Every year we hire the best teaching artists, mentors and theatre makers from across the nation to work with our students! CRT is firmly united in our rigorous pursuit of excellence in all we produce.
Diana Burbano (KID Show Playwright, Director and Mentor)
Diana is a Colombian immigrant, an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. Written work includes Policarpa (Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017), Fabulous Monsters (Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017), Caliban’s Island (2017 Headwaters New Play Festival), Enemy|Flint (premiered in April at Rio Hondo College), and Linda, (in English and in Spanish), which has been seen all over the world. As an actor she originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical, Thumb in Imagine, and Ana Guerrero in Jose Cruz Gonzales’ Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy at South Coast Repertory. www.dianaburbano.com
Lisa Tinker (KID Show Stage Manager and Mentor)
Originally from Wichita, KS, Lisa is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an MFA in Stage Management. Recent work includes the world premiere of Letters from Freedom Summer (SM, UMKC/KCRep), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (PA, KCRep), and King Lear (ASM, Kansas City Actors Theatre). She spent last summer working at Central City Opera and is excited to be back in the mountains to join Creede Rep for her first season!
Rachel Maria Inés (KID Show Choreographer, Mentor and Teaching Artist)
Rachel is thrilled to be back at Creede Repertory Theatre for her second season and her first time on the mainstage! Last year, Rachel toured with the CRT Young Audience Outreach Tour production of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer, sharing a story of diversity, self-confidence, and friendship with students across the Southwest. Previously, Rachel has performed in outdoor American Indian dramas in both Ohio and North Carolina. When she’s not performing you can find her reading, swing dancing, doodling, and spending time with loved ones. Favorite credits: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Informed Consent (Arella/Natalie), Edges (Woman 1), and Horn in the West (Nancy Ward). Choreography credits: Quilters (Rabbit Run Community Arts Association), In The Heights and Princess Diana: The Musical (Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild). www.rachelmariaines.com
Dustin Bielich (KID Show Scenic Designer and Mentor)
Dustin is proud to be working with Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time. Dustin will be heading into his senior year at Oklahoma City University where his previous designs include Three Sisters, Lord of the Flies, Clybourne Park, and Miss Nelson Is Missing.
Elly Hunt (KID Show Costume Designer and Mentor)
Elly is a costume designer, craftsperson and stitcher currently working in the Chicago area. She studied theatrical design and technology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Some recent design credits include Red Bowl At The Jeffs with The Sound theatre company, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare, Abridged with Theatre Arlington, and assistant design for Next Stop Broadway, the children’s musical theatre review at Dallas Children’s Theatre. Her craftwork and stitching credits include stitching and dyework for American Theatre Company’s We’re Gonna Be Okay and Craftwork for the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Music Theatre Wichita, featuring shows like The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies! and Oklahoma!. She’s very excited to be working here at Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time. To see more of her work, visit www.ellyhuntcostumes.com.
Becca Pearce (KID Show Sound Designer and Mentor)
Becca is a Denver based sound designer. She has designed ten shows for the last three seasons at Creede Repertory Theatre. In 2015 and 2016, she was a sound engineer with the company. Originally from Chicago, she holds two bachelors of arts: one in Theatre Studies and one in Communications: Media Studies from Northern Illinois University. She works at the Denver Center Theatre Company as a stagehand and is a member of IASTE Local 7.
Harry Foster (KID Show Lighting Designer and Mentor)
Harry is electrified to be back for his third season with CRT! A recent graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, he hopes to continue making theatre happen all over the country. Past credit with CRT includes Lighting Designer for Red Hot Patriot.
Natalie Mayo (Education Assistant and Summer Teaching Artist and Mentor)
Natalie Mayo was born and raised in Brownwood, TX, where she graduated from Brownwood High School in 2013. She has recently received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre with a minor in music from Texas Tech University, where she was President of the student chapter of USITT. Her two main theatrical focuses are sound design and stage management for theatre. Along with theatre, Natalie is also interested in music. She has a musical background as an instructor for high school percussion classes, private percussion lessons for kids under the age of 12, and a musician in several different musical ensembles. Natalie has experience in composition for theatrical productions and musical improvisation for modern dance.
Caitlin Wise (Summer Day Camp Teaching Artist)
Caitlin is thrilled to join CRT for her eighth season. Caitlin recently appeared in Kind of Red, Private Lives, Our Town, August Osage County, Good on Paper, Hope and Gravity, Around the World in 80 Days, Harry the Great, Unnecessary Farce, and Boomtown at Creede Repertory Theatre. In NYC: Flirtation (Marvel Rep) and In Loco Parentis (ART/NY). With the Denver Center Theatre Company: The Christians, Tom Sawyer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, and Othello. At the Arvada Center The Importance of Being Earnest, Around the World in 80 Days, and Is He Dead. At Theatreworks, The Game of Love and Change, Girl of the Golden West and The Liar. At CSF: Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill A Mockingbird. Caitlin received her MFA in acting from The National Theatre Conservatory. Follow her at unprocessyourfood on Instagram.
Claudio Venancio (Summer Day Camp Teaching Artist)
Claudio Venancio – Tour: Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Albert Porter); Regional: In The Heights (Sonny);She Loves Me (Mr. Keller/ Viktor); Arsenic and Old Lace (Brophy); A Few Good Men (PFC Santiago), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Benjamin). New York Credits: The Waiting Room (Daredevil); No Thanks (Worthy); Can I Borrow your Time Machine (Dave). Other credits: The Lover (Richard); Dreamgirls (Dave); In The Heights (Piragua Guy); RENT (Benny); Dogfight (Fector); Macbeth (Macduff); The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio); PVT Wars (Woodruff Gately); Hairspray (Kenny). www.claudiovenancio.com
Regina Fernandez (Summer Day Camp Teaching Artist)
Regina is so excited to return to Creede this summer after having been a part of the 2010 Creede Repertory Summer Company (Joy in This Day and Age and Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)! Colorado Credits include Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and Ann Deever in All My Sons for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Ayah in The Secret Garden at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, Miranda in The Tempest for No Holds Bard Theatre in Ouray, Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra for Theatreworks, and Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Regina graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Program in Orlando. “Endless love to my family. For mom, always”.
Dustin Bronson (Summer Day Camp Teaching Artist)
Dustin is thrilled to be returning for his second season at Creede Repertory Theatre, previous productions at Creede include Around the World in 80 Days, Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Guthrie Theater: To Kill A Mocking Bird, Juno and the Paycock, Crimes of the Heart. Mixed Blood Theatre: Hir, Pussy Valley. Park Square Theater: A Midsummer Nights Dream, Of Mice and Men. The Illusion Theater: My Antonia, Autistic License. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Co.: Handle with Care, Photograph 51. The Bucket Brigade: Kingdom Undone. Walking Shadow Theatre Co.: Mary Stuart. Minnesota Fringe Festival: Lungs. Assistant Directing: Public Theater of Minnesota, Southwest High school. Education: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA, Globe Theatre in London. Awards: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Awardee, California Alliance for Arts Education Emerging Young Artist Award, Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee, Best Comedic Actor 2015 by Lavender Magazine. Visit www.dustin-bronson.com
Allie Quiller (Summer Day Camp Teaching Artist)
Allison Quiller is a Creede native whose career was effectively spring-loaded by the CRT. She attended the Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia and followed it up with two years of professional sketch comedy work in the Canadian city. After that, she moved to Los Angeles and spent several years working in film and television, including two years as Art Department Coordinator for the hit ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars. Other credits include Godzilla (2014) and Disney’s Lone Ranger. She produced her first solo documentary venture Paul Freakin’ Stone: That’s Who in 2015 and continues to explore documentary work. Allison is thrilled to bring her work back to the town she loves and inspire young folk who dream to follow a similar path.
Bethany Eilean Talley (Community Outreach Teaching Artist)
Bethany has spent six seasons in the Acting Company at CRT, most recently appearing as Greta in General Store. She has also performed at the Arvada Center, the Vintage Theatre, Theatreworks, and with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Education Tour. While working at CRT, she had the opportunity to develop curriculum and teach several Drama Day Camps as well as working as a Community Outreach Teaching Artist by spending a semester teaching theatre to the high school and elementary students at the Creede School. She continued her work in arts education by teaching ballet, tap, and children’s creative dance to the youth of Creede. Bethany has a BFA in Acting with a minor degree in Children’s Creative Dance from Brigham Young University.
Aaron McEachran (YAOT Stage Manager and Mentor)
Aaron is a recent graduate of Hope College, a small liberal arts school in Holland Michigan. Originally from Golden Colorado he loves to be outdoors and is very excited to be back in the mountains after four years away. Before coming to Creede Aaron spent two summers with Hope Summer Reparatory Theatre in Michigan. He loved the experience of working with a rep. theatre company and is excited to be joining Creede for their summer season. Most recently Aaron Stage Managed a devised piece created with two alumni of Hope College and loves the unique challenge that accompanies creating new work. In his free time, he enjoys landscape photography, party games, and socializing with friends.
Heidi Rothra (YAOT Stage Manager and Mentor)
Heidi is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Design and Technical Production program. Recent projects include Triad Stage’s Beautiful Star (Production Assistant), UNCG’s As You Like It (Stage Manager), Willy Wonka Jr. and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mill Mountain Theatre, Stage Manager), The Jungle Book (MMT, Stage and Tour Manager), Go, Dog. Go! and From Up Here (UNCG, Stage Manager), and sound engineering UNCG’s production of the world premiere of Jim Wren’s Pinkie and Blue.
Lyndsi Skewes (YAOT Actor and Mentor)
Lyndsi Skewes was last seen in a developmental reading of Dig A Little Deeper at Arc Stages. Previous professional credits include the Polar Express Live (NYC Premiere Cast), Majestic Children’s Theatre, and The Buddy Holly Story. Additionally, Lyndsi performs children’s music with “Jam With Jamie and Friends” throughout NYC and New Jersey. You may have also seen her serving ice cream as a singing waitress at The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe on the Jersey Shore. Educational Credits include Tartuffe, Dracula the Musical, South Pacific, and Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens. She is a proud alumni of Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre program. Lyndsi is humbled and excited to be spreading the power of theatre throughout the southwest in Creede Repertory’s Young Audience Outreach Tour!
Chris Peterkin (YAOT Actor and Mentor)
Chris is a recent graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Nazareth College of Rochester. He is excited to be a part of this years YAOT and can’t wait to get out on the road and start sharing a this story with so many children. Some of his favorite credits include, Addams Family (Robin Levine), Women on the Verge (Regional Premiere), West Side Story (Emily Maltby), and Schoolhouse Rock Live! He would like to thank his Mother, Aunt and the rest of his family, his best friend Demitri, and Creede Rep. Theatre for this amazing opportunity. www.chrisjpeterkin.com
Ezinne Elele (YAOT Actor and Mentor)
Michael Liebhauser (YAOT Actor and Mentor)