Brittni Shambaugh Addison (Education Director)
This is Brittni’s first season at CRT. Originally from Sneads Ferry, NC (home of the Shrimp Festival!), 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 and the Artistic Associate at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Other notable credits include Players Theatre NYC, Great Lakes Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ensemble Theatre CLE, and Beck Center for the Arts. So much love to Lavour, Luna, and Moody.
Emily Diaz (Education and Operations Associate)
Recently making the move to Creede, this is Emily’s 1st 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!
Matt Hecker (Americorps Team Member)
Matt is a team member of the first ever AmeriCorps class in Creede, CO. He believes everyone should have a fair chance in life, and that begins with taking a holistic approach to kids’ health and wellbeing. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bend, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics with a concentration on the political economy of the Global South.
Josephine Swift (Americorps Team Member)
Josephine is from rainy Portland, Oregon. She graduated this past spring from the University of Oregon with a degree in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology. Her passions lie in working with people and exploring all of the ways we can be healthy in body and mind. She is excited to explore the outdoors in this area of the U.S and dive into the Creede community.
Holly Thompson (Americorps Team Member)
Hollycomes from Southern Wisconsin. This is her second term with Americorps and Alpine Achievers Initiative. In her previous term she served at Mountain Valley Schools doing math/literacy intervention and running the K-5 afterschool program. She is very excited to be joining the team at Creede Rep this time around. Holly received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Holly is also a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and has spent the past 3 years working as an au pair/private tutor (Strasbourg, France), online ESL tutor (Cambly) and ESL instructor (Stateline Literacy Council). Her hope is that her varied skills and experiences will come together to provide an amazing year of service for this community and its youth.