CRT Staff


staff-jaxJessica Jackson

Artistic Director      719-658 -2540   Ext: 224

Jess has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she’s directed Private Lives, The Secret Lives of Mildred Wilde, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and most of the original theatre for young audience pieces created with Jeff Carey and Steven Cole Hughes. She founded CRT’s Boomtown Improv in 2007. Original Scores for CRT: The Bad Man, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Swiss Family Robinson, Billy Hell (for which she shares a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Original Music with Ryan Prince & Kendra Kohrt), Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, and Scruff Turbo. M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.A. (Government) from Harvard University. She is on the boards of the Creede Community Foundation, ROCK Coalition, and has the greatest muse, her 5-year-old daughter Penelope.


staff-johnJohn DiAntonio

Interim Executive Director       719-658 -2540  Ext: 229

John’s been with the company since 2011 as an actor, director, playwright, fight director, and videographer. Some of his plays for CRT include: Kind of Red, Reading! And Other Superpowers, Harry the Great, Math-stronaut, and Suspended. John’s favorite CRT acting credits include: Kind of Red, Private Lives, August: Osage County, Hope & Gravity, Taming of the Shrew, Language of Trees, and Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Other recent acting credits include: The Game of Love and Chance and The Liar (Theatreworks), Cyrano (BETC), The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), Is He Dead? and Good on Paper (Arvada Center), Othello and A Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company). John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. John and Caitlin got married in Creede’s little white church on the hill in 2014, and are now elated to make this magical place their new home.


Jessica Kahkoska

Consulting Director of Marketing and Communications        719-658 -2540  Ext: 221        

Jessica Kahkoska is a native of Colorado, and couldn’t be more delighted to spend time in the San Luis Valley at CRT. In New York, she has performed at The New York Theatre Barn, ART/NY, The Musical Theatre Factory, and New York Musical Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and others. Regional credits include Theatre Aspen, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Notre Dame Shakespeare, American Stage Theatre Company, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Jessica is co-writer of rock theatre-band Discount Ghost Stories with composer Alexander Sage Oyen. She has worked in Marketing and Communications for The Worldwide Tribe, Nurture Project International, Detroit Public Theatre, Women in the Arts and Media Coalition, and Chautauqua Theatre Company. Graduate of Northwestern University.


Johamy Morales

Education Director     719-658 -2540  Ext: 227

Johamy holds an MFA in acting from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in outreach and devising new work. Prior to working with CRT, Johamy directed the Comparative Arts Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In February 2017, Johamy collaborated with the US State Department, the US Embassy & Consulate and several NGO’s to promote awareness on gender-based violence in Kolkata and Ranchi, India. As an educator, artist, and director Johamy has worked with Arena Stage in Washington D.C., Seattle Children’s Theatre Company, and La Jolla Playhouse as a teaching artist. Johamy is an alumni of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Johamy toured with the New World Jukebox cast and performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa in 2006, and in 2004 toured with Carnaval de Calaveras, to Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Mexico D.F.


staff-heatherHeather Pollock Green

Business Manager     719-658 -2540  Ext: 230

Heather joined CRT as Business Manager in 2014 after witnessing the powerful impact theatre can have with children, education and communities. In addition to working with CRT, Heather continues to work as a Certified Professional Midwife attending women and families throughout the San Luis Valley since 2009.  When not working, Heather can be found biking, hiking or skiing with her big dog in the glorious surrounding mountains.


staff-rickRick Reeves

Production Manager     719-658 -2540  Ext: 254

2017 marks Rick’s first season as a full time company member! Rick holds an MFA in Theatrical Design and Production from Texas Tech University and A BA in Theatre Arts from Abilene Christian University. Along side production management, Rick designs scenery, lighting, and projections. He has designed numerous plays, operas, and musicals. His wife, Michelle, will move to Creede mid-season this year and they hope to carve out a place in the Creede community and make this their home.


staff-grahamGraham Ward

Development & Fundraising Associate      719-658 -2540   Ext: 231

After five seasons as an actor at CRT, Graham couldn’t be happier to widen his reach beyond acting into development and fundraising. He’s an avid connoisseur of film, TV, and nerd culture–-particularly comics and tabletop games–-and has an inner mountain man who’s perfectly at home in Creede. Favorite roles at CRT include Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Watson in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, George in Our Town, Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls, and Jeffrey and company in Mrs. Mannerly. Graham has a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University, and spends most of his free time as a small-press game designer.


Cassie Rhafir

Spring Company Manager

Originally from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, Cassie is delighted to return as the Company Manager. In her off season, she spent most of her days at Arp’s Restaurant waiting tables and having an amazing summer of fun.  Cassie gradated with a BA in general theatre studies and business from Fort Lewis College in Durango. When she is not working hard at CRT, Cassie can often be found on her family’s farm playing with baby pigs, bottle feeding calves or playing ball with her 3 dogs Toby, Penny and Tig.

Jean Egdorf

Company Manager

This is Jean’s sixth season working with CRT, and her fifth as the technical mastermind behind the disco dance parties and set-ending blackouts in Boomtown’s Summer and Winter Seasons. She is also the co-developer of CRT’s Company Generated 10-Minute Play Festival, celebrating its fourth birthday this September.

2016-berryKate Berry

Administrative Assistant

Colorado Credits: The Arvada Center (Blithe Spirit), Theatreworks (The Seagull, Psycho Beach Party), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Theatre (Other Desert Cites), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Dancing Lessons), and Curious Theatre Company (Charles Ives Take Me Home). Originally from Chicago, this is Kate’s 7th season in the CRT company. She is inspired by new play development and has appeared in several new play festivals around the country including CRT’s Headwaters Festival, Local Lab in Boulder, and the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. Additionally, she is a founding actor with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat now in its 3rd season. Kate also works as a master teaching artist with both children and adults in Creede and the surrounding areas. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

2016-talleyBethany Eilean Talley

Education Assistant

This is Bethany’s sixth season with the Creede Repertory Theatre. Last year she was seen in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Boomtown. Previous CRT credits include: Cookie in Ghostlight, Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, and a Hot Box Dancer in Guys & Dolls. She has also performed as Viola in Twelfth Night (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Berdine in Psycho Beach Party (Theatreworks), Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor (Vintage Theatre), Frieda in Sunday in the Park with George (Playhouse 22), Jordan (u/s) in The Great Gatsby, Aouda (u/s) in Around the World in 80 Days, and Marie (u/s) in Is He Dead? (Arvada Center for the Arts). BFA Acting, Brigham Young University.