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
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.
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. 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.
This is Susan’s eighth year of involvement with StageDoor Theatre. First, as the parent of a young actor, then as a volunteer production manager, and now as a member of the StageDoor Board of Directors. Susan has always believed in community service, whether it’s checking on an elderly neighbor, volunteering with the Elk Creek Fire Support Team, or serving on the board of Mountain Peace Shelter. Service to others has always given Susan a great sense of satisfaction. When she’s not helping friends and neighbors or taking care of her family, she can be found serving as a finance officer on one of the two regional wildfire and all-hazards incident management teams she is affiliated with. And in her “spare time,” Susan manages her business, SHiNE Studios, a graphic arts and glass blowing studio in Conifer, Colo. She is excited to have this opportunity to invest her time, talent, and treasure in helping to guide the future success of StageDoor Theatre.
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.
Mark Clate has been in the customer service and technical field for the past 28 years. His roles have included being an Owner of a mailing industry business, a product distribution and wholesale proprietor, a Managed services IT Principal Security Consultant , a Senior Manager of a team of
24 / 7 security professionals, and a Real Estate Agent. Mark's skills range from management, budgeting and forecasting, business operations, consultative amplitude and mentorship.
Mark has been on the StageDoor education team as a Education Director for over a year and has been involved in multiple aspects of productions and back office processes throughout this time. Mark has a vested interest in StageDoor as a parent of a middle school performer.
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 Something's 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 over 12 years. In 2003, Susie and David purchased the Circle Bar B Theatre. Susie produced 45 shows in 11 seasons and acted in several as well. In their 11-year tenure, the Circle Bar B Theatre won 10 Santa Barbara Independent Awards including A Lifetime Achievement Award. Susie grew their season subscribership by 20 percent 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 an old, historic building. Susie has produced numerous shows at StageDoor including, Murder for Two, Sylvia, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Noises Off. She is truly excited to be a part of StageDoor Theatre and feels as though she has already found her new theater family.
Tracy grew up dancing in Maryland at The Olney and Wheaton’s Studio of Dance where she began teaching at the age of 18. She was a dance major at Towson State University. 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! 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 and very excited to be part of the Board of Directors here at StageDoor Theatre.
Gavin Maurer 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.
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.