Teaching Artists

Every year we hire the best teaching artists and theatre makers from across the nation to work with our kids! CRT is firmly united in our rigorous pursuit of excellence in all that we do.


Nicole Watts – KID Show Costume Designer and Mentor

Ms. Watts is originally from Wyoming. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre & Dance Design and Production focusing on Costume Design from the University of Wyoming. Her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production is from Tulane University where she concentrated in Costume and Scenic Design. This past year she freelanced in New Orleans and was the Instructor of Costume Design and Makeup technology at Southeastern Louisiana University. This is her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre. Other companies she has worked for include The Black Hills Playhouse, Southern Rep Theatre, Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, and NETworks Touring.

Kate Berry – Community Outreach Teaching Artist

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.

Mandi Wood – KID Show Lighting Designer and Mentor

Mandi Wood is a Lighting Designer currently working out of New Orleans, LA. Mandi received her MFA in Production and Design from Tulane University, and is the resident Assistant Lighting Designer for the New Orleans Opera Association. Her most recent design work has been featured with New Orleans companies including Southern Rep Theatre, Newcomb Dance Company, The Contemporary Arts Center, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The New Orleans Opera Association, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and The New Orleans Fringe Festival. Mandi is thrilled to be working her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre, and hopes you enjoy the shows!

Natalie Mayo – KID Show Sound Designer, Mentor and Young Audience Outreach Tour Manager

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 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.

CJ Salvani – Drama Day Camp Teaching Artist

Born and raised in the Philippines, CJ and his family moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. Lived in Hawaii for a year, moved to Las Vegas, then packed his bags for Los Angeles to train at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy. For the past two years, his current home has been New York City. Theatre: Hairspray (Ensemble). West Side Story (Pepe). CATS (Ghengis). The Sound Of Music (Rolf). Pillow Talk (Roger) cjsalvani.com – From a Chocolate Enthusiast, to one of the biggest Harry Potter Fans you’ll ever meet, I’m Excited to make my debut at the Creede Repertory Theatre!! Matt, this is for you.

Caitlin Wise – Drama 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.

Emily Van Fleet – KID Show Playwright, Director and Mentor

Emily returns to CRT this year for her 6th season! CRT credits include Private Lives, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, August: Osage County, Guys & Dolls, Our Town, Annie Get Your Gun, The Liar, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Harry the Great. She recently appeared at the Arvada Center in Tartuffe, Bus Stop and The Drowning Girls. Other regional favorites: The Servant of Two Masters (CO Shakespeare Festival); Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Lake Tahoe & Sierra Shakespeare Festivals); Death Takes A Holiday, A Man of No Importance, Big River (Arvada Center); The Wizard of Oz (BDT Stage, Colorado Backstage Spotlight Award); and 6 seasons as a featured vocalist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration (with Maestro Jack Everly). Film/TV: Clear Blue Tuesday (Elizabeth Lucas), Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV/Reveilles Productions). BA in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.

Renee Prince – Drama Day Camp Teaching Artist

Renee is the Executive/Artistic Director of the arts education organization VOICES in Carbondale, CO, working to amplify voices through the arts. CRT was Renee’s creative home for over a decade, and she is ecstatic to be playing with these vibrant artists and young people this summer. Renee served as CRT’s Education Director from 2007 – 2014, she co-founded the KID Show program with her brother Ryan Prince, and she appeared on the CRT stage in various capacities since 2002, most recently as Myra in Ghost-Writer. Renee’s most recent adventures include working as Education Associate with Aspen Words (the literary program of The Aspen Institute), facilitiating empathy-building Story Swaps throughout CO and in D.C., studying with the German mask theatre company Familie Floez in Italy, and launching VOICES (amplifyingvoices.org).

Gina Velez – Drama Day Camp Teaching Artist

New York city resident- California girl at heart. Gina is overjoyed to be in her first show with Creede Rep. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton’s Musical Theatre BFA program and has spent the last four years working as a bi-coastal actress. Recent roles include: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Julie in Carousel and Maria in West Side Story. When she’s not onstage, you can find her on her yoga mat, drinking coffee, or taking pictures of her cat. She sends all of her love and gratitude to her incredible parents Mario and Carla and wonderful boyfriend Keaton.

Mark Exline – KID Show Scenic Designer and Mentor

This is Mark’s second year in Creede, and he’s so excited to be back! Originally from Florida, he’s worked as a scenic designer all over the country. He is currently working on his MFA in scenic design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His previous design credits include The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Footloose, and Hana’s Suitcase.

Nathan Jones – KID Show Playwright and Mentor

Nathan co-directed last year’s KID Show, iMac(kers), with Creede Rep following the success of Rodeo & Juliet. He will also perform in Boomtown, and work with audience outreach. The opportunity to pair his passion for education and performance together with his co-writer (and wife) Emily Van Fleet is very exciting. With a degree in Musical Theatre from Northern Colorado, Nathan stepped in as interim theatre instructor with his high school alma mater. He directed, cast, and choreographed the school’s production of Seussical: the Musical, introduced college level directing curriculum, and created the school’s first student directed one-act festival. After moving to New York, he performed with the 12 Irish Tenors in Branson. Joining Teach for America in 2011 he was off to Las Vegas to teach 4th and 5th grade to underserved students. While there, he founded a Drama Club, focusing on performing Shakespeare, showing that struggling readers can access and succeed in performing classic literature. While at Roundy, he directed two school plays, The Environmental Show, and The Nutcracker. He also spent time working with After School All-Stars teaching drama, music, and a band called Girls Rock! He designed and constructed sets for Foothill Montessori’s productions of The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka. Nate has worked with Creede Rep in several areas such as choreographing the Musical Theatre Day Camp, developing and delivering pre-show talks for audience outreach, and performing improv in Boomtown! Operating on the belief that theatre education is one of the most valuable experiences for students from all backgrounds, he is excited to help share that passion with his Creede family.

Claudio Venancio – Young Audience Outreach Tour Actor and Mentor

Recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Kean University in New Jersey. Upon graduating he created the Incendiary Theatre Company. It’s mission statement: “To reach, teach and spark the mind that will change the world”. Regional: 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; Usnavi u/s); RENT (Benny); Dogfight (Fector); Macbeth (Macduff); The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio); PVT Wars (Woodruff Gately); Hairspray (Kenny). www.claudiovenancio.com


Rachel Irwin – Young Audience Outreach Tour Actress and Mentor

Rachel is thrilled to be joining the Young Audience Outreach Tour with CRT! She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Mount Union with a BA in Theatre and Public Relations. Most recently, Rachel has choreographed productions of In The Heights and Princess Diana: The Musical for the Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild (Chardon, OH). She has spent the last two summers performing in outdoor Native American dramas at Horn in the West (Boone, NC) and Trumpet in the Land (New Philadelphia, OH). Favorite credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Informed Consent (Arella/Natalie), Edges (Woman 1), and Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney).


Bethany Eilean Talley – Drama Day Camp Teaching Artist

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.


Aaron McEachran – KID Show 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 Repertory 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.