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photo Tal Arnold - Director

Tal is a young, talented, and dynamic actor, director, writer, and improv instructor. His passion for the theatre began with improvisational comedy, where he performed with the group Rumspringa and directed the teen troupe The Tribe. He is taking a year off of college to pursue acting more seriously with Visionbox Studio. As a member of this professional actors training studio he has been a working member of the company and part of the staff. He spent time personally assisting Jennifer McCray Rincon, the Executive artistic Director of Visionbox, while it recently expanded into the Denver Academy of Dramatic Art. He has led workshops and taught at Middle Schools and High Schools around Colorado, such as East High School, Grandview High School and Kepner Middle School. He has performed material from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to Moises Kaufman to Arthur Miller. While still in the midst of learning, he is eager to return to the collegiate world with the experience of a working artist as a student of the theatre.

 
     
photo Elizabeth Barmann - Music Director

Elizabeth Barmann is originally from the metro Kansas City, Missouri area, where she was encouraged to begin piano lessons at an early age.  She enjoyed participating in music in school and church and followed this passion into her college studies, receiving a B.S. in K-12 Vocal Music Education, with an emphasis in piano.  Elizabeth also studied a variety of wind instruments, and brings this appreciation of vocal and instrumental music into her joy of working with students as both a private teacher and an accompanist. Elizabeth and her husband, Terry, recently moved to Colorado and are enjoying their home in the foothills. Getting involved with StageDoor Theatre has been a fun experience, and Elizabeth looks forward to continued involvement in musical theatre in the area.  

 

 

 

 

     
photo Carly Howard - Music Director

Carly relocated to the Denver area last year after performing and teaching in NYC for ten years, where she co-founded Sparrowtree Arts. A Colorado native, she holds degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a singer/songwriter and actor, having performed off-Broadway with many childrens' theatre companies. In NYC, Carly was a teaching artist with Broadway Bound Kids, just named by Time Out New York Kids, to be one of the best after school programs in the city. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Grow-a-Musical in Denver and NYC in many public and private schools and is very much looking forward to developing new material with your kids at StageDoor!

     
photo Tracy Doty - Choreographer

Tracy Doty grew up dancing in Marland at The Olney and Wheaton Studio's of Dance where she also began teaching at the age of 18.  She was a dance major at Towson State University. Tracy's first professional dance show was for Paramount's King's Dominion theme park in Virginia, followed by her position as a dancing ballgirl for the Baltimore Orioles, where she performed dances with the Oriole Bird and fielded foul balls! Tracy can be seen dancing on the big screen in the original John Waters' film, "Hairspray"! One of her favorite "gigs" was performing at The White House in a Papa Smurf costume for Hanna Barbera Productions. Her dance career moved her to California where she was a featured dancer/singer again for Paramount Studios. Her choreography brought top honors to both Carlsbad Dance Centre's and Californig Elite's competitive dance programs. Since moving to Colorado three years ago, Tracy has choreographed musicals throughout the Denver area including many adult companyand senior company shows at StageDoor Theatre, Conifer High School, Evergreen High School, Inspire Creative, ALameda High School, adn Littleton High School. Tracy is also a certified Pilates' instructor and teaches at Evergreen Pilates, as well as private training in her home studio. 

     
photo Jay Louden

Jay Louden is an experienced actor, director and teacher with more than 40 years of experience. His StageDoor directing credits include Almost Maine, A Midsummer Night’s DreamI Never Saw Another Butterfly, Little WomenInto the Woods, 9 to 5 and this fall’s Fiddler on the Roof. He has directed numerous productions, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare, in academic, community and professional theatre settings.  His acting credits include professional theatres, film and television, including guest-starring roles in series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation. 

     
photo Ren Manley, Director

Ren Manley is a graduate of Arcadia University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Video Communications. She has studied the arts all over the world: London, Italy, & India. In the last seven years in Philadelphia, she worked as an actor, director, stage manager, and designer. She spent two seasons as a production assistant for Storybook Musical Theater, and created original projections for their world premiere production of "Adventures in Toyland." She also worked with the Walking Fish Theatre, enacting children's books for young audiences. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director for Denver Academy of Dramatic Arts at Visionbox Studio, a Denver company focused on actor training. She also won a Henry Award for her sound design of "Jerusalem" at The Edge Theatre.
 

     
photo Kelly McAllister - Director

Kelly is an experienced director, actor, educator, playwright, and was a senior reviewer for nytheatre.com.   As a director, Kelly has worked locally with the Denver JCC/Wolf Theatre Academy, the Off Broadway School of Fine Arts, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Mapleton School District, The Watershed School of Boulder, The Squeaky Stage, The Renaissance Program in Boulder and many more. Kelly has taught, acted and directed all over the country, including Colorado, California and NYC. He has written both plays and musicals, winning several awards. His plays have been produced all over the United States, as well as Canada, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovak Republic, Dubai, and Brazil. He wrote and directed Strong Tea, a short film, and recently wrote the play, April’s Fool, which was featured at 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. Kelly directed StageDoor’s How to Succeed, Wedding Singer, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, and The Drowsy Chaperone.  He loves working with StageDoor’s amazing students!

     
photo Kris Sage - Director

Kris graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor's degree in Music, and a minor in Theatre. His senior thesis was on music and autism. Kris has more than 20 years of experience singing, dancing and acting in choirs and theatrical productions. He learned from some of the best teachers and conductors in the country, including a Grammy judge, and an American Choral Director's Association Hall of Fame conductor. He's directed 15 elementary musicals, writeen one children's musical, and in his first year at West Jefferson Middle School directed eight plays and two musicals. "I truly believe participating in the performing arts is so important to be involved in. The skills we learn in drama now will help us in any profession we pursue throughout our life, whether it is drama related or not. I am thrilled to be a part of the StageDoor family, and I am so excited to share my passion for performing with all of these amazing kids." ~ Kris Sage 

     
photo Laura Trefethen - Music Director

Laura Trefethen is proud to serve as musical director for StageDoor's talented Senior Company.  A professional accompanist, piano teacher, and vocal coach, Laura has also been the director of the Marshdale Singers for their performances and musicals the past several years, as well as the director and coordinator for her church choir’s Christmas and Easter programs.  Growing up as a part of numerous theatre productions and top rated show choirs, she competed in Texas State vocal competitions as a first soprano, as well as numerous piano competitions.  She pursued a music minor while graduating from Brigham Young University and loved the rich musical opportunities in the choral and music programs.  She comes with experience in a variety of professional choirs and is on the board for the Foothills Music Teachers’ Association.  Laura has lived in Evergreen for five plus years and loves the eclectic art and music opportunities we all enjoy in this area.  She is excited to see what this nex season brings!

 

     
photo Interviewing fabulous candidates NOW!

StageDoor is pursuing the best and the brightest directors in the front range area. Our goal is to enlist a team of diverse individuals, with performing arts experience that promises our students an array of learning environments. Some are award winning playwrights, actors, vocalists, teachers, directors, producers, improv gurus, creative specialists, conductors and much more…we look for those with deep teaching experience infused with a passion for sharing the performing arts with their students. Our directors also have proven track records that demonstrate the highest standards in the field of education, while thriving on providing a positive and encouraging environment for students to learn and excel.

     
  Kat Kalamaras

Kat Kalamars is new to Colorado and has a background in dance as well as theater and performing.  She graduated from Alma College in Michigan with a degree in dance performance.  Currently a trainee member of Kim Robards Modern Dance Company, she has also performed with Ethereum Dance Company, taught dance in multiple studios to students of various ages, and been involved with several other dance projects.  She is excited to share her passion with StageDoor students!   

     
  Cameron Doty

Cameron Doty discovered her love for dance and theatre when she was two years old. Growing
up in Orange County, California, she found many opportunities to express her love for the sport. At
the age of twelve, she was invited into a ballet company that took her all the way to the Sydney
Opera House of Australia. After moving to Colorado, Cameron discovered a new passion for musical
theater at Stagedoor Theatre! She loves the incorporation of music, dance, and performance -- She is
so grateful to be able to work surrounded by all of her passions! Cameron is currently the director of
the Fireside Dance Studio in Conifer, CO.

     
photo Casey Kesis
Casey Kesis earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Theatre Education and a minor in English. She later earned her masters from Colorado State University in Human Resource Management. Currently, Casey is the theatre teacher at Fitzsimmons middle school and Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. When not teaching the youth of America she enjoys exploring the incredible mountains she lives in, riding her motorcycle, and taking naps.
 
 
     
  Justin Johnson
     
  Austin Burns
     
  Caroline Vickstrom
     
  Jo Gerlick