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Theatre Artist

Theatre Director

I have experience directing at all levels from professional to student productions. I have worked with students from third grade to high school as well as individuals with myriad disabilities.


Theatre Artist Accomplishments

General Theatre Competencies

  • MFA degree in Acting (NTC, Denver); BFA degree in Drama (USC, Los Angeles)

  • 30 years experience in the arts industry as Arts Administrator, Theatre Director, Educator

  • Over 25 years as board member of the Colorado Theatre Guild; president 2000-2006

  • Connections to most area theatre companies

  • Extensive knowledge of theatre literature

  • Experienced Artistic Director; Expertise in selecting, managing and producing theatre for multiple constituencies  

Theatre Production Directing Competencies

  • Over 100 mainstage productions directed for multiple companies and communities – adult, student, college, high school, disabled community

  • Multiple theatre awards for excellence; including 4 personal Henry Awards (Colorado Tony Awards) as “Best Director of a Musical”; 2 Henry Awards for Denver Children’s Theatre achievements

  • Skilled at all theatrical genres - musicals, classical (esp. Shakespeare), children’s theatre, drama and comedy

  • Expert in dramaturgy, Shakespearean verse, theatre history

  • Veteran at balancing and honoring the creative contributions of actors, designers, technicians and administrators; and parents in educational theatre

  • Expertise in rehearsal organization including casting, scheduling, design and technical management

  • Keen understanding of budget and financial considerations

  • Experienced with media relations and considerations

Program Creation, Development and Management

  • Rebuilt theatre education programming at CenterStage Theatre Company post pandemic (serving students Grade 2 to adult)

  • Oversaw and nurtured JAAMM Festival (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music) from its founding in 2007 through its 2020 programming; JAAMM served over 50,000 patrons and earned $1.4M in ticket sales during its 13-year history; primarily a music and literary festival, presentations ranged from Israeli Dance companies to celebrity speakers (David Axelrod) and music performers (Manhattan Transfer) and more; attended annual conference in NYC to select authors

  • Fostered growth of the popular Denver Jewish Film Festival program which grew from 1,600 patrons in 2006 to over 7,500 in 2020: featuring 40+ films in annual festival

  • Founded the Wolf Theatre Academy (WTA); built from 30 students in 1994 to serve over 600 students annually. Between 2009-2019, the WTA served over 6,300 students and over 33,000 audience members earning over $2.5M in revenue.

  • Founded the award-winning Denver Children’s Theatre (adults performing for children); 150,000+ children served in 23 years

  • Oversaw Mizel Art Academy offering classes in visual art and ceramics for adults & children (12 years)

  • Oversaw operations of Singer Art Gallery (11 years); small, professional gallery space

  • Developed and fostered growth for PHAMALY Theatre Company with programs in education and theatre performance for individuals with disabilities (14 years)

  • Founded and developed Mizel Center Theatre Company, adult theatre company (6 years)

Arts Education Administration/ Teaching Experience

  • Founded and set educational philosophy for Theatre Academy at Mizel (26 years); multiple classes taught, productions directed and produced

  • Teaching theatre in Colorado for 30 years; taught at all levels from preschool through seniors; artist-in-residence, community college, private schools, public schools, workshops

  • Numerous play adaptations scripted for children (Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Wrinkle in Time, Hobbit, Shakespeare and many more)

  • 10 years as high school drama teacher at St. Mary’s Academy; Performing Arts Chair for 6 years

  • Taught for 4 years full time at Stage Eleven (a private non-profit theatre school); included numerous residencies in the schools

  • Hosted Internship in arts administration for Colorado State University student (Winter 2020)

  • Provided mentorship for several former students who went on to become arts leaders

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