High School Company
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 Dream and I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Most recently, he taught Acting, Acting for the Camera, Stage Combat and Introduction to Theatre at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has directed over 30 productions rangthe musical, for the 2013-14 season.
Kelly McAllister is an experienced director, actor, educator and playwright. 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 Wathershed School of Boulder, The Squeaky Stage, The Renaissance Program in Boulder, and many more. Kelly has taught, acted and/or 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 recently wrote and directed Strong Tea, a short film that will be playing the festival circuit for the next year. Kelly was also a senior reviewer for nytheatre.com from 2003-2005. Kelly will be directing two high school productions for the 2013-14 season, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and Wedding Singer - both are musicals.
Tanner Kelly has had the pleasure of performing all over Colorado including shows at The Country Dinner Playhouse, Littleton Town Hall, Union Colony Dinner Theatre, The PACE Center, Lone Tree Arts Center, The Mizel, Creative Expressions Studios, Parker Mainstreet Center, The Academy of Theatre Arts and The Newman Center. Tanner is the Director of Music for Inspire Creative, where he has directed, performed, conducted, and music directed shows, summer programs, and children’s choirs for the last five years. Tanner currently teaches voice and piano lessons throughout the metro area and is a frequent mentor for college auditions, all-state choir prep, and workshops, as well as tutoring/teaching Music Theory. He also started the Inspire Young Artist program, which provides musical theatre training for high school students. Tanner has sung with groups such as Sound of the Rockies, All State Mixed Choir 2008, All State Men’s Choir 2007, Spin Quartet, The Colorado Korean Choir, Calvary Baptist, Littleton Chorale and was ranked 1st place in musical theater singing in the 2010 national association of teachers of singers competition for Colorado/Wyoming. Tanner holds his BA in Voice from the University of Denver, and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Music Education. He is THRILLED to be working at StageDoor! the University of Denver, and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Music Education. He is THRILLED to be working at StageDoor!
Stephanie Lynn Prugh began performing at the age of three for her very enthusiastic family in their living room. Her passion for the performing arts was ignited after she saw her very first musical, Peter Pan when she was four. Having been an avid dancer for the whole of her life, Stephanie began with ballet but eventually branched out into other forms of dance including modern, Fosse, Broadway and Ballroom. In the community, Stephanie has performed and choreographed with companies such as Gravity Defied, Ignite, Town Hall, Performance Now, Evergreen Players, Miner’s Alley, Spotlight, Firehouse, Vintage, Inspire Creative, Curtain’s Up and Identity Theatre. Currently, Stephanie works as the Assistant Artistic Director with Ignite Theatre and is working on her Master’s Degree in Theatre Theory, History and Criticism at the University of Colorado-Boulder. As a teacher, Stephanie aims to ignite passion in others, hoping to inspire them to follow their own dreams and spark a fire in them that will guide their lives.
Meg Glatthar has been a performance artist since the age of 3 when she danced in the tap line in Sesame Street Live at the Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA). Since then she is honored to have already performed some of her ‘bucket list’ roles such as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Bonnie in Anything Goes, Gladys in The Pajama Game and soon to be Inga in Young Frankenstein for her first StageDoor Theatre show.
Meg has been a teacher for over 7 years and in that time has choreographed and directed several shows and taught numerous different dance classes. Meg is choreographing 3 shows this fall for theaters around town and has been choreographing professional shows in Colorado for the last 5 years. She was honored with a Henry Award nomination in
2010 for her choreography of Chicago for Performance Now Theater Company. Meg’s passion for educating students in the world of performance art has been her life recently, and she covets every opportunity to work with upcoming artists.
Michelle Fitzgerald graduated from University of Denver in 2012 with a Music Degree in Classical Piano Performance. She has accompanied solo recitals, ensembles, choral rehearsals and concerts as well as band and orchestra concerts. Michelle recently spent time as a theatre pianist/rehearsal conductor with Equinox Theatre Company in Denver for productions of “Assassins”, “Bat Boy”, “Reefer Madness”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”. She is thrilled to play for StageDoor!
Middle School and Elementary Companies
Kyrie Biddle’s life has been full of music. She began singing and playing the piano as a young girl, even playing competitively. Kyrie has always been a member of a choir, and often a featured soloist. She sang in both jr. high and high school performing groups, and with Denver’s All City Choir. At Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver, CO, she was part of a competitive vocal ensemble, McGreggor’s Beggars, performing over 100 shows a year. She still sings in the choir at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver. The choir has traveled internationally and has been featured on television stations throughout Greece. She studied music with Dr. George T. Demos, M.D. who studied at the University of Denver. Kyrie directed the youth choir at the Assumption Cathedral from the 90’s until recently. Kyrie uses her creativity and ingenuity to teach theatre through everything fun and entertaining. Her goal is to provide a positive environment overflowing with encouragement, acceptance, and patience for each individual child. She shares every ounce of her love and vast experience in the performing arts with kids. Kyrie focuses on digging deep to bring out the “actor” within every childe by concentrating on voice work, self-confidence, choreography and movement, stage presence, acting, improve, comedic timing and vocal presentation, just to name a few. She and her husband have four children and are thrilled that each of them are StageDoor participants or alumni.
Pre K-1 Company
Pat Andres graduated from Central Michigan University with an elementary education degree, a major in speech, and a minor in art. She has been a teacher in public schools for 27 years, 16 of those were in kindergarten. Currently, she teaches fifth grade at West Jefferson Elementary and recently graduated with a Masters degree in Engaged Humanities from The Creative Life, at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She looks forward to blending her love of the philosophy of creativity and inspiration, with her knowledge of child development, and passion for the performing arts.
Pamela Clifton has been teaching, acting and directing professionally for more than 30 years and has graced just about every stage in the Denver area. Pam has directed and produced all over the Denver area, and finds community theatre the most enriching, because her philosophy about the arts is based on the belief that the arts are what separate us from other creatures. It is music, theatre, dance, and visual art that inspire us and make us better, more thoughtful and compassionate human beings. Her directing credits include…Glengarry Glen Ross, Eleemosynary, Sylvia, On Golden Pond, JB, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Lil’ Abner, Accomplice, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Three Angels, The Fantasticks, Footloose, and Noises Off among others.
Pam’s passion is theatre education. Throughout the years she has become a mainstay in children’s theatre…writing, acting, directing and teaching in various theatres and venues all over Colorado; and has had her own touring company, The Playmakers, which has been bringing the performing arts in the form of educational workshops and performances to the schools since 1984. Pam has been in on the ground floor helping to develop educational programs for both children and adults at The Arvada Center, Boulder’s Dinner Theater, South Suburban Parks and Recreation and has taught acting classes for adults at DU, Arapahoe Community College and is currently the theatre director at Windsor Gardens. She spent six years as Children’s Education Coordinator at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton.
Justin Johnson recently finished his fourth adventure with StageDoor. He recently directed Barefoot in the Park and the wildly successful run of The Full Monty at StageDoor Theatre. He was seen last year on the SDT stage as Selznick in Moonlight & Magnolias and as Vinnie in Lucky Stiff. Some of his other most memorable theatrical experiences on this side of the lights include playing Jerry in The Zoo Story, Zach in A Chorus Line, Touchstone in As You Like It, Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter and Stanley in Broadway Bound. He has also directed productions of Angels in America, Wait Until Dark and K2, which won an award from Westword’s “Best Of” series.
Jill Manser is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at the theatre right here in her mountain community with such amazing people. Jill recently directed Lucky Stiff, and last year she directed Moonlight and Magnolias. Over the years, she has produced, directed, written or stage managed multiple productions, including: Into the Woods, Something’s Afoot, The Odd Couple, Sylvia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arsenic and Old Lace, War of the Worlds, and Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets, a children’s touring show. When she’s not at the theatre, she can be found helping companies with their social media and marketing campaigns as a creative director, writer and strategist, and raising her two beautiful daughters.
Trent Hines has been playing the piano since the age of 4 and is happy to be working with StageDoor Theatre. Trent’s recent credits include Musical Director/Pianist/Conductor for StageDoor’s Lucky Stiff, The Full Monty, and the upcoming Young Frankenstein. Among his other credits are The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Rent at the University of Colorado, Annie with Afterthought Theatre, and pianist for Forever Plaid with Spotlight Theatre.