OUR FALL 2020 CREATIVE STAFF
Jay 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, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Little Women and Into the Woods. He was most recently seen in The Explorer’s Club with the Evergreen Players, and in Rock of Aging at the Firehouse Theatre Company in Denver. He has directed more than 30 productions, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare, in academic, community and professional theatre settings. His acting credits include professional theatre, film and television including guest-starring roles in series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation. Jay also has a consulting business working with actors, public speakers, salespeople and anyone who wants to improve his/her communication skills.
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, written 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
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..., The Wedding Singer, Anything Goes, Footloose, White Christmas and Murder for Two. He loves working with StageDoor’s amazing students!
Tracy is thrilled to have choreographed “Anything Goes”, “Into The Woods”, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, "Something's Afoot" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Footloose" in past seasons at StageDoor! Her Colorado choreography has included: “Spelling Bee” at Alameda High School, “Emotional Creature”, “Twelve Dancing Princesses” and “Anthology” at Evergreen High School, “Annie Jr.” at Reel Kids and “Singing’ In the Rain” at PACE for Inspire Creative! She was a dance major at Towson State University in Maryland, a dancing girl for the Baltimore Orioles, a singer/dancer at King’s Dominion (VA) and Great America (CA) theme parks, a soloist for Carlsbad Dance Theater and can be seen dancing in the original movie, Hairspray! Tracy has taught tap, jazz, and musical theater dance to all ages and levels for 26 years. Her award winning choreography brought top honors to both Carlsbad Dance Center and California Elite’s competitive dance programs. Tracy is also a certified Pilates’ instructor and currently teaches at Evergreen Pilates.
Ren is a graduate of Arcadia University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Video Communications. She has studied art all over the world: London, Italy, & India. In Philadelphia and Denver she has 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. In 2015, she won a Henry Award for her sound design of Jerusalem at The Edge Theatre. She is currently the Artistic Director of Audacious Theatre, which creates theatrical experiences that are immersive, innovative and collaborative.