Board of Directors
StageDoor's board is made up of dedicated volunteers who believe in our theatre, and in making a positive, long-lasting impact in our community. All of board members participate as donors.
Dean Arniotes - President
President, StageDoor co-founder, tech support, set design, facilities
Dean He is a retired teacher,with a Master’s from New York University. He is one of the founders of StageDoor Theatre, and is board president. Dean is active in our mountain community and, in addition to his involvement at StageDoor, he served as a board member of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce. Dean is an award-winning set designer, and recently won a Henry Award for his design for "Noises Off."
Mark Clate - Vice President
Vice President, Education Program Co-Director
Mark has been in the customer service and technical field for the past 28 years, and is a Real Estate Agent. Mark has been on the StageDoor education team as a Education Co-director for over a year and has been involved in multiple aspects of productions and back stage support throughout this time. Mark is a StageDoor dad, and is a parent of a middle school performer.
Janice O'Grady - Secretary
Secretary, Strategic Planning, Contracts
Janice is a semi-retired attorney with a love of music and theater. 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. Janice is an avid long-distance runner, and she has performed a number of times at StageDoor and area theatres.
John Dobey - Treasurer
John Dobey, MBA CPA, has been a Director and Treasurer for StageDoor since May of 2013. John is currently the Chief Financial Officer for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, where he is that organization’s senior financial executive. John has over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, process improvement and the design and implementation of financial systems and internal controls. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation by the AICPA, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor. His not-for-profit experience includes consulting work for AARP and the Screen Actors Guild. He has his MBA from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. 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.
Community outreach, Student Scholarships; Education Program Co-Director
Beth feels very at home at StageDoor. She has been involved at StageDoor in a variety of capacities: As production manager for the Junior Company; front-of-house manager, props manager, and most importantly, as a StageDoor parent. She has a background in education, and is a Life Coach and student advocate. 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.
Choreography Director, Creative Team, Photography
Tracy has taught tap, jazz, and musical theater dance to all ages and levels for 26 years. She was a dance major at Towson State University. She has been in many national and regional productions. She grew up dancing in Maryland and taught at The Olney and Wheaton’s Studio of Dance. Among other things, Tracy was a dancing ballgirl for the Baltimore Orioles where she performed dances with the Oriole Bird and fielded foul balls! Tracy can be seen dancing on the big screen in the original John Waters’ film, Hairspray! One of her favorite “gigs” was performing at The White House as Papa Smurf! She Her dance career moved her to CA where she was a featured dancer/singer again for Paramount studios. Her choreography brought top honors to both Carlsbad Dance Centre’s and California Elite’s competitive dance programs. Since moving to Colorado 5 years ago, Tracy has choreographed musicals throughout the Denver area including many Adult Company and Senior Company shows at StageDoor, Conifer High School, Evergreen High School, Inspire Creative, Alameda High School, Littleton High School, CU Boulder, and Regis University. Tracy is also a certified Pilates instructor and a hobbiest photographer.
Strategic Planning, Marketing, Grant Writer, Fundraising, Web master
Gavin Maurer, MBA, has served on the StageDoor Theatre board since 2010. He has been a marketing and strategic executive at National Geographic, MapQuest, and Thomas Bros. Maps. Gavin 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 is also producer for StageDoor's live music events, and as a singer-songwriter, has appeared in many local venues. He has his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.