CRT Staff


JOHN DIANTONIO (he, him, his)

Executive Director 719-658 -2540 Ext: 229

John’s been with CRT since 2011 as an actor, director, playwright, fight director, videographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He’s elated and humbled to enter his second year as Executive Director. Some of his plays for CRT include: Kind of Red, Reading! And Other Superpowers, and Harry the Great. Favorite CRT acting credits include: Kind of Red, Taming of the Shrew, Language of Trees, and Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Other acting credits include: The Game of Love and Chance, The Liar (Theatreworks), Cyrano (BETC), The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), Is He Dead? (Arvada Center), Othello, A Christmas Carol (Denver Center). John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and BA from Case Western Reserve University. John and Caitlin got married in Creede’s little white church on the hill. This winter they welcomed into the world the newest member of their family, little Leo!

JESSICA JACKSON  (she, her, hers)

Artistic Director 719-658 -2540 Ext: 224

Artistic Director since 2012, Jess believes in the power live theatre, the rep format, and the Creede community. She has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she directed Miss HolmesTalley’s FollyPrivate Lives, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and several 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. MM from Boston Conservatory and BA from Harvard University. She is on the board of the Colorado Preschool Program and is inspired by Penelope, her 7-year-old daughter, and Matt Schlief, her very kind, supportive partner.


Education Director 719-658 -2540 Ext: 227

She is so thrilled to be joining the CRT family. She is a Director, Actor, and Educator originally from Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Brittni received her BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University and her MFA in Directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Brittni has had the pleasure of teaching, directing, and performing across the country, and is particularly passionate about creating and participating in programs that bring theatre into under-served populations. As an educator, she believes strongly in the power of Arts Integration and is focused on exploring the “why and how” rather than the “what.” She previously worked as the Education Associate at Cleveland Play House, during which time she directed the world-premier production of The Starkweather-South High School First-Annual End-of-Year Lock-In, or ghost party by Diana Grisanti. Prior to her time at CPH, she served as the Artistic Associate and a member of the Professional Acting Company with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, where she was able to collaborate with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center to create an immersive multi-media production for High School students addressing issues surrounding sexual violence awareness and prevention. Other notable directing and performance credits include Players Theatre NYC, Great Lakes Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ensemble Theatre CLE, and Beck Center for the Arts. She is so grateful to be joined on this journey by her amazing husband Lavour, and their awesome puppies Pixie and Moody.

JACOB BANNERMAN (he, him, his)

Production Manager 719-658 -2540 Ext: 254

Jacob is excited to be a part of CRT’s 54th season. Jacob has worked on the production management teams at Music Theatre Wichita, Oklahoma City Ballet and the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and is looking forward to another summer at CRT. Other notable management teams Jacob has been a part of are Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Summertime Theatre in Beijing, China, The American Cancer Society and Atikokan Donald Rogert Canoe Base in Canada. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production and Stage Management from Oklahoma City University, where he met the love of his life, Emily. When he is not in the office, Jacob can be found playing D&D in the kitchen, or playing with his two dogs, Bonnie and Sheba.

CASSIE RHAFIR (she, her, hers)

Human Resources and Operations Director 719-658 -2540 Ext: 256

Originally from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, Cassie left to move to Durango, Colorado to attend undergrad in 2008 at Fort Lewis College where she graduated with a BA in Generalized Theatre Studies and Business Administration. She moved to Creede in 2013 to work as CRT’s Company Manager. Since her return in 2017, Cassie has become the Human Resources and Operations Director. When she isn’t in the theatre, she loves hiking, fishing, travel and playing with her two orange tabby cats: Chester and Cleo!

KATE BERRY (she, her, hers)

Artistic Associate 719-658 -2540 Ext: 233

This is Kate’s 9th season in the CRT acting company and her second as a full-time staff member, where she manages Audience Enrichment programming, and the Headwaters New Play Festival. 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 Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. Colorado Credits: Arvada Center (The Lion in WinterThe Importance of Being EarnestBlithe Spirit), Theatreworks (Wild HoneyThe SeagullPsycho 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). Favorite roles at CRT include Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Eliza in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, and Sherlock Holmes in Miss Holmes. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

MONICA SALLAWAY (she, her, hers)

Company Manager 719-658 -2540 Ext: 226

Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Monica is a freelance theatre artist with specializations in company management, stage management, directing, and technical production. Passionate about theatre in education, she enjoys writing and producing theatre work for youth, and is a co-founder of the Weatherford Arts Council’s Music Theatre Camp, now in its fourth year. She currently serves as a rotating member of the directing team forThe Drunkard & The Olio, America’s longest running play. Past favorite production credits include: A Christmas CarolThe Diviners, and The Foreigner. B.A. in Communication Arts & Theatre from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. When she isn’t in the office, you can find her hiking through the beautiful mountains or making a mess in her kitchen. Monica is excited to be joining the Creede Rep family for its 54th season!

Emily Diaz (she, her, hers)

Education Assistant 719-658 -2540 Ext: 255

Recently making the move to Creede this is Emily’s first full year as seasonal staff! She is super excited about this opportunity to share her love of the performing arts to the youth of Creede. Emily graduated from Oklahoma City University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting with a minor in Stage Management. Most recently Emily worked with the Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma Lyric Theatre’s Academy, The Oklahoma Branch of the American Cancer Society, and The Oklahoma City Children’s Theatre. Emily is thrilled to be ending her 1st full year in Creede working for CRT and living with the love of her life Jacob, and two dogs Bonnie and Sheba!