OUR DIRECTORS 2018/2019
Elizabeth Barmann ~ Music Director, Rent - Student Edition
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.
Pam Clifton ~ Director, Sylvia
Pam has been teaching, acting and directing professionally for more than 30 years and has graced just about every stage in the Denver area. Her directing credits include "Sylvia", "Calendar Girls", "Young Frankenstein", "The Wizard of Oz", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "The Fantasticks, "Footloose", and "Noises Off" among many others. She has been a mainstay in children’s theatre for more than 30 years as well, and has her own touring company, "The Playmakers" which has been bringing educational workshops and performances to the schools since 1984. Pam has her BA in theatre and has directed and developed programs at The Arvada Center, Boulder’s Dinner Theater and spent six years as the Education Coordinator for Town Hall Arts Center.
Whitney Dayberry ~ Director & Co-Choreographer, Rent - School Edition
Whitney is a talented and accomplished professor, choreographer, and performer. She received her B.A. in Dance from Texas Women's University, and completed her M.S. Degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton State University. She has studied under many artists, danced with several professional companies, and has performed in numerous full-length ballets. Her passion for dance led her to found and co-direct a pre-professional dance company, and she continues to guest choreograph for a National Champion team. She has also performed in an array of musicals and theatre productions including "The Producers", "Jekyll and Hyde," and "The Sound of Music." Along with teaching and choreographing a variety of dance styles, she has directed and choreographed many musicals, including "Wizard of Oz," "Peter Pam," and "Once Upon a Mattress." Whitney loves sharing her passion for theatre, musical theatre, and dance with characters of all ages.
Tracy Doty ~ Choreographer, White Christmas
Tracy recently moved to Evergreen from Southern California and 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! Tracy grew up dancing. 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 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. Tracy is very excited for the upcoming season at StageDoor Theatre.
Ren Manley ~ Director, Disney's The Aristocats KIDS, Almost Maine
Ren Manley 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.
Kelly McAllister ~ Director, White Christmas, Murder for Two
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 and Footloose. He loves working with StageDoor’s amazing students!
Paul Newman ~ Director, Superior Donuts
Paul is honored to direct Superior Donuts for StageDoor. He is a retired Emeritus Professor of Theatre for Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. For 23 years, he was its Program Director, directing plays and teaching theatre courses from the academic to the practical. This past fall he directed Hearts of Palm for Theatre Esprit Asia. He has recently directed Enchanted April and Love/Sick for Evergreen Players. For many summers, he has adjudicated play competitions for the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition. He and his wife Patti live in Bailey with their yellow lab.
Lauren Russell ~ Assistant Director & Choreographer, Rent-School Edition; Choreographer, James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Lauren is so excited to be back at StageDoor! Lauren was a student in StageDoor’s education program when it first started back in 2003, and performed there all throughout middle and high school. She then went on to study musical theatre at CU Boulder and Colorado Mesa University, and completed the musical theatre conservatory program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. She is now a full time actor and dancer in the Denver area, having performed with Vintage Theatre, Performance Now, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, and many others. Lauren is also the co-founder for Storybooks & Sparkles Children’s Theatre, where she writes and directs her own children’s plays, and teaches inclusive theatre camps for actors with special needs. She also teaches theatre and dance classes for Creative Dance Kids and the Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids. This year, she will be choreographing High School Musical JR and James and the Giant Peach for the Junior Company, and assistant directing and co-choreographing RENT for the Senior Company. She is so happy to be able to share her love of performing with the next generation, back at the theatre where it all began!
Kris Sage ~ Director/Music Director, Disney's High School Musical JR, James and the Giant Peach JR
Kris Sage 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
Laura Trefethen ~ Music Director, White Christmas
Laura 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 next season brings!