCA State Thespian FestivalGA State Thespian FestivalTX State Thespian FestivalNV State Thespian FestivalMD State Thespian FestivalOR Thespian Festival, and CETA High School Theatre Festival. FILM/TV I coach on set in film and TV. I’ve worked with actors that have appeared in Orange Is the New BlackThe AmericansThe Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, La La Land, and HBO’s Big Little Lies. I was also the production dialect coach for ABC’s American Crime season 3, where I worked with Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Janel Moloney, and Cherry Jones. TRAINING I am a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and I’ve trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Playwrights Horizons, The Theatre Lab of Washington DC, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and with Knight-Thompson Speechwork. I’ve also studied voice and speech with members of England’s RSC (British American Drama Academy/BADA). AFFILIATIONS I’m a member of VASTAEdTACETA.

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Originally from Boston, MA, Addy began performing on stage at the age of eight in musicals including The Sound of MusicGrease and Oliver. She continued to build repertoire appearing in main stage productions of Robin HoodThe Crucible and Blood Wedding. Upon graduation, Addy found her niche in film and television and has booked multiple feature films, episodics, commercials, and music videos, including work with The Black Keys, American Poltergeist and Sophie Gold: The Diary Of A Golddigger. Addy’s passion for travel and assisting young talent makes her an ideal candidate for nurturing Relativity School applicants and allowing them to find their holistic trajectory in the entertainment + media industry. Education Doctoral Degree, Walden University (In Progress) Master of Fine Arts, Film Production, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre + Performing Arts, The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts SAG/AFTRA affiliated

ADDY's Workshops

    Taking the Mystery out of Auditioning

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    The student will have a clearer idea on all of the different types of auditions and a achieve a confidence that will propel them into their next audition. Also, learning the many differences between theatre and film acting for auditions.

Adriane Wilson-Robinson

Guest Artist

ADRIANE LEIGH ROBINSON Before migrating to Colorado, Adriane performed internationally with a number of Air Force troupes, and with James Madison University’s Children’s Playshop in Harrisburg, Virginia. Since graduating from The University of Northern Colorado, Adriane has appeared on the stages of The Denver Center, The Arvada Center, Little Theatre of the Rockies, Miner’s Alley Playhouse, Curious Theatre, and The Blackhawk Ameristar Casino. Recent credits include: Casey in First Date The Musical (DCPA Theatre Company); Olivia in Miss You Like Hell (Aurora Fox); Sally in Cabaret (Miner’s Alley Playhouse); Alicia in The Thanksgiving Play (Curious Theatre) and Morticia in The Addams Family Musical, (Little Theatre of the Rockies).

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Alan Ostrander

Guest Artist

Alan Ostrander has been a professional theatrical artist since 1988, working on stage/film/live productions around the world.  He has been a consultant/artist/representative for Mehron, Inc makeup for many years, and is the owner of AEO Studios, a makeup/fx, production facility based out of Orlando FL.  He is well known as an expert guest lecture/teacher in the Theatrical and Haunted Attraction Industries.  Past clients include WDE, Universal Studios-Orland, Ocean Park-Hong Kong, Toshimaen Park-Tokyo, Six Flag Amusement and more. 

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Alexander Evert

Guest Artist, Fearless Theatre

Alexander Evert is a Denver-based theatre director, writer, producer and actor. He co-founded Fearless theatre, and served as Artistic Director from 2014-2019. His Fearless directing credits include Bent and Mosque, as well as bold re-imaginings of Titus Andronicus and High School Musical. Fearless Theatre was formed in the summer of 2014 with the mission of producing a wide variety of shows designed to stimulate modern theatre audiences, and to forward social change. Alexander continues to work as a theatre artist for companies such as Pandemic Collective and Arts in the Open.

Alexander's Workshops

    Handling Mature Content on Stage and in Rehearsal

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Let’s face it, there’s a lot that high school theatre doesn’t touch. Join members of Fearless Theatre as they break down all of the R-rated stuff that happens onstage after you graduate. Finally, a place where you can ask anything and get an honest answer! When is the right time to include mature content in a scene? How do you rehearse an intense scene in a safe environment? How do you protect yourself when doing vulnerable work? Bring questions and mature IE’s!

    Heavy Metal Shakespeare

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Can Slipknot be on the soundtrack for a production of Julius Caesar? Does Romeo need to be costumed in puffy pants and wield a dagger? Does Hamlet have to be a boy? As theatre artists, we are always striving to bring scripts to audiences in the most direct, impactful way. So how do we take scripts with 400 years of baggage and focus on the characters and stories? Examine how modern media and theatre techniques can make classical scripts as fresh and relevant as anything written today. Actors, techies, designers, and directors are invited to release preconceived notions and imagine how they would produce Shakespeare, and other classics, with their voice.

Alexis Black

Guest Artist, Adams State University

Alexis Black is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Adams State University, where she teaches acting, directing, theatrical movement and stage combat.  As a professional actor, she has worked with regional theaters, international tours, and in numerous shows in NYC.  On the small screen you can find her on AMC and The Discovery Channel.  

As a fight director she has choreographed in Europe, South Korea, regionally in the US, for the NY Fringe, Off-Off Broadway, Off Broadway, and served as Assistant Choreographer for Fool for Love on Broadway, starring Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda.  

Alexis received her MFA in Performance Pedagogy with an emphasis in movement from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a member of Actor's Equity Association. 




Alexis's Workshops

    Stage Combat: Slapstick vs Brutal

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Get "slap happy" while you discover the power of dynamic physical choices in acting. After learning unarmed stage combat skills, different tools and motivations will be explored to change the style of the fight from silly to serious, with the same moves! Have fun, and "fight" your way to techniques that will take your character building and acting choices to a new level.

Allison Watrous

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

ALLISON WATROUS is the Director of Education and has celebrated the DCPA as her artistic home for the past 20 years as an educator, actor and director. Allison is a collaborative leader of artists, teaching artists, actors, and educators and an innovative teacher who is passionate about working with students of all ages. She is currently on the faculty of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Colorado Denver. Acting work includes Kelly Young in Just Like Us, A Christmas Carol, John Brown’s Body and Scapin (DCPA Theatre Company); Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women (DCPA Cabaret); Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company), and Savage in Limbo, Crimes of the Heart, American Notes, Talley’s Folly and Gidion’s Knot (Sis Tryst Productions) Directing work includes Bus Stop (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), The Revolutionists (BETC), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Miners Alley Playhouse), Big Love (University of Denver), and Failure: A Love Story, The Laramie Project, Eurydice, Wintertime, Arcadia and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Denver School of the Arts) Allison earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Allison's Workshops

    Activate Your Spontaneity through Improv

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This fast paced workshop will explore the power and fun of spontaneity. Improve your improv, ignite your presence, activate your entire body, tap into your instincts, and drop into the moment. Don’t just play the middle ground- be bold

    Play the Moment: The Action Workshop

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Being in the moment is the heartbeat of an actor’s work. Discover new ways to improve your presence, moment to moment work, land action, choose clear objectives, and play the stakes of the given circumstances. Whether performing a monologue from Shakespeare, belting In the Heights or diving into a scene from Noises Off, these tools will activate your work.

    The Business of Acting

    , , Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Moving from the classroom or studio into the professional world of theatre work is better when having a goal, a plan, and the best resources possible toward success. You may not always get the job, but with this workshop, you’ll get insights on strategies and best-practices to keep you energized and focused to do what you love.

Andrea Forsythe

Guest Artist

Andrea is a local Equity musical theatre actress, vocal coach, and theatre teacher.  Acting work includes Evita (Lone Tree Arts Center), Tarzan (Arvada Center), Ragtime (Pioneer Theatre Company, UT), Jekyll and Hyde (Westchester Broadway Theater, NY), Ariel in Disney Dreams (Disney Cruise Line), The Blonde Muse in Hercules (Disney Cruise Line).  Andrea has been a vocal coach for 20 years and currently owns her own studio in Centennial, CO.  Andrea taught theatre in Douglas County School District for several years. She earned a Bachelor's in Theatre Education at Brigham Young University. 

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Andrea Kehler

Guest Artist, Broadway Training Intensive

Andrea Kehler is the Producing Artistic Director of Broadway Training Intensive in Denver, Colorado, and the Marketing Director of Broadway Bound Kids in New York City. She has been honored to perform with and/or work alongside entertainers including Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, Katharine McPhee, Paige Davis, Sam Harris, Terrence Mann, Alix Korey, and Charlotte d’Amboise. Her favorite credits include assisting the creative team with the launch of Miss Saigon (2018 national tour), performing with the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1995 & 1996), in The Gregory Hines Tribute at Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project, and in Drama Desk Award nominated Cut to the Chase (Little Angela). Andrea trains professional voice teachers to coach acting for singers, is a college audition coach with students in all of the top musical theatre schools,  and has taught in training programs,  universities,  dance studios, and schools across the country. She has directed and choreographed many shows, founded the acting program at The School of Blessed Sacrament (NYC) where she also directed the dance program, created and directed the Summer Theatre Project (CO), and has been on faculty at the Theatre Academy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). Andrea runs on almond milk lattes with honey, can’t pass by a macaron shop without making a purchase, and is a Fosse and Shakespeare nerd.

Andrea's Workshops

    Acting Your Song: Take It to the Next Level

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Performers need more than a just good voice in order to really bring songs to life. Learn how to make movement easy and natural, layer your songs with an array of emotions and intentions that create depth of character, and tell a compelling story. The skills taught in this workshop allow singers to be in-the-moment, confident, and fresh for every audition and performance. Wherever you are, we'll take your performance to the next level. There will be opportunities for some students to be coached! Please bring recorded accompaniment and a copy of your sheet music.

    Monologues: Learn How Tony Winners Do It

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    This master class is the foundation of the Broadway Training Intensive’s acting curriculum. The skills taught in this workshop allow actors to be in-the-moment, confident, and fresh for every audition and performance — they learn tried and tested techniques that give them a polished and professional edge. The workshop introduces concepts utilized by Tony Award winning directors and performers, top musical theatre colleges and universities, and NYC acting studios frequented by working professionals to keep themselves fresh eight shows a week. Wherever you are, we'll take you to the next level. There will be opportunities for some students to be coached on a monologue! Please bring a copy of monologue text if available.

Andrea Mardon

Guest Artist, Berridge Programs

Andrea is an actor, director and teacher in San Diego, California and Oxford, England. She is a qualified teacher of speech and drama examinations for The London Academy of Dramatic Art preparing young actors for speech and drama examinations around the UK including Sibford School, Our Lady’s Abingdon School and Oratory Prep School. Andrea is the Artistic Director of Berridge Programs, an acting conservatory in Normandy, France for American high school students. There she teaches Acting Techniques, College Audition Prep and heads the meditation and mindfulness program. Born and educated in Canada, Andrea received her degree in Costume Design before moving to California where she was the Managing Director of The Fritz Theatre. Recent acting credits include Rhinoceros, Turn of the Screw and Kindertransport for The Unicorn Theatre in the UK.

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Andrea Moon

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Andrea Moon is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the head of Theatre Studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches movement and dramatic literature. Andrea is a playwright, performer, poet and teacher. Her theatrical work has been produced at theatres and Universities across the country as well as in Italy and China. Most recently her newest full length play was workshopped by the Apprentice Company at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Her written work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and Applause Books. She has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Andrea's Workshops

    Movement for the Actor

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This workshop will use a rigorous and practical movement training to lead students through supporting emotional and psychological choices with their full physical selves. Students should come to the workshop with a short monologue they would like to work on.

    The Dramatic Self

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    The most honest art is the art that comes from what we know. At the same time we don't want to put only ourselves onstage again and again. This workshop guides the student through molding their own personal experience into art. Students will re-imagine the stories and people of their life into scenes and monologues using short writing exercises that focus on myth and alternative points of view. Bring something to write with and something to write on.

Andrea Rabold

Guest Artist, Mirror Image Arts

Andrea Rabold has been active using theatre as a catalyst to create awareness and identify solutions to social issues for over 8 years. She joined Mirror Image Arts in 2009 as an actress, continued to grow with the organization and accepted the role of Executive Director in 2014. Under her leadership, the mission and vision of the organization was elevated and led to the development of Mirror Image Arts’ latest programming. Andrea most recently came from Starbucks Corporation where she served 13.5 years in a variety of roles in retail sales, organization and program development, people management, operational leadership, project management and event planning. Andrea graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. Andrea also works as an actress in commercial, film and theatre

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Anne Toewe

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. ANNE M TOEWE is a Professor of Theatre Arts with her specialty in Costume Design. Dr. Toewe joined the faculty in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance in 2003 where she serves as the Resident Costume Designer and the Head of Design and Technology, as well as the Production Manager for UNC’s Little Theatre of the Rockies in the summers.  Since her arrival at UNC Dr. Toewe has enjoyed the opportunity to design costumes for a broad variety of productions, including Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Jekyll and Hyde, Titanic, My Fair Lady, and The Elephant Man, to name a few.  In 2009, Dr. Toewe made her directorial debut at UNC with STAD’s production of Eclipsed.  Prior to her arrival in Colorado, Dr. Toewe designed and taught in a variety of venues on the east coast, including theatre, opera, film, print, and television.  While designing in Miami, FL, Dr. Toewe received a Carbonelle award for Best Costume Design for GableStage’s production of The Dead. Prior to her residence in Florida Dr. Toewe worked as a project manager at the notable Broadway costume build house Parsons-Mears.  Dr. Toewe holds her bachelor’s degree in Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, her MFA in Costume Design from Tulane University in New Orleans, and her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, in 2014, she published her first book, “Flowers in the Desert”: Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas 1998-2012. She is also a member of United Scenic Artist local #829.

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Annika Merkel

Guest Artist

Annika is a graduate of UNC's Acting Program and of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. While living in New York City, she earned her SAG card and sang with some of broadways finest in the Stars of Broadway Chorus for the Drama League. Her return to Denver resulted in her being cast in the Denver Premiere of the musical 'Bonnie and Clyde' as Bonnie Parker herself. She has since been cast in the Regional Premiere  of 'The Toxic Avenger' and has fronted cover bands performing at weddings, festivals and corporate events around Colorado. She has also adjudicated for the Bobby G program for the last three years. She has a passion for coaching high school musical theatre and is thrilled to be back with the Thespians!

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Autumn Morgenstern

Guest Artist, Professional Dancer/Choreographer

Autumn grew up in Orlando, FL where she performed with Orlando Ballet's The Nutcracker on tour at the young age of 12 and danced at Walt Disney World. She then performed with the Radio City Rockettes for 7 years, negotiated contracts as their union representative and was one of the main Rockettes chosen to give interviews for radio, newspapers and television. Autumn has also danced for Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Holland America Cruise Lines, Perichoresis Dance Company in NYC, the Olympic Game Opening Ceremony and internationally in Kenya and Romania. Her other appearances include: musical group Outkast, The Today Show, CNN, Waterboy, Rosewood, The Division, America's Health Network, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and First Women Magazines. Along with her dance career, Autumn graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Telecommunications and a Minor in Theatre. She then continued her education in NYC at The Kane School for Pilates, Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The School for Film and Television. She is also a commercial voice over artist for radio. Autumn has 23 years of experience teaching ages 4 through adult and has taught at The Joffery School of Ballet, The Orlando Ballet, The Rockette Dance Intensive, Project Dance NYC, Dance Masters of America, Fox Theatre’s Rising Stars, The Atlanta Ballet, New York Backstage, Boulder Jazz Workshop and at the Texas Dance Educators Association. Some of her students’ credits include: Broadway: Anastasia, Tootsie & Prom the Musical, Mamma Mia on Tour, Industry Dance Awards, Alvin Ailey’s Pre-Professional Program, Young Arts National Arts Finalist, Joffrey & Juilliard Summer Intensives, So You Think You Can Dance, The Juilliard School, AMDA, The Royal Central School in London and Point Park University. Autumn has also enjoyed being a convention teacher with Celebration Talent and Beyond the Stars, high school dance team coach, adjunct professor at Brenau University and the producer of Project Dance Atlanta for 4 years. Her favorite musical is The Drowsy Chaperone. Autumn was thrilled to choreograph this production in Georgia where she won numerous choreography awards, including receiving first place at the Shuler Awards. Around the country Autumn currently guest teaches and choreographs, judges competitions and is a director with Project Dance. In Colorado she adjudicates for the Bobby G Awards, teaches at Broadway Training Intensive and dance studios around the state.

Autumn's Workshops

    Headshots, Resumes, Websites…oh my!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Tech

    Headshots, resume and websites are three of the most important things each performer must have to book a job. Come learn the latest styles and templates to best market yourself in the entertainment industry. (Students are encouraged to bring theirs for feedback if they have them but not a class requirement.)

    How to Survive in the Entertainment Business

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    So you want to be a professional performer....but do you have what it takes to survive in the entertainment business? In this workshop we will discuss the following topics: auditions, jobs, how to pay the bills, marketing yourself, how to handle rejection and how to live in the major entertainment cities (NYC, LA, Chicago, Las Vegas & Orlando). There will be plenty of time for Q&A to help you best prepare for your future. So bring all your questions, pen & paper and let's talk shop.

    Rhythm Tap for Int/Adv Tappers

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Calling all Intermediate & Advanced Tappers! Are you comfortable with your broadway tap skills and ready to improve upon your rhythm tap skills? This workshop will teach you more intricate, fast tap work and use them in a combination. Get ready to move your feet!

    Top 10 Jazz Steps!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Do you know how to do a Jazz Square, Battement, Bell Kick or Chasse’? If not, come learn the Top 10 most popular jazz steps used in musicals. If you are new to dance or want to brush up on your basic skills, join me in this jazz crash course and feel more confident in your next dance audition.

Becca Postma

Guest Artist, Arapahoe Libraries

Becca is a Programming Specialist with Arapahoe Libraries where she leads monthly theater workshops.  During her time in the Denver area, she has guest taught with Curious Theatre Company, Englewood Summer Drama Program, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, and the Actors Academy for the Performing Arts in both Denver and Boulder.  After graduating from CU Boulder with degrees in English, Theatre Performance, and Secondary Education, she taught Drama at Abraham Lincoln High School for several years.  During that time, she was a founding member of the Colorado Alliance of Technical Theatre Educators (CATTE). She holds a Masters in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from Colorado State University. 

Becca's Workshops

    Shakespeare Crash Course

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Tromping the boards with the Bard can be intimidating. In this crash course, learn basic Shakespearean acting techniques from movement to breaking down the language. We'll have some fun with Shakespearean insults, interpret lines for their modern meanings, and perform a Shakespeare scene with ease! With presenters Becca Postma and Natalie Kuypers from Arapahoe Libraries.

Benjamin Reigel

Guest Artist, Colorado Mesa University

Benjamin Reigel is a professional actor, director, and fight choreographer, as well as a member of the performance faculty at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Originally from Wisconsin, Ben has lived and worked all over the country, and has scores of credits at theatres from coast to coast including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, DE’s Resident Ensemble Players, Mill Mountain Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Festival/Penobscot Theatre Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and many others. Recently credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park, and Caleb in The Whipping Man (Farmers Alley), Marlowe in She Stoops to Conquer, Antonio in 12th Night, and Salisbury in King John (Michigan Shakespeare Festival), the title role in Hamlet (Backbone Ensemble), as well as directing Cyrano de Bergerac for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and The Christians for the Aspen Fringe Festival.


Before coming to Colorado, Ben taught for 5 years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and before that for 3 years at Shorter University in Rome, GA.


As an actor, director, and teacher, Ben is deeply committed to the works of Shakespeare. He has performed, directed, or choreographed over 50 productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Both in the classroom and in his professional work, Ben continues to test the teaching and performance opportunities made possible through a study of the First Folio texts, and an exploration of original Shakespearean practices.


Ben earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and his M.F.A. from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Ben is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Benjamin's Workshops

    Shakespeare…now what?

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Have you ever picked up a Shakespearean text and wondered, “now what"?
    Have you struggled to bring that text to life?
    Have you wished you could ask Shakespeare what he wanted you to do?
    Good news! Shakespeare was an actor himself, and his writing is full of very specific and practical directions for actors. These clues and directions are hidden in plain sight—you just have to learn how to spot them. In this workshop, students will learn to recognize and apply the clues laid out in the script and apply them for immediate results.

Beth Osnes

Guest Artist, Unviersity of Colorado Boulder

Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado. She recently toured an original musical Shine to select cities throughout the world to engage youth voices in resilience planning (see trailer for show). She has developed a method towards vocal empowerment for young women that she is researching in Guatemala, Tanzania and the USA. Her most recent book is Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion ( 

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Blake Babbitt

Guest Artist, New York Film Academy

Blake is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Northern Colorado's Acting programs. Blake is currently the Associate Director of Recruitment for the New York Film Academy. Additionally, Blake is the founder of 383 Productions, an independent film production company headquartered in New York, NY. Recent projects include an award winning a feature length documentary I Heart Jenny and award winning short film Sunday 1287. Blake also directs plays. In his New York directorial debut Blake won a 'best play' award for his direction of emerging playwright Josh Billig’s Benefit of Friends at the American Globe Theatre. Blake's Off-Broadway acting credits include Baylis in Blackbird, Berowne from Love’s Labors Lost in the 45th Street Theatre’s annual Shakespeare Festival, and Joe/Syrup in the premiere Dan Savage’s of Seeking Savage Love at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.  Blake has also worked closely with Oscar and Tony Award Nominee Murray Schisgal (Tootsie) on a reading of his new play Wallstreet Fandango.  Other past theatre credits include roles in Flags, A Servant of Two Masters, SuburbiaLover’s and Other Strangers, and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare.  TV and Film credits include Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), Mr. Wiskers (web series), Bottom Feeders (web series), and Passed Over (web series).

Blake's Workshops

    Filmmaking: Tools to Create your own Content

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    This is a well-rounded filmmaking workshop that emphasizes the tools necessary to create your own content: proper storytelling, equipment overview, set hierarchy, and cinematography. Recent changes in the filmmaking industry have made it an incredibly exciting time for budding filmmakers. This workshop will go over what it takes to be successful in the new age of filmmaking.

    Improv and Acting-From Stage to Screen

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Improv and Acting-From Stage to Screen: is a workshop emphasizing acting in theatre, improv, film, television, and commercials. Participants will have the opportunity improv both for the theatre and on-camera. Additionally, participants with be guided through a variety of on-camera exercises and scenes- including given circumstances and close-up exercises. Through the use of a digital camera and television, attendees will have the opportunity to view on-camera performances live. The workshop will also go over the tools of the acting and filmmaking industry necessary to becoming a working actor. The intended audience is for High School and College students who are interested in developing on-camera techniques.

Brandon Lopez

Guest Artist, University of Denver

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Brian Curl

Guest Artist

Brian Curl is a NYC based actor/choreographer.  He has performed in 49 of the 50 states and across Canada.  As a performer he has worked off-broadway, off-off-broadway, national tours, regional, theme park, and summer stock.  He's been a choreographer and workshop presenter at the International Thespian Festival and across the US. Brian is currently the Educational Director of the pre-Broadway hit "Austen's Pride: a new musical of Pride & Prejudice". In 2019, Brian launched DAILY8COUNT.COM an online streamable choreography education tool! A big kid at heart, Brian enjoys working with the future of the theatre industry.

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Brian Hapcic

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Brian Hapcic is a Professor of lighting and sound design at the University of Northern Colorado.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years, with nearly 250 design credits in multiple performance genres.  Brian has a BA in English from Ohio University, and an MFA in Design and Technology from the University of Montana. He is a member of USITT and I.A.T.S.E. local #339.  In 2004 he was awarded the KCACTF faculty fellowship for meritorious achievement as a professor of lighting design, and in 2015, his scenography for the UNCO production of Medea was selected for presentation at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design.  His current research interests focus on the use of projected media as light source in performance, as well as the use of projection and sound in performance installations. 

Brian's Workshops

    Intro to Qlab – How to build a cue stack

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    An introduction to the software program Q-lab. This workshop will demonstrate the basic functions for building a cue stack of audio and/or video cues for use in live productions.

    LED Lighting Integration 101

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    This is a workshop for Teachers who are looking for ways to integrate LED Lighting Technology into their current lighting infrastructure. We will discuss the basics of legacy lighting systems, resources for identifying information about your home spaces, and how LED technology works and fits into your current systems.

Brian McManus

Guest Artist, Improv YA(Y)

rian received a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Colorado. He has studied and performed the art of improvisation for more than 20 years, including five years spent in New York with the Upright Citizens Brigade, The People’s Improv Theater, the renowned Armando Diaz and more. He performed locally with Impulse Theater for five years, and as a cast member for several seasons of the Denver Center’s Off-Center show Cult Following. He is currently a founding cast member of the new Comedy Sportz Denver at the Avenue Theater. Brian teaches improv classes for teens and adults at the Denver Center Academy, presents workshops annually at the Colorado High School Thespian Conference and Jeffco Improv Festival and acts as a guest teacher at many schools in the region including Lakewood High School, Smoky Hill High School, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Castle Pines/American Academy, Discovery Canyon, and more. Brian is the recipient of the Colorado Thespian’s 2017 Distinguished Service to Educational Theater Award.

Brian's Workshops

    Improv – Making Clear, Badass Choices

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Ever been in a scene that starts with “What’s that?” or “What are you doing?” It makes for a bumpy beginning. Instead, making a beefy choice at the top of an improvised scene helps you and your scene partner launch into play. In this workshop, we will experiment with making bold choices, see how they affect the rest of the scene, and learn what to do when your big choice clashes with choices made by your scene partner. Through a mixture of short and long form games, students will explore the power in making badass choices.

    Improv – Navigating Relationships On Stage – Seek, Build and Heighten

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    In improv, defining the relationship with your scene partner will always boost a scene. But establishing that you are siblings, or co-workers, or a couple out on a date simply isn’t enough. In this workshop we will work to identify systems of behavior/patterns between characters, then build and heighten unique aspects of each relationship from there.

    Improv Boot Camp

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Come learn the basics of improv and/or strengthen your foundation. Through a number of short form games and long form structures we will work out the three major tenets of improv - Yes, and..., avoid questions, and don't try to be funny. Be ready to get up and play.

    Improv Firestarter

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    The beginning of any improvised scene is the most crucial part. A strong choice can launch the scene whereas "kinda" offers can be confusing and slow things down too much. Through different exercises and short form improv games. we will try a number of different ways to ignite scenes like with solid characters, dynamic relationships, engaging in the environment and more. Be ready to get up and play.

    Keeping it Real with Improv

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Sure, part of improv is making silly, zany choices and working with your scene partner to help justify and make sense of The Weird. But portraying real characters that are grounded in reality can often take your scenes to greater heights and result in bigger laughs. Bring your long form skills and come see how real-life characters can take your improv to the next level.

    Long Form Improv –Harold

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Heard of Harold and want to meet it? Or maybe your team has been working on Harold and you’re ready to take it to the next level. This workshop will focus on following patterns, building and heightening, and supporting your fellow players while delving into the components and mechanics of Harold.

    Middle School Improv Roundup

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This workshop will focus on the three main rules in improve through various improve exercises, short form games and long form structures. We will also explore the idea of using a strong who/what/where to launch any improvised scene into greatness.

    Middle School Improv Sampler

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    The main point of this workshop is to have fun improvising while exploring short form and long form improv, testing out ‘Yes, And…’, and learning how to make big choices at the beginning of every scene. Let’s play!

    Short Form Improv Skill Check

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Short form games like those seen on TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway? have built-in structures and gimmicks that help elevate the quality of the improv. But there are many tools improvisers can employ to take the scene to the next level. We will play as many short form improv games as possible while developing skills that will boost any improvised scene. Come ready to play.

Bud Coleman

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Bud Coleman is the Roe Green Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A professional actor, director, teacher, and choreographer, he has worked in the U.S., Canada, Holland, Japan, Thailand, and Russia. Recent publications include Back Stage Pass: A Survey of American Musical Theatre (Kendall/Hunt), The Oxford Handbook to Sondheim StudiesWomen in American Musical Theatre (McFarland and Company, Inc.), and The Cambridge Companion to the Musical.

Bud's Workshops

    Groove On! Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    No dance experience necessary; come prepared to move, sweat, and have fun.  Learn the choreography to a musical number from a Broadway musical!

Bud Coleman

Guest Artist, University of Colorado at Boulder

Bud Coleman is the Roe Green Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder and former Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  Having danced with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Fort Worth Ballet, Kinesis, and Ballet Austin, he has directed and choreographed many musicals.  In 2008, he directed and choreographed the musical Company in Vladivostok, Russia, was selected to be a 2009-10 Fulbright Lecturer in Japan, and directed the Thai premiere of Fiddler on the Roof at Mahidol University. 

With co-editor Judith Sebesta, they published Women in American Musical Theatre:  Essays on Lyricists, Writers, Arrangers, Choreographers, Designers, Producers, and Performance Artists in 2008.  Coleman and Pamyla Stiehl co-wrote Backstage Pass, A Survey of American Musical Theatre (2013).  

Bud's Workshops

    Musical Theatre Dance workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    No dance experience necessary; come prepared to move, sweat, and have fun. During this workshop you'll learn the choreography to a musical number from a Broadway musical.

    Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    No dance experience necessary; come prepared to move, sweat, and have fun. During this workshop you'll learn the choreography to a musical number from a Broadway musical.

Cara Lipford

Guest Artist, Rainbow Alley

Cara Lipford is a Bachelor level Social Work student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is currently interning at Rainbow Alley working to provide an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ youth of Colorado.

Cara's Workshops

    Rainbow Alley – LGBTQ Resources

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    Join Rainbow Alley for introductions, LGBTQ+ discussions, and a character runway! Rainbow Alley is a safe and brave space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to express themselves and make their voices heard.

Carmel Alston

Guest Artist

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    LED – Before you Buy, How to Install

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    The challenge in selecting and buying LED fixtures for your school program can be overwhelming. With this workshop we will go through the features you must have and the ones you can wait for. We will go through installation process, to make sure you do it right the first time. Join us for some practical ins and outs.

    Lighting 101 – Basic Fixtures and Accessories

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    1- Demonstrations of all common lighting fixtures, training will include safe handling,
    2- Trouble shooting and testing, re-lamping and hang/focus.
    3- Cable types and how to use, test, handle and identify them.
    4- Accessories used on fixtures – Barn doors, gobo’s, Gel, Top Hats, side arms,

    Lighting 102 – DMX Ins and Outs – LED Lighting Fixtures

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    1- DMX operation
    2- Operation of LED’s – how to set up and control – hands on !
    3- Data and Power for LED’s.

    Lighting 103 – Moving Lights AND ION Programming

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    1- Demonstration of operation.
    2- Tips on mounting fixtures, and routing power and control to them.
    3- Addressing and Mode settings
    4- Control programming – practical exercises to learn basic control set up and functions.

    Sound 101 – Sound System Parts and Pieces

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    1 Types of microphones and cables
    2 Safe handling and use of Mics and cables
    3 Wireless Mics – setting up, using, replacing batteries
    4 Identifying basic parts in a sound system

    Sound 102 – Sound Console Basics

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    1 Start up and Testing console
    2 Patching and set up of console
    3 Standard controls on a sound console
    4 Basic Operation

    Sound 103 – Mixing Basics/SHURE Sound Mfg.

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    1 Live Mixing
    2 Live and recorded Playback
    3 Balancing and Effects

    Troubleshooting Lighting Systems

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Unfortunately I get to hear this quite a few times throughout the year. You have a show or presentation happening, nothing is working, you are in a panic, And probably cant think straight. This workshop gives you a process and logical tools to help you calm down, make a plan, and find the problems step by step. Relax…it’s all going to work out one way or another.

Caroline Younger

Guest Artist, WABI theatre and dance

Caroline Younger won the 2019 Bobby G award for Outstanding Choreography for her work on the Valor High School Production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Ms. Younger is the Director of WABI theatre and dance, a training ground in Denver for teenagers 12-18 that are pursuing Musical Theatre. The students, primarily singer/actors gain proper dance training in the disciplines of Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Theatre Dance and Jazz. WABI also produces Musical Theatre Workshops and Intensives in both Denver and NYC with classes in Dance, Voice, Acting and College Prep. She currently has students at PACE, Shenandoah Conservatory and the Hartt School. Caroline spent 20 years in NYC performing, teaching dance, producing theatre and choreographing for Concert Dance and Musical Theatre. Credits include six National and International Tours, Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, La Mama Etc, several TV commercials and the NY International Fringe Festival where her play Roller Skates and Mary Jane premiered. She has taught dance for Marymount College, Wagner College, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center as well as many studios throughout NY, NJ, CT and Denver. Her dance classes combine a combination of technique, style, musicality, discipline, fun and a deep reverence for the arts and this craft.

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Cherity Koepke

Guest Artist, Cherity Koepke

Ms. Koepke comes from a diverse performance background ranging from musical theater to stage plays to opera to cabaret. A full lyric soprano, she has performed such roles as Maria (The Sound of Music), both Eponine and Fantine (Les Misérables), Guinevere (Camelot), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls) and The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods). In 2004, Ms. Koepke won the prestigious Thespian Tribute award for her performance of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. In 2007 she received critical acclaim for her performance of the role of Claudia Draper in Tom Topor’s stage play, Nuts.

Ms. Koepke attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a double Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Child Psychology & Behavioral Studies. Ms. Koepke also minored in theater, receiving additional training in directing and improvisation. After receiving her degrees, she continued to study theatre, becoming a Shakespearian trained actress through the Addison program, a partner program of the Royal Shakespeare Academy. She has performed such classical roles as Katherine (Taming of the Shrew), Ophelia (Hamlet), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing). Her professional operatic career began in 2001 with the Santa Fe Opera, first as a young artist and later a Resident Artist. Her operatic performance credits include Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Liu (Turandot), Musetta (La bohème), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Norma (Norma).

In 2006, Ms. Koepke began to focus her career in stage directing. Well-versed in multiple genres of theater, Ms. Koepke has directed productions such as The Cunning Little Vixen, Madama Butterfly, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Inherit the Wind, The Tempest and A Lion in Winter.

Ms. Koepke began working with Opera Colorado in 2007, where she serves as the Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program and the Director of Education & Community Engagement. She creates the abridged scores for the company’s Touring Productions, translating the text and adapting the music as well as designing each production. She also serves as the lead dramatic coach and stage director for the program. She has directed Opera Colorado’s touring productions of Rossini’s Cinderella, Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. In 2012, Koepke directed the student matinee production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In the same year, she created the program “An Afternoon of American Song” for Opera Colorado which is now in its fourth season. In February of 2015, Koepke directed the world premiere concert reading of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter.  In the summer of 2017, she made her debut with Opera Steamboat as the stage director for Jonathan Dove’s, The Enchanted Pig.

In 2009, Ms. Koepke began studying Gaelic and singing Celtic music. She has competed in numerous national competitions, placing in the top three at the Pan Celtic Festival in 2012. She also performs with a Celtic group based in Killarney and tours throughout Ireland.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ms. Koepke now resides in Broomfield, Colorado.

Cherity's Workshops

    The Singing Actor

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Have you ever wanted to audition for a musical but you don’t think you can sing? Some of the best performers aren’t necessarily the best singers. Sometimes it’s the performance that counts. There’s an art to selling a song and you can learn how. Come and learn tips and tricks to help you make the most of your voice and give a great performance. No singing experience is required.

    Vocal Boot Camp

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    How do you keep your voice healthy? What are the best ways to warm up? How do you extend your range or keep your voice from cracking? How do you prepare to speak or sing for a performance? These and many other questions will be answered through this interactive workshop. Participants will learn professional technique in everything from breath control to dynamics, singing and speaking with emotion and beyond. No singing experience is required.

Chip Persons

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Chip Persons appeared in: Švejk and Andorra with Theatre for a New Audience; Hell: Paradise Found at 59E59; Foodstable at HERE; Cold at Bank Street Theatre; Richard III at La MaMa ETC; and Godard at the Ohio Theatre.  Credits elsewhere include: the title roles in Richard II and Richard II, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Lee Blessing’s solo play, Chesapeake; Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency; Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons at the Arvada Center; the Old Globe Theatre; Lamb’s Players Theatre; Stories On Stage; and Write Out Loud.  Chip was an expatriate in Prague during the 1990s and continues to perform there, where credits include: HoME Theatre; Misery Loves Co. (including the Eastern European premiere of Angels in America); Kašpar Theatre; and Theatre on the Balustrade.  His screen credits include Law & Order and network commercials.  Chip’s on the Advisory Board of Culture Current in Helsinki, the Artistic Ensemble of Boulder Ensemble Theatre Co., and the faculty of the University of Colorado.  He holds an MFA from Columbia University and BFA from UC Santa Barbara.  

Chip's Workshops

    ‘Ello Guv’nr! Applying the IPA in Dialect Work

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    We will work with the International Phonetic Alphabet and use it to learn the beginnings of a Standard British Dialect. Come prepared to have fun!

Chris Cheline

Guest Artist, Douglas County School District

I have been in the video business since 2000. Much of my experience has come from working daily in television news and in school districts as a Photojournalist – telling people's stories through video every day.

I spent 2000 – 2008 working as a Photojournalist in Colorado Springs and then Denver. Every day was a new story. My job was to make it interesting. I took a break from the news business for four years to learn the production side of things. I produced commercials and promotional videos. 

My love of storytelling eventually drew me back into the news business at KUSA in Denver. I worked alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. I have won three Emmys, three Edward R. Murrow awards, Colorado Broadcaster's Association awards, and several Nation Press Photographer Association (nationally and regionally) awards through the years.

These days I am telling the stories of the amazing students in the Douglas County School District. It's a perfect fit having three boys with my wife that are or will be in the district.

Chris's Workshops

    How To Write A Memorable Video Story

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , /

    Video is a unique medium. It has moving pictures. It has captivating sound. It can be narrated by a presenter, through interviews, or both. How do you take the elements from a shoot to craft a memorable story?

    We'll discuss the following:

    • What to look for while logging video?
    • Building stories around compelling moments
    • What makes a good transition?
    • Maintaining a focus throughout the story
    • How can narration enhance a story?

    We'll look at some examples and go through practical exercises.

Chris Parr

Guest Artist, St Vrain Theatre Company

Chris Parr, is the Executive Director of the St Vrain Theatre Company. He has worked with dance companies, high school theatre companies, and community theatres all over the state. Helping them with everything from set design and stage management to ticket sales and social media promotion. He is also an accomplished actor and director.

Chris's Workshops

    Cost Effective Marketing & Fundraising

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    Workshop participants will be shown several ways to manage their marketing budgets. How to get the biggest bang for your buck. As well as unique ways to fundraising during the time of the show. How to monopolize your time when you are in the limelight. As well as way to look for and find free marketing tools both in the public, on social media and online.

    Making Social Media Work For You & Your Show

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , /

    Workshop participants will learn how to market and publicize their show both in the community and with in their school. As so not to rely on newspapers. How to use FB and other social media to their advantage and how to create unique posters and photos for use within their community both in and out of the school. As well as how to make YouTube work for you and the rules within to show off the show. How to make FB, Instagram, Twitter, Apps and hashtags work for you. The workshop will cover the basics of social media and marketing as well as online ticket sales.

    Next Level Marketing

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    Workshop participants will learn how to take their marketing and publicity of shows from 'Ho Hum' to 'OMG'. You will learn everything from how to use Facebook Live well, how to manage your page and connect it to your Instagram page and make it all work together and get your potential audience member to your online ticket site. As well as how to take your basics posters, programs and headshots to the next level. As well as how to tie it all together so it has one theme and look. Their will also be time at the end to ask questions on how to promote your upcoming show or program as a whole.

    Theatre In Strange Places (Guerrilla Theatre)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, , /

    Workshop participants will learn how to perform and rehearse theatre in odd places. How you can take your show on the road. How you could actually do the show in a coffeeshop, even on a street corner, in an amphitheater, even in a remote corner of your school or in 24 hours. As well as the newest concept of Theatre on the Move. Chris Parr and members of the St Vrain Theatre Company have become experts in the idea of theatre in strange places or GUERRILLA Theatre.

Christopher Blackwell

Guest Artist

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CJ Greer

Guest Artist, University of Nevada, Reno

CJ Greer is thrilled to have joined the Music and Music Theatre faculty at UNR to build a Musical Theatre degree program!  She carries an MFA and MM in Musical Theatre and Classical Performance & Pedagogy from Penn State University. CJ has performed around the world from theme park to Broadway. She is a singer, actor, teacher, and conductor with an undying love for storytelling, and inspiring others to find their unique voice in the music. CJ frequently presents at conferences, including ‘Bel Canto Can Belto’ – an experiential weekend workshop introducing voice teachers to musical theatre vocal pedagogy. She also teaches high school and collegiate workshops, and is the vocal instructor for The Broadway Artist Intensive – a summer MT training program. Broadway/National Tour credits: Sister Act, Les MisérablesThe Producers, Ragtime, I Love A Piano, The Buddy Holly Story; Regional Credits: Mamma Mia (Casa Mañana), Annie* (Olney), Chess (NC Raleigh), The Happy Time* (Signature Theatre), She Loves Me, The Addams Family, Into the WoodsSecret Garden, and more. 

CJ's Workshops

    Sing Out, Louise!! – Musical Theatre Voice Techniques

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Students will explore various vocal exercises for building excellent musical theatre style singing, including awareness of head voice/falsetto, speech level vocalization and belt resonance. Volunteers will then have the opportunity to put these skills into practice. Interested students should prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre selection. Please bring a recording of your accompaniment and/or sheet music for the accompanist. CJ Greer, University of Nevada, Voice/Music Theatre – MFA in Musical Theatre Vocal Perf &Ped, MM Classical Perf&Ped - Penn State University.

Claudia Carson

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

Claudia Carson has been at the DCPA for 17 years in a variety of roles: Stage Manager at the Galleria Theater, Production Manager for Girls Only, and Executive Assistant to President Randy Weeks. Claudia took over the reins of the Bobby G program in 2014. She has Directed, Choreographed and Stage Managed the Bobby G Ceremony since the program started.  In 2016, Claudia began coordinating the High School One Act Playwriting Workshops and Competition. She loves working with Colorado’s High School educators and students on both of these programs and is in awe of the talent she sees daily in her work.  Claudia was the K-9 Theatre teacher at Graland County Day School and directed and choreographed the 4th and 9th grade musicals as well as performances in all grades throughout the year. She has choreographed and acted at the Arvada Center, The Aurora Fox, and The DCPA.  She has been a teaching artist at The Arvada Center, The Mizel Center and the Aurora Fox Summer Theatre. Claudia is excited to get back to her roots as an educator/teaching artist and is honored to be part of the amazing team here in the Education department. 


Claudia's Workshops

    Lyrics are Stories: How to bring the story of a song to life to aid in supporting the vocals

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    This workshop will use techniques to focus on the story of the lyrics. How to build a song that gives and teaches the "why" of show stopping notes. Learn how to breakdown the song into a full monologue. Please have a memorized song to use from a Musical, no need for sheet music. This workshop will be done acapella, an accompanist will not be provided.

    Stage Management: Tips and Effective Leadership

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    This workshop will empower Stage Managers with interactive tools and activities to bring the ensemble and crew together to have a fun and focused process while reaching for a high level of product.

Clearwing Denver

Guest Artist, The Clearwing Group

Clearwing Productions is one of the nation’s premier providers of pro audio, lighting, and video equipment,and production services. For over 40 years, Clearwing has provided creative services and innovative equipment for musicians, venues, sporting events, corporate gatherings, performing arts centers, and houses of worship. Clearwing has physical offices strategically located in Milwaukee, Phoenix and Denver, and have deployed gear and crew across the U.S. and all over the world. Each Clearwing location features a fully equipped service department, a fully stocked Pro Shop, and an online store. They are a full-service, one-stop-shop supplying exemplary audio, lighting, video, & staging systems, as well as backline and transportation services. Some of the biggest names have counted on Clearwing, from the Foo Fighters, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, and Summerfest to the NFL, the Blue Man Group, Best Buy, Target, GoDaddy, and The White House. Clearwing Systems Integration designs, engineers, and installs permanent audio, video, lighting, rigging, and control systems in a variety of venues, including houses of worship, schools, and performing arts centers. Whether servicing or upgrading an existing system or developing an original system for a new construction build or renovation, we customize our services to fit your project needs and budget. Each of our designers, engineers, project managers, and installation technicians are skilled in the latest technologies and job-site safety standards used in our industry. You can rest assured that your project is being conducted by a highly qualified team of experts. Whatever your requirements may be, Clearwing Systems Integration will turn your vision into a reality.

Clearwing's Workshops

    “50 Shades of Blue” Presented By ETC

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Fifty Shades of Blue continues the discussion of how stage lighting is changing with the advent of LED-powered fixtures. Additive color mixing gives designers the power to subtly manipulate color on a real-time basis. This session delves deeper into the nuances of color and presents examples of innovative control features that allow lighting designers to better handle the wonderfully variable — but sometimes non-intuitive — color capabilities of LED-powered stage lighting. Fifty Shades of
    Blue is not simply a lecture with PowerPoint. It includes demonstration cues to clearly illustrate the concepts presented in the lecture.

    Presented By: Erin Giblin, Field Project Coordinator at ETC

    “Not Another Network Class” Presented By ETC

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Not Another Networking Class is a new way of explaining network protocols, how network protocols are used in an
    architectural control system, and when to use them. In this interactive and audience driven session, we will review the
    common networks you find in lighting and building management systems. In it we take a fresh look at not only how
    devices interconnect, but toss in some best practices for designing efficient and effective network infrastructure. As a
    class, we will assemble a working architectural control system using the given information and products, then each
    student will sketch a control riser based on the joint activity. At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able
    to identify and determine what network protocol they would need to use to construct a working architectural control
    system. We guarantee that while we will use a lot of acronyms, this is not another boring network class.

    Presented By: Erin Giblin, Field Project Coordinator at ETC

    “The Digital Realm” Presented By Pro Tech Marketing

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Are you tired of lugging that heavy dinosaur you call an “audio console” up and down from the booth? Worried your EQ will be off because someone turned that knob again? Join digital console manufacturer Allen and Heath and Pro Tech Marketing to discuss what digital consoles can do for you. Scene control, show recall, moving faders, channel expandability, dynamics on every channel, visual EQ, wireless remote control capabilities, and reliability are just a few things to think about. Discuss how learning to operate digital audio consoles will set you up for future career opportunities. Digital audio consoles make life and show running easier for everyone involved, including administration!

    Presented By: Travis Stefl, Outside Sales & Support at Pro Tech Marketing

    “Wireless Voodoo Magic” Presented by Pro Tech Marketing and SHURE

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Ever wanted to pull your hair out when using wireless mics? Ever wondered why they work one night and not the next? Tired of playing the game of "Who gets the good mic tonight?" Concerned about T-Mobile buying up all of your frequencies? Join industry leading microphone manufacturer Shure and Pro Tech Marketing to explore the deep dark secrets of wireless mics. Discussion topics include antenna distribution and placement, inter-modulation, analog versus digital technology, frequency coordination, and much more! Learn how proper wireless setup will enhance your show and understand the science behind it.

    Presented By: Travis Stefl, Outside Sales & Support at Pro Tech Marketing

Colorado State Thespians

Guest Artist, Educational Theatre Association

Colorado State Thespian Board is excited to offer workshops that advance the students knowledge about the Individual Events Process, and the University Scholarship process. Students will hear from the adjudicators and organizers of these events, and be provided with useful advice to support their participation in the conference experience.

Colorado State's Workshops

    Adult Breakfast and Keynote

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Join Colorado State Thespian Board members for an exciting gathering with updates from the field, announcements for the future and a delicious breakfast hosted by Center Plate Catering. As always, Colorado Thespians will have their famous raffle opportunities for the attendees - our way of saying thank you for the work you do daily.

    Each year Colorado State Thespians brings in a stimulating guest speaker to encourage the passionate work that each of you are contributing to the field. Make room in your Thescon schedule to attend this event. Special introduction by the president of the Educational Theatre Association, Mrs. Debby Corbin, from Branson, MO.

    All Aboard the Leader-Ship Featuring the STOs

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Join your STOs and leaders across the state to learn what being a leader means to you, as well as developing ways to lead your troupe more efficiently and effectively. Learn how to take your leadership skills beyond the stage, and take them with you on your life-long journey of shaping the world of tomorrow. Join us in inclusive, collaborative, and open discussion!

    Jr Tech Challenge

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    Join STOs and technical theatre leaders as they conduct obstacle course type events in technical theatre. For the student interested in telling the story BEHIND the story. Teams will be comprised of students present in the room and may or may not be students from the same school. You don't have to already have a team to participate! All students are welcome.

    Luggage Storage

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    As convenient gesture, Colorado State Thespians will be providing you with luggage storage rooms on Saturday. Making it convenient for you to check-out of your hotel and have your luggage stored for easy access following the conference. Luggage rooms will be locked at the beginning of the first workshop, and then unlocked after the closing ceremonies. Please note you can no longer store your luggage in the Bellco Theatre lobby.

    Master Class with Andy Kelso

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Rare opportunity for Colorado Thespians to participate in a Master Class with Broadway actor Andy Kelso. Participants are asked to come with prepared audition material to work through with Mr. Kelso.
    Andy Kelso is an Actor/Singer based in New York City. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Andy studied Acting at the University of Northern Colorado and performed in various shows in the Denver area including Big River, Footloose, and The Drawer Boy before moving to NYC in the fall of 2003. Since then, Andy made his Broadway debut as ‘Sky’ in Mamma Mia and played ‘Fiyero’ in the 1st National tour of Wicked. Andy also originated the role of ‘Harry” in Kinky Boots on Broadway and recently played the role of ‘Charlie Price’ in the 2013 Tony Award winning musical. He can be seen in the new Amazon Video original series, Good Girls Revolt, playing the role of "Lenny". In addition, his resume includes numerous other roles, check out his Facebook page or IMDB.

    Perfecting your Acting Individual Event

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Acting
    The adjudicators for this event will present key mistakes that students make in and out of the Acting Individual Event. Learn from your judges what makes a Superior performance. There is always time to refine your performance, don't miss this opportunity to get tips from the professionals.

    Perfecting your Musical Theatre Individual Event

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Musical Theatre
    The adjudicators for this event will present key mistakes that students make in and out of the Musical Theatre Individual Event. Learn from your judges what makes a Superior performance. There is always time to refine your performance, don't miss this opportunity to get tips from the professionals.

    Perfecting your Tech Theatre Individual Event

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Tech Theatre
    The adjudicators for this event will present key mistakes that students make in and out of the Tech Theatre Individual Event. Learn from your judges what makes a Superior performance. There is always time to refine your performance, don't miss this opportunity to get tips from the professionals.

    Scholarship Auditions, Question and Answer

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    Scholarship Auditions can be a scary moment for any participating senior, this session will reveal the details of your journey. Students will be able to ask everything they ever wanted to know, before entering into the Audition setting this weekend. Hosted by the Colorado Thespian Audition Coordinator, students will be walked through proper slating and audition etiquette. If you are auditioning, make sure you attend this risk free opportunity to get your questions answered. Remember, there are no stupid questions.

    Senior Thespian Officers – Act up and Move with Purpose.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    This workshop will introduce you to what an STO is and how you can be one in the future. The senior STO's will take you through some of their favorite theatre exercises and share with you the ropes of what the high school experience is like. Come join the fun and activities, to learn more about yourself and the role you can play in the future.

    Short Film Screening

    , Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    Each Colorado State Thespians receives some outstanding film in the Individual Event Short Film category. This is our opportunity to share the films that were submitted, and share some oral conversations to support the directors and young filmmakers. Observers are welcome to attend, and enjoy the creativity that Colorado's film students have submitted. Your hosts for the session will be Lanny Boyer and Jeremy Goldson.

    So you want to be an STO? Information Meeting.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    You have seen them on stage, and you have seen them working conferences - now you think you want to make that big leap and apply? This session will gather together the current STO's to share what the position is like, and what they do during the course of the year. The group will give you hints to the application process, and suggestions on how to make your application stand out. Please note, you do not have to attend this session in order to apply to be an STO.

    Tech Challenge

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Get ready for a fast, furious, and fun Tech Challenge experience! Register online for one of the two sessions taking place on Saturday morning, for the chance to compete in the following events: Ground Plan Tape down, Light Hang and Focus, Props Strike and Set, Knot a Rigging problem, and Costume dresser.
    Prizes will be given at the Closing Ceremonies for each event and also for the best time and accuracy overall. Any school can participate in the Technical Challenge, but you can only sign up for one of the two sessions.

    Tour: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Receive a back stage look into the magic world of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Your guide will be Jill Schwager, as you take a look at the back stage areas of The Stage Theatre and the Space Theatre within the Denver Center Performing Arts Complex. Please arrive early for this tour, lines form outside of the registration room 101. Limited to 25 participants per tour.

Courtney Kochuba

Guest Artist, Samuel French

Originally from Pittsburgh, Courtney has been part of the New York theatre scene for the past decade. In addition to local and regional acting, she has worked in marketing and development roles at several Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters, including Circle in the Square and Atlantic Theater Company. Joining the Samuel French team in 2013, Courtney serves as the Marketing Manager for Social Media and Community, managing social media engagement (@SamuelFrenchNYC), editing Breaking Character Magazine (, and producing community events. Proud alum of Carnegie Mellon University. Twitter and Instagram:  @courtkochuba.


Samuel French is the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals. The company’s catalog features some of the most acclaimed work ever written for the stage and titles by writers at the forefront of contemporary drama. Samuel French is proud to have served as a leader in theatrical publishing and licensing for over 180 years and is committed to the future by championing for playwrights, innovating the industry, and celebrating all those who make theatre around the world.

Courtney's Workshops

    Identity in Theatre: Proposing Relevant Radical Shows at your School

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    The issues of identity, inclusion and representation onstage are ongoing issues within our theatre community. What is the best way for a high school to approach these topics, while still being appropriate to their audiences? Join Samuel French for a discussion about what topics need to be seen onstage, recommended shows to achieve that goal, marketing tips, and more.

Dallas Pritt

Guest Artist

Dallas James Pritt is an entertainment professional who is based in "Music City", Nashville, TN.Most recently, Dallas starred in the acclaimed short film, 'A Heart's Calling' that has premiered across the country at renowned film festivals. Currently, he is recognized for starring in the national Toyota Tacoma Mall Terrain commercial, the online Curology Pimple commercial, and co-starring as Chet alongside Billy Ray Cyrus in season two of 'Still The King' on CMT. Theatre: York Theatre Company (off-Broadway), Fiddler On the Roof touring company, Sorg Opera Company, Theatre West Virginia, and Huron Playhouse. Theme Parks: Cedar Point, Six Flags Over Georgia, Valleyfair, Kings Island, and Coney Island. Dallas holds a BFA in Musical Theatre after studying at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and Lipscomb University's College of Entertainment and the Arts.

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Dan Hays

Guest Artist, Midland University

Dan P. Hays is an educator, actor, director, music director, choreographer and highly sought-after clinician. He is currently serving as the Director of Theatre Activities at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. 

Mr. Hays serves as an Associate Director for The Young Americans, a professional performing group that comes from California and performs all over the world. He has served as a clinician for many theatre and music festivals, including a Regional All-State Chorus in Pennsylvania.  Dan also serves as the director of the All State Musical for the Nebraska Choral Directors.

Before his career in education, Dan spent many years in the professional world of performing as an actor/dancer/director/singer/choreographer. Dan is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, the professional actor's union.  

Dan has received many awards including: Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Nebraska Kearney, Show Choir Camps of America Teacher Of The Year, Nebraska Choral Director Outstanding Director Of The Year, Nebraska Music Educator Of The Year, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education and the Sertoma Club Man Of The Year Award.

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Danial Hiester

Guest Artist, Teaching Artist

Dan Hiester is a professional theatre artist and educator who has been working in Colorado theatre for the past four decades. He worked as a director and casting director at the Denver Center Theatre Company, founded and was the Artistic Director of CityStage Ensemble, is the chief resident director for Shakespeare-in-the-Sangres and L'Alliance & Co, and has worked as a director, actor, writer, producer, and designer at venues all over Colorado and on the East Coast. He has presented and directed over 300 theatre workshops in over 50 venues, is a working teaching artist, and regularly teaches at UCD. 

Danial's Workshops

    Character Study for Actors

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    The workshop will start with a detailed presentation giving insight to a thorough and profound process in developing a character for performance in a production. Students will have the chance to discover and explore a wide range of the theatrical approaches and choices available to them for bringing a character to life and to performance level. This will be followed by an inter-active discussion allowing students to share their experience and ask questions and seek advice for their own work.

    Moliere in Movement

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Moliere is perhaps the most produced classical author besides Shakespeare. His plays require a very unique style of movement and posture. This workshop will teach the basics of that style and inoperative approach to performing Moliere.
    This workshop is good for movement skills in general and also for English, classical and Restoration plays. Great fun... Its almost like learning a whole new dance style.

    Romeo And Juliet — Fate and Feud

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    This play is one of the best known and most loved in the world and one of the most frequently produced, especially in high schools and colleges. This workshop gives an exciting and entertaining insight to this important work. We will explore the background and context of its writing, the important issues, images, and themes, the amazing story, and the rich and fascinating characters. A must for all who want to know how to read and understand Shakespeare's plays.

    Scene Study for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    Working from a short scene from the beginning of a complex modern drama (“Biederman and the Firebugs” by Max Frisch), we will explore how to interpret that scene as a basis for the development of an interpretation for the play. We'll further make connections to how this process works for understanding and working with any scene from any play. This workshop is highly inter-active.

Daniel Hall

Guest Artist

Recently moved to Colorado, and am looking for opportunities within the Colorado Thespian Festival.


I had been involved with Florida State Thespians for the last 15 years as both a judge of IE's, Scholarships and presented workshops.


I was actively involved with the Vero Beach Theatre Guild of Vero Beach Florida from 1989 – 2014.  During that time I played many lead roles in musicals and plays.  Most noted performances were: Curly in Oklahoma!, The King in The King and I, Marco in Carnival, Billy Bigelow in Carousel.  My directorial endeavor of Mame during the 1999 – 2000 Season, garnered 10 Genie Awards (a local acting award), including Best Show.

I know it is late in the game, but if you have need of a judge, or a presenter, even perhaps on an on call emergency basis, I would love to be of service.

I have presented the following workshops:

It's a Musical – Keep Singing, Keep Smiling –  Ever found yourself as a member of the chorus in a musical, or playing swing roles?  What you can do to stand out to your director and audiences, without blatantly stealing the show.

Audition Tips – Professional Audition tips – What's the director looking for, deciding what role you are suited for (not one that just  suits you) – picking the right music,  Preparation for auditions.

Character Development – A tool for you to develop full characters that are not just one dimensional.  Interactive workshop, using printed materials, improv, and show resources.

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Darrell Wagner

Guest Artist, Casper College

Darrell has a degree in Costume Design with a minor in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  His work in professional theater has taken him on 20 national tours to 49 states and 6 countries on two continents as Wardrobe Supervisor for the tours of ANNIE, Cats, West Side Story, Rent, The Sound of Music, and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.  He was the Star Dresser for the First National Tour of Jersey Boys (completing 648 performances).  Darrell toured as a hair and make-up assistant on the second First National Tour of The Producers for two-and-a-half years.  Darrell has been lucky enough to work with Chita Rivera and Ann-Margaret.

Darrell has designed costumes for the University of Wyoming, UNC at Greely, and St Norbert College (De Pere, WI). He designed the costumes for Jim Olm’s The Magdalene, which ran Off Broadway.  Darrell was commissioned to design the costumes at Casper College for the world premiere of Arthur Giron’s St. Francis in Egypt.  His work as a costume designer includes Music Man, West Side Story, Godspell, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

In his “off time,” he climbed Mt Fuji and learned to scuba dive off the coast of Hong Kong.  He is blessed with a very patient and understanding family and several special friends that have allowed him to “run away and join the circus” as each opportunity presents itself.

He is currently pursuing an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Idaho.

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David Saphier

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

David is in his 18th year as a DCPA Education teaching artist. Before moving to Denver, he interned in education departments at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and The Coterie Theatre. He was last seen on the stage as Polonius in Nirvamlet for the Band of Toughs. This summer, he directed The wizard of Oz for the Middle School Performance Program. David received his BA at The Colorado College and his MFA in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.

David's Workshops

    Character Biography

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, , /

    Expand your knowledge about your character by combining improvisation, writing and dramaturgy to create a character biography. Take the information you know from the script or the monologue you are working on and use it to write a short biography about your character.

Dee Covington

Guest Artist, Curious Theatre Company

Dee Covington is a founder of Curious Theatre Company, now celebrating its 21st Season.  As an artist at Curious, Dee serves as an actress, director and the Education Director of the innovative high school/college playwriting program, Curious New Voices.  Curious Theatre Company produces regional and world premieres with social and political relevance, illuminating community concerns and providing avenues to insight and deeper discussion.  As an artist, Dee brings this goal of mission-driven theatre-making into all aspects of the creative process.  Other theatre work includes Artistic Director of Break the Cycle; a touring teen theatre company creating devised work to address community concerns and Artistic Director of Synergy's On The Ball Players; a touring teen theatre company housed in a homeless and runaway youth shelter in Kansas City, MO.  Now at Curious Theatre Company Dee is committed to making Curious an artistic home for young artists as they expand their knowledge of the field and develop their own creative voices.

Dee's Workshops

    Inheritance: Performance in Action

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    by Norma Johnson

    It’s 1925 and Denver is abuzz with excitement as 100,000 gather for the event of a lifetime. As preparations are made to celebrate God and country, it becomes clear that the festivities are only jubilant for the white residents of Denver. Three women’s lives intersect in a moment from which there is no return. A choice must be made – a choice that will be passed down through generations.

    This new play was developed to address a critical community need: we need to look honestly at our past in order to move forward. Using theater to address social concerns and accelerate necessary conversations is at the heart of Curious Theatre Company's mission. This play will prove both historically insightful and theatrically compelling. Come explore how your art can be used to impact the world.

    Playwriting Your Revolution

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    In this playwriting workshop we will provide exercises and opportunities for writers to deepen their creative process and create material that takes risks and sheds light. Ultimately, if it matters deeply to you it will resonate with the world. Together we will explore ways to keep ourselves honest as writers, even if our characters may be slightly deceptive. Bring paper. Come ready to write.

    The Director’s Perspective

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    The role of the director is central to the entire creative process. In this workshop we will explore the role and responsibilities, from concept and vision, to communication and inspiring others, to opening night. There is an art to this level of leadership. In this workshop we will talk about techniques that empower and pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to take your seat at the head of the table with skill and heart.

Devon Glover

Guest Artist, The Sonnet Man

Devon Glover is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright and actor from Brooklyn New York. He performs Shakespeare's Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities, and theaters to young audiences nationally and abroad.  As The Sonnet Man, Devon has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and Educational Conferences and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the world, including Oregon, Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon.  The release of his debut video “Hip-Hop Hamlet” was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon.  In April 2016,  Devon went on a #SonnetMarathon tour through the US, UK, and Morocco—where he rapped all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in succession on April 24th. Some of the notable roles Devon has played is Touchstone in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” (Southern Shakespeare Company), Flute/Thisbe in ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Yosemite Shakes), Lyons in “Fences” (Canopy Roads), and Clarence/Tyrell in “Richard III” (Salty Shakespeare). In the Fall 2017, Devon co-wrote “A Town Divided”, an adaption of “Romeo and Juliet” that was based on the racial divide in Tallahassee, FL.  In the Spring 2019, Devon was commissioned by the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for high schools. For more information, visit


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Donna Mejia

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012, received the Fulbright Association’s 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance Scholarship, and performed her solos at the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theatre, and the venerable La MaMa Theatre in NYC. For more information please visit her at

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Ed Reggi

Guest Artist, Paper Slip Theater

Ed Reggi coaches Viola Spolin Theater Games internationally. He got his start studying at Second City and with its founder Paul Sills. Today, Reggi performs with Paper Slip Theater, his professional improv company and is an acting coach for the Oprah Winfrey Television Network.

Ed's Workshops

    Decoding Viola Spolin’s Theater Games!

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Viola Spolin’s writings and philosophy influenced not only American theatre, television, and film, but the American theatre classroom. But few students and teachers understand how to decode her theatre games. In this workshop, participants will decode the key principles behind Spolin’s theatre games and the critical role the side-coach plays in teaching theatre. Experiencing Yes...And, Give and Take, Emerging Who, and other Spolin theatre games, participants become better acquainted with the most overlooked parts of Spolin’s pedagogy. This workshop is geared for the advanced improv student and/or educator who wants to take a deeper dive into Viola Spolin's theater games.

    Improv a Musical

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Did you know Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals like [title of show], Urinetown, and Forbidden Broadway were all originally generated from improvised short scenes in front of a live audience? Learn the skills and techniques that can allow an ensemble to make up their own musical performance on the fly—a terrific opportunity for singers and non-singers. Excellent opportunity for those students interested in playwriting, composing and/or creating lyrics for new musicals. Gain more confidence for musical auditions!

    Improv a Play

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    A two-person show is one of the most powerful forms of good theatre and television. Perform like Key and Peele or Nichols and May! Learn how to improvise an original two-person play in front of a live audience. Discover the skills and techniques for telling a story without telling jokes or creating punchlines. Stories start and end with powerful and interesting relationships between characters. This workshop will certainly challenge both the novice and master improv actor.

    Improv This!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Improv is all about being totally 100% in the moment! In this workshop, we will learn new techniques and new games that will directly help us become more present on stage to our fellow scene partners and improv ensemble. We will learn newly created improv games, quickly and in a way that fosters more energy and urgency. The results will help your improv skills and increase your stage confidence.

    Theater Games for the Classroom

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    Come learn how it all started--Viola Spolin Theater Games! Learn improv games that build an ensemble, explore characters, and investigate invisible locations on stage. We will also explore how we can always adapt and perform existing stories using Spolin's Theater Games. This workshop allows students to stretch their acting muscles using Viola Spolin's Theater Games while they begin to discover the art of storytelling and improvisation.

    Using Theatre Skills in Careers Outside Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Acting skills are not just for actors! Actors have a set of skills that benefit many other professions, trades, and industries. In this active and fun hands-on workshop, discover the wonderful world of Applied Theatre skills that can have you employed for the rest of your life. Discover how actors are shaping the fields of Healthcare, Business, Education and Social Work.

Elise Kulovany

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Elise Kulovany serves as the resident costume shop manager in the CSU costume shop as well as teaching and designing productions for the School of Theatre, Music and Dance. Elise is a Fort Collins native. After graduating from Rocky Mountain High School, Elise went on to get her B.S. in Theatre Education from the University of Evansville where she participated in many productions as well as taught theatre classes at various high schools and middle schools in the Evansville Area. She then earned her M.F.A in Costume Design from Southern Illinois University. While at SIU Elise worked as a draper, stitcher and craftsperson in the costume shop. She also designed Ragtime, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Radio Golf and RENT in addition to teaching Introduction to Costume Construction and Makeup for the Theatre. After earning her MFA, Elise served as a costume shop apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera for two seasons. She then worked as the draper and costume shop manager at The Arkansas Repertory Theater before joining the faculty and staff at Los Rios Community College where she taught scenic construction and designed sets for Raisin in the Sun and The Velveteen Rabbit. Selected credits include: The Little Mermaid, Macbeth, Bridges of Madison County (Regional Premiere), Mary Poppins, Elf the Musical, and Memphis the Musical. Her passion lies in creating art and working with students. Elise thoroughly enjoys working at CSU and sharing her knowledge of pattern making, dyeing, tailoring and more with anyone wanting to learn. You can view Elise’s work at

Elise's Workshops

    Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    This workshop will present a variety of ways to duplicate items large and small for theatre productions and scale models, using techniques we’ve employed at Colorado State University as well as working on regional and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

    Students will leave with (cast copies) of their severed fingers.

    Mini Me: Intro to Draping Costumes on a Small Scale

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Participants will create a costume for a character on a small scale, on 1/2-size dress forms. They will be first introduced to basic principles of draping used in both regional and Broadway theater costume shops, and then make their ideas come to life on a half scale dress form. All levels of students welcome.

Elizabeth Rand

Guest Artist, PRESETT

Beth Rand is a high school theatre Operations and Safety Coach and a Lighting Designer.  She recently moved to the area from Seattle and is now based in Westminster. Beth began her technical theatre career at her own high school theatre and has worked in educational and professional technical theatre for over 30 years.  Most recently Beth served as a High School Theatre Manager for the past 7 years, and has been designing lights for school plays and musicals for over 20 years. She has also consulted on the construction and/or equipment upgrades of several school theatres. Beth now teaches an online course for Drama teachers on High School Theatre Management, and offers other services to high school theatres through her company PRESETT.  Beth’s bachelor’s degree is in Stage Lighting and her master’s degree is in Entertainment Business.  She has teaching certification in Theatre Arts and also is available to sub for area Drama teachers.  Beth can be contacted through

Elizabeth's Workshops

    CYA (Cover Your Actors-and-techies): Safety Policies and Practics for School Theatres

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    Nobody knows more than a Drama teacher that a high school theatre is one of the most dangerous places in a school that students have access to, and that safety is the most fundamental concern. As such it is important to be able to evidence that you have provided the safest possible environment; complete with policies, procedures, trainings, notices, and documentation. This presentation will address fall protection, counterweight system operations, scene shop safety and other hazards found in school theatres. You will discover what policies and procedures you should have in place in your school theatre - regardless of the size and state of your facility - that safeguard personal safety, protect property, and mitigate liability, and most importantly perhaps prevent what could have been a more serious accident from happening.

Emily Doherty

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

Emily Doherty is a Teaching Artist with an emphasis in music and early childhood education. She has worked with Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Education Department in that capacity since the summer of 2018. She has also worked with Denver Center Theatre Company as a Production Assistant for Corduroy, and as a Young Performer’s Supervisor for Anna Karenina. Prior to living in Denver, Emily was a teacher and administrative assistant at the Michigan State University Community Music School while earning her Bachelors degree and Teaching Credential in Music Education at Michigan State University. She has worked as a Residential Technician supporting young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Emily was previously the Activities Coordinator for the Mark T. Starr Center facilitating engagement for adult clients with developmental disabilities. She is dedicated to building inclusive and accessible experiences in and out of the classroom and is excited to continue this work with DCPA Education as their Teaching Artist and Theatre for Young Audiences Program Manager.

Emily's Workshops

    Sight Reading Basics

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    In this workshop students will review basic music notation. Students will then put to use knowledge of notation as individuals and as groups to sight read basic songs. This will help students to prepare for auditions as well as advanced rehearsal settings by gaining the audiation (notation to brain) skills to sight sing musical theatre selections.

Emma Dehner

Guest Artist, St Vrain Theatre Company

Emma Dehner is an accomplished make up artist. She has worked with several companies all over the state but works primarily with the Longmont Theatre Company and the St Vrain Theatre Company. She is elementary teacher in the St Vrain Valley School District. She most recently taught her makeup skills at the Colorado Community Theatre Collation Festival as well as to the local theatre communities. 

Emma's Workshops

    Gore & Special Effect Makeup

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, , /

    Workshop participants will be shown how to do all levels of gore makeup. Everything from bruises, cuts, gashes, and even blood dripping. After the opening presentation live demonstrations will be performed on willing workshop participants. A question and answer time will be offered at the end where members can even ask what type of makeup would be best.

Eric Hernandez

Guest Artist

Eric Hernandez is a local filmmaker, currently working as a Producer, Director, and Cinematographer for Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS). His passion for storytelling began when he was nine-years-old and continues to grow each day as he continues to write and direct a variety of short films, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. 

After graduating from Elon University with a BFA in Cinema & Television Arts, Eric was selected as one of three finalists across the nation to Write & Direct a commercial for Coca-Cola & Regal Cinemas as a part of their Coca-Cola Regal Films Challenge. Since then, Eric has had a lead role in producing Colorado Experience; an Emmy-Award Winning documentary series dedicated to preserving and celebrating Colorado History. During his time at RMPBS, Eric and his team have garnered six Heartland Emmy nominations and two Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards of Excellence.

The stories we tell, and the films we make have the power to educate, inform and inspire. They are representations of who we are, and the larger questions we strive to answer. They can be shared with the world, and most importantly, they bring people together. So, let's make something!

Eric's Workshops

    Film: Crafting a Cinematic Scene

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    What makes a scene "cinematic?" What does "cinematic" mean?
    The adventure of taking words on a page, and bring them to life demands that the filmmaker successfully juggles every aspect of filmmaking. The decisions he or she makes can greatly impact the quality and power of a scene.

    You have your script, you have your actors, and you have your camera. But now what? Staging a scene requires an understanding, both technical and dramatic, that acts as the foundation for all creative decisions.

    Dive into the world of filmmaking through engaging exercises that will teach the fundamentals of bringing a scene to life. Learn to recognize the beats of a scene, blocking your actors, and see how the camera becomes a character of its own.

    After completing this workshop, participants will have the learned the necessary techniques to increase the cinematic quality of even the most basic of scenes.

Eric Prince


Dr. Eric Prince, Professor of Theatre, Colorado State University, Director of CSU’s Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance, is a writer and scholar who specializes in the theatre of Samuel Beckett as well as teaching acting, directing, and playwriting. Prince has directed his own highly experimental plays in venues as diverse as London, Edinburgh, Leeds, York, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Berlin, San Diego, and Enniskillen, Northern Ireland as well as directing six of his own plays for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including Kafka's Last Request and Wildsea Wildsea for the British National Student Theatre Company. Both these plays were awarded the prestigious London Sunday Times Playwriting Award. Prince worked for many years in association with the distinguished playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Two plays by Prince Red Roses and Love Is In The Air were commissioned by Ayckbourn and produced professionally by the acclaimed Stephen Joseph Theatre. Prince has now directed more than thirty productions for Colorado State University and the Bas Bleu Theatre of Fort Collins including such works as The Importance of Being Earnest, Oh What A Lovely War, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage, Private Lives, The Birthday Party, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Waiting For Godot, Endgame, Noises Off

Comic Potential and is currently at work on Charles Mee’s postmodern ancient Greek craziness called Big Love.


Eric's Workshops

    Faking It – Or Acting Fast/Acting Slow

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Faking It – Or Acting Fast/Acting Slow

    This performance workshop will be about loosening up, getting involved, playing together in a highly interactive way, about building rapport with other actors, using language in unexpected ways and hearing just how quickly language can take us into truth or lies. We’ll also explore an essential aspect of good acting – the artist’s ability to harness mind (thinking) with heart (feeling) and to channel the process as an innermost strength. How to play for integrated truth in other words. And how the speed at which we play shapes and determines different kinds of truth and feeling. Anyone who enjoys acting is welcome.

    Eric Prince – Professor of Theatre (Acting/Directing/Playwriting) Colorado State University

Eric Ritter

Guest Artist, Evergreen Players

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Erin Carignan

Guest Artist, Colorado State University Fort Collins

Erin is a versatile costume designer who has worked in regional theatre, opera, dance, music videos, and print ads in roles ranging from costume designer, stylist, and textile artist, to crafts artisan. She has been a part of over 150 professional productions with several theatre companies, most notably Old Globe Theatre, Los Angeles Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, and  Pioneer Theatre. Her research centers around her most passionate subjects: costume design, textile surface modification, and pushing the boundaries of design and technology using digital mediums and interfaces. She is most interested where these subjects intersect in theatrical artistry and technical application. This research ties in with her own book The Dye Book: Dyeing and Painting for the Entertainment Industry (on contract with Focal press 2020). She is an active member and presenter for USITT, and a USA 829. Erin’s is the Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume Design at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Erin's Workshops

    What Nightmares are Made Of: Creating Realistic Burns, Gashes, and Wounds.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Learn how to create realistic burns, cuts, and gashes directly on the skin! No more waiting for materials to dry to create layers and build up scar tissue. These scars and burns are reusable, waterproof, and latex-free! Get your hands on products used by the professional makeup industry and leave with a burn, gash, or cut that will gross-out everyone you meet.

Estee Dechtman

Guest Artist, Colorado State Thespian Officer and International Thespian Officer Alumn

Estee Dechtman is a former International Thespian Officer and Colorado State Thespian Officer. She is currently studying at Barnard College of Columbia University, double majoring in theatre and human rights. She is former member of Troupe #5869 and could not be more excited to be here, in her home town, with the incredible Colorado Thespians! Come find Estee during festival if you have any questions about thespians, leadership, arts advocacy, or Barbra Streisand- she will be happy to talk about all three! 

Estee's Workshops

    The AdvoCATe in the Hat

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Do you want to learn to advocate?
    Come on in to find out how!
    Don’t know what that is? That’s great!
    Its super easy to learn now!
    With the help of Doctor Seuss,
    Put your advocacy skills to use!

    Come join International Thespian Officer Estee Dechtman and learn how to advocate for your schools theatre program!

Francesca Mintowt-Czyz

Guest Artist, Western Nebraska Community College

Francesca Mintowt-Czyz is the current Theatre Instructor at Western Nebraska Community College and is trained in musical theatre, dance, and physical theatre performance. She has studied in the United States and the United Kingdom. She has toured internationally and is an award-winning voice over artist. She graduated from the MA Theatre Lab program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2016. She has both performed and directed in the US, UK, and across Europe and, prior to starting her position at WNCC in the fall, she produced an original physical theatre piece entitled ‘On This Eve’ and was featured in the 2019 season at the Utah Festival for Opera and Musical Theatre. She has taught at Salt Lake Community College, City Academy, and with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, and led workshops in devising and physical theatre for students attending some of the most prestigious performing arts programs in the United Kingdom. Students from RADA, Rambert School of Contemporary Dance, Bristol Old Vic, National Centre for Circus Arts, Central School of Ballet and more.

Francesca's Workshops


    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    We are entering a world where performers all around the world are becoming more and more creative and developing original productions of their own to support other commercial performance opportunities. How do they do it?

    Join me for this Devising workshop, where we will learn how to collaborate with other actors, dancers, writers, technicians, and artists to create original compositions. We will be writing, creating, and sharing short scenes developed in a short span of time. This workshop will challenge your imagination like it has never been challenged before. Learn to trust your gut as a creative spirit, and see what happens when we collaborate!

    Grounding Your Monologue, Physical Theatre Workshop

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Grounding ourselves, and using our entire vessel to communicate with our imaginary "other" during the sharing of a monologue is no easy task. Let us actors get out of our heads and start to get to know our bodies, and the real potential they have for expression. Join me for this workshop intensive and come armed with a fully memorized monologue - a piece we can sink our teeth into and explore with our minds, hearts, and most importantly, our bodies.

Gail Gober

Guest Artist, Red Rock Community College

Gail has been in the Denver area for 32 years as a Lighting Designer.  Gail have won while being Denver area five Best Lighting Design awards including two Henry Awards.  Gail is currently Lighting Design Instructor and Technical Director for The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Red Rocks Community College.

Gail's Workshops

    LED Color Lighting – The Future is Here

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    LED lighting colors have created a new way the lighting designer must need to think about color with their designs. This Work Shop includes discussion and demonstration of incandescence lighting gel colors next to LED Created Colors from Colors Pickers on most boards. Will we lose colors we know from gel in incandescence lighting forever?

Garrett Ayers

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Garrett Ayers has worked for over a decade as a professional director, acting coach, and memory expert, and has trained or collaborated with some of the world’s foremost theatre companies, including The Wooster Group, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski & Thomas Richards, SITI, and others. He is the founder of New York-based Project: Theatre, where from 2004-2006 he directed The Great American DesertLanguage of AngelsSomething I’ll Tell You Tuesday, and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year. In addition to his work as a freelance director, Garrett is also a special assistant professor of Acting and Directing at Colorado State University. University directing credits include: Spring AwakeningThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)The Glass Menagerie, and, in spring 2016, Reefer Madness (The Musical). He is the founder of The Actor’s Dream, an online memory training program for actors and theatre educators. His essays related to memory training have been featured in Howlround, American Theatre, and TCG Circle, and he has taught workshops at theatres across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, Denver Center Theatre Company, and the Utah Theatre Festival. Garrett also hosts a weekly podcast called Stage Directions, composed of interviews with theatre artists, educators, and thinkers. Currently, Garrett is developing a mobile app aimed at helping theatre directors take rehearsal notes more efficiently. He is an alumnus of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was the Charles Evans Fellow (Directing) at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. for their 2010-2011 Season. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife and three children. His degrees include a B.A. from Western Michigan University, and an M.F.A. from Naropa University.

Garrett's Workshops

    Mastering Memorization

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Do you want to learn your lines faster? Reduce your stress and anxiety? Memorize more confidently? Save tons of time? If so, then this is the workshop for you! Throughout this session, you'll be taught simple exercises and techniques that you can apply to your acting craft TODAY! Memorization is the fundamental skill all actors must learn, yet none are taught! Until now...

    Sign up today!

    Garrett Ayers is Special Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Colorado State University who has worked as an actor and director with some of the world’s foremost theatre companies including The Wooster Group (New York), The Workcenter of Jerzy Growtowski, and Thomas Richards (Pontedera, Italy) and The McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ). His work with memory training has been featured in American Theatre Magazine and he has taught memory workshops across the country at Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Utah Theatre Festival, and Denver Center Theatre, among others.

Gavin Mayer

Guest Artist, University of Nevada, Reno

Originally from Colorado, Gavin Mayer is an award winning professional theatre director and veteran teacher. Gavin is a resident director at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, a regional LORT B theatre, where he has directed the world premiere and regional premieres of numerous musicals.  Some of his directing credits include: I’ll be Home for Christmas(Henry Nomination for Best New Musical) The Mountaintop(Henry Nomination for Best Director of a Play), White Christmas(Henry Nomination for Best Director of a Musical), Disney’s Tarzan, She Loves Me, The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol the Musical, Curtains(Henry Nomination for Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical),Miracle on 34th Street andLegally Blonde(True West Award winner for Best Musical and nomination for Best Director of a Musical.)  Other professional credits include Baby Dance4000 Miles, Over the River and Through the Woods(Cherry Creek Theatre), Guys and Dolls: in Concert (Lone Tree Arts Center) and Forever Plaid (Post Playhouse). Other favorite directing experiences include Company, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bus Stop, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Urinetown, Run for Your Wife, West Side Storyand the high school world premiere of The Laramie Project. Gavin also served as the Founding Co-Artistic Director for the Historic Elitch Theatre New Works Festival at the 125-year-old Elitch Theatre.  Gavin currently serves as the Director of Musical Theatre at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Gavin's Workshops

    Here’s a Concept!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    How does a director come up with a concept for a play or a musical? In this workshop, we will explore how a production approach is developed through exploring the themes, imagery and text of a script. Students will have the opportunity to put their imaginations to the test as they work with a short script to create a concept of their own.

Gene Flaharty

Guest Artist, Mehron Inc

Gene Flaharty, Makeup Artist/Instructor, has been doing professional makeup for TV, film, print and theater for over 35 years.  He enjoys teaching at a local college and doing makeup on celebrities like Martin Short, Dee Wallace Stone and David Ogden Stiers.  He has designed over 200 different theater productions.  He enjoys makeup education as he does lecture/demonstrations across the country in his full time position as Sales Manager/Makeup artist for Mehron Inc in New York.  He has been published with articles “Stretching Your Makeup”, “How Safe is Your Makeup” and has contributed to several articles relating to makeup application and safety.  He is hired to do makeup, wigs and costumes on regional and national tours

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Gillian McNally

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Gillian McNally serves as Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado, where she teaches current and future theatre teachers. She serves as the producer for the yearly Theatre for Young Audiences production at UNC. Additionally, she serves as the Vice President of Professional Development for Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. Gillian is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award.

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Gillian McNally

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Gillian currently serves as Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches K-12 pre-service teachers, graduate level students, and produces TYA plays for the local community. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award. Her writing has been published in Youth Theatre Journal, Stage of the Art, Incite/Insight, and Theatre for Young AudiencesToday. She serves as Vice President of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. 

Gillian's Workshops

    Create Your Own Play

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Learn how to harness the skills of improvisation, spontaneity, and creativity into generating an original play with young people. Participants will be guided through a workshop of the basic steps of the devising process including: Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver. Walk away inspired to tap into your creativity to work collaboratively to create original work!

    Create Your Own Play!

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Learn how to harness the skills of improvisation, spontaneity, and creativity into generating an original play with young people. Participants will be guided through a workshop of the basic steps of the devising process including: Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver. Walk away inspired to tap into your creativity to work collaboratively to create original work!

    Shakespeare Alive

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Shakespeare can be confusing and alienating for many actors, but with some helpful physical, vocal, and text-based activities, the meaning and joy of the words can be unlocked. Come to this session to work with other students to make the text come alive in engaging, fun ways.

Gordon Hensley

Guest Artist, Mehron & Appalachian State University

Gordon Hensley is a professor at Appalachian State University and a Makeup Artist/Instructor for Mehron. He holds a BS in Teaching Theatre K-12, a MFA in Theatre, and has completed Dick Smith’s Makeup Course. He has been a makeup artist since the early 90s which includes teaching stage makeup at the university level and working as the head makeup/hair artist at a theme park for five years. Gordon has worked backstage on national Broadway tours of Hairspray, Spamalot, The Color Purple, Shrek The Musical, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia, Young Frankenstein, A Chorus Line, and more. He continues makeup consultant work, face painting, and regular hair/makeup collaboration with Broadway touring companies.

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Heather Curran

Guest Artist

Heather earned her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and has served in various roles in public education over 16 years, including bilingual classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, instructional coach, and facilitator.  She loves working with students of all ages and is passionate about fostering the love of learning, critical thinking, mindfulness, and fun inside and outside the classroom.

She is a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and a guest teaching artist at local schools. Heather is a former Board Chair and board member of the GroupMind Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Denver improv community.

Heather's Workshops

    ‘Start in the Middle!’ Strong Initiations in Improvised Scenework

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    In this workshop, participants will practice strong initiations that jump to the heart of the relationship, circumstance, or idea. Cut out the unnecessary and hone your ability to connect to your scene partner immediately in any scene. Find the interesting and funny aspects of scenes faster and avoid becoming a 'talking head' on stage by using your environment, physicality, and emotions while you improvise.

    Character Creations!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Do you fall back on the same types of characters in scenes? Get out of the predictable and create new and interesting characters for your audiences. In this workshop, participants will learn several tools and techniques for establishing fresh, engaging characters to use in scenes. Character gauntlets, character chains, and character interviews are just a few of the strategies we will use. Get ready to expand your character repertoire!

    Open It Up! “Information Gatherers to Open a Long Form Show”

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    In long-form improv, many groups use an 'opener' or 'information gatherer' to start a show. In this workshop, participants will learn various long-form improv openers and practice using them to build strong scenes that are interesting and fun. Participants will also work on scenework fundamentals.

Jake Mendes

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Jake Mendes Jake is a Lakewood native, and has spent time in New York as an actor, choreographer, and director. Since moving back to Colorado full-time, he has worked as Assistant Director and choreographer at Green Mountain High School and The Arvada Center, and has been an invited teaching artist for DCPA, The Arvada Center, and numerous high schools. Alongside his teaching, Jake is an award-winning actor. He was last seen at The Arvada Center in Bright Star. Other shows at The Arvada Center include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Jake will also be a member of the Arvada Center’s 2019-2020 Black Box Repertory Company, with roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and Small Mouth Sounds. DCPA: Corduroy, This Is Modern Art, The Aurora Fox: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Henry Award Winner for Best Leading Actor), Off-Broadway: Bunnicula, Pinkalicious: The Musical. NY Theatre: Xanadu, A Man Of No Importance, The Little Dog Laughed, The Normal Heart, The Drowsy Chaperone. Regional Theatre/ Workshops: Flame Broiled, or The Ugly Play, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, Assassins, RENT.

Jake's Workshops

    Everybody Dance

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Everyone can dance ... it might just take a little bit of practice. And... maybe a different way of learning. During this workshop, you'll learn a dance combination, via different communication styles. You'll connect to one of the teaching styles, and be able to let the choreography get into your brain and body more successfully!

James Arthur Ray

Guest Artist, Harmonic Wealth Global

James Arthur Ray is considered one of the world’s foremost leadership and performance advisors, coaches and consultants.  

He began his career consulting with C-Level Executives at the AT&T School of Business.  It was here that he realized his purpose for helping others find their unique gifts, and then leveraging them to take their life and business to new levels.  

His extensive study of behavioral sciences, experience as an entrepreneur, and tireless quest for spiritual knowledge gives him a unique and powerful ability to address issues in both life and business from an integrated level; much deeper and more fulfilling than most can accomplish.

His company hit The Inc. 500 in 2009 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. James was featured in the film documentary “The Secret,” a ground-breaking feature-length film, and New York Times bestseller.  

James has been interviewed in numerous national media outlets including a full-feature article in Fortune Magazine, People Magazine, Larry King Live, Piers Morgan, the Today Show, CNN and Oprah.  

He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Harmonic Wealth:  The Secret to Attracting the Life You Want which focuses on his principle of Going Three For Three: how to effectively bring your thoughts, feelings and actions into harmony with bold application. James states vision without bold action is a total waste of time.

James’ new book Redemption: The Price of Leadership in Both Life and Business is scheduled to be released in 2018.

In 2009, after rising to the top of the industry, James was involved in a terrible incident that claimed the lives of three of his clients who he cared about deeply.

True to his own teachings, James maintained an attitude of Absolute Responsibility coupled with resilience, mental toughness, and emotional strength to get back up and climb back up. 

James has been exposed to extensive studies of great philosophers, psychology, physics, spirituality, physiology and business, coupled with a never-ending in-depth self-analysis and self-awareness.   

As a result, he has defined a new approach to radically disrupt traditional thinking and present a fresh and dynamic approach to being successful in both life and business. 

In 2016 a CNN documentary film Enlighten Us a story on his life, debuted at Tribeca Film Festival as well as Mountain Films in Telluride, Colorado. The film is now being shown worldwide on Netflix.

He describes himself as a Catalyst to help you create action both at work and in life. Through James’ instruction, his clients learn how to powerfully lead both their life and business.

James has coached and consulted hundreds of thousands of people and companies, from 145 different countries around the world to master a more successful series of strategies and results in both their life and work.  

James’ personal and business experiences have caused him to be considered an expert in leadership, entrepreneurship, mental toughness, resilience and emotional strength. 

His experience proves time and time again…that it’s the challenges, adversity, and often crisis, that present the ultimate opportunity for growth and greatness if we’re only willing to utilize and leverage them in that way.

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James Olm

Guest Artist, Casper College Dept of Theatre and Dance

James Olm is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the coordinator of the Musical Theatre program at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. He has directed over seventy dramas and musicals, from professional theatre to high school. He is also a composer/playwright, having written four musicals, with one, The Magdalene, that opened Off-Broadway, with Richard Maltby, Jr. as overseeing director in 2011.

James's Workshops

    Nailing a Musical Theatre Audition!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Learn one major technique that will make a huge difference on your Musical Theatre audition, and then perform your audition in this workshop, singing it a cappella!

    Sweeney Todd – The Importance of a Chorus!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    We will learn a chorus number from Sweeney Todd, develop individual characters within that chorus, and then perform it!

Janine West

Guest Artist, Retired

Janine earned her Communications and Theatre degree from CU Boulder and taught a total of 28 years at Wray High School and Boulder High School, respectively.  With 96 productions under her belt, she also managed to fit in time to extend her love of theatre education. Janine was an original board member for Colorado Thespians and served as State Director for six of the 18 years on the board.  She also expanded her leadership duties by serving as a Territorial Director for EdTa for three years and a Leadership Coach for six years.  She is an inductee of both the Colorado State Thespian Hall of Fame and th EdTA Hall of Fame.

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Jared Januschka

Guest Artist

Jared Januschka graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2011, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and in early 2012 began to produce and direct internet commercials. Within his first year of work, he'd helmed over 30 different ads and won international competitions. Some of his clients included Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Campbell's Soup and Caeser's Palace in Las Vegas. Over the next 2 years he created five short films (The Men of Santa Muerte, See How They Run, Cleveland's Cookie, The Sure Shot and Gostando Dela), while continuing to make commercials. He recently completed his first feature film, Shooting in Vain, that won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Dances with Films festival located in Hollywood, California.

Jared's Workshops

    Commanding Sides to Win Film Auditions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Understanding how to read film scripts for auditions, including tricks of the trade.

    Incorporating an extensive background in auditioning, winning, and casting for film auditions, I intend to share my tricks with students to give them an edge when auditioning for academic and professional films alike. This workshop will combine lecture, discussion, and an "on their feet" approach to internalizing my methods.

    Cut It Out! Adapting Stage Plays for Short Films

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Adapt a modern play into a screenplay. Learn what the camera cuts from your favorite play.

    In this workshop, I intend to share my tricks for adapting material to create short films. We will talk about short story form, structure, and how to recognize stage material that can work for the screen. By understanding the differences within the two mediums, we can champion both! This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and the practice of learned skills presented within the session.

Jason Jamerson

Guest Artist, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Jason Jamerson is the Scenic Design Professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Professional credits include Assistant Designer for numerous Broadway productions and the national tours of Phantom, Bright Star, and Love Never Dies. He has worked as the Scenic Designer for dozens of Off-Broadway and Regional productions across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic, The Public, Cherry Lane Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Papermill Theatre, Hartford Stage, 6th Street Playhouse, The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop, and Arizona Repertory Theatre, among others. You can view his work or contact him at

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Jason Watkins

Guest Artist, CATTE

Jason Watkins has been teaching Technical Theatre and Fine Arts courses at Niwot High School since 1997.  During this time, he has earned a Master’s Degree in Education, licensure in Administration and a CTE Stagecraft certification.  Jason is married to the best of wife’s and the best of women, Kim. Jason and Kim are the proud parents of their beautiful son, Daniel.

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Jeffrey Parker

Guest Artist, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Jeffrey Parker is a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork® and a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.  An actor, director, vocal coach, and educator of national renown, Jeffrey currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at MSU Denver, and a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  MFA – University of California, Irvine  BA – UCLA.

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Jenna Moll Reyes

Guest Artist

Jenna Moll Reyes is an Equity Actor, Teaching Artist, and An Aspiring Director, based in Denver.  Jenna was last seen performing the Denver Center Performing Arts’ production of Wild Party at the Stanley Hanger. You may also recognize her as Elma in Bus Stop (Arvada Center).  

Other Credits include: Jessica/ Jolene – Hand to God, Orangutan – Water by the Spoonful (Curious Theatre Company), Grandma in Sweet and Lucky (Denver Center of Performing Arts), Shakespeare in the Parking Lot (DCPA; Education), Serena – Legally Blonde the Musical, Dee Lee – Smokey Joe’s Café (Town Hall Arts Center), Amanda/Lily – 4000 Miles (Miners Alley Playhouse, *Westword’s “Best of Denver” for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy), Elizabeth Cursa/Connie – Saturday Night Fever (Arvada Center), Tilly Evans – She Kills Monsters (Aurora Fox Theatre), Mimi Marquez – Rent (Ignite Theatre) and Nina Rosario – In The Heights (Vintage Theatre). She is also a proud former Colorado Thespian Student State Officer (2006-2008). Jenna Moll Reyes graduated high school from Denver School of the Arts, received her B.A. in Musical Theater from the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently being represented by Radical Artists Agency. Feel Free to go to for more info on her and upcoming projects.


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Jenna Moll Reyes

Guest Artist

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Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Barat College and the Barat Conservatory of Dance in Lake Forrest, IL. She has danced and taught throughout the Denver Metro area and has contributed to the Denver Arts community for over 18 years. Jennifer is a former Denver Broncos Cheerleader and her passion for the promotion of dance is demonstrated by her commitment to share her talent with youth. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Arts Studio. She has choreographed over 15 shows for different colorado high schools, and currently instructs a movement class for people afflicted with parkinson disease. 

Jennifer's Workshops

    Broadway Dance – All the Moves

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Join me in learning fun multi-styled Broadway dance. This workshop will develop skills in dance technique, performance, and musicality. All levels are welcomed. Presented by Jennifer Johnson Lowe, Guest Artist.

    Classical Broadway dance

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , , /

    Classical broadway musicals have timeless beauty. Join me as we dance down memory lane. Kick, Tap, turn and leap to the classic musicals. All levels are welcomed.

    Hip Hop “HAMILTON” Style

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Picture a group of dancers who can do it all. Place them in an unlikely musical about America’s first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton—think city streets pulsing with revolution, battlefields and ballrooms, political intrigue and scandal—and watch them go. In one moment, their hands look almost Fosse-like; in another, they’re soldiers in full battle regalia, all whirling physicality and sharp movements; in still another, they sweep across the floor in formal gowns, the style aptly reminiscent of an 18th-century courtship dance.

    This is the world of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, where cabinet meetings are rap battles, bullets are personified through movement and an ensemble of triple threats weaves seamlessly through it all, tracing and shaping our understanding of the action. Learn the moves that make it happen in this workshop. Presented by Jennifer Johnson Lowe

Jennifer McCray Rincon

Guest Artist, Ms.

Jennifer McCray Rincón received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride.

Since founding Visionbox Studio in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in  performances at The University Club of Denver. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.

Jennifer's Workshops

    Five Questions: Yale Advanced Acting Technique

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Five Questions will be presented in a brief lecture format followed by a scene performed by two Visionbox Studio ensemble members. Students will answer questions and critique material. Ms. Rincon will then direct the scene using the Five Questions demonstrating how technique informs and alters the material. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a highly interactive workshop.

Jennifer Rincon

Guest Artist, Visionbox Studio

Jennifer McCray Rincón (Co-Artistic Director & Master Acting Teacher) received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride. Since founding Visionbox Studio in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in performances. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.

Jennifer's Workshops

    Acting Shakespeare

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    This class will focus on scansion, text analysis, acting poetry and character in Shakespeare. Students should bring a soliloquy or speech to work with Ms. Rincon on. This class will help students not only with acting Shakespeare in production, but also with auditioning.

    Audition Acting

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Students should prepare two monologues, one contemporary and one Shakespeare verse, to work on with Jennifer Rincon. The workshop will focus on selection of material and how to make an audition authentic acting. Text analysis and the Five Questions will be the foundation for this workshop. Students may also speak with Ms. Rincon about applying for colleges, conservatories and professional companies nationwide. Ms. Rincon is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Drama Directing Program and was the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory from 1991 - 2008. She is currently the Co-Artistic Director with theatre and film actor Bill Pullman at Visionbox Studio in Denver.

Jenn Liang-Chaboud

Guest Artist, Shure Inc.

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Jenny Stafford

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Jenny Stafford is a bookwriter, lyricist, and playwright.  Her lyrics have been heard on Broadway (Cirque du Soliel’s Paramour, Original Broadway Cast Album available), and she holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her works include The Artist and the Scientist (with Brandon Anderson, produced Off-Off-Broadway at CAP21), Prodigy (workshop productions through Collaborative Development Project, Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University), To Have and to Hold (produced by Prospect Theatre Company and Barrington Stage), Cinderella (commissioned and produced by the Spotlight Youth Theatre), Two Bugs are Better Than One (commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the New York City Children’s Theatre, all with Willem Oosthuysen), The Star Child (with Sarah Underwood and Josh Freilich, produced at French Woods), Awakening (with Joel B. New and J. Oconer Navarro) and Beating a Dead Horse (winner of the 2017 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project).  Her work has been featured at the Lincoln Center Songbook Series (The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford), Prospect Theatre Company, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Songwriter Salon, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, and numerous other NYC venues, including multiple inclusions in William Finn’s Ridiculously Talented concert series. Awards include the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, finalist status for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition, as well as second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition, and the Paulette Goddard Award.  She’s been an Artist in Residence at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, the Village Theatre, the Ross Ragland Theatre and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre.  Dramatists Guild member. Jenny is also a prolific teaching artist, teaching with the Metropolitan Opera Guild (where she was awarded the title of “Master Teaching Artist”), the New York City Children’s Theatre, Trinity Music NYC, and Colorado Christian University.  She has been a guest lecturer at New York University, Baruch College, Indiana University, and Santa Clara University.

Jenny's Workshops


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    In this interactive workshop, students will explore the basics of plot, character, setting, and dramatic arc in the craft of playwriting, and learn how to use their own lives as source material for a play.

    Rock Your Sixteen Bars: The SAVI Technique

    , Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Most auditions only allow sixteen bars (about 30 seconds!) to show who you are and get the part. In this group class, students will explore a sixteen bar cut through the SAVI technique of putting a musical theatre audition together. Learn how to make an exciting, dynamic, and authentic sixteen bar audition. Jenny was "in the room" for the auditions for Prince of Broadway, Rocky, and Anastasia on Broadway, and can tell you what they're looking for...and what they aren't.

Jeremy Kent Jackson

Guest Artist, Studio School-Los Angeles

Jeremy Kent Jackson, originally from Colorado, graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma School of Drama and completed a six level improvisation program at Minneapolis’ Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop where he then performed as an improviser in over one hundred shows. He has also performed professionally in over sixty plays in six states and has Guest Starred and Recurred on Network Television Shows including ER, CSI, Las Vegas, CSI:Miami, American Dreams, Happy Family,Drake and Josh, Without a Trace, and Friends With Benefits. For three seasons he regularly recurred as Douglas Davenport on Disney XD’s Lab Rats and continued the character for another year in the spinoff series, Lab Rats: Elite Force. In addition to his stage and television credits, Jackson has been seen in nearly fifty national commercials including major campaigns for Pizza Hutand Burger King, served a two year term as Best Buy’s in-house spokesperson, performed in several feature films including one with master-director, David Lynch, and lent his voice to dozens of video games, most notably as the lead character, Joker, in the motion capture project Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Alongside his career as a professional actor, Mr. Jackson has made a consistent commitment to the classroom. He has taught acting, improvisation, voice & speech, stage-combat, stage-movement, playwriting, audition technique, and acting for the camera for arts organizations in Oklahoma, Ohio, Minnesota, and California. Additionally, Mr. Jackson has helped to develop theatre education curriculum for Silva’s Fine Arts, The Columbus Junior Theatre, Homeward Bound Theatre, Stages Theatre, and The Glendale Center Theatre. In 2006 Mr. Jackson co-founded DiscoveryOnstage, an arts education consulting company now in long-term residency at Providence High School in Burbank. He continues to serve as DiscoveryOnstage’s Co-Creator/Creative Director helping to create, develop, promote, and maintain unique arts education programming on behalf of schools, business, and communities area wide.

Jeremy Kent's Workshops

    The Industry Audition | Film + Television

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This workshop will familiarize students with the professionalism and protocol of auditioning for film and television productions in the contemporary marketplace. Students will utilize their performance skills to bring personal truth and engagement to audition sides and cold reads, while honing their ability to quickly and specifically analyze and immerse in text. Students will learn how to prepare adequately, perform with presence, and follow through respectfully for all professional audition environments in film and television.

Jeremy Kent Jackson

Guest Artist, Studio School Los Angeles

JEREMY KENT JACKSON • PROGRAM CHAIR, ACTING FOR FILM + TELEVISION | STUDIO SCHOOL LOS ANGELES Jeremy Kent Jackson is an accomplished actor, educator, and entrepreneur. He has acted in over sixty plays, dozens of commercials, voiceovers, and films and numerous television shows including YOU, CSI, Without a Trace, and Drake and Josh. Most notably, he recurred for four years as Douglas Davenport on the Disney XD live action series, Lab Rats and played a lead role in the motion capture project, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In 2006 he founded the theatre education company DiscoveryOnstage where he continues to serve as Co-Creator/Creative Director. He completed a six-level improvisation program at Minneapolis’ Brave New Workshop and holds his BFA in Acting from The University of Oklahoma. Jackson has been teaching and coaching actors of all ages for more than 25 years.

Jeremy Kent's Workshops

    Stage to Screen: On-Camera Audition Demystified

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    In this workshop participants will define the difference between acting on the stage and for the camera and learn to apply newfound skills to the all-important task of turning craft into a career via the audition. Participants will gain valuable industry insight while participating in activities designed to prepare them for collegiate and professional next steps.

Jesse Manno

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Jesse Manno is Music Director of the University of Colorado, Boulder Dance Program, He began his association there playing live music for Dance Classes at age 17. He is also a frequent accompanist/composer in residence with The Bates Dance Festival, ACDA conferences, and the Florida Dance Festival. He has composed over 200 dance/theatre scores from Off-Broadway to abroad for Lazer Vaudeville, David Dorfman, David Taylor, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Turning The Wheel, Inc. and many others.

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Jessica Austgen

Guest Artist, Rise Comedy

Jessica Austgen is a Denver-based actor, playwright and improviser, and is currently serving as the Artistic Director of the Denver Improv Festival. As an actor, she was recently seen as Fanny Dashwood/Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensiblity at the Arvada Center (Henry Award nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play), where she’s appeared in Tartuffe, All My Sons, The Crucible, and The Women. Other favorite roles include Hannah in Arcadia, Elbow in Measure for Measure, Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa in the Catamount’s production of Men on Boats, Julie in Miss Julie, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest. Jessica has been seen at the Aurora Fox in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, I Hate Hamlet, The Last Train to Nibroc and as Jaycee Triplethree in Comic Potential (Westword’s Best of Denver Award) and in the upcoming Second City’s Twist Your Dickens. Jessica performs with ComedySportz Denver and co-hosts the comedy/literature podcast Required Readcast. Her duo, BAUS, has been featured at the Denver, Detroit and Omaha Improv Festivals. Jessica teaches currently improv at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and at Voodoo Comedy, and has been a guest instructor at the University of Denver, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the GroupMind Foundation and Camp Improv Utopia. BFA: University of Colorado at Boulder; MA: University of Denver.

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Jodi Youmans-Jones

Guest Artist, Casper College Dept. of Theatre & Dance

Jodi Youmans-Jones is the Coordinator of the Dance Program and Resident Choreographer for Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance, and from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana with her Master in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Performance and  Choreography. She has performed, choreographed and taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and African. She was a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and did many freelance performances with additional companies. Her choreographic credits include theatre productions such as The Tempest, and musical theatre productions such as Oklahoma, Chicago, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, Footloose, Legally Blonde, How To Succeed, and most recently Mary Poppins. Jodi has been awarded the Judith Bailey Scully Award for Teaching Excellence, Who's Who in Collegiate Teaching, and has been awarded for the Rosenthal Teaching Excellence Award 2018 at Casper College. Jodi also serves as the institutional coordinator for the National Association of Schools of Dance, which granted national accreditation to Casper College in Dance in 2013 under her guidance. 

Jodi's Workshops

    Move Like Fosse!!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Take a look at Fosse movement, why it moves like it does, but most of all MOVE LIKE A FOSSE DANCER!! This workshop will explore the basics of Fosse Movement and will culminate in learning some original Fosse choreography. This is a high energy, pedal to the metal type of workshop. Everyone is welcome! Come in ready to step high, flick your wrists, and have fun! No experience is required, just a will to MOVE LIKE FOSSE!!

    Musical Theatre Dance-Survive!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Come experience Musical Theatre Dance in an active and historical way. You will learn a bit about the history of movement in Musical Theatre while moving through the styles of Broadway. This class will challenge your multi-tasking skills and bring the Musical Theatre Divas out of the shyest performer. Don't miss out on discovering an attitude in dance while singing, acting, learning choreography from hit shows like Hairspray and Footloose. Bring your feet, your voice, your smile, and plan to SURVIVE!

Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

Guest Artist

Shauna Marble and Joe DeMers are champion Swing Dance instructors from Denver, CO. They’ve toured the world teaching, performing, and choreographing dance, including the International Thespian Festival, Colorado ThesCon, Indian ThesCon, and more. Their classes are some of the most popular workshops around! They’ve choreographed for and performed in many theater productions, including SWING! the Musical, In the Heights, and Hairspray. Shauna is the Artistic Director of Prairie Playhouse in Brighton, CO. Joe is the 2015 National Dance Teacher of the Year. They’re known for their professionalism, humor, playfulness, approachability, and ability to teach all levels of dancers.

Reach them at,, or (303) 931-1246.

Joe DeMers's Workshops

    Broadway Dance Ensemble

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Experience Broadway ensemble dance with choreography from Hadestown, The Prom, Heathers the Musical, and Moulin Rouge.

    Charleston and 1920’s Dancing

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    The Charleston is a Swing-era movement that is important in so many musical productions! Learn different variations and a routine for the stage to Hot Honey Rag from Chicago.

    Dancing as Animals – CATS

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , /

    Cats is the fourth longest-running Broadway show. Explore the space of animal pantomime and learn a dance number from Cats the musical!

    Ensemble Singing and Dancing in Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    This workshop will give students tips for staying in character, singing, and dancing! We'll sing a number from a popular musical and learn a choreography to bring it to life.

    Latin Dance Performance for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We're going to teaching you a Latin dance movements to a routine that you can take back to your school! We'll dance to El Tango De Roxanne from Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

    Old School Hip Hop for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , /

    Learn a Hip Hop dance routine to a number from Hamilton! This class will teach Old School Hip Hop moves and Break Dancing. You'll also get a chance to add your own flare to the choreography!

    Old School Hip Hop for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Learn a Hip Hop dance routine to a number from Hamilton! This class will teach Old School Hip Hop moves and Break Dancing. You'll also get a chance to add your own flare to the choreography!

    Salsa 101

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Let's Salsa! Learn the basics of Salsa, as well as flares and turns. Salsa is danced in musicals, such as In the Heights and On Your Feet!

    Salsa Dance for Beginners

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Let's Salsa! Learn the basics of Salsa, as well as flares and turns. Salsa is danced in musicals, such as In the Heights and On Your Feet!

    Swing Dance 1

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    One of the most popular classes at ThesCon, learn to dance with high flying energy, rhythm, and fun! Swing Dancing is often choreographed for the stage and includes partner dance moves and tricks. We'll learn a routine to Too Darn Hot from the Kiss Me Kate 2019 Revival.

    Swing Dance 2

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Presenting different material than Swing Dance 1, learn more moves for high flying energy, rhythm, and fun on the stage! Swing Dancing is often choreographed for the stage and includes partner dance moves and tricks. We'll learn a routine to Nobody from Bandstand.

    Swing Dance Aerials and Tricks

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Aerials and tricks are when one partner's feet leave the floor. Choreographers often expect dancers to be able to perform 2-3 aerials in a choreography. We'll learn the Kick in the Pants, Lindy Throw Out, Frankie Flip, the Spit, and Around the Back.

    Swing Dance Performance for the Stage

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We're going to teaching you a super fun Swing dance routine that you can take back to your school! We'll learn a routine to Swing! the Musical.

    Tap Dance 101

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Let's learn some Tap Dancing!! We'll cover the basics and dance soft-shoe to a popular Broadway dance number.

    Tap Dance 101

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Learn the basics of Tap Dance and a routine to a popular Broadway musical!

    The Charleston! for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , /

    The Charleston is a Swing-era movement that is important in so many musical productions! Learn different variations and a routine for the stage!

Julie Heaton

Guest Artist, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Julie is a Professor of Theatre Arts at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she teaches Musical Theatre, Acting for the Camera, Voice Over, Voice and Movement, and Film Studies courses.  She received her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been a working actor for more than 20 years, in musicals, voice overs, commercials and film. 

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Justin Walvoord

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

JUSTIN WALVOORD is a Teaching Artist & Education Program Coordinator, Teacher Professional Development with the Denver Center for The Performing Arts Education Team. He has worked as a professional actor coast to coast in theatre, television, film, commercials, voice over work and as atmosphere talent. Over the last 35 years Justin has performed with various companies including: DCPA Theatre Company, Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre, Aurora Fox, TheatreWorks (Colorado Springs), Frequent Flyers, Queens Theatre in the Park, Algonquin Theatre, Magic Theatre, Kennedy Center, Baltimore Theater Project, Vermont Stage Company, South Coast Repertory, Smithsonian Institute- Discovery Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Disneyland Resort-CA and more. Television/Film credits: “Law and Order: CI” and Looking for Sunday. Recent directing credits include: Technical Difficulties (HS Playwriting Finalist DCPA Education) Judevine, The Man of Mode (Denver School of the Arts) He has taught acting, improvisation, movement and physical comedy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education Department, the Professional Performing Arts School (NYC) as well as Denver School of the Arts. He received his BA from California State University, Fullerton and his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Justin's Workshops

    Physical Storytelling – Clowning

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Get ready to learn some classic clowning routines in this fast passed Physical storytelling workshop. Students will explore some of the ins and outs of basic clowning through a variety of activities, exercises, routines and small projects. Red noses and large shoes are only a small part of clowning and this workshop will examine the various types of clowns and they’re vast comical opportunities. Get ready to move and create because it's time to invite your own inner clown to come out and play!

    Stock Characters of Commedia Dell Arte

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Get ready to laugh, cry, fall over and throw tantrums in this fast passed Commedia workshop. Discover the origins of character by delving into Commedia Dell Arte’s Stock Characters. This fast passed physical workshop will have everyone interacting with one another and moving about the space. Improvisation is the base of Commedia and will be our playground.

Kate Schwindt

Guest Artist, Kate Schwindt Photography

I am a professional photographer in Highlands Ranch CO, originally from the Philadelphia area. I have my undergraduate degree in Theatre from Temple University and my masters from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in Theatre Performance and Directing. I am a mentor to high school and middle school students as well. I have been a photographer since 2001, but officially opened my own business, Kate Schwindt Photography (KSP) in 2012.

A good bit of my time is spent donating my photography services for the high schools, and through my interactions with the teachers and students, I began writing this class in order to provide information, tools and resources and hope to the high school students who want to continue performing after high school. I can’t wait to help you Be Seen & Market You!

Kate's Workshops

    30 Seconds of YOU! (Auditioning Exercises) with Kate Schwindt

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    With 12 years of auditions under my belt, I’ve made many entrances and some fantastically memorable exits, some better than others but all to benefit you.

    We will get up and be moving to develop a more authentic you for when you walk into your next audition. We will break down those few precious seconds you have and show your auditioners the wonderful and amazing person YOU are, BEFORE you wow them with your talent. We’ll be playing some games to help loosen us up…so be ready to work, but have oh so much fun!

    Headshot Tips with Kate Schwindt

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    What to wear, and what NOT to wear…there are SO many the question! Practicing posing in the mirror is fine. But a million selfies and this mirror time will not prepare you for taking a great headshot.

    We will talk about the yes’ and the no’s of planning your headshot session. I will get you up and posing, providing you with tips for the most flattering angles. At the end of our time, you will be ready to take a headshot that actually REALLY looks like you!

    Bring your best you to this class. Dress but nothing too trendy, nothing too dressy. Comb your hair please cause I will get you up and in front of the camera!

Kathy Morath

Guest Artist, AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Kathy Morath is a Broadway actor, director and educator, specializing in Musical Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre History.  She is currently a faculty member at AMDA in New York City.  A 25-year veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway and Regional Theatre, Ms. Morath has also directed for the stage and served as Dialogue Coach for PBS-TV’s Peaboy Award winning series, WISHBONE.  Ms. Morath also teaches American Musical Theatre abroad, through her company Sing Smart Act Smart, most recently in Los Cabos, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  A former Peer Reviewer for The National Endowment for the Arts and member of the ASCAP/BMI Workshop and The Dramatist’s Guild, Ms. Morath is a Colorado native and Brown University Graduate


Kathy's Workshops

    VIEWPOINTS FOR PERFORMERS: Creative physical solutions to staging & text interpretation

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    VIEWPOINTS FOR PERFORMERS: Creative physical solutions to staging & text interpretation. Using the seven Viewpoints, as codified by theatre artist Anne Bogart, we will explore space, tempo, architecture, duration and other applications for total immersion in physical reality. By utilizing new tools for exploration and “group mind” activity, fresh perspective and process will help young performers find creative solutions to theatrical challenges in acting, singing, and dance applications. Wear loose clothing and comfortable footwear. Disciplines: ALL 3/Interdisciplinary Level: ALL

Keith Warren

Guest Artist, Professional actor

A native of Fort Worth – TX, Keith has worked as a professional actor, singer, and dancer with many regional theaters. He has had the pleasure of working several veterans of Broadway and the West End. Keith is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and is honored to go back to his roots with Thespians! Keith has worked regionally all over the USA and can be heard on the full cast recording of The Golden Apple as Ajax – PS Classics, available on Spotify & iTunes.

Keith's Workshops

    Beauty and the Beast Masterclass

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Bonjour! Come be our guest as we celebrate the tale as old as time! Filled with enchantment and fun, this workshop will involve casting characters, exciting choreography, Gaston combat, and more! This beloved Disney musical is produced all over the world many times a year and is certainly celebrated in high school theater programs. This masterclass will give students and teachers a glimpse into the shows history and how it may apply to any future student or professional productions.

    Become the Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Explore the physical nature of your character! Walk, jump, crawl, run… how do they do it? Are they fast or slow? Come and have fun learning how you can put more into your character than just lines and costumes. You can’t understand your character until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Be prepared to move! This workshop will involve improv, physical characterization, and energy!

    What’s My Type?

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Ever asked yourself, “What type of character am I?” WE ALL HAVE! Come explore the exciting dynamics of casting. This workshop will involve mock casting, character games, and more! Are you Sandy or Rizzo? Are Curly or Judd? Are you BOTH? Can this role be played by either gender? Don’t type yourself out, you might be the type they need! Students will get a professional insight of how character types vary in today's theatre industry. They will also learn about what their student theatre types will teach them in their high school and college years.

Kelly Dunkley

Guest Artist

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Kerry Cripe

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Kerry Cripe is currently a faculty Technical Director and Lighting Designer at the University of Colorado Boulder. His professional credits extend over twenty years and include Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The New Harmony Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and The Central City Opera.

Kerry's Workshops

    You spin Me Right Round: Turntable Design and Construction

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , /

    This workshop will discuss different approaches to turntable design and construction including a variety of technical approaches and construction techniques.

Kevin Inouye

Guest Artist, University of Wyoming

Kevin Inouye teaches acting, movement, and stage combat at the University of Wyoming. He is a Certified Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association, Certified Teacher/Theatrical Firearms Instructor/Rocky Mountain Regional Rep for the Society of American Fight Directors, and a CO Local SAG-AFTRA member and elected delegate. He hosts the UWYO Stage Combat Workshop every year, has published journal articles, a chapter, and a full book, and is a freelance Actor, Fight Choreographer, Armorer, and more.

Kevin's Workshops

    Physical Subtext

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    So you have an objective picked... but what would that really look like? What would it feel like? Turn your desires into playable actions and inspiration for powerful performances as we explore Michael Chekhov's most popular tool, the Psychological Gesture. Come ready to move, to play, to sweat, and to be effected/effective!

    Stage Combat as Actor Training

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    While learning and playing with some basic technique, you'll also be discovering how the physical dialogue of a fight scene can be a great way to hone those universal acting fundamentals. SAFD Certified Teacher and Regional Rep Kevin Inouye will also be able to answer your questions about training and careers in performative violence. Come ready to move!

Kevin Rich

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Kevin Rich is Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kevin’s focus as a professional actor and director is on the intersection of Shakespeare and new work. He was Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for five years, where he recently commissioned and directed the world premiere of I Heart Juliet, a Hip Hop adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by the Q Brothers Collective. He is a member of Actors Equity & SAG-AFTRA and holds an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.

Kevin's Workshops

    Auditioning with Shakespeare

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Are you interested in learning more about Shakespeare? As you look into programs, internships and summer work, you'll find many auditions require a classical monologue. CU Boulder faculty member Kevin Rich has worked as a Shakespearean actor and director for over a decade, and served as Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival from 2012-2017. Having seen thousands of Shakespeare auditions in that time, he'll share some thoughts about choosing the right piece, some suggestions of plays and monologues for your age range, and guidance for unlocking the power of Shakespeare's language. As time permits, Kevin will also offer feedback for those of you who already have a Shakespeare monologue memorized and would like to perform it!

    Hamilton is Shakespeare

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    You'll leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's history plays through the lens of Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical! We'll talk Hamilton, we'll talk Shakespeare (Henry VI pt 1) and make some surprising connections that might help you bring new energy to not-so-new classics.

    Taking the Reins: Creating Your Own Opportunities in the Theatre

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    If you're interested in being a theatre artist for life, it's always a good idea to put yourself in the driver's seat of your career, rather than waiting for the phone to ring! This workshop is centered on providing ideas and motivation for students who are interested in creating original work as part of pursuing theatre as a career. CU Boulder theatre professor Kevin Rich will introduce you to many possible avenues for creating original work, including playwriting, improvisation, devised and interview-based work, one-person shows and theatre for young audiences. The workshop will include some fun improvisation exercises and brainstorming sessions to help generate ideas for future projects, and you'll leave with a list of Ten Things To Do Before You Graduate to help you launch yourself into the career of your dreams!

Kevin Wolfgang

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Kevin Wolfgang is a professional Lighting and Costume Designer. He is currently the Master Electrician and guest Lighting Designer for the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, Kevin managed the TechStyleLAB, a digital fabrication maker space, for Kent State University. His research includes maker communities, entrepreneurship and digital reproduction methods for historical textiles. He has produced the Fashion/Tech Hackathon, the Stage Technology Hackathon and the Kent State Maker Faire.

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Kristina Johnson

Guest Artist, Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance

Kris Johnson has spent the major portion of her life recreating historical costume with an anachronistic twist as well the comic book characters that captivated her. She has been a part of the cosplay community for nearly 20 years, and currently spends her holidays as a member of a small story telling troupe sharing the adventures of the Nordic gods and heroes. 

Kristina attended and graduated from Emily Griffith Technical College for Professional Sewing and Fashion Design before moving on Red Rocks Community College where she received her AAS is Theatre Technologies before joining their staff as an instructor. 

As the Resident Costume Designer and Instructor for Red Rocks Community College she shares her passion for textiles, sewing, millinery, and design with her students.

Kristina's Workshops

    Costuming as a Method of Story Telling

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    Join Kris Johnson for an in depth discussion on the importance of costuming as an element of theatre and storytelling. We will explore different elements in the development of costume designs such as recreating the historical versus the fantastic, sumptuary laws, aspects of color theory, and character development from a designer point of view.

    Plastics: Armor building for Theatre and Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    In this workshop we will explore materials and mediums commonly used in cosplay armor and how they translate to the stage. We will discuss friendly plastics such as Worbla, Wonderflex, and Fosshape (their uses, advantages, and disadvantages) as well as finishing techniques, painting methods, sealing for the stage. We will also discuss the modifications required to bridge the gap between cosplay and the stage.

Kyle Thomas

Guest Artist, Midland University

Kyle Thomas is the Assistant Director of Performing Arts at Midland University in Fremont, NE. Before moving to Nebraska, Kyle worked as a professional director, music director, and choreographer in Minneapolis for organizations such as Tyrol Hills Music, Young Artists Initiative, Artistry MN, and Freshwater Theatre. A Kansas City native, Kyle has also worked with MTKC, Starlight Theatre, and Chesnut Fine Arts. He holds an M.Ed in Secondary Education and a B.F.A. in Theatre Direction.

Kyle's Workshops

    “Alexander Hamilton”

    Beginning, , / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Learn the opening number from "Hamilton." This workshop takes a closer look at how combining rap, vocals, and staging affects musical theatre story telling.

    “I Hope I Get It” – A Chorus Line

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Learn the choreography from the iconic opening number from "A Chorus Line." This workshop provides a fun way to practice not only your dance skills, but also learn about dance call auditions and improve memory techniques.

    “From Now On”

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Learn the vocals and dance combo from “The Greatest Showman” song, “From Now On”

    Arts Management

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , /

    Have you ever dreamed of running your own theatre? This unique class takes a look at the skills and tools necessary to run a performing arts organization. Students will create simulated theatre companies, concert venues, arts education facilities, and performing arts centers, to look at the performing and business skills necessary to bring the arts into their communities.

    Singing Sondheim

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    This workshop focuses on the techniques and tools unique to performing works from the man himself, Stephen Sondheim. Presented in a masterclass form, students are encouraged to bring a prepared 32-Bar Sondheim piece to work in front of the group.

Lanny Boyer

Guest Artist, This is a Test

I do things. Stuff happens. Sometimes the things I do make the stuff occur. 

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Lauren Sagendorph

Guest Artist, Theatre Meets Yoga

Lauren Sagendorph is a performer, educator, and yoga instructor in Boulder, CO. Lauren received her BA in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University in 2016, and is currently an MFA Candidate in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. She is passionate about movement and believes that movement and presence are the key to a good performance. In her many years of theatre training, Lauren noticed that the yoga and theatre communities seemed to run parallel to one another but hardly merged in either circle. She received her yoga teaching training (RYT 200Hr) in 2017 from Breathe for Change to help bridge this gap. Since then, she has done extensive research on this field, developing her MFA Thesis on Yoga and Theatre integration, and has taught yoga combined with theatre techniques which encourages creative youth to be successful, aware, curious, and grounded.

Lauren's Workshops

    Theatre Meets Yoga

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Ever wondered how Yoga and Meditation can help with creativity, character development, and help you prep and ground yourself before an audition, tech week, or a job interview? In this workshop, we will discuss and experiment these questions by practicing a Yoga Flow (adaptable for all bodies and experiences) equipped with Somatic Movement and Voice work tailored to the performing arts community. Think of this workshop as a Movement Class mixed with Yoga mixed with Voice! Lauren Sagendorph is a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200HR) who teaches from a place of compassion, body positivity, and inclusiveness.

Laurilea McDaniel

Guest Artist, Colorado Springs District 11

Laurilea McDaniel is the new Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator for District 11. This is her 16th year in education and she has taught all levels from kindergarten to college. She holds undergraduate degrees in Theatre, Journalism and Education, and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary Theatre Education from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She is also a Freddie G. Fellow, Class of 2017. She passionately believes in the power of the arts and how transformative they can be. Everyone has a story worthy of being heard. Arts programs encourage confidence and give students a voice to tell their story!

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Leah Watson

Guest Artist

Originally from Denver Colorado, Leah started acting, moving, and creating as soon as she could walk. In the last decade she has had the opportunity to cultivate her artistic craft at Denver School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The School at Steppenwolf, Denver Center of Performing Arts, and The University of Colorado.


7 years ago she began to investigate aerial arts, first with pole and most recently with low dance and static trapeze. While living in Los Angeles she had the great pleasure of training, teaching, and performing various apparatus at The Choreography House under the instruction of Kelly Yvonne. Her current passion is integrating the worlds of movement, theatre, and aerial arts.


Her favorite author is J.K Rowling, her favorite food is sushi, and her primary passion is storytelling.

Leah's Workshops

    Kinesthetic Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, , , , /

    2/3 Hr Movement Workshop
    Coed Ages 17+

    Underneath the mind of every great character is a living, breathing, feeling body. Drawing vocabulary from yoga, foundational ballet, modern dance, aerial arts, and movement composition, this workshop aims to quiet the mind, engage the body, and create space for the actor to cultivate a present, authentic character from the ground up.

    Class Objective: To step back from the heady work of scene study and hold space for the body to craft character.

    Power Pose

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    2/3 Hr Movement Workshop
    Coed Ages 14-18

    Embody your most confident you. Whether your goal is to audition with poise, embody complex characters, or simply connect to your personal power- your body holds the key. Drawing vocabulary from yoga, modern dance, aerial arts, and movement composition, this workshop provides practical skills for cultivating presence, confidence, and calm on and off the stage.

    Class Objective: To provide useable skills for cultivating presence, confidence, and calm in and out of the theatre.

Leann Rogers

Guest Artist, The Evergreen Players

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Leo Batlle

Guest Artist, BDT Stage

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Linda Brennan

Guest Artist, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Linda is on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, (Voice and Speech Department Chair), South Coast Repertory, and Theatricum Botanicum, where she teaches voice, speech and dialects. At The Academy, production coaching includes Anna K, Arcadia, Dancing at Lughnasa, Kentucky Cycle, Major Barbara, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and numerous others.  Film and TV credits include American Pie, The Scorpion King, Sonny, That’s Life (CBS), The Hughleys (UPN), For the People (Lifetime). Besides extensive individual coaching, Linda has coached Streetcar Named Desire (South Coast Rep), The Crimson Thread (Pasadena Playhouse), Arms and the Man (A Noise Within), Old Times (El Portal Center for the Arts) and The Nibroc Trilogy (Actor’s Co-Op).  Directing credits include Bus Stop, Picnic, Getting Out, and The Philadelphia Story. Linda has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She has presented at ATHE (The American Theatre in Higher Education) on various topics, including Take the Valley Out of the Girl! and is a voice and speech consultant for Braintracks Audio in Los Angeles.  Linda is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association). Her article, T’s and Sympathy: Adventures in the Hollywood Dialect’s Trade appears in the VASTA Journal, “Essays on Voice and Speech”. 

Linda's Workshops

    And, Action!: Dialects: A Quick Approach

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Think of characters you know and love. There is a good chance a dialect or accent was involved! From “My Fair Lady” to “Harry Potter”, dialect work helps create, shape, and realize our characters. We will address some fundamental rules to get you up and on your feet with dialects quickly, accurately, and joyfully!

Maile Speetjens

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Maile Speetjens serves as Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State. She teaches courses in Costume Design, Costume Construction and Makeup Design, and acts as advisor to student Costume and Hair/Makeup Designers.

Originally hailing from Kauai, HI, Maile Speetjens attended Emerson College in Boston, MA where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and worked as a stitcher in the Emerson Costume Shop. After College, Maile worked as Wardrobe Manager/ Costume Designer for Boston’s Actors Shakespeare Project (The Tempest, Coriolanus, Much Ado About Nothing), and continued as a cutter/draper at Emerson College, working on theatre, dance, and films such as Disney’s The Game Plan.

Maile received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Georgia, Athens, where she taught courses in Costume Design and worked as lead draper. While at UGA, Maile’s Design work included The Dance of Hands (UGA), The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild and Hidden Man (7 Stages, Atlanta). While studying at UGA, Maile had the opportunity to explore skills such as Patternmaking, Draping, Millinery, Corsetry, Tailoring, various fabric modification techniques, wig styling and life drawing.

Maile has also worked as Costume Designer and educator for Hawaii Children’s Theatre (The Little Mermaid, Once On This Island, Mulan Jr, Rent, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Avenue Q).

Maile continues to design locally, including productions at OpenStage Theatre (August Osage County, La Bete, True West) and Bas Bleu (Elephant’s Graveyard). During the summers, Maile serves as the director of KDIA, a Children’s Theatre Camp at CSU that focuses on devised, original pieces of Musical Theatre created 1 week at a time.

Maile is honored to work with such creative, kind, and enthusiastic staff members and students.

You can view Maile’s work at:

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Mallory Pettas

Guest Artist

Mallory's love for theatre began in Seattle, but very quickly moved her across the U.S. After graduating with her Bachelor's in Theatre from Arizona State University, she moved to Los Angeles and focused on acting for the screen. Although she's been featured in many projects, her favorite role so far has been making magic for children at Disneyland. Who knew she could get paid wearing a crown and pretending to sleep! She now finds herself in Colorado, supporting the arts in any way she can.

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Mark Drum

Guest Artist

A NYC-based artist and graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, with a B.A. in Theatre. Mark is an EdTA professional member, EdTF Board of Trustee, proud Thespian alum from Thespian troupe 6513 and Junior Thespian troupe 88331. He was also an ITO representative in 2005-2006. Mark was on the MTV reality competition show, 90’s House, that was seen around the world. Follow him on social media @whoismarkdrum and check out his website

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Mark Kaufmann

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Mark D. Kaufmann is the author of the plays that have been produced around the world. “The Labors of Hercules Fitch” and “The End Of Civilization As We Know It”, and “Betsy’s Inconvenient Garden” were originally published in Dramatics magazine.  His play “Evil Little Thoughts” won the Denver Drama Critics Circle award for Best New Play.  His novel, “Sour Notes”, is being adapted into a play.  Most recently, he co-authored and directed a new musical, “Painting The Clouds With Sunshine”, with the 42nd St. Moon company in San Francisco; an award-winning production.  Other directing assignments include the York Theatre in New York. Mark has taught at USC, AMDA, and is the co-owner of Los Angeles Musical Theater Studio, (, instructing professionals and students in performance technique. He has worked with the International Thespian Society for the last 16 years.  @MarkDKaufmann

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Mary Ann Kehler

Guest Artist, Broadway Training Intensive

Mary Ann Kehler is a best-selling author whose work on training performing artists — both musical theatre and contemporary music — was featured in Success Mastery with Jack Canfield. She is a musical theatre director with 65 shows to her credit, Executive Producer of Broadway Training Intensive, a college audition coach whose students are in top colleges and conservatories all over the country, and is co-author of a book on auditioning for college programs.  Mary Ann is serving a four-year term as President of International Voice Teachers of Mix and is a mentor for other teachers in that organization.  She successfully trains singers ranging from working professionals to those other teachers have labeled “tone deaf.”  Her students include musical theatre professionals, pop recording artists, lead singers for rock and R&B bands, classical choral soloists, music educators, voice teachers, worship leaders, and singer/songwriters. Mary Ann’s studio is in the Denver Technological Center; she teaches worldwide via internet and has presented at four international voice conferences recently, in Italy, Austria, Poland and the U.S.  She is happy to be traveling the world, training teachers and singers.

Mary Ann's Workshops

    Broadway Belt: Training Vocal Athletes

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Do you want to learn to belt or does your belt need to be stronger? Does your voice crack or break between chest voice and head voice? Is it breathy on higher notes? Does your voice have the stamina to sing eight shows a week? In this workshop, you will learn exercises to help you sing from the bottom to the top of your vocal register without breaking, flipping, or cracking. You'll learn how to move from mix into belt and how to do it in a healthy way. All levels of singing experience are welcome, as are actors who haven't yet learned to sing.

Matthew Polis

Guest Artist, Fairview

Matthew Polis, recently returned to Boulder after 20 years in New York City.  He is the founder of boutique sound house, SoundSpace with the newest location in Bouder CO, and has been sound designing and mixing films for nearly 20 years.  His combined story driven approach to sound design and technical mastery in the mix room has earned him respect amongst his peers in the indie film world with over 150 credits.  Matthew's works include Appropriate Behavior (Sundance, BAM), Growing Up Coy (ITVS, Denver Film Festival), I Believe in Unicorns (SXSW), Peter and Vandy (Sundance) David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle & What is Magic, Evolution of a Criminal (SXSW, Full Frame, ITVS), Liyana (LA Film Festival), ACORN (TriBeCa) Food Chains (Berlin), Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, Seymour: An Introduction (Telluride, Toronto, NYFF). And he is the head of post audio for TED Conferences.
Matthew also served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, NYU Tisch School Of The Arts for post audio and mixing.

Matthew's Workshops

    Sound Design for Film

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    We will look at both "halves" of sound for film. Field recording during production and post production sound design and mix. We talk about the impact of sound for film from both technical and creative perspectives and discuss how directors are involved in the process. There will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations, hands-on with equipment and Q/A. No technical experience is required.

Matthew Schlief

Guest Artist, Colorado Mesa University

Matthew A. Schlief Matthew Schlief is an Assistant Professor of Scenic & Lighting Design at Colorado Mesa University. He has designed scenery, lighting, and/or projections for TUTS Underground, Horsehead Theatre Co., Creede Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Flatlands Dance Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, as well as the COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad. In 2012 Matt received the Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and in 2013 received the Broadway World Best of Houston Award for his Lighting Design of Sweeney Todd. He has also received four KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Design awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Most recently he conceived and directed a site specific production called Morning, Noon, Evening, Night at the Prague Quadrennial in June of 2019. He has designed, lectured, and provided master classes at The University of Houston, Rice University, and Oklahoma City University, as well as numerous USITT Conventions. Over the past 15 years Matt has designed more than 120 different productions, from a variety of theaters both nationally and internationally.

Matthew's Workshops

    Theatrical Design for Actors

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Tech

    Theatrical Design for the Actor is an exploration of the elements of design as it relates to performers. What does it mean to find your light? How should you wear your costume to the best of it's ability? What are the things you need to do or know as an actor to get the most from your technical crew? How should you treat your designers and crews, and what is acceptable behavior for technical rehearsals? These questions can be answered and discussed to help performers become more professional and prepare them for University level and professional productions. This workshop is also applicable for technicians and stage managers.

Maya Osterman-Van Grack

Guest Artist, Mirror Image Arts

An applied theatre practitioner for the past 12 years, Maya explores how the power of Theatre and Education can facilitate transformation on all levels. Upon receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado, Maya was the Assistant Director for the Interactive Theatre Project housed on the University of Colorado – Boulder campus. She then created the ACTivism Theatre Ensemble, a company of high school and college students performing educational outreach/prevention scenes for The SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy) Center. While living in North Carolina she worked for Interactive Theatre Carolina at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. At that time she also founded Restorative Theatre – using theatre in juvenile detention centers. Upon her return to Colorado she continued Restorative Theatre through the Colorado Division of Youth Systems. Maya joined Mirror Image Arts in 2015.

Maya's Workshops

    Applied Theatre: Rehearsal for Reality

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Explore the powerful work of applied theatre - a style of theatre used in non-traditional spaces as a tool to engage in meaningful dialogue and inspire action around social justice issues.

    This workshop demo's an interactive class used by Mirror Image Arts in schools, recreation centers, libraries, and juvenile detention centers.

Meaghan Dunham

Guest Artist, Grosse Pointe South High School

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Melanie Aksamit

Guest Artist, Make-up Artist

Melanie Aksamit is a special fx makeup artist in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Colorado and attended many thespian conferences herself. After graduating High School from Horizon in Thornton, CO, Melanie pursued a degree in broadcasting and worked as a Production Assistant and Videographer for many years before her passion for makeup and horror led her to California. She attended the Makeup Designory in Burbank where she received a certificate in their Masters Program.  Since graduating she has worked on such television productions as Stranger Things, American Horror Story and WestWorld.  She has also worked on films such as The Conjuring: 2 and The Last Witch Hunter.  Besides film and television fx makeup, Melanie is also a beauty makeup artist and hair stylist for commercial and print as well as a Halloween prop maker.  In her spare time she enjoys working on personal art projects and screenplay writing.  

Melanie's Workshops

    Creating Special FX Makeup and Props with Latex

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    Students will learn how to achieve old age characters, zombies, wounds, prop making and more for film, television and theater using the very inexpensive and accessible material liquid latex. They will also learn a brief history of the use of latex in famous creatures and monsters on screen.

    Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , /

    In this workshop you’ll learn what a prosaide transfer is, as well as how to make and apply them for an extremely easy and realistic looking wound.

Michael Bowerman

Guest Artist, Up with People

Michael Bowerman is the Music Director for Up with People, the international education program that has a focus on performing arts.  He traveled as a participant in the program right after high school and now has the honor to be one of the primary songwriters, producers and music instructors for the program.  Up with People tours internationally with a diverse cast of young adults from all over the world.  Up with People has performed at a record 4 Super Bowl halftimes, at multiple Olympic Games, and this past summer, they performed alongside Andrea Bocelli in Italy.  Later this year, Up with People will again perform for the Pope at the Vatican.

Michael is also involved in local Denver theatre.  He is a Henry Award nominee for Musical Direction and has directed, music directed and performed for many different companies throughout the Denver metro area.  



Michael's Workshops

    “Don’t sing the song . . . tell a story”

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    There is a fine line between singing the correct lyrics and notes and actually telling the story that the song sometimes hides behind its melody. This workshop helps the singer analyze a character thru-line, how to sift through all of a songs notes and lyrics to find the "core" of what it's trying to say. Presented by Michael Bowerman

Michael Di Bianco

Guest Artist, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Michael Di Bianco is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. We fund the social service work of The Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide. With your help, what we do together makes a difference.

Michael's Workshops

    Create The Change – Broadway Cares

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Are you an artist who wants to change the world? Are you interested in using your passion for performing to change people’s lives? Then we need YOU in our theatre community! Come explore how your talents can impact those in need across the street and across the world! Join Michael Di Bianco from Broadway Cares to sing, move, laugh, inspire and CREATE THE CHANGE we want to see in our world. Bring an open mind, a generous heart, and clothes you can move in!

Michael Ehrecke

Guest Artist, Midland University

Michael Ehrecke is an actor, writer, mover, shaker, and educator from Davenport, IA. After graduating from Luther College in 2015, he moved to the Twin Cities and toured with CLIMB Theatre as part of their Teaching Company, where he developed and facilitated immersive plays for K-12 students regarding social justice issues. Michael then spent a summer in New York as a playwriting apprentice with Powerhouse Theater Training Program. The past few years, Michael has traveled between Minneapolis and New York performing, teaching, and writing in various capacities. He is also a proud AmeriCorps alum, having completed a term of service with College Possible Minnesota. He is now an Admissions Counselor at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, and the go-to arts recruiter.

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Michael Gilboe

Guest Artist, University of Providence

Michael Gilboe is a playwright, director, musician, composer, teacher, producer, and audiobook narrator. He is Director of Performing Arts and Assistant Professor for the Theatre and Business Arts major and program he created at the University of Providence. A Great Falls, MT native, he spent 12 years in New York City where he ran his own recording studio and production company in Times Square, producing albums for independent musicians and Tony, Emmy and Oscar winning clients. He also founded and hosted the Broadway Bullet theatre podcast where he meets and conducts in-depth interviews with many of the top theatre innovators of our time. As a composer/playwright, he has written and produced several full-length musicals and over 20 children's musicals. Lost Legend of Camelot, for which he wrote music and lyrics has been presented in five locations, including the Player’s Theatre in NYC. His musical, The Dead Legend was presented at the New York Musical Theater Festival in July, 2013. A Tribulation in Goats Corner, a play with music was presented at UGF in the fall of 2014. He has directed everything from intimate plays to large musicals and has also narrated over 200 audiobook titles. Michael Gilboe holds his BA in Theatre from the University of Montana and MFA in Playwriting with an emphasis in Plays with Music from the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.  

Michael's Workshops

    Develop Distinctive Character Voices

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Every actor has the capacity to develop hundreds of unique voices. In this workshop, students will participate in exercises design to open up their vocal possibilities while still grounding even the most extreme voices with honesty in their delivery.

    Using Characters to Develop Strong Stories – For Writers

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Story is character. Character is story. In this workshop, students will learn elements for creating strong characters, and how to develop story from those choices. Students participate in a brainstorming session; developing a story from their ideas.

    Using Movement to Create Meaning – For Actors and Directors

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Film uses camera angles to create meaning. On stage, actors create meaning through their actions. Every movement should tell a story. Participate in activities helping you make meaningful choices & learn how audiences interpret those actions.

Michael Gunst

Guest Artist, Gunstwork Puppet Mask Theatre

Michael Gunst

Michael is an actor, director, creator of theatre, and mask-maker He tours his award winning show Four Wishes adapted from Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by, Joseph Bruchac both locally and nationally.  Locally Michael has performed at the Germinal Stage, Nomad Theater, Denver Civic Theater, with Band of Toughs an (Associate Member), Theatre 13, DragonFly Productions, Now or Never Theatre and with Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “Living Shakespeare” art in education program, and through Think 360 Arts. Michael has been a member of Faustwork Mask Theatre, touring “The Mask Messenger” throughout North America. He has performed with the International Pantomime Company of New England in Mexico and toured with the Pocket Mime Theater Company. For 8 years Michael co-created 6 new movement theater shows with the collective Studebaker Movement Theatre of Boston. They toured, taught and performed both internationally and nationally across North America and in Scotland, England, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Michael has a MFA in Acting from Brandeis University’s Professional Actor Training Program, and has performed in New York City in Off & Off Off Broadway, regionally at the Asolo Theatre, FL, Castle Hill Festival, MA, and with Circus Flora, MO. For booking of Workshops, Residencies or Four Wishes please visit:

Michael's Workshops

    Mask Movement Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This workshop revolves around theater, mask, mime, character development, theater/movement improvisation and the creation of short sketches.

    Mask Movement Theatre for Teachers

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This workshop is participatory and teaches the fundamentals of Mask work. The goal of the workshop is to nurture a cognizance of the value of movement in mask .

Michael Hartzog

Guest Artist, Filmmaker

I grew up an artist; drawing, painting, sculpting, and anything I could get my hands on. Being the youngest of three, I was extremely shy and found solace in art. I was introduced to video as an art medium when Video 8 camcorders hit the market. From there I was completely consumed by everything filmmaking. Lighting, shooting, directing and writing. I’ve now been in the film/video field for over 20 years. I have of course upgraded my camera and gear since then. Most of my experience and knowledge is hands on. I’ve worked on features, shorts, docs, commercials, by way of freelance, corporate, and startup companies. I have held many positions in the film world, but my current position is “Video Specialist” in the creative department at Sphero. That means anything and everything film/video related. Shooting, editing, commercials, tutorials, social media, etc. It’s a great big world out there and I crave to record it!

Michael's Workshops

    Film: Lighting natural, practical or fabricated

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Regular

    So you shot a film. Acting was great, camera was great, audio was amazing, but the lighting... Well... We should talk.

    Sometimes lighting seems like a necessary "evil" you have to contend with. Many small film crews would rather not have to deal with it; "Just open the iris and let's go!" The funny thing is, it doesn't have to take long, it doesn't have to be complicated, and it doesn't have to be expensive. BUT, like every other aspect of your film, IT IS IMPORTANT. For many filmmakers, lighting becomes a major signature.

    In this workshop we'll explore the wonderful world of cinematic lighting. We'll go through big budgets, small budgets, lighting terms, techniques, crew titles... We'll go through tips on lighting quickly for small budgets and little time, as well as bigger budgets with more time. My hope is to give you the tools you need to confidently light, stylize and create a look for your film.

Michael J. Duran

Guest Artist, BDT Stage

Michael J. Duran came back to BDT after a 23-year stint in NYC. He got his start as Joseph in BDT’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1977. He was awarded a Top of the Rocky honor for Best Director in 2005 and the 2007 Best Director Henry Award and Ovation Award for Ragtime. His many Broadway credits include The Music Man, Crazy for You,Me and My Girl and Into the Light. He has toured nationally and in London with Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees, Petula Clark in Sunset Blvd., Tommy Tune and Anne Reinking in Bye Bye Birdie, Carol Channing in Hello! Dolly and On Your Toes directed by the legendary George Abbott. He has made television guest appearances on Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall on CBS and An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner for PBS Great Performances. Michael has received the DDCC awards for Best Director for Damn Yankees, Best Choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie, Top of the Rocky honor for Best Director 2005 and the 2007 Best Director Henry Award and Ovation Award for RAGTIME. Michael was a recipient of the 2015 Dairy Center Honors for his contribution to Boulder culture through the arts.

Michael J.'s Workshops

    Musical Theatre: Singing and Acting your Song

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Connecting with your material as a musical theatre artist and translating it into a strong, believable interpretation can be a great challenge. Learn from one of our region’s finest musical theatre directors how to approach your song material, be it for an audition or actually within a show itself. Learn ways to utilize lyrics as well as the dynamics of the score to find the key to performing your piece in an authentic way! Volunteers will be taken to workshop their songs in front of the class.

Michael Kary

Guest Artist, Grand Canyon University

Michael is an Alumni of Grand Canyon University and holds an M.F.A. from the University of San Diego Old Globe Professional Actor Training Program. His acting credits include: Fame on 42nd Street (Original New York Cast); Hay Fever (New Jersey Shakespeare); Trojan Women, Pericles, Taming of the Shrew, Smash!, and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe Theatres); Bandido! (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Ivona, Princess of Burgundia (Sacred Fools); My Name is Asher Lev, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Broadway Bound, and Brighton Beach Memoirs (AJTC); and Smoke on the Mountain (Lamb’s Players Theatre). He is also a regular performer and host for the Phoenix Symphony. As a playwright, his works include: The Servant and the Fool, Dial P for Peanuts (with David Hayes), Make Believe, Deal with It (Television Pilot with Stephen Muterspaugh), Little League (Television Pilot with Stephen Muterspaugh) and a one man show currently titled, God Knows What. He is also the author of Acting in Faith: A Christian’s Guide to the Acting World.

Michael's Workshops

    Writing for Actors

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    The writing process can be as daunting as it is rewarding. The hardest part is always the start. This workshop is designed for both playwrights who want to write for actors and actors who want another outlet for expressing themselves. We will build a complete story from the ground up using the tools actors use when building a character.

Michael Pearl

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Dr. Michael Pearl (Presenter). Doc recently retired from the Cherry Creek School District, having taught theatre and directed plays at Smoky Hill High School and Grandview High School. He is a recipient of Cherry Creek Teacher of the Year, Colorado Theatre Educator of the Year, and Colorado Thespian Hall of Fame Honors. Now “Doc” practices what he taught! Acting credits include “Mort” What’s Wrong with This Picture?, “Norman,” On Golden Pond, Vintage Theatre; “Hugo,” God’s Man in Texas, Aurora Fox; “Scrooge,” A Christmas Twist, Firehouse Theater; and “Rev. Hooker,” Dearly Departed, Spotlight Theatre. He has also performed with Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, and Miner’s Alley Playhouse. Doc performs audio books for Brook Forest Voices. He is represented by Maximum Talent. Look for him on the Polar Express at the Colorado Railroad Museum this holiday season.

Michael's Workshops

    Effective Acting: Affecting Others

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    The most satisfying performances make the audience believe your characters and empathize with them. You’ve seen those magical performances, and envied those actors. The truth is, you can make the magic happen, too. Through a combination of observations, activities, and exercises, Dr. Pearl guides you to a discovery of keys that unlock the mysteries of effective acting, the kind that welcomes and involves an audience. Presented by Dr. Mike Pearl

    It’s All in the Timing

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Timing is everything, we’re told. But what is dramatic timing in performance? How does it work? Can you manipulate timing to alter an effect? With activities and exercises, Dr. Pearl shows you a technique that tantalizes an audience with anticipation and intensifies your performance. Presented by Dr. Mike Pearl.

Michelle Evans

Guest Artist, MJE Acting Studio/College Audition Project

Michelle is the owner of MJE Acting Studio where she offers her services as a private acting, audition, and college audition coach to students both in the US and abroad through online lessons. Michelle has been working professionally since 2004, both on and off the stage, as an actress, director and teaching artist. She has won several awards for her directorial work both on regional and national levels. As a private acting coach, Michelle’s students have had success finding entrance into top universities as well as professionally on Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre and TV/Film. Michelle is a frequent guest artist and IE Judge for Thespian festivals around the US, local high schools and theatre companies. In addition, Michelle has served as an adjudicator and committee member for the Shuler Awards in Atlanta (2012-2018), Kansas City’s Blue Star Awards (2019-present), as well as One Act, Speech & Debate, and Literary competitions around the nation. Always in pursuit of sharing her knowledge with others, in 2017, Michelle began her writing adventures. You can find her articles and columns on and Michelle is also Co-Owner of College Audition Project (CAP), which houses a website that has online tools, scheduling system and a college database that helps navigate seniors and GAP students through the college audition process. CAP also host their own private Unified auditions called CAP United Auditions in Atlanta, GA each year. Michelle just recently co-authored a book titled “College Audition Workbook” that can be purchased on You can find out more about Michelle at or CAP at

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Mike Rock

Guest Artist

Mike Rock is an actor & improviser based in Los Angeles. TV credits include Black-ish, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, After Lately, The Mentalist, Monk, Conan O'Brien & many commercials. Voice of NFL Replay and Chelsea Lately on E!   He improvises full-length plays on stage with Impro L.A: Shakespeare, Chekhov, Jane Austen, Dorothy Parker, Nancy Drew, George S. Kauffman & TV's The Twilight Zone. He served as president of the national ComedySportz improv chain. Co-created, produced & performed sketch comedy in NYC, L.A. Montreal, Edinburgh, Aspen, Austin and on MTV, VH-1 & Comedy Central. He has been performing & teaching improv at ITS / EdTA & high school theater festivals since before your parents met. Find him online @itsmikerock 

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Mitch Samu

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Mitch Samu is a professional Music Director, Conductor, Composer, and Accompanist. He has over 300 productions as Music Director to his credit during his career.  Mitch is the Music Director at Columbine United Church. 
He is the composer of several major choral works & musicals.   Some of the titles are: 
“Jesus , the last mile…” – A 15-Movement Oratorio
“We’ll Beat the Odds” – A Musical about marriage, 
“A Kiss For My Daughter / A Kiss for My Father” – A musical around Alzheimer’s Disease
“Motherhood: The Agony and the Ecstasy”
“Jesus , the last mile… – A Passion Musical” – A musical exploring the life of Jesus
“The Story of Whisp. Everybody’s Angel”
Former Vocal Coach for Tony Award Winning Actress Annaleigh Ashford.
Mitch has had the blessing of playing on Broadway as well as playing & conducting several national tours.  Some of his Broadway credits include Saturday Night Fever, The Lion King, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Mitch is the creator of THE 5-MINUTE PIANO LESSON and “3 STEPS BACK”, a 30-minute touring musical for children 5 –11 years old around the issue of abduction awareness.
Mitch is a Motivational Speaker with tremendous talks to inspire you to live the life you were meant to live.  His most requested talk is titled: “110 Billion people & You”.
He has over 400 “Mitch Talks” on Facebook.
Visit his website is for more information.
Mostly, Mitch is the proud father of Willow & Orion and proud husband of Kristen.

Mitch's Workshops

    Auditioning for the REAL World not Theoretical

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Auditioning for the Real World

    Intermediate –

    Acting/Musical Theatre

    I give a REAL world look at what it is like to audition for top professional Broadway Shows in NY. I tell the Students and the Teachers what it is REALLY like. I discuss audition prep and what they should be expecting at a real audition. I answer all questions from my perspective. Presented by Mitch Samu

    BLIND AUDITIONS. What is everyone so afraid of? Let the talent SPEAK AND SING for itself.

    Beginning, , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    We have prejudices. You may not like me saying that and it's true. I have been doing blind auditions for years and they are wonderfully freeing. Casting people have got to start thinking outside the box and allowing the talent to speak and sing for itself. And Yes I have answers to the questions Directors and Choreographers ask all the time about Blind Auditions. Presented by Mitch Samu

    Musical Directing- Better and realistic for your Talent (Teacher Workshop)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Mitch has directed well over 300 productions in his career including National Tours and Broadway Acts. Let Mitch share with you some ideas to get the most out of your students and out of your productions.

    Tell the Story, really simple, Actors and Singers

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    The basic concepts of Musical Theater and Acting practice are really quite simple. Just tell the story. It is just that simple. Yet so many performers and teachers are not telling the story. This is a great workshop for both students and teachers, wanting to accomplish the goals of theatrical training in telling your story.

    Truth on Making a Living in Show Business

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    This is the workshop where I tell you the truth about making a living in the show business and what you can expect from the point of view of a professional Music Director director, Writer, Composer and Producer. This might not be the most fun workshop AND this is the one that can change the way you look at the future of you in our business. You want fun and craziness, THIS IS NOT THE WORKSHOP TO COME TO. You wanna walk out changed, this is the one for you. Presented by Mitch Samu


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    You've heard the Mitch Talks. Some of you have seen me live. You may ask what the heck does this have to do with theater or musical theater? EVERYTHING! It has to do with changing the way you look at your life. I promise you will be changed at the end of this workshop. Presented by Mitch Samu

Monte Black

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Mr. Black carries with him an array of choreographic and directing credits ranging from the musical theatre stage to the concert dance arena. While at UNC, he has choreographed 42nd Street, West Side Story, Brigadoon and Carousel for the Musical Theatre Department and directed and choreographed Footloose: The Musical. He has also choreographed The Music Man, Chicago, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Annie, and AIDA for the Little Theatre of the Rockies; as well as Directed and Choreographed The Full Monty and SWING! for their summer season. Mr. Black also is the director/choreographer of an annual fall dance/theatre production based on the holidays of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween entitled Miranda's Nightmare. He has also choreographed numerous pieces for the annual CPVA Gala and for main stage dance concerts. His latest works include a full-length modern ballet entitled Dierdre of the Sorrows, based off of Irish mythology, and a one act Dance Theatre project set to the music of the Airborne Toxic Event entitled Punks: A Love Story. His interests in jazz, modern, dance technology, collaborations with other artists and his vast performance history make him a vital and inspiring artist and teacher.

Monte's Workshops

    Musical Theatre Jazz

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    A high energy up-tempo jazz dance class culminating in a musical theater style combination. Prepare for a fun warm-up that includes body isolations and working/learning steps coming across the floor.

Syah Taylor

Guest Artist, The LGBTQ Center – Rainbow Alley

Syah Taylor serves as the Manager of Rainbow Alley, at The Center on Colfax.  Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Syah's introduction to social justice advocacy began with attending Little Rock Central High School, the first high school to be racially integrated in the South.  Syah earned their B.A. in psychology at the University of Memphis where they served as president of the Stonewall Tigers Gender and Sexuality Alliance for 3 years while also creating Campus United, which focused on teaching students about systemic oppression. During this time, Syah also worked with a team of 5 LGBTQ+ high school youth, to make positive social change in the Memphis Area for LGBTQ+ youth.  Syah, recently graduated with his M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver where he also worked providing social justice related trainings to various departments of the University.

Syah's Workshops

    Facing Our Inner Demons: Identifying and Reframing Internalized Oppression

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Syah Taylor, Manager of Rainbow Alley, will define internalized oppression and identify the damaging effects it has on the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals through an intersectional lens in this workshop. Through dialogue, participants will identify internalized oppression in their lives. Participants will learn tools and strategies from a strengths-based approach rooted in positive psychology that can be implemented in their careers, school life, and personal development. Disrupting these unhealthy beliefs and behaviors can lead to increased self-motivation, productivity and overall life satisfaction.

Natalie Kuypers

Guest Artist, Arapahoe Libraries

Natalie is a Programming Specialist with Arapahoe Libraries where she leads monthly theater workshops. Natalie graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney with her degree in Theater with an emphasis in performance. She has performed in several productions, some of her favorite roles include Becca in Rabbit Hole, Janet in Rocky Horror, and Gloria in Boeing Boeing. She also has a love of improvisational comedy and has performed in various improv shows throughout the Denver area.

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Nate Jones

Guest Artist, Douglas County School District

Nate Jones is a Community Relations Specialist for the Douglas County School District. Before arriving in Douglas County in 2015, he spent nine years as a public affairs specialist and combat documentarian for the U.S. Army, covering the story of soldiers in Germany, Iraq, and the Pentagon through television and radio. He is the proud father of 3 amazing kids, 3 crazy dogs, and 2 mischievous cats.

Nate's Workshops

    Gathering Sound for Television and Film Production

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , /

    In this workshop, you will learn the importance of audio, best practices for collecting sound in the field, and how to edit sound into your film or video.

Nathaniel Dolquist

Guest Artist

Nathaniel is a New York City-based AEA performer and teacher. A TRHS alum, he graduated from Yale in 2015 with a BA in Theatre Studies after a year abroad with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, for whom he was a lead soloist and arranger. Off-Broadway: Felicité in WONDERLAND (Atlantic Theater), First Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark (City Center), and choreographer/performer for the Broadway and Ballet HERO Awards. Regional: The Emcee in Cabaret (BCCPA), Sky in MAMMA MIA! (UCPAC) Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret (Mac-Haydn), Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer (Mac-Haydn), Orsino in Twelfth Night (Yale), Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (Yale), and Bobby in A Chorus Line (Yale). @dolquist Nathaniel has pounded the NYC pavement for five years. He’s seen it all: final callbacks for national tours and Broadway shows, the crowds of people in line at 5 am praying for an audition slot for well-known dinner theaters, dance calls where he’s the only auditioner, standing next to celebrities in the elevator (please ask. He loves those stories). He has successfully moved from Colorado to New York, found a day job that pays the bills, worked with master teachers, built a resume both in New York and in regional theaters, found an agent and manager, gotten his Equity card, and managed to maintain a social life. If you don’t get a chance to ask him your question in a workshop, slide into those Insta DMs and he’ll answer it if he can!

Nathaniel's Workshops

    STRUT: The Art Of Literally Just Walking

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    “Ok, now you move that mic stand from stage right to stage left.” Yes, but HOW? Should I shimmy? Slink? Saunter? Somnambulate? Depends on the show, so we’re gonna practice with Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Adele, Fosse, maybe even Mean Girls.

    We’re gonna walk. We’re gonna shimmy. And you had best believe we’re gonna strut. When you’re onstage, the audience can see every move you make. So let’s get from Point A to Point B with intention and give them a real show. No one will ever forget how amazing you were when you moved that mic stand.

    What is Stage Presence and How Do I Get It?

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    What even is stage presence? Master performers have it, sure. I know it when I see it. And I definitely want it. But is it a natural talent? Can I develop it in myself?

    You absolutely can develop it. I’ll show you how.

    I’ve been working on these questions with teachers in New York City and at Yale for many years. Through the use of the Alexander Technique and releasing of the fight-or-flight response, I’ll show you how to become truly present as you give your gifts onstage and off.

    People with stage fright or who “clam up” when performing are very much encouraged to attend this workshop. It may be scary, but you’ll leave with some useful tools!

Neil Truglio

Guest Artist, Modest Arts / Denver Film Society

Neil Truglio has been an artist and educator in the Denver community for over 20 years. His work has been seen on stages all over Denver, including the Bellco Theatre, Curious Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, University of Colorado-Denver, and RedLine Community Art Center—as well as in film festivals around the world, including the Dallas International Film Festival and the American Film Festival in Poland. After teaching at both the university and high school levels, Neil created the arts organization Modest Arts to enhance the theatre and film training of young artists in Denver. Neil currently serves as a teaching artist at the DCPA, a director for Curious New Voices, the Education Director for the Denver Film Festival, SeriesFest, and Benchmark Theatre, acting instructor with the Young Filmmakers Workshops, and a member of the adjunct faculty at the Colorado Film School.

Neil's Workshops

    Hollywood 101 and the Art of Screen Acting

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    In this workshop students will get the download on what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Students will learn the basics of auditioning, preparing to shoot, and performing for the camera. Workshop attendees will get advice and lessons to help grow them as screen performers and get them prepared for the industry as a whole. Presented by Neil Truglio.

Nichole Hamilton

Guest Artist, New Mexico State University

Nichole earned a BA in Theatre from the University of Montevallo near Birmingham, Alabama (PV!) and an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL (Go Gators!). Post graduate school, she taught adjunct at the University of Florida for classes in Voice, Acting I-III, Audition Workshop, and Theatre Appreciation. Nichole has also taught online Theatre Appreciation for UF and an online Theatre Aesthetics course for incarcerated students through Ashland University in Ohio. At New Mexico State University, Nichole teaches Vocal Production, Acting for Film & TV, Acting for Non-Majors, Beginning Acting, and Directing I. (Go Aggies!) Nichole is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, a company member at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville Florida, and a certified teacher through the National Michael Chekhov Association. She has worked professionally as an actor, director and sometimes stage manager with companies in NYC, MA, FL, GA, TN, NC and CA. Since 2016, Nichole has performed her devised solo performance entitled Dame daDA & the Meta Show in Nevada, Minnesota, Florida, and New York. For more info:

Nichole's Workshops

    Stir Imagination and Inner Life with Michael Chekhov

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Have you ever been interested in learning concepts from the Michael Chekhov technique?
    Nichole Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University and National Michael Chekhov Association certified teacher, will be offering some of Chekhov's fundamental tools to inspire the inner life of the character and fuel the imagination in this creative workshop. Be prepared to move, play, and create! "If it isn't fun, it isn't Chekhov."

Noah Racey

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

NOAH RACEY is the new head of Musical Theatre at Colorado State University. He has been a part of the National and New York City theatre scene for the past 26 years, originating roles in Broadway shows like Curtains, Thoroughly Modern Millie (for which he was associate choreographer, helping Rob Ashford win the Tony Award for Best Choreography), Never Gonna Dance and the first revival of Follies. Noah has given master classes, workshops and lectures all around the world. He’s the founding Artistic Director of The New York Song & Dance Company completing multiple international tours working in tandem with the US State Department. Their latest show, Noah Racey’s: PULSE won raves at its premier at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, where he also starred last December as Harold Hill, in Jeff Calhoun’s new version of The Music Man. Noah is a published lyricist, writing lyrics for the 1st National Tour of Swing! His latest collaboration with acclaimed writer/director Dick Scanlan had its premiere at Symphony Space in NYC, and is currently securing a home for its next stage of development. Noah can be seen in numerous television shows including The Black List, Person of Interest, Are We There Yet? and Boardwalk Empire. He is a Boston Conservatory graduate and a product of – and a strong proponent for – arts funding in Public Schools.

Noah's Workshops

    Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    How do I get better at dance auditions?
    How do I become a better dancer?
    How do I get out of my own way?

    You dance like your life is on the line. You bring your full intention, your full self to the moment and trust you were meant to be there.

    I've been in New York 26 years; on Broadway; originated roles on Broadway; starred on Broadway; Choreographed on Broadway, I have been doing (and am currently doing) this thing we call Musical Theatre my whole life. I know first hand what the real work is. Come find it with me.

Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Mr. Elkins-Zeglarski’s theatre teaching credits include Central Washington University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Queensland, and community colleges in California, Arizona, Maryland and Iowa. Directing credits include theatre company and university productions. Acting credits include performance and training with diverse theatre practitioners. Patrick currently works nationally as a freelance dramaturg and is on the DCPA Education staff as Curriculum Manager. Patrick bridges his interests in theatre and education as national faculty for Lesley University’s School of Education.

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Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Denver Center for the Performing Arts 

Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Management

Patrick’s work in theatre and education has long been informed by his interest in the duality of arts integrated curriculum and cognitive/creative response. The power of inquiry and curiosity are central to his work in developing tools and strategies for educators and Teaching Artists that bridge the relationships between effective curriculum design, empowered critical pedagogy, and engaged student-centered learning environments. A frequent provider of professional development within the university/educational and non-profit sectors, Patrick’s work also serves law enforcement, medical, and customer service professionals. Patrick maintains his theatre work within the practices of teaching, directing, and dramaturgy.

Patrick's Workshops


    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Congratulations! You've just been cast in the Chorus of your school's musical! You are now part of the most powerful convention of the musical theatre form. In addition to your Triple Threat skills, the Chorus demands your focus, active listening, responding and, often, your versatility in portraying different characters within one show. This sixty-minute session will empower your ability as an actor to find, sustain, and deliver to the challenge of Chorus work. Be ready to move, take direction, and make active and engaging choices. This session is a workout. Note - we will not be learning any music or choreography but you will be staging parts of various musical numbers which you can sing along with if you know the show(s) we'll be working on.

Patrick Newell

Guest Artist, Western Nebraska Community College

Dr. Patrick Newell, Director of Vocal Studies at Western Nebraska Community College, is a proud teacher of the Sweetland Belt Technique. Holding a Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Dr. Newell has performed throughout the U.S. in Opera and Musical Theatre. He founded the BFA Concentration in Musical Theatre at the University of Wyoming, and filled the program beyond capacity. Currently the Artistic Director and Music Director at Theatre West in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, he travels frequently to give Workshops, Music Direct, and to teach singing in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tuscany, and other locations. He presents regularly on the subjects of Opera Production, Musical Theatre Performance, and Belt Singing at Regional and National Conferences. His students have performed on National Tours, Off-Broadway, in Regional LORT Theatres, cruise lines, Disney, and in regional Opera houses. At WNCC, Dr. Newell is excited to expand his skills into the area of Choral Conducting, while founding a new AFA in Musical Theatre.

Patrick's Workshops

    The Principles of Belt

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    The Principles of Belt
    In the 1960s, Lee Sweetland discovered a technique of Belt Singing that transformed his students. Singers who have studied and use the technique include Barbra Streisand, Kay Cole (original Maggie in A Chorus Line), Faith Hill, Donny Osmond, Jenn Gambatese (original Rosalie in School of Rock), Kenny Loggins, and numerous others. The technique allows anyone to Belt, and extends the Belt range much higher than typical techniques. Come learn the basic principles and begin to apply them today!

Patty Goble

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

As a professional singer and actress, Patty was last seen on Broadway as Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette. She has been a member of six original Broadway companies that include the critically acclaimed Ragtime with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald, Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce, The Woman in WhiteBye, Bye Birdie with John Stamos and the Tony Award winning musical revivals of La Cage aux Folles and Kiss Me, Kate.

Throughout her career, she has joined the companies of Toronto, Broadway and The Music Box Tour of The Phantom of the Opera having performed the roles of both Christine and Carlotta. She has toured the United States and Canada in the productions of Kiss Me, Kate, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Music of the Night and Cats (Jellylorum/Griddlebone). Carnegie Hall appearances have included South Pacific (PBS), Show BoatThe Sound of Music and the N.Y. premiere of the controversial hit opera Jerry Springer, the Opera. She performed with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in the PBS production of Candide.

Regional credits have earned her rave reviews as Anna in The King and I, Meg in Damn Yankees, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Mrs. Sneed Hill in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Original cast recordings include Kiss Me, KateRagtimeCurtains and South Pacific (at Carnegie Hall). She had the distinct pleasure of recording Songs of Love and Life, for voice and wind ensemble by Frank Ticheli with the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble with Eugene Migliaro-Corporon conducting.

She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and is a distinguished alum from Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.

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Paul Belden

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

“Mr. Paul” currently performs Story PlayTime four times a week in the Timbuk Toys stores in Denver.  Mime, puppetry, magic, juggling, songs, stories, bubbles, and amazing balloon critters.  "My best gig ever! Well, that and Thescon. This will be my 11th year of FUN!" 

Paul has performed professionally for children since 1978. Beginning with the Storytellers resident company of the Denver Children's Museum, he went on with his Children's Theater/Elementary Education degree to become one of the founders and owners of KIDSKITS, Inc. This renowned local theatrical company included a performing troupe of 6-16 year olds, a conservatory, talent agency, and summer camp in the Rocky Mountains.  

Paul's Workshops

    Mime and Illusion

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    What do sleight of hand, puppetry, slapstick, and contact juggling have in common? …the skills of a mime. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to (and practice) basic techniques such as muscle isolations, freezing, balance, misdirection, and making the invisible seen – all with the purpose of creating illusion. Presented by Paul Belden

Peter Bernstein

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Mr. Bernstein is pleased to be a return guest artist at the Colorado State Thespian Conference. Mr. Bernstein is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and was a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Some of his favorite roles include Morris in Blood Knot. He studied theatre at Webster University. He continues to work as a guest artist and fight choreographer with high schools in the metro area.

Peter's Workshops

    Hand to Hand Stage Combat

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    In this session, participants will work on the basics of realistic hand to hand combat including slaps, punches, kicks, hair pulling and wall slamming. Learn how to create basic fight combinations and finish by choreographing your own mini fight scene with a partner. Instructor stresses safety and trust in this session, and special attention is paid to who is in control of the struggle in any scene.

Peter Davison

Guest Artist, Think 360 Arts

Peter Davison was raised in Santa Monica, California. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman. He began his professional career at age 16, as a juggling street performer in Los Angeles. Peter is the 1982 National Juggling Champion, and a founder of the trio Airjazz which toured the world during the 1980’s with a unique mix of juggling, dance and theater. As a member of the trio Airjazz, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and at prestigious live venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Since the 1990’s, Peter has performed primarily solo, performing on stages throughout the United States and Europe, and on TV shows on the CBS, BBC and Fox networks, including the variety special Harry Anderson – The Tricks of His Trade. Peter has been presented by the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Utah State Arts Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theatre in Helsinki, Finland, Boulder International Fringe Festival, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, among others. Peter’s multi-disciplinary movement art has earned him numerous awards including the 1997 Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts, 1997 Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, and his ballet-with-objects Cirque D’Amour won the 2009 Ballet Builders Award from New Choreographers on Pointe in New York City. For further information visit

Peter's Workshops

    Physical Theater

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, , , , /

    Explore the purely physical aspect of acting through group improvisations, mime illusions, and work with actual objects. This workshop will add to your "toolbox" of skills and will be loads of fun!

Phillip Church

Guest Artist, What if Works Inc.

Phillip M. Church Associate Professor of Theater / Artistic Director of What if Works Inc.Trained at the London of Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, worked in repertory theater, for BBC and Yorkshire television and as an Assistant Director at Glyndbourne Opera. He received an MFA in Directing at UC Irvine. A member of Actors Equity Association Church has been with the Department of Theater at Florida International University for thirty-eight years, during which time he directed numerous classical and contemporary plays, major musicals and community engaged docudramas. He established the widely popular “Introduction to Acting & Directing for TV & Film” for both theater majors and non-majors. The course explores the complementary techniques that exist between stage and screen. In 1997 Church established the FIU Shakespeare in Stratford & London Study Abroad program, an annual six-week course focused on text and performance of productions the productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe Theater in London. In 2010 he inaugurated What if Works Inc. a 501c community-engaged, post-graduate company dedicated to bringing about social change through theater, music and film. What if Works’ most current production is “The R+J Effect: Denver” an updated version of Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” exploring gun violence in our communities and on school campuses. The production is presented in collaboration with Denver Public Schools, the Denver Police Department, the Metropolitan State University, Denver and the Denver Center for International Studies High School. The Miami Capulets face off the Denver Montagues on stage! This Miami-Denver joint partnership encourages audience involvement during the play’s action, bringing the voices of students, parents, law enforcement, educators and civic leaders together into one conversation. “The R+J Effect: Denver” will be staged as part of the Colorado Thespians Conference at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.


What if Works proposes to offer a workshop in "Theater for Social Change & High Schools" 

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Price Johnston

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Price Johnston – Lighting and Projection Designer. Over 300 productions include: World Premiere of Lavender Lizards Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream by Ntozake Shange (14th Street Playhouse – Atlanta, GA),Two Rooms (Trilogy Theatre – Off-Broadway – New York, NY), Arena Theatre Productions Guys & Dolls (UK Tour – 2000), Shapiro and Smith’s Never Enough (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Washington DC), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Moscow Cosmos Theatre/St. Petersburg Music Hall – Russia), Janis Brenner’s Dance Company’s Lost/Found/Lost (Isadora Duncan International Dance Festival – Kransnoyarsk, Russia), Chicago Jeff Award Winning Production of 1776 (Chopin Theatre – Chicago), Passiones (Athenaeum Theatre – Chicago, IL),  2015 Drama Desk Award Nominee: Best Projections – Donogoo (The Mint Theatre – Off-Broadway – New York, NY) and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (Stephen Sondheim Theatre – Broadway – New York, NY). 

Price's Workshops

    From Gore to Gandalf to Nightclubs: Hands-On Projection Design

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , /

    Learn projection mapping and video show control as your session creates a projection design set to music. The session will put you the student, “in charge” as you program, animate and map video content for a uniquely immersive experience into the world of projection design.

    Price Johnston is Director of Theatre at Colorado State University, where he teaches lighting, sound, and projection design. Price has designed over 200+ productions Nationally and Internationally, including the 2015 Drama Desk Nominated: Donogoo (The Mint Theatre - New York, NY), 1776 (Chopin Theatre – Chicago) and the Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway (Stephen Sondheim Theatre - New York, NY).

    Jason Banks is the Instructor of Lighting, Projection, and Design for Theatre & Dance at the University of Wyoming. Jason has served as lighting director for festival headliners such as Candlebox, Boys II Men, and Smashmouth, and has served as designer for Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Price Johnston

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Price Johnston’s career in design has spanned theatre, dance, opera, entertainment design and corporate events in both the U.S. and abroad. With work in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Moscow, Athens (Greece), London, Atlanta, St. Petersburg (Russia), and Denver, he has designed over 270 productions. His credits include: the world premiere of Jomandi Productions’ Lavender Lizards Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream by Tony nominated playwright Ntozake Shange (14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, Ga. and the National Black Theatre Festival – Winston Salem, NC), the Off-Broadway production of Two Rooms (Trilogy Theatre, New York), Guys and Dolls (2000 British Tour), and the world premieres of Huckleberry Finn: The Musical, and A Southern Christmas Carol (Cotton Hall Theatre – Colquitt, GA), written by award-winning playwright/director Rob Lauer.

Other design credits include American Buffalo, Oh What a Lovely War, Assassins, The World Goes Round, and Never Enough, choreographed by Shapiro and Smith (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.), Company, Art, The Complete History of America Abridged (Greenshoe Theatre Company), Swamp Gravy: Down at the Depot “Georgia’s Official Folk Life Play” (Cotton Hall Theatre), Colquitt, GA ), Clue: The Musical, The Miracle Worker, Lighting Director for Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, Maine), Sabrina Fair, Hamlet (1990 American College Theatre Festival Nominee), Janis Brenner’s Lost/Found/Lost (Isadora Duncan International Dance Festival – Kransnoyarsk, Russia), The 2008 Jeff Award-Winning Production of 1776 (Chopin Theatre – Chicago), Passiones (Athenaeum Theatre – Chicago), Lighting/Sound/Video supervisor for the international touring dance company David Dorfman Dance: Underground, The Pee-Wee Herman Show (Club Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Moscow Cosmos Theatre/St. Petersburg Music Hall, Russia), and the Chicago premiere of I Sing! (Chicago Playwright Theatre). Price has also served as Production Manager for Live Design International (LDI), the LDI Conference – LDInstitute and Live Design Broadway Training and Masters Classes (Lighting, Concert Sound and Projection Design).

His recent work includes the 2015 Drama Desk Award Nominated – Best Projection Design – Donogoo (The Mint Theatre, Off-Broadway – New York), Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Union Colony Civic Center Theatre – Greeley, CO), the World Premieres of Eh Joe and Beckett’s Women (Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival – Enniskillen, Ireland) and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (Stephen Sondheim Theatre – New York).

Price holds a M.F.A in Lighting/Media Design from the University of Florida, and a Bachelors Degree in Theatrical Design from Colorado Mesa University. He is a member of USITT and the iDMAA.

Price's Workshops

    From Raves to the Stage: Hands On Projection Mapping

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Explore the world of Projection Design for the stage, as this hands-on workshop showcases 3 different projection show-control programs. Create with your fellow attendees as you learn to program, pixel map and create a unique projection production. The workshop will introduce attendees to projection programs used by industry professionals for Theatre, Club Design and Music Production. Attendees will walk out with a video they can showcase of their work.

Rachel Taylor

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

Ms. Taylor is a Teaching Artist and the Program Manager for Literacy Engagement and Resiliency Programming for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. As a professional actor Rachel has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Ohio and in many productions with the Denver Center Theatre Company.  She has taught everything from Shakespeare to sequins and toured with the education program for many years. She has also had the privilege of being an Artist in Residence in many Colorado schools. She holds Bachelor of Art degrees in both theater and fine arts with a sculpture emphasis from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Rachel's Workshops

    Audition Anatomy

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Perfect every last little detail of that important audition from entrance to exit! Everyone knows how important finding the right material is, but did you know that your slate, your transitions between pieces and your energy and attitude as you leave the room are also crucial elements in landing that call back? We will dissect the process of successful auditioning and put it all back together to create a polished and unforgettable package!

Rand Harmon

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Rand Harmon, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, is a theatre director, producer, educator, and a creative entrepreneur.  Rand Harmon holds a PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from The University of Texas at Austin.  For the Theatre Studies program, Dr. Harmon teaches courses in Directing, Play Analysis and Dramatic Literature, Acting, Theatre Management/Theatre Entrepreneurshipand Arts Entrepreneurship for students from all disciplines in the College of Performing and Visual Arts, as well as mentoring aspiring student directors, producers and managers.


Dr. Harmon’s doctoral dissertation, “Site-based Theatre of 21stCentury Great Britain: Conceptualizing Audience Experience,” identifies and investigates conceptual methods employed by seven leading creators of noted site-based theatre works in England, Scotland and Wales over the past twenty years.  He is the co-editor of a special section of essays on site-based theatre in the upcoming 2019 edition of Theatre History Journal. His article “Hamlet on Alcatraz:  A Journey Into the Power of Sacred Space” was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Ecumenica Journal.  Dr. Harmon’s review, “Red Earth’s CHALK:  Exploring Heritage and Myth through Ritual Performance of Place” was featured in Unstructured.5 Extra, a British on-line Art journal.  He co-authored a one-act play with his wife Barb Harmon, “InterLifeChangeCycle (a play for site-specific performance)”, published in the 2010 issue of Palimpsest; A Creative Journal of the Humanities.  

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Rebecca Rich Joy

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor-Acting Specialist in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance at The University of Northern Colorado.  She moved to Colorado in 2017 from Philadelphia, PA; in Philadelphia, she taught college acting, musical theatre, voice and movement, speech and dialect performance courses for the past eight years. In addition to course teaching, Rebecca directed college level production musicals, cabarets and special performances, worked as a dialect/voice coach and in casting. She gives private Michael Chekhov Technique workshops for groups and individuals, and coaches students privately for auditions. Prior to joining academia, Rebecca called New York City home for almost 15 years and enjoyed an extensive performance career, crossing the country in a National Tour of Guys and Dolls, originating roles in Off-Broadway musicals, such as Zombie Prom (original CD cast recording), and appearing in numerous productions for LORT/regional stages all around the country. She has worked with leading industry professionals, including: Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and Bob Balaban (on the Comedy Central-TV Show “Strangers with Candy”), with Kristen Chenoweth and Mary-Mitchell Campbell in a live concert event, the workshop of Zombie Prom, and through, and with scads more phenomenal creative artists. Recently, she played The Countess De Lage in EgoPo's The Women in Philadelphia, and Mrs. Carol Strong in Little Theatre of the Rockies production of Catch Me If You Can. Rebecca is a 20+ year member of AEA, and an active member of MICHA-The Michael Chekhov Association since 2012; she specializes in teaching the Michael Chekhov Technique.

Rebecca's Workshops

    Acting Fun and Games: Imagination, Ensemble, and Character Tools

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    We will learn acting technique (Michael Chekhov based), build ensemble and individual characters through imagination games and exercises, using both mind and body. Super fun stuff! The Michael Chekhov Technique is a psycho-physical technique that engages both the body and the mind in developing character through imagination and movement. The workshop is open to any level of experience, from young student to seasoned educator. Any short bit of memorized text (from a monologue, or a poem, or almost any few sentences+) is helpful in applying the technique, but not required. Bare feet, socks or soft-soled shoes and clothing that gives one the ability to move are preferred (but not required).

    Chekhov Technique – Building Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Our psychology and bodies are intertwined. The Michael Chekhov Technique is a psycho- physical technique that engages both the body and the mind in developing character through imagination and movement. The workshop is open to any level of experience, from young student to seasoned educator. Any short bit of memorized text (from a monologue, or a poem, or almost any few sentences+) is helpful in applying the technique, but not required. Bare feet, socks or soft-soled shoes and clothing that gives one the ability to move are preferred (but not required).

Richard Burk

Guest Artist, Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance

Richard Burk, Workshop Presenter- Richard is the Coordinator of the Theatre Performance degree at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.  He holds degrees from the University of Illinois (M.F.A. in Acting) and Simpson College (B.A. in Theatre Arts), Richard directed the Off-Broadway production of The Magdalene by James Olm  which opened at the Theatre at St. Clements  on 46th St. in New York.  He is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, part of the Actors Center in New York City.  Richard has worked in theatre film and television, focusing on truth in acting. 

Richard's Workshops

    Act With Power and Presence!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Act with Power and Presence! – Don’t be trapped by passive choices! Students will explore “power-release” exercises to open full voice and body expressiveness; then, using short bits of text transform the inner life of the character into outer decisive action. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience. Teachers are invited to participate.

    Did You See What I Said?

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Mime. Pantomime. Acting without words. Call it what you will, it's darned fun! The art of engaging the observers imagination so that they create in their minds what your body suggests on stage is incredibly satisfying. Students will learn to be specific in their attention, in the isolation of body parts to create illusions that have been part of the physical lexicon for centuries, and capitalized on most recently by performers Marcel Marceau, and Claude Kipnis. This will serve any actor or teacher who is interested in performing at any level, including children's theatre. Teachers are invited to play along!

Richard Burk

Guest Artist, Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance

A member of the National Alliance of Teachers of Acting, a program of the Actors Center in New York City, Richard has directed Off-Broadway (The Magdelene) performed in regional theatre in the midwest, acted in film and television, and taught acting for a good long time! Working with Richard Maltby, jr., Arthur Lessac, Robert Cohen, J. Michael Miller, and Steven Pearson, to name a few mentors, Richard now serves as the coordinator of the Theatre Performance degree at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. “I teach with the goal of releasing authentic, genuine characters who, through the mind, body, and voice of the actor, come to life to serve the story of the play – whether in a small intimate theatre, a giant concert hall, or through the lens of a camera transported to the screen.” The goal of my workshops is always to open wide the doors of expression, and push aside the barriers that we sometimes build within ourselves.

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Rick Reeves

Guest Artist, Oklahoma City University

Rick Reeves joined the Theatre faculty in fall 2018 as the Artist-in-Residence in Digital Media & Design and added the title Interim Head of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance. He has been passionate about theatre and its ability to help people in a variety of ways since the early '90's. In joining the faculty at Oklahoma City University, he hopes to pass that enthusiasm on to the students there. He brings a variety of experience to the team there. He has designed lighting, digital media, and scenery at a number of theatres around the country. Rick most recently designed scenery for Micheal Pearman's rendition of She Loves Me at Creede Repertory Theatre. He has twice been Guest Lighting Designer at Lees-McRae College, working with Gabe Vanover on And then they Came for Me and Eurydice. His lighting work could be seen in Cabaret and Arcadia, as well as his scenic design for On the Verge, at the Maedgen theatre in at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. This is a small sampling of his resume, Rick has designed at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and Tulane Shakespeare Festival. Most recently he was The Production Manager for Creede Repertory Theatre for their 2017 and 2018 seasons. CRT produces nine shows annually and plays to tens of thousands of patrons in their home theatres and on tours. Rick holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Abilene Christian University and an MFA in Theatrical Design and Production from Texas Tech University.

Rick's Workshops

    Exploring Design with Digital Media

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    I might want to use digital media in my show, how do I decide whether or not to? And if I do, what do I use and how do I do it?

    Attendees will be introduced to a vocabulary to use with their creative team that will allow them to understand how digital media will effect their production.

    Attendees will then be introduced to the projection software, Isadora, some basics of what it does, and how they can gain information to use it in the creation of their shows.

    What To Be (or not to be): Theatre Jobs for Dummies

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, , / Tech

    Everyone knows about acting, directing, Stage Management, and Lighting Design, but what else is there?
    A quick, but comprehensive look at the theatre industry, it's many job fields, and a path to get the employment you want.
    Using production photos we will break down who it takes to produce a show and what educational opportunities there are to build a pathway to the jobs that are interesting to you.

Robert Laconi

Guest Artist, Independent Theatre Artist

Robert Laconi has worked in theater, film, radio, television, and children’s theater, as actor, director, manager, adjudicator, and producer with credits ranging from Broadway to Community Theatre.  In NYC he created Theatre Arts Center NY where hundreds of talented students have learned and performed and where he collaborated with over 55 Broadway Artists.  Directing credits include 15 years of productions in NYC and many shows and plays at several theatres in Bucks County PA.  On Broadway, he was Director of Development at Circle in the Square and was Associate to the Producer on the Tony nominated play, Enchanted April.  He has recently adjudicated and/or been a Guest Teaching Artist at several state Thespian Festivals, including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and the International Festival in Nebraska  As an actor, Robert has worked at several Off-Broadway theaters, including the internationally acclaimed LaMama Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, Odyssey Theater, All Souls Players, Theatre for a New City, Circle in the Square, and others.  In Regional Theatre, he has appeared in roles musical, comedic, and dramatic at Tibbits Opera House, Porthouse Summer Theater, Pennsylvania Stage, Weathervane Playhouse, Bear Creek Dinner Theatre, and Gateway Playhouse.  While living in Italy, Robert worked with the American Theatre Company of Rome.  Screen appearances include Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfella’s, Night of the Zombies, & a singer/dancer in Annie.  He holds a BFA in Theater and Acting from Kent State University with post graduate work at Fordham University School of Education.  Robert has also trained at HB Studios, Playwrights Horizons (directing), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the National Theatre of Great Britain, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and privately with Julie Bovasso, Rina Yerulshalmi, Jane Hoffman, and Karen Kohlhaas.  He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA and Actors Equity. 

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Roger Hanna

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Roger Hanna has designed sets for theater, opera, and dance in Japan, Israel, and across the United States, including over 150 productions in New York City. Before joining CSU, Mr. Hanna’s teaching experience included NYU, Rutgers, SUNY, and the University of Miami. He has designed for universities including University of Minnesota, The New School, NYU, Point Park, Ramapo, Temple, and Yale, and served as resident designer for the Mannes Opera since 2004. He has also served as resident designer for Playwrights Theater of New York (2000-2004), the Gilgamesh Theater Group (1994-2002), and four discrete NYU Programs (1991-2001). Projects of note include repeated collaborations with Laura Alley, Jack Allison, Jonathan Bank, Trazana Beverly, Tracy Bersley, Joseph Colaneri, Nilo Cruz, Jackson Gay, Robin Guarino, Ron Jenkins, Susan Marshall, Eleanor Reissa, Jody Sperling, and Tommy Tune, at venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, The Mint Theater, Provincetown Playhouse, Sarasota Opera, Tennessee Shakespeare, and Yiddishpiel (Israel). Awards include the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Scenic design, as well as three Drama Desk nominations (2006, 2012, 2015), three Henry Hewes Design Award nominations (2011, 2012, 2015), and a Denver Center for the Performing ArtsTrue West Award for Scenic Design in 2017.  Mr. Hanna is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and holds a BA in Theater from UCLA, and an MFA in Set and Lighting Design from NYU, and is an Associate Professor of Set Design at Colorado State University.

Roger's Workshops

    Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    This workshop will present a variety of ways to duplicate items large and small for theatre productions and scale models, using techniques we’ve employed at Colorado State University as well as working on regional and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

    Students will leave with (cast copies) of their severed fingers.

Royce Roeswood

Guest Artist


ROYCE ROESWOOD's past stage credits include Hir (Miner's Alley); The FlickSoul in Turmoil (Curious Theatre); Buried Childboom (Edge Theater); Indiscretions (Germinal Stage); Twelfth Night (Off Center, WY); and Barefoot in the Park (Triumvirate Theatre, AK). He is currently performing with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's touring productions of The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar. Producing credits include An Interactive Theatre Experience Set in a Dystopian Future and Custom-Made One Act Play. Playwriting credits include Romeo and Juliet: Werewolves vs. Vampires and God Finds Religion. Improvisational credits include ComedySportz Denver, Makeshift Shakespeare, The Heirs of Hogwarts, and Denver's Next Improv Star. He is a teaching artist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the Bovine Metropolis Theater. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He is also an audiobook narrator and mascot performer. Follow him on Twitter at @royceroeswood and on his website at

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Ruben Van Kempen

Guest Artist, Free Lance Presenter

Ruben Van Kempen is a Seattle-based freelance director and the recent director of theatre at Roosevelt High School, Seattle where he taught and directed for  38 years. He is proud of his many students who have gone on to work professionally on Broadway (Tony winner Memphis); in London, Europe, and Japan; and in the opera, music, film and television industries. His directing work has been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Gates Performing Arts Center in Hawaii, The Village Theatre, Seattle Civic Light Opera, the Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska, University of Evansville, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Intiman Theatre/Seattle Children’s Museum,  the International Thespian Festival in the Leid Theatre, Nebraska, as well as in several industrial shows. 


Ruben received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washing University. He was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association National Hall of Fame in September 2012, is a 2011 inductee into WA State Thespians and a 2008 inductee into the WIAA Hall of Fame. He received the 2007 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has devoted time, energy and talent to Seattle’s theatre community over the course of their career, influencing theatre locally and beyond. He was also honored with the first annual Ruben Van Kempen Arts Educator from the Intiman Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre Educator of the Year 2013. He was named a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe 2000 teaching award, and in 2013 received the Phi Beta Kappa Pathfinder Award.

Ruben's Workshops


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    A great, hands-on workshop for audition prep, college auditions and for Individual Events. Get secret tips from a veteran director on how to make your audition get the attention it needs. For students and teachers; all levels.

    Screw it Up!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    This hands on devising workshop will bring objects to life through character and story. Find out how a simple screw can turn into a world of wacky characters and scenes. Perform these devised scenes in this workshop.


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    Put it all together! In this exciting, active workshop, you will learn the vocals to FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER FROM FROZEN , stage it, rehearse it, and then perform it. Please have the words memorized. (You might want to look up the song on YouTube to brush up the words and melody.) See you there! For students and teachers; all levels.


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Devising - Performance Art.
    Release your inner wild thang as you slither, slide, morph into the wacky world of performance art. You bring the story to life. You use your wild creative power to conquer artistically and perform in this hands-on, feet-to-the-floor or in-the-air workshop. It’ll be groovalicious! For students and teachers; all levels.

Robyn Yamada

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

  Robyn attended the University of Northern Colorado as a piano performance major. A seasoned performer, she has appeared in multiple theatre productions including Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me, Grease, West Side Story, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Singin’ In The Rain. Robyn’s musical performances were featured in the 2014 Bobby G Award winner Joseph, and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In addition to teaching and performing at the DCPA, she is the staff pianist for the Grammy Away-winning Cherry Creek High School vocal music department. She has been an accompanist, performer, instructor and arranger for more than 20 years. Robyn is a voice, piano, music theory and composition instructor. Her vocal arrangements have been featured in many performances including the Bobby G Awards ceremony. She has been the Musical Director for numerous shows with DCPA Education’s Teen Company and has provided musical direction for DCPA Education’s Master Class Projects.

Robyn's Workshops

    Music and Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , /

    The complexities of music and lyric inform the internal and external life of musical theatre characters. Through working examples of selections from beloved musicals, this workshop will give you insight and tips in how best to approach, then deliver, a song based on analyzing the song’s lyric and musical structure.

Ryan Dohoney

Guest Artist, St Vrain Theatre Company/Envision Production Group

Ryan is the owner of Envision Production Group and has been working as a theatrical and corporate designer for ten years. Recent credits in design include lighting for the Off-Broadway production of Wildcards in NYC & The Last Five Years (19K Productions Boulder) as well as audio design for Spamalot the musical, and full production design for Airborne Dance. He has been awarded several awards for design at the Colorado Community Theatre Collation with the St Vrain Theatre Company. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He also enjoys  being a wedding DJ in his spare time.

Ryan's Workshops

    Advanced Lighting for the Entertainment Industry

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , /

    Take your knowledge of lighting design and theory to the next level with this immersive workshop. there are many styles of lighting design as well as many types of events in the entertainment industry, from theatre, to music, to corporate. How can we become universal designers and understand the core principles of lighting design to become proficient at designing every style of event? Find out in this hands on industry oriented workshop.

    Tech On A Dime

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Workshop participants will learn how to design and build a full set for the least amount of money as possible. Everything from using what is in their theatre to what is in the community and by using contacts they might have as well as contacts the cast have. Also using tricks of the trade to make things simple and easy to build without over complicating them. As well as learn about sound effects, props and LED lighting effects.

Saffron Henke

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Saffron Henke is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Colorado State University, and a member of the Performance faculty at the the Hollins Playwright’s Lab. A longtime member of the Actor’s Equity Association, she has performed at many regional theatres, including Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Idaho Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (two seasons) , Riverside Theatre, and the Furious Theatre Company. She was also an Associate Artist and acting company member for four seasons at the Sacramento Theatre Company, and served as Director of STC-2, a 10- month young professionals training conservatory. She has taught at Miami University, the University of Southern California, the Center Theatre Group, and at A Noise Within Theatre, St. Ambrose University, the University of Iowa, and directed at a variety of professional and academic venues, and is the Artistic Director of The Brink Theatre Company, a company focused on doing site specific new work.

Saffron's Workshops

    Create Your Own Adventure (devised work beginning toolbox)

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    There is continual, growing interest in devised work, and particularly how to expand the "toolbox" for both educators and students in this area. A hands on workshop, participants are taken through an ensemble based process including Tadashi Suzuki/Viewpoints based moment techniques, Liz Lerman and Viola Spolin based improvisation, and prompted writing exercises. The participants can explore using these techniques to create a movement based ensemble piece, a new character based solo work, or a more personal, reflective process. These exercises will culminate in participants sharing a short devised sketch. This workshop is accessible to those looking to explore techniques in devising to aid in creating both solo and ensemble new work.

Samuel Wood

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

Samuel Wood received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. After graduation, he lived in South Carolina where he was co-chair for the Charleston County School of the Arts’ Theatre Department. Additionally, he was a faculty member for Trident Technical College’s Speech Department. While in Charleston, Mr. Wood directed and taught for The Charleston Stage Company. He also was privileged to be both a director and an actor in productions for the Spoleto Festival USA. For the last twelve years he has worked in the world of Applied Theatre using theatre as the vehicle to address social injustice and health equity across the state of Colorado for Kaiser Permanente.

Samuel's Workshops

    Stella Adler: Imagination, Given Circumstance and Actions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    A leading force in the training methods of American actors, Adler famously split from the Stanislavski-based teaching methods of her Group Theatre colleague, Lee Strasberg and focused her training of actors based on her own training with Stanislavski: not focusing on an emotion (emotional recall) but finding the emotional response within circumstance, gesture, voice and action. The long list of celebrities who have studied Adler’s acting style include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Candice Bergen, Melanie Griffith, Warren Beatty, Teri Garr, and Harvey Keitel. This workshop explores the activities and inquiry points associated with the Adler technique.

Santana Trujillo

Guest Artist, AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Santana Trujillo is a recent graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy with her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Theatre. She has performed for several Royal Caribbean cruise ships, Denver Nuggets Halftimes, and for the Harlem Globetrotters. She recently worked on the promo for FX American Horror Story Season 7 and modeled for this year's International Fashion Week in Los Angeles. She has choreographed for several high school dance teams and musical theatre programs. Denver born and raised, Santana loves returning to Colorado to share all the knowledge she has acquired in LA and NYC.

Santana's Workshops

    Hip Hop Dance for Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , / Regular

    Come learn the hottest dance moves straight from LA! Step up your grooves and feel more comfortable on the dance floor. All levels welcome! Be ready to sweat and be ready to SLAY! Instructor: Santana Trujillo, AMDA

    Hip Hop on Broadway

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Step up your game and learn the new style that is taking over Broadway! Participants will learn a hip hop routine and awesome grooves to take with them. All levels are welcome! Instructor: Santana Trujillo, AMDA

    Hip Hop Stage Performance

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , , /

    Learn the hottest dance moves to "live your best life!" We will work on stage performance, getting hype, and having confidence while dancing. Step by step instruction of the Hip Hop dance style straight from LA!

Sarah Jane Arnegger

Guest Artist, Playbill, Inc

Sarah Jane began working for Playbill, Inc. in 2011 and is currently the Director of Education. Sarah Jane oversees the day to day operations for Playbill’s main educational websites PLAYBILLder and all special educational initiatives for the company. Playbill's educational initiatives include: BroadwayCon, Junior Theatre Festival, International Thespian Festival, Broadway Teachers Workshop and partnerships with the NYC DOE, iTheatrics, Educational Theatre Association and NEA. Sarah Jane is a former opera singer and received her M.M. from NYU, B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and is a member of the Educational Theatre Association’s Alumni Counsel. 


Sarah Jane's Workshops

    Playbill 101: Successful Fundraising Through Social & Print Media (JUST FOR TEACHERS)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , /

    Join Playbill as we explore and create new strategies to build fundraising opportunities for your school or arts organization. We will take platforms such as social media, program development through PLAYBILLder, advertising, sponsorship deals, and other opportunities to engage your community and help build sustainability within your arts program.

Sasha Fisher

Guest Artist, The Arvada Center

Sasha Fisher trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in her native London and is an Associate and Licentiate of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). She has twice earned London's Time Out Critics's Choice award for her work in classical theatre. In addition to her work on stage and screen, she has taught and directed theatre for over 30 years.

Sasha's Workshops

    Playing the Enemy

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    How to play the character designed to be disliked. Go deeper with your acting process, get beyond judgement, and discover authentic ways to connect with the Big, Bad and Beyond. Develop a well rounded portrait of a human being from the inside out, not a caricature.

Sean Samuels

Guest Artist, AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Sean Samuels, Alum of AMDA has had success on Broadway performing in Tarzan the musical, Curtains, and Spiderman Turn off the dark.  He now resides in Los Angeles and has recently been seen in episodes of The Goldbergs, Jane the Virgin and Bosch.  He can also be seen as a series regular on Issa Rae’s Youtube hit scripted  series “Giants”.

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Skyler Zurn

Guest Artist, Rich Delia Casting

I have been working in casting for a little over 3 years now at offices such as Telsey+ Co, April Webster, CBS Network (under Peter Golden), 20th Century FOX (under Sharon Klein), Francine Maisler, and now I am currently at Rich Delia casting! Over the years I have worked on projects such as: THIS IS US, GOOD BOYS, BRIGHTBURN, DIETLAND, COLONY, and many other projects that I have either been apart of or helped with. At my year at 20th Century FOX I helped oversee the casting process of all our current airing shows.. ranging at around 55. Casting is my passion and I can’t wait for the many projects to come in my future. I am looking to widen my skills, vocabulary and knowledge of actors to become the best casting professional I can be and would love to have the opportunity to work together. After years in the room, I am particular with my notes and I pride myself on getting an actor to their best audition with quick ability to comprehend material and tend to an actors strengths. I am great at coaching and making the actor feel comfortable and confident by the end of their session! I also have a great deal of experience working with children actors working at summer camps are performance academies over the years.

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Sondra Blanchard

Guest Artist, Public Works Theatre Company

Sondra Blanchard is artistic director of the award-winning Public Works Theatre Company, based in Lafayette, CO. She has been performing, teaching, and making new theatre for 30 years. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz,  the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and holds an MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Sondra has worked in regional theatre, toured nationally and worked internationally as a choreographer and acting coach. Locally, Sondra has performed with Band of Toughs, the Catamounts, Zen Cabaret, Theatre V, and at the Civic Theatre. She has taught at CU Boulder, the Arvada Center, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, The Art Underground, Arts Hub, Mountain Vista High School, Community College of Aurora, and was adjunct faculty at Naropa University and UNC Greeley. Sondra was a Fulbright Fellow – Greece in 2014, teaching collaborative playwriting at Aristotle University. Please visit her Website at

Sondra's Workshops

    Viewpoints – Improvisation

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world. Originated by Mary Overlie, it has been adapted by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company for actors. In the Viewpoints, the dominant issues performers deal with-time and space-are broken down into nine categories. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate dynamic theatrical work quickly. In this workshop we'll get on our feet to explore the nine categories in an embodied, playful way!

Stacey DAngelo

Guest Artist, Community College of Aurora

Stacey D’Angelo currently serves as director of theatre at the Community College of Aurora and has been with the college since 2008.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University where she studied the unique techniques of Moment Work with Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski and Tectonic Theatre Project; Viewpoints; Roy Hart Vocal Technique and Grotowski Physical Acting.  She is active in the Denver theatre community and works in original ensemble theatre creation. Stacey is passionate about leading the CCA Theatre program in creating exciting and relevant new theatre. “All my classes and productions are geared towards exploring possibilities on stage through utilizing the student’s voice and perspective on the issues they face in our society today. Each production pushes the envelope and explores a post modern approach to theatre – always asking –  how can we tell story in ways it hasn’t been done before and how can we make theatre relevant to who we are as a community?

Stacey's Workshops

    Grotowski Physical Acting Worskhop

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Polish theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski is best known for his intense actor training processes in the 1960s and 70s. Grotowski and his actors experimented with the physical, spiritual and ritualistic aspects of theatre, the nature of role, and the relationship between actor and spectator.

    This workshop is designed to break free of limitations and realise your full potential as an actor on stage. Students will explore physical and vocal exercises designed to express what we think and feel through movement, spoken text and stillness. The work will give actors physical skills for fully expressing their imaginations and their personalities.

    Please bring:
    -A memorized monologue/text
    -Clothing you can move in

    Roy Hart Vocal Work

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    “The voice is the muscle of the soul.” - Roy Hart

    In the "Roy-Hart-work" we explore the voice in all its forms of expression. We will examine the relationship between voice and body as well as explore varying ways into text, character, emotional connection to language, and performance power. This workshop is beneficial for acting and musical theatre students alike. We will explore the deep connection between the voice and body:

    • To become aware of your breathing and develop the breath-body-voice connection
    • To connect to your body
    • To expand the possibilities of your voice: timbres, colors, resonance, registers…
    • To play and improvise with your voice, imagination and emotions

    Please bring:
    -A memorized monologue/text
    -Clothing you can move in

Stephen Gregg

Guest Artist, Guest Playwright

Stephen Gregg’s play, This is a Test, helped define a genre of large-cast one-acts when it appeared in 1988.  Since then, he’s published over twenty plays for schools to perform, including Small Actors, One Lane Bridge, The New Margo, S.P.A.R., Twitch, Wake-Up Call, Sex Lives of Superheroes and Crush, which was produced on the mainstage of the International Thespian Festival in 2016. His new one-act is called Why We Like Love Stories.

He’s been the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis; the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award for best ten-minute play (A Private Moment) and the International Thespian Society’s Founders’ Award for Service to youth and theatre. Crush was developed during a residency at the William Inge Center for the Arts.

Gregg teaches himself to write plays, one tweet at a time, at @playwrightnow. 

Stephen's Workshops

    Playwriting, the Types of Scenes

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    PLAYWRITING. We’re going to learn the two main types of scenes and the two most important words in playwriting, which are ... well, you’ll just have to show up to find out. We’ll touch on plot and character. We’re going to move fast. Caffeinate.

    The Real Story – the plot

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    THE REAL STORY. Story is the key element of plays, TV and movies. It’s what audiences crave. But crafting a plot is neither easy nor intuitive. The good news is that, like most skills, it can be learned. We’ll do exercises, break down plot types and build stories together.

Steven McDonald

Guest Artist, University of Denver

Steven is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver, where he serves as the Technical Director/Production Manager for the Department of Theatre. At DU, Steven teaches Stage Management, Sound Design, Properties, Lighting and Stage Technology. Recent design work includes Sound and Lighting Designs for the CU New Opera Workshop, Spamalot at PACE, Evita  at Phamaly, and The Wave That Set The Fire for Athena Project, as well as designs for Little Theatre of the Rockies, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Systryst Theatre, and Edge Theatre Company, Steven has worked for a variety of performing arts organizations, including the Seattle Rep, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, the Colorado Dance Festival, Rocky Mountain Revels, and 22 seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Steven earned his MFA in Theatre Design & Production from the University of California, Irvine.

Steven's Workshops

    Ask a Tech Question

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Tech Director Steven McDonald returns for a Thespian Conference tradition. Bring your questions about scenery, lighting, sound, facilities, and stage management. Steven answers questions, and many times we learn new ideas from the attendees. Open to all students and teachers interested in tech.

Steven Workman

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Steven Workman holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University in Theatre Technology, and a B.F.A. from the University of South Dakota in Theatre Design and Technology. Before coming to CSU, Steven worked as technical eirector for the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and The University of South Dakota Playhouse. Other positions include shop foreman for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, as well as multiple summers with the Black Hills Playhouse.

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Steve Stevens

Guest Artist, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood CO

Steve Stevens has worked in Musical Direction and Sound Sculpture for theatres in Colorado and New York. Some of his notable works include Arvada’s Les Misérables, The Crucible, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, and Ragtime; Albany Capital Repertory’s To Kill A Mockingbird and The Taming Of The Shrew; and CSF's Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His work has garnered numerous award nominations. His musical, Little Women, The Musical, was awarded Best New Play in 1998, and he was awarded the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Henry Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

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Stuart Barr

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Stuart is the Technical Director for DCPA Education. He was the Technical Director and Associate Producer for the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center from 1999 through 2007. He has been involved in the entertainment world since 1985 with a career that has spanned technical directing, producing, set design, lighting design, acting, directing, stage managing, and radio broadcasting. Colorado theatres where Stuart has designed or built sets include: Town Hall Arts Center, The Arvada Center, Country Dinner Playhouse, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, PHAMALY, The Aurora Fox, Imagination Makers, and Colorado Stage Company. Stuart has taught set construction at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Arapahoe Community College. He has directed for Coal Creek Community Theatre and Lafayette Community Theatre. Stuart has also performed for television, film, outdoor drama, theme parks, regional and community theatres and is a member of Actor’s Equity. His broadcasting credits include radio stations WSIF and WKBC. He has done pre-show announcements for Horn in the West Outdoor Drama, Town Hall Arts Center, and the Conservatory Theatre.

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Stuart Stone

Guest Artist, Casting Director/ Stuart Stone Casting

Stuart Stone has been casting for over 20 years and has cast Hundreds of commercials and cast thousands of actors for domestic and worldwide television media. He has built a reputation on drive, creativity, passion and innovation in supplying the Commercial, Television, Film & new media.  Stuart is a Clio and Emmy award winning casting director and is best known for many of his unique, high profile campaigns for Apple, Purina, Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, Jeep, Home Depot, Sony, and Subway, to name a few. Stuart has cast Union, Non-Union and real people around the country and his steadfast commitment to finding what the client is looking for has enabled him to work with many established production companies, directors and advertising agencies. While casting Stuart has created workshops and classes utilizing his knowledge from behind the camera to teach actors what works in front of the camera to give memorable auditions and book the job. Stuart is also the author of the top selling book "The Keys to Commercial Acting". He is often invited to guest speak and teach around the country His passion in casting and teaching is why he is a go to casting director and acting coach.

Stuart's Workshops

    How to be a working actor in Hollywood

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Heading out to work in a place like Hollywood can be overwhelming ,confusing as well as very costly. In this workshop I will give all participants a personal plan on how to head out to a Major market like Hollywood or New York .We will cover many of the ideas I talk about in my book so you will have a clear understanding of how to time your move, land an agent, Find a place to live, Budget your money, Workshops, Photographers and avoiding Scams . We will take out the stress, fear and worry. You will also learn how to make sure that before you pick up and move that you have been signed by an agent and have the proper representation so when you arrive you can start auditioning. If you have thought about making the move to work in TV Film or Theater you will not want to miss this workshop. I guarantee you will save time money and be hugely informed and give you a clear understanding of the process. I want to make sure that you are well prepared and am looking forward to helping you.

    TV and Film Acting for the Camera

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    This workshop is designed for any actor that wants to be On TV or in Film. I will teach actors the some of the key techniques and skills for working in front of the camera. Participants will gain the understanding and gain the basic of working in TV and Film as well as how to audition for these roles. We will video everyone to help them better understand the process in reading for principle roles as a co-star, Guest-Star and Star of a TV show or Movie. Students will leave in-Powered and more confident as an actor.

    Where do I go from here? OR Working in Hollywood/New York

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Heading out to work in a place like Hollywood can be overwhelming ,confusing as well as very costly. In this workshop I will give all participants a personal plan on how to head out to a Major market like Hollywood or New York .We will cover many of the ideas I talk about in my book so you will have a clear understanding of how to time your move, land an agent, Find a place to live, Budget your money, Workshops, Photographers and avoiding Scams . We will take out the stress, fear and worry. You will also learn how to make sure that before you pick up and move that you have been signed by an agent and have the proper representation so when you arrive you can start auditioning. If you have thought about making the move to work in TV Film or Theater you will not want to miss this workshop. I guarantee you will save time money and be hugely informed and give you a clear understanding of the process. I want to make sure that you are well prepared and am looking forward to helping you.

    Working in Television Commercials

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Commercial Acting is a very lucrative business. Many actors work in commercials to make money (some thousands a year) as they work towards a profitable career in TV and Film. In this workshop we will cover what it takes to be a working commercial actor. We will cover everything from Agents, Managers, to booking the job and working on set. We will also cover What is the best way to slate? Crafting memroble auditions, Who are the "clients", We will also do some activities to find your 'Type" and cover some techniques that I have learned or created to from working behind the camera as a casting director that I will share with you during our workshop together.

Susan Pilar

Guest Artist, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Susan Pilar has performed in New York with Lincoln Center (Broadway), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre (NYSF), Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Raw Space (Actor's Studio). Her regional credits include; the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, The Shakespeare Theatre (The Folger), Passage Theatre and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Her TV and Film credits include: Law & Order, The Cosby Show, One Life to Live, Guiding Light and the independent movie, The Waiting Room. Susan moved to New York where she continues to work and live. When not performing, Susan is busy teaching, directing and coaching privately. She is also proud to be a core faculty instructor at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she has been teaching and directing for the past 14 years. Susan also teaches acting and audition technique at the T. Schreiber studio. Currently she co-created The FUSE with casting director Scott Wojcik, which is in its 7th successful year.

Degrees and Studies
MFA, American Conservatory Theatre; BFA, University of Southern California; Fellowship, The Shakespeare Theatre–The Folger: Performance credits include Lincoln Center–Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public–NYSF, The Guthrie, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Founder of Reel Intentions, a production company that creates actor demo reels

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Tamara Meneghini

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Tamara Meneghini is a professional actor, voice/movement coach, and teaching artist.; She belongs to the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder where she teaches courses in acting, movement, voice, Shakespeare, Period Styles, and Musical Theatre. Most recently she completed the international training program, Arscomica Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico with Antonio Fava in Italy in the style of Commedia Dell'Arte with artists from all over the globe.  Most recently she has been touring two productions, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY (as Mary) and ELIZABETH I – In Her Own Words (as Elizabeth), with her own theatre company, Goddess Here Productions and is currently developing a new work with collaborator, Ami Dayan to be part of the upcoming Theatre – Made in Boulder festival in early 2018.  As an actor, director, and teaching artist she has received many awards and grants to continue to develop and share her passion for the fusion of body, voice and the actor poet.

Tamara's Workshops

    Creating Character Through Movement

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Physical technique and movement specialist, Tammy Meneghini will share several ways to approach creating character through utilization of the physical body. Before there is a play there is only play. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move freely. Students will be lead through a series of physical explorations created to expose elements of character and aimed to articulate the composition of a role through the imagination, body, and voice. Presented by Tamara Meneghini

    Voice for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    This workshop will explore the fundamentals of breath, projection, articulation, and energy necessary for stage work. A specific focus will be towards the muscularity of language and sounding. Please bring a short piece of classical text to play with. Presented Tamara Meneghini

Tami LoSasso


Tami is the director of Colorado Thespians. She is a 19 year veteran high school theatre teacher and the director at Lakewood High School.

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Tandy Versyp

Guest Artist, New York Film Academy – LA

Tandy Versyp is a Seattle-based screenwriter, who has written pilots for IFC Channel and co-produced Sudden Owl, the web-adaptation of NPR's The Moth Storytelling Hour. In addition to recruiting for New York Film Academy, he has been known to perform comedy and help children overcome illiteracy. 

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Tanner Kelly

Guest Artist

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Tara Wolfe

Guest Artist, Human, Kind Theater Project

Tara Wolfe is the President and Producing Artistic Director of Human, Kind Theater Project. A seasoned improviser, director, producer, and educator, Tara earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Dual Honors in Directing, Playwriting, and Production from the University of the Arts, and her Master of Arts in Professional Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Dedicated to supporting her community with kindness and artistic excellence, Tara co-founded Human, Kind in 2016. Her work has also been seen at theaters around Colorado such as Curious Theatre Company, Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, and Evergreen Players.

Tara's Workshops

    Choosing the Right College the First Time

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    Selecting a college can seem like a daunting task. From location to program to cost of tuition, there are a lot of factors that go into making this important decision. So how do you choose where to spend the next four years of your life? This session will explore all the do's and don'ts of choosing the right college the first time around, from someone who wasn't so lucky. All students and questions are welcome.

    Consent in the Theater

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    Consent is an essential element in theater. With effective communication, clear boundaries, and mutual respect, artists can find the freedom and vulnerability they need to create their best work. But for some, consent can sometimes pose tricky questions: What if you state your boundaries and people think you're a diva? What if you're in an improv situation where you have to say yes? What happens if you agree to do an intimate scene but later feel uncomfortable with what is being asked of you? Following in the wake of Me Too, this workshop will explore these questions and more to equip artists with the tools they need to feel safe and and respected in the theater.

    Mid-Form Improv

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    What is mid-form improv and how is it different from short and long form? In this workshop we will explore the newest edition to the improv universe, using your past improv experience to deepen your understanding and enhance your skills. If you love improv and are ready for something new, this is the workshop for you!

    Producing Your Own Work

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Tech

    Have you ever thought about putting on your own show? Do you want to take your theater work into your own hands? Come learn how to get your idea off the ground and turn your vision into a reality! We'll discuss all of the necessities from finding a venue to performer contracts to selling tickets so that you can lend your voice to theater conversation.

Ted Stark

Guest Artist, University of Colorado at Boulder

Ted Stark began working in theatrical costume construction in 1987 with The Virginia Shakespeare Festival and The Juilliard School. Over the years he has made costumes for numerous organizations and productions including 17 seasons at The Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Alley Theatre, Huntington Theatre and a number of Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, The Sound of Music and, most recently, A Christmas Story, The Musical. Ted is a Senior Instructor and Costume Production Manager, and heads the BFA Design/Tech/Management program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Ted's Workshops

    How To Drape and Pattern Your Own Costumes

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Learn to custom make your own costume patterns using the fundamentals of draping and flat patterning. Who knew it could be this easy?!

    Inside The Groove: Rhythm-Based Performance Enhancement Techniques

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    To be taught by Jesse Manno

    Participants will simultaneously enhance their internal sense of rhythm and their sense of community by holding their own groove while interlocking in rhythmic patterns with each other.  Come learn how rhythmic tricks can make live theatre more engaging!

    Jesse Manno is Music Director of the University of Colorado, Boulder Dance Program, He began his association there playing live music for Dance Classes at age 17.  He is also a frequent accompanist/composer in residence with The Bates Dance Festival, ACDA conferences, and the Florida Dance Festival. He has composed over 200 dance/theatre scores from Off Broadway to abroad for Lazer Vaudeville, David Dorfman, David Taylor, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Turning The Wheel, Inc. and many others.

    Speak Without Words!

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    Did you know that there is a language that we've all known, no matter who we are, since we were toddlers? Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, director, designer or technician, we can all learn to harness this language and communicate with our audience.

    The Makeup Circus

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , /

    Want to learn how to do specialty makeup? Style and put on wigs? Join us for the Makeup Circus! We will discuss prepping your face to maintain healthy skin, and then dive into a whole series of different wig and makeup styles.

    Transnational Fusion Funk

    Beginning, , / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    To be taught by Donna Mejia

    We will focus on Transnational fusion dance using expressiveness, hardcore rhythms, hip work, athletic challenge, and attentive body work. Beginning with yoga and somatic science-based warm up, we will then upgrade to ballistic beats and spirited movement, featuring North African and Dances of the Arab world with underground Hip Hop and Electronic Music. This class will feature the best underground funk, international hip hop and electronica in the known universe.

    Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012, received the Fulbright Association's 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance

    You spin Me Right Round: Turntable Design and Construction

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, , /

    To be taught by Kerry Cripe

    This workshop will discuss different approaches to turntable design and construction including a variety of technical approaches and construction techniques.

    Kerry Cripe is currently a faculty Technical Director and Lighting Designer at the University of Colorado Boulder.  His professional credits extend over twenty years and include Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The New Harmony Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and The Central City Opera.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to his teaching schedule, Kerry can only teach Friday afternoon.

Thomas Schultheis

Guest Artist, Teaching Artist

Thomas Schultheis has served as a teaching artist creating the Inspiration Workshop, Let Me Try That Again, Signs & Synchronicity, and Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic. He received his Master of Arts in Strategic Communications from National University and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University. He is on the Creative Team with the Musical Theatre Competitions of America as well as the Engagement Manager with The Spark File Creativity Group Coaching. Thomas worked for 15 years at the Disneyland® Resort, primarily as the Youth Programs Sales Manager for Disney Performing Arts. Under his award winning leadership he created the Disney Performing Arts Conservatory, as well as Inspiring Brilliance , a 2 day Summit which brought leading educators together from around the world. Thomas has performed on Broadway in the revival of Grease! as well as tours of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Chicago, and South Pacific. Thomas is a Board Member with the Arts Schools Network, Akomi Dance, and a member of the Concordia University Advisory Council, Actors Equity AssociationCalifornia Educational Theatre AssociationEducational Theatre Association, and the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California.

Thomas's Workshops

    Let Me Try That Again

    , , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    In this workshop we will learn a way to process our perceived failures. We will explore how we can transform our beliefs about challenges into something new and useful, learn from it, create from it, and celebrate it.

    Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Interaction, Performance, and Storytelling come together in this fun, focused clinic. Thomas will work with students with the goal of emphasizing individual strengths and talents, improving connection to material, exploring context, authenticity, technique, purposeful movement, and improved performance. Using, at times, unconventional methods, he will customize his approach according to each performer. This dynamic and interactive workshop delves into unexplored areas of performance and connection.

    Each student should come prepared with 1 song and the ability to sing a cappella.

    The Spark of Inspiration Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    In this interactive workshop we will discover, explore, and share our own curiosities. Through movement, writing, and play, we will discover ways to awaken our inspirations.

Tim Evanicki

Guest Artist, The College Audition

Mr. Evanicki is a celebrated Juilliard-educated voice teacher and singer, who has traveled extensively, singing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.


With 14 years experience as a vocal coach, Mr. Evanicki has prepared his students go on to follow in his footsteps, attending some of the nation’s leading music schools and musical theater programs. His students have been seen on the stages of Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, London’s West End, and in Feature Films.


His clients have been accepted to NYU Tisch, NYU Steinhardt, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Baldwin Wallace, CCM, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse, Pace, and other top musical theatre programs across the country. He is author of the book “The College Audition: A Guide for High School Students Pursuing a Degree in Theatre.”


He has worked extensively as a master class clinician and adjudicator, working with soloists and choirs for the Florida State Thespian Conference, The Florida Vocal Association, The Miss America Organization, The Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant, The Florida Theatre Conference, Edgewater High School’s "Flying High" ensemble, and the Lake Highland Preparatory School Choirs. As a musical director, Tim has worked with Oviedo High School, Winter Springs High School, Winter Park High School, The Winter Park Playhouse, The Master Class Academy, In the Limelight, The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY, and Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, CT. In addition to teaching at his private voice studio, “The Vocal Technician,” he is currently a contracted voice teacher at Edgewater High School, University High School and Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL.


“The College Audition” is available on his website, as well as on in paperback and on Kindle. For more information, please visit, and his studio website

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Tim Evanicki

Guest Artist, The College Audition

Tim Evanicki is a celebrated Juilliard-educated voice teacher and singer, who has traveled extensively, singing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. With 14 years’ experience as a vocal coach, Mr. Evanicki has prepared his students go on to follow in his footsteps, attending some of the nation’s leading music schools and musical theater programs. His students have been seen on the stages of Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, London’s West End, and in Feature Films. Tim has been preparing students for their college auditions for 14 years. His clients have been admitted to NYU Tisch, NYU Steinhardt, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Baldwin Wallace, CCM, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse, Pace, and other top musical theatre programs across the country. He is author of the book “The College Audition: A Guide for High School Students Pursuing a Degree in Theatre.” He has worked extensively as a master class clinician and adjudicator, working with soloists and choirs for the Florida State Thespian Conference, The Florida Vocal Association, The Miss America Organization, The Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant, The Florida Theatre Conference, Edgewater High School’s “Flying High” ensemble, and the Lake Highland Preparatory School Choirs. As a musical director, Tim has worked with Oviedo High School, Winter Springs High School, Winter Park High School, The Winter Park Playhouse, The Master Class Academy, In the Limelight, The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY, and Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, CT. “The College Audition” is available on in paperback and as an e-book on Kindle. For more information, please visit, and his studio website Tim is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, The Florida Association for Theatre Education, The National Association for Teachers of Singing, and The Educational Theatre Association (Thespian Society).

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Tim Grant

Guest Artist, Freelance Artist/ DCTA, Denver School of the Arts, Wolf Theatre Academy

A native of the D.C. Metro area, and graduate of Catawba College North Carolina, Tim has called Denver, Colorado home for 14 years.   He has been in the Theatre Industry over 30 years. When he isn’t presenting workshops across the country, he works at The Denver Center Theatre Academy, Denver School of the Arts, and The Wolf Theatre Academy.  Some of Tim’s directing credits include A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Scapino!, Bridge to Terabithia, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,  Comedy of Errors, The Moon is Down, Blythe Spirit, The Good Doctor, On the Verge, The Dining Room, and House and GardenHe has appeared in Oleana (John), The Glass Menagerie (Jim), Amadeus (Mozart & Emperor Joseph), True West (Austin), Measure for Measure (Lucio & Duke), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius), Macbeth (Malcolm), and Henry IV / Richard III (King Edward).  Along with his work on the stage, Tim can be seen in film and TV productions of Three Pages, Chasing the Dragon, Shift, The Closest Thing to Heaven, and Dawson's Creek.  You can find his article "Sharper Contrast" in the January 2013 issue of Dramatic's Magazine.

Tim's Workshops

    Actor’s Mind / Character’s Mind

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    We are told to "put our selves in the character's shoes", but what if we put ourselves into the character's mind? How does the character perceive the world, what motivates them, and where do their weaknesses lie? Utilizing Jungian Psychology and Myers-Briggs Theory, an incredible world of character analysis is illuminated.

    Emotional Flexibility

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    “With great emotions comes great responsibility”. How can a character be an emotional wreck, while the actor is in control? Why can’t I cry on stage? How can I feel the emotion, instead of just showing it? Come learn how to “stretch your emotional range” in this workshop. Duet scene partners are encouraged to attend together and make new discoveries within their scenes.

    Focus – and Move With Purpose

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    This is an “on your feet” workshop where students are led through specifically designed exercises that train young actors to concentrate on their scene partners, ensemble, and their surroundings. This workshop reveals just how much we can create by “listening”.

    Stan the Man – Method Acting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    120 years ago, Stanislavski revolutionized acting as we know it and his “method” is still used by most actors in one form or another. Join in on this workshop to experience a deeper understanding of some of Stan’s greatest hits. Relaxation, Concentration, Sense Memory, Endowment, and The Magic If. “When we are on stage, we are in the here and now.”-Constantin Stanislavski

Timothy McCracken

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Education Team

Mr. McCracken is the Head of Acting for the Adult Program at the DCPA – Education Department. He is a professional actor, director, teacher and playwright, having performed in theatre, television and film for over 25 years. He has appeared in numerous theatre productions in New York City, including with the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Theatre Workshop, and in regional theatres around the country. He has performed locally in numerous productions with the DCPA Theatre Company including the upcoming production of Anna Karenina, Curious Theatre Co., the Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, BETC, Local Theatre Co., and Stories on Stage. He has appeared in film, television, and numerous national commercials over the years. Timothy has taught at many universities nationally. He has an MFA in Theatre from the DCPA’s National Theatre Conservatory, and a BA in Theatre from Whitman College.

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Tom McNally

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Tom McNally is currently a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. With over 40 years of experience, Tom also taught at Penn State and Loretto Heights College. He has presented over 300 workshops in 16 states. Tom’s book, Acting: The Active Process (Kendall Hunt), is being used throughout the United States. He holds the National Educational Hall of Fame Award and is a Colorado “Henry” Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner. 

Tom's Workshops

    Acting: The Active Process

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    A hands-on lively workshop with emphasis on how to create character in a fun and active way. Connected materials include: Purpose, Obstacle, Tactics, Circumstances, Relationship, and Orchestra. Come ready to learn - Come ready to have fun! Note: Teachers strongly urged to participate.

Travis Kent

Guest Artist, Chatfield High School/NYU

TRAVIS KENT is a proud Colorado native. Broadway: Disaster! (Workman/Chef, understudy for Adam Pascal; Nederlander Theater). Other New York: Paris Through the Window (Marc Chagall; Abingdon Theater Co.), The Last Word (Neil; The Duke Theater), Pyre Cantata (Polyneices; HERE Arts Center), Travis Kent: My First Time (54 Below), From Rodgers to Heart directed by Sutton Foster (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Hair (Claude; Lake Dillon Theatre Co.), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine; Tantrum Theater). Film: The One (Bearded Man; independent short). Proud graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where he had the honor of playing Jean Paul Marat in the Liz Swados directed Marat/Sade. Travis is currently developing his original television series Plain Jane starring Jane Willingham.

Additionally, Travis is a graduate of Chatfield High School in Littleton and won the Critic’s Choice Award at the Colorado State Thespian Conference. He is a champion formerly competitive Irish dancer as well as a studio artist. He recently taught the workshops “It’s a Disaster!: Choreography from the Broadway Show” and “So You Think You Can Riverdance?” at the Florida State Thespian Conference.

For more information, please visit

Travis's Workshops

    DISASTER!: Choreography from the Broadway Show

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , , /

    Earthquakes, tidal waves, and killer rats, oh my! Get your groove thing on with Original Broadway Cast member and Chatfield High School alum Travis Kent!

Trevor Strahan

Guest Artist

Trevor Strahan is an actor, director, designer, producer, and teaching artist originally from Houston, Texas. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Acting from the Oklahoma City University School of Theatre he moved to Chicago to officially begin his artistic career in the Midwest. Trevor is also a proud and active member of The Academy of Fight Director's Canada where he is an Intermediate Actor Combatant. On top of his role as an actor combatant and violence designer Trevor is also the Executive Director of Chicago's newest  Theatre Company: Theatre Evolve. Trevor has worked as an artistic professional in Houston and Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Birmingham, Alabama and most notably Chicago, Illinois. Favorite projects include most recently providing a staff development class centered around building safe violence choreography for the third largest public school district in the state of Texas and working as the Associate Fight Choreographer for The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's most successful and wifely attended production of Macbeth. 

Trevor's Workshops

    The Prince of Cats vs. That Scurvy Knave!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    The artist will be given a short scene from Shakespeare's crowd favorite: Romeo and Juliet. The artist will first pair off and break down their scene using specific techniques Violence Design Professionals use in the industry to decide how each character fights the way they do. Then the artists will learn specific fight choreography used in a fully produced version of Romeo and Juliet and apply their own flair to each character they are fighting as. The artist will then pair off and work their scenes with a partner ready to return at the end of class to present their scenes for the class.

Tyrick Wiltez Jones

Guest Artist, Broadway Artists Alliance

Tyrick Wiltez Jones has appeared in the Broadway productions of Finian’s Rainbow (Howard) and Hairspray. National Tours: Seussical, Fosse, Show Boat. NY/Regional credits: A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Soup Soap & Salvation, and the New York City Center ‘ENCORES!’ production of Finian’s Rainbow (Henry). Concert credits: PHISH 2011 New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden (featured singer/dancer), Mary Wilson of the Supremes Motown/Rock and Roll North America Tour (featured background singer), US Premiere of Sacred Ellington starring Jessye Norman with the Carnegie Hall ‘HONOR’ Series. Tyrick received 2015 Detroit Broadway World awards for Best Actor in Once on This Island and Best Choreographer for his work on The Bikinis. He has been featured in many readings/workshops in NYC and has made numerous film and TV appearances throughout the U.S. and Europe. Back to Me, an Independent Short he starred in, traveled the Film Festival Circuits. He choreographed Shimmer and Shine on Nickelodeon and he also worked as Assistant Choreographer for the film Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah & Dolly Parton. Tyrick’s voice was heard singing background off-Broadway in John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean. A popular NYC Triple Threat Arts Educator, Tyrick teaches Master Classes all across the US and particularly enjoys working with young, up-and-coming performers through programs like Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC, where he has been on the faculty for the past 12 years.,

Tyrick Wiltez's Workshops

    Don’t Throw Away your Shot – Broadway Confidence In Auditions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , /

    In this hands on workshop, we will discuss and work on the audition skills you need to help you shine in "the room". Whether you have a monologue or song, the tips and skills you'll gain in this class will help you have more successful auditions whether they are for Broadway or for your school show. Taught by Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Broadway performer and faculty member of Broadway Artists Alliance, New York's elite program for connecting young artists with Broadway Guest Instructors and Industry. Bring along your monologue and/or song. Walk away with a renewed confidence!

    Hairspray: Dance from Stage to Screen!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Learn Choreography from the show that took Broadway, TV and FILM by storm. If you can count to 8, then Welcome To The 60's because you can take this class! Perfect your BROADWAY audition tool box as you work on the skills you need to be onstage on Broadway and on Film while learning some of the original HAIRSPRAY choreography. IT ALL STARTS WITH "Being YOURSELF"! Taught by Tyrick Wiltez Jones (HAIRSPRAY Broadway cast member for over 3 years & Hairspray's Asst. Choreographer at Papermill Playhouse), faculty member of Broadway Artists Alliance, New York's elite program for connecting young artists with Broadway Guest Instructors and Industry. Book that show, whether it's at your School, on Broadway, or on TV.

Walt Jones

Guest Artist, CSU Theatre

Walt Jones, who joined the CSU Theatre program in 2006, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a teacher of acting, directing, and playwriting, he has served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, and University of California, San Diego. He has directed twice on Broadway, six plays off-Broadway, including the American premiere of Howard Barker's No End of Blame at Manhattan Theatre Club, and over sixty plays in more than twenty regional theatres from Cambridge to Fairbanks and productions in Soviet Russia and in Tokyo. He directed world premiere productions of plays by Thomas Babe, Lanford Wilson, Naomi Iizuka, Jos Rivera, Arthur Kopit, Jim Yoshimura, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Sam Shepard and David Mamet, John Pielmeier, Derek Walcott and Christopher Durang. Among the many actors Walt has directed are Meryl Streep, Roc Dutton, John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, Nathan Lane, Liev Schreiber, Angie Bassett, Christopher Walken, Jason Alexander, Michael Gross, Lindsey Crouse, Linda Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Peter MacNicol, Frances Conroy, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Lewis Black, Mariel Hemingway, John Goodman, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Paul Guilfoyle, Bill Sadler, Athol Fugard, Max Wright, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, and Tony Award-winning stage actor, Jefferson Mays. Mr. Jones was a staff director at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference from 1980-1990, and directed regularly for the Yale Rep, Arena Stage, and the American Repertory Theatre. He is the author of The 1940s Radio Hour and A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, both published by Samuel French, Inc.

Walt's Workshops


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , /

    Self-scripting is an approach to devising original material by using
    their own histories, identifying their strengths and weaknesses,
    habits, blocks, quirks, vices, doubts, fears, nightmares,
    preoccupations, and latent talents that they may have pushed aside,
    and then "improving them" with an eye to storytelling. By identifying
    their own history, performers have access to a wide variety of
    "characters" within themselves, each individual and iconic, each
    driven in their own ways, each alive, surprisingly truthful, raw,
    relenting, and emotionally resonant. By using "fictive truth" the
    result is original and crafted, not tethered to the truth of the
    story. The author-performers will craft these characters into short
    performance pieces that are idiosyncratic and sincere, monologues and
    dialogues spoken directly into the eyes of strangers.

Walt Jones

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Walt Jones, who joined the CSU Theatre program in 2006, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a teacher of acting and directing, he has served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, and University of California, San Diego.

He has directed twice on Broadway, six plays off-Broadway, including the American premiere of Howard Barker's No End of Blame at Manhattan Theatre Club, and over sixty plays in more than twenty regional theatres from Cambridge to Fairbanks and productions in Soviet Russia and in Tokyo. He directed world premiere productions of plays by Thomas Babe, Lanford Wilson, Naomi Iizuka, Jos Rivera, Arthur Kopit, Jim Yoshimura, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Sam Shepard and David Mamet, John Pielmeier, Derek Walcott and Christopher Durang. Among the many actors Walt has directed are Meryl Streep, Roc Dutton, John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, Nathan Lane, Liev Schreiber, Angie Bassett, Christopher Walken, Jason Alexander, Michael Gross, Lindsey Crouse, Linda Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Peter MacNicol, Frances Conroy, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Lewis Black, Mariel Hemingway, John Goodman, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Paul Guilfoyle, Bill Sadler, Athol Fugard, Max Wright, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, and Tony Award-winning stage actor, Jefferson Mays. Mr. Jones was a staff director at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference from 1980-1990, and directed regularly for the Yale Rep, Arena Stage, and the American Repertory Theatre. He is the author of The 1940s Radio Hour and A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, both published by Samuel French, Inc.

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William Goldyn

Guest Artist

William Goldyn was nominated by his students and was further honored by the Fulfillment Fund organization as one of the top twenty-five educators in Los Angeles. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Center Theatre Group Bravo award recipient who has directed over 45 high school productions, including the California Educational Theatre Association’s award-winning productions of Noises Off, Steel Magnolias, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone as well as the Jerry Herman’s Best Musical nominee In The Heights.  His MA thesis production of The Crucible was selected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world.  Besides receiving an MA in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Goldyn was also educated in Prague and Vienna, being one of only fifteen teachers in the United States for an NEH Scholarship.  He currently teaches all levels of acting, theatre directing, advanced speech and is the proud sponsor of Troupe #7573.  Through the incredible International Thespian Send-a-Troupe opportunity, Mr. Goldyn and his students were selected just a few years ago to receive a grant and attend the annual International Thespian National Conference in Lincoln, NE.   

William's Workshops

    Acting is in Your BODY!!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , , /

    Too many actors focus on line readings, blocking and analysis alone! While these are certainly important, much of acting and subtext is in the actor's body, so come on over and discover how to emBODY dynamic, truthful, and emotionally alive characters. Learn how to put your character into your body in this exciting movement/physical theatre workshop! Get ready to move and please dress appropriately!

    So…What Game Are We Playing Tonight?

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Using Michael Shurtleff's "Twelve Guidebooks" developed within his famous book, AUDITION, this scene study class immerses itself in the world of games as the basis of scene study and acting techniques proven to make any scene even stronger. At the heart of any great scene is a game of tension, of strategies, of careful manipulation, of struggles for power, and of ultimate winners and losers. In this workshop we will explore scene study through the lens of games and role playing. The root of most theatre, in its simplest form, is a PLAY and so we must learn how to "play the game" and enjoy ourselves in the process!

Zackery Klassen

Guest Artist, Rythm EFX LLC

Rythm EFX is a local, family owned company, owned by 2 Fort Collins Natives and founded in 2010. Rythm EFX was founded on a passion for Music, Production, Theatre and the passion of the people behind it all. We are based out of Fort Collins, 4 generations here in the local community and understand keeping sources and services local is important to most. Doing so, we are able to better communicate design concepts & processes as well as having a personal connection to the Colorado area and people we are working with. We have over 20 years in experience in Special Effects, Lighting and Event Production as well as Professional Lighting Design. We have a passion for Event Lighting, Special Effects, Custom Prop Building & Entertainment Events as well as working in the local community. When we began in 2010, our goal was to bring to the stage, a live production that was new, unique and cohesive to the event that the client was promoting. We were tired of seeing random lighting and thoughtless stage design that seemed pieced together to make things easy. We wanted to make a stage look and feel ALIVE and present that to the audience or guests so that that they could have the experience that they came for! We put thought into every single event, no matter what the budget is! We have found ways to make smaller budgets work with less expensive materials and we have ways to make events even greater with budgets that are larger. We are all about making your daydreams come true! What you pictured your event to look like, we can make that happen! Our designers and team members can fulfill the visions and goals you are looking for in bringing the event a great event, every single time.

Zackery's Workshops

    Advanced Special Effects: Introducing SPFX to Theatre

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Special Effects can be the talk of the show! Your audience will remember that blast of CO2 from a cannon or the Bubbles from The Little Mermaid or the Snow in The Nutcracker. I could go on forever. In this workshop we will go over how to integrate the many different special effects available into the stage. We will discuss new Cold Spark Technology, Sparkular Units, a non-pyrotechnic alternative as well as older, traditional effects such as Ground Fog and how they have changed in recent years to operate more efficiently. We will teach how to use the different effects as well as discuss safety and techniques.

    Zack Klassen is the owner and Lead Designer of Rythm EFX in Fort Collins, CO. Zack has over 18 years experience in Lighting Design and Theatre and began working in Theatre as a teen and has since has taken it to whole new level. He has become well rounded in all aspects of Theatre and Production and has worked in all types of the Event Business. Zack is also the mastermind behind Rythm EFX’s Scenic Prop Shop working on some of the most custom pieces for our clients. Zack has the creative eye to turn something great into something amazing with just a few small tweaks.
    Come meet Zack and the rest of the RFX Crew!