BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dean Arniotes - President
Dean Arniotes is one of the founders of StageDoor Theatre, and is board president. He has recently retired from teaching 7th grade Social Studies at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey. Dean is involved in our mountain community and serves as a board member of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce. He has volunteered for more than 25 years at StageDoor, and continues to do so, designing and constructing numerous sets, tending to sound and lighting needs, assisting with building/facility management, and any other volunteer tasks requiring attention.
Allan Van Horne - Vice President
Allan joined StageDoor when the Educational Division of the company started in March, 2003. His then 11 year old daughter Lizzie was in The Music Man in their first production. He became the business manager of the group at that time. Lizzie stayed at SDT through eleven shows and seven years. Now, thirteen years later, Lizzie studies piano and voice in a music school and teaches English to French businessmen in Toulouse, France. When she left after high school, Allan stayed with the theater and he's been there since. He practiced law for some 40 years, retiring in 2012. In that role he was involved in negotiating the contract with the ownership of the center, as well as the construction of the present theater space in 2009. In addition to his Board of Directors duties, he is responsible for obtaining the contract rights for StageDoor's shows, and for creating the banners found on fences in the area, and in the front windows of the theater.
Sydney Bernard-Hogling - Secretary
Sydney Bernard-Hogling has called the theatre’s stage home since 2003, when she appeared in her first show with StageDoor. Professionally, Sydney taught in the field of Special Education for 40 years, as a classroom teacher, mentor to new teachers, teacher in the Integrated Arts Program in Denver Public Schools, developer and innovator of a special education model of inclusion for children ages 3 through 5. Her educational background includes a B.F.A. in Theatre and English and a M.Ed. in Special Education. Sydney has devoted much of her free time to volunteer efforts, including the U.S. Forest Service, Red Cross, fundraisers for community charities, Sculpture Evergreen, professional organizations, parent/child support group development, and various boards and commissions, including a gubernatorial appointment to a State Education oversight committee.
John Dobey - Treasurer
John Dobey, MBA CPA, has been a Director and Treasurer for StageDoor since May of 2013. John is the founder and principal of Triad Financial Services, a provider of finance and accounting services to small business owners. John has over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, process improvement and the design and implementation of financial systems and internal controls. John is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation by the AICPA, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor. He’s worked for and consulted to organizations ranging in size from $5 million to over $7 billion in annual sales in a variety of industries. Among these organizations are Arthur Andersen, Marriott Corporation, M&M Mars, Samsonite Corporation, American Greetings, Smith Corona, East Ohio Gas, Constellation Energy Group, GTE of Florida, MCI, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Host Marriott, Interstate Hotels, Litton PRC, United Launch Alliance, Rockwell International, Shane Company, the Screen Actors’ Guild and AARP. John has participated onstage in two StageDoor productions, as Mr. Brownlow in the 2010 production of Oliver! and as the delivery man in Barefoot in the Park in 2013.
Gavin Maurer has served on the StageDoor Theatre board for over four years. Gavin is the Vice President of Marketing at In The Telling in Boulder, and has been a marketing and strategic executive at National Geographic, MapQuest, and Thomas Bros. Maps. He has served on several non-profit boards, including the International Map Trade Association (board member for five years, and President from 1997 to 1998); Colorado Mountain Club (board member for three years, and Secretary from 2003 to 2004); the Mountain Area Music Association (President 2006-2008); and the Colorado Art Ranch (board member for three years, and Treasurer from 2009-2010). He also volunteers at StageDoor Theatre, and has appeared in many adult productions, beginning in 2005. He has his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Matt McKeown is an Education Program Co-Coordinator and a member of the adult company. An active member of the community, Matt is also on the Elk Creek Elementary Advisory Committee and is the Chair of the West Jefferson Middle School Accountability Committee. For more than 19 years, Matt has practiced law and managed lawyers. Matt grew up on the east coast, but came west as soon as he could. He and his wife, Shellie, along with their two daughters, Phoebe and Sophie, live in Pine Junction.
Beth feels very at home at StageDoor. Over the past several years, StageDoor has helped she and her family settle into the Conifer community. She has experienced StageDoor in a variety of capacities, as production manager for the Junior Company, front house manager, props manager, and most importantly, as a StageDoor parent. She is the mom of two, with a background in education, and is a Life Coach at the Arts Immersion School, here in Aspen Park. Beth is especially passionate about how theatre has grown her daughter’s confidence and creativity, and she encourages parents to support their kids in exploring theatre. She truly enjoys time spent with her StageDoor family and is honored to help StageDoor continue to grow and impact our mountain community.
Janice is an attorney with a love of music and theater. She has performed a number of times at StageDoor and elsewhere. She brings her legal experience and her experience with arts non-profits to the StageDoor board. She has served as board member and president of the Evergreen Chorale and continues to sing with the Chorale. She has also served as a member and chair of the Jefferson County Cultural Council, overseeing the distribution of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds to eligible Jefferson County non-profit organizations.
Suzanne graduated from the University of Southern California on a vocal scholarship; but life, family and career dominated her life until she and her husband David moved to Santa Barbara in 1989. A fortuitous performance at the Circle Bar B Dinner Theater as an audience member, led to David auditioning and getting cast in Somethings Afoot; in true 42nd Street tradition, so did Susie. This led to performances in over 20 shows and direction of 10 at the Circle Bar B in 12 years. In 2003, Susie and David were asked to purchase the Circle Bar B Theatre from the previous owners. In 2004, they produced their first full season, with Susie serving as producer. Susie produced 45 shows in 11 seasons acted in several as well. In their 11year tenure, the Circle Bar B Theatre won 10 Santa Barbara Independent Awards including A Lifetime Achievement Award in Susie and David’s final year for contribution to the SB theater community. Susie was able to grow their season subscribership by 20% in the 11 years she was a producer. Following the closing of the Circle Bar B Dinner Theater by the owners of the Circle Bar B Guest, Susie and David, under the new name of Prism Productions, formed a murder mystery theater company and produced original shows throughout the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley. They also revived a formerly closed restaurant for a season of dinner theater in the old, historic building. Susie was fortunate to be Production Manager for Murder for Two and Sylvia this season at StageDoor and is currently producing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is truly excited to be a part of StageDoor Theatre and feels as though she has already found her new theater family.