OUR 2019/2020 CREATIVE STAFF
Jay Louden - Director, Noises Off!, She Kills Monsters
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.
Jill Manser ~ Director, Motherhood Out Loud
Jill is a Colorado native who has been producing, directing, writing and stage managing theatrical productions for over 25 years. By day, she is a creative copywriter for a global medical device company. While at StageDoor, Jill has directed and produced multiple productions including, Something's Afoot, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Moonlight and Magnolias and Lucky Stiff, Calendar Girls, Escanaba in Da Moonlight, The 39 Steps, Murder for Two, The Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein, Deathtrap and Monty Python's Spamalot. Before moving back to her home state of Colorado, she spent several years in the Houston area where she founded Encore Players for the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center where she produced and directed multiple productions. She is very proud of her work with the Books Alive! program where she helped translate children's books into musical productions and stage them for children throughout Houston.
Kris Sage ~ Director, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr, Alice in Wonderland Jr.
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 McAllister ~ Director, The Little Mermaid
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!
Laura Trefethen ~ Music Director, The Little Mermaid
Laura is a professional accompanist, piano teacher, and vocal coach, and 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 over five years and loves the eclectic art and music opportunities we all enjoy in this area. She is excited to see what this next season brings!
Tracy Doty ~ Choreographer, The Little Mermaid, Sweeney Todd, Summer 2020 production
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.
Gerry Hansen - Director/Choreographer, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Gerry is a theatre educator, director and choreographer currently residing in Georgetown TX. Her theatre credits include directing productions for the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Shakespeare in the Park program for the past ten years; along with UCSB’s College of Creative Studies Made-for-TV-Musical program, University of California Riverside Theater, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara City College, Wyoming’s Sheridan College, Georgetown, Texas’ Palace Performance Company, and many workshops and community theater productions.
Caitlin Conklin - Music Director, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Caitlin is a Denver-based actress, music director, oboist and theatre educator. Recently, Caitlin has appeared in the Town Hall Arts Center productions of Meet Me In St. Louis (Anna Smith), Sister Act (Michelle, Dance Captain) and A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Future). Caitlin holds the 2nd Oboe position with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, and she frequently subs with numerous area ensembles, including the Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. When she’s not on stage, Caitlin works as a Middle School Theatre Teacher at Parker Performing Arts School in Douglas County. Much love to Dad, Benjamin, and Molly.
Ren Manley ~ Director, Wilbur and the Web
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.
Elizabeth Barmann ~ Music Director, Wilbur and the Web, Show Choir
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.
Cameron Doty - Director, Once Upon a Lily Pad
Cami Doty discovered her love for dance 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, Cami discovered a new passion for musical theater! She loves the incorporation of music, dance, and performance! She is so grateful to be able to work surrounded by all of her passions!
Justin Johnson ~ Director, Summer 2020 Production, Adult Acting Teacher
Justin has been involved with StageDoor Theatre for over eight years on stage and off. He received his Masters degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and his Bachelor’s from Oklahoma State. Justin has been involved in over 30 productions either as an actor, production manager or director. For StageDoor, he has directed The Full Monty, Barefoot in the Park, Deathtrap, To Kill a Mockingbird, Steel Magnolias and Avenue Q. He has performed with the Playback Theatre Troupe at a National Diversity and Inclusion Conference in Virginia and facilitated Forum Theatre at Bahá’í Seasonal Schools in Michigan, Illinois and Colorado. Justin recently won a Meritorious Acting Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his performance in The Comedy of Errors and will be participating in the 2019 Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a company member in Charles III and as a facilitator for the Camp Shakes production of Antony and Cleopatra.
Tanner Kelly - Music Director, Summer 2020 Production
Tanner is an active performer, teacher and is an award winning music director around the Denver-Metro area. He is the Executive Music and Education Director for Inspire Creative, where he has directed, performed, conducted and music directed mainstage shows, youth productions, summer programs and classes for the last 10 years. For the last four seasons, Tanner has music directed for the PACE center in Parker with Inspire, including the Henry-nominated production of "Spamalot". Tanner music directed and conducted the prestigious 2017 Henry Awards for the Colorado Theatre Guild, is the Artistic Director of the Aurora Singers, has music directed for groups such as StageDoor Theatre, Dylan's Down With the Arts, St. Luke's Performing Arts Academy, and has been in the pit orchestra for companies such as Performance Now and Ignite Theatre. He is the founder of Music@Mainstreet in Downtown Parker, which provides music and performing arts lessons to all instruments and ages, and has been a teacher in the Douglas County School District since 2013. He was the founding choral and musical theatre director at Parker Performing Arts, where he now serves as the Artistic Education Director. He holds a voice degree from the Lamont School of Music at DU, teaching degree from MSU Denver and has a Master of Music Education degree from Adams State University. Love to his wife, Sarah, and his kids, Georgia and Crosby.
Gunnar Bettis - Music Director, Into the Woods
Gunnar Bettis is a Colorado native who has been involved in the arts from a very young age.
Starting his musical career at age 7 with guitar and piano he eventually found himself on stage which is where he started focusing on his voice as an instrument. Currently he is finishing college with a degree in Music Education and an emphasis on vocal music. You may have seen him in West Side Story where he played Riff as well as other roles including Emmet Forrest in Legally Blonde and Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. He also appeared in Stagedoor Theatre's production of "Joseph" last summer. Gunnar currently teaches multiple instruments, including voice, as an independent contractor in Conifer.
Carly Howard - Music Director, Sweeney Todd
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!
Tal Arnold - Page to Stage, Improv
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.
Ashley Trefethen - Choreographer, Wilbur and the Web, Willy Wonka Jr, Alice in Wonderland Jr
Ashley is a junior at Conifer High School and is already an experienced choreographer at StageDoor! She has choreographed two Premier productions and several dances in the Junior Company production of James and the Giant Peach. She has been training in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical since she was 3 years old and has been in a total of 12 theater productions. Her naturally calming presence with children and her knack for designing developmentally appropriate choreography for both elementary and middle school students make her a great fit for StageDoor Theatre!
Casey Kesis - Holiday Choir Director for Debut Company
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.