August 13 -16
Dream Cabaret
Rise Up Company
Directed by Jessica Swanson
Don't miss the debut of our Rise Up Company, a program that flips the script on educational theatre by creating paid opportunities for teen actors. In this production 12 young actors have been selected to sing songs from their dream roles and dream shows in a special social distancing-friendly Drive-In cabaret show. Our middle and high school performers showcase the work they have put in with our resident director and music director as well as the work they have done with our Broadway liaisons (Broadway and touring actors/mentors).
CAST: Jacob Brelsford, Dario Carmelo Correa, Skylar Daniels, Evan Donelson, Lucia Graves, Lucy Hamilton, Emma Hardy, Cassie Hooper, Hazel Kachline, Tahlia Knoshaug, Allison Megee, Saige Pierson, Ella Smith
NextStage is a theatre company focused on developing the careers of theatre artists and developing new works of dramatic art. NextStage is a company that is not about the company, but about the ... company? For career artists: Imagine a collaboration with an organization that innovates what the professional journey is by honing in on the Next Stage of your career and not the next way you can be used. For budding talents: Imagine a world where "educational theatre" is not about "tuition", but about paying young artists for the hours of work they put into productions. That's what NextStage is about. "Pay to play" is a thing of the past. Tuition based theatre is a thing of the past. The future of art will be built by you and we would love to be part of that journey. All ticketed events that NextStage asks actors and crew members to volunteer for are fundraisers for local organizations. NextStage is a part of the Arden Arts LLC family of programs focused on innovating the professional journey for developing artists.
Jessica Erin Swanson
Artistic Director
Jessica Erin Swanson is an award-winning actress who performs across the Colorado Front Range. She has graced stages from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs bringing her to stages such as Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has studied dance for the majority of her life with companies such as Colorado Ballet and trains privately with former Rockettes. Even though she loves performing, she finds the most joy in working with children and sharing her love for the theatre to the next generation.
Tyler Phillips
General Manager, Resident Music Director
Tyler Phillips is an award-winning playwright, composer, director, and musician. Tyler moved to Colorado after working as a New York City based theatre director and session musician for the better part of a decade. He is the critically-acclaimed writer/director of the 2013 production of Under The Greenwood Tree (Flea Theatre, NYC) and in 2010, co-founded Phillstock Entertainment, a music and theatre production and management company focused on developing the original works of independent writers and performers in Brooklyn, NY. Tyler's work has been enjoyed at The Flea Theatre (NYC), 17 Frost (Brooklyn, NY), The Lucille Lortel Theatre (NYC), The Laurie Beechman Theatre (NYC), The Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT), The Arkansas Rep (Little Rock, AR), StageDoor Theatre (Conifer, CO), The Bakery (Denver, CO), The Zach Scott Theatre Center (Austin, TX), The Magik Theatre (San Antonio, TX), The York Theatre (NYC), and others.
Marcelina Ramirez
Development Director
Lina is a graduate of MSU Denver where she got her degree in Theatre with a minor in Women’s Studies. While at Metro she traveled with Water Wise, a water conservation troupe, teaching young children the importance of saving water through interactive theatre! She also was a partner nominee for the Kennedy Centers American College Theatre Festival in 2015. Lina has performed locally in theaters such as TheatreWorks, Aurora Fox, Fearless, Evergreen, Su Teatro and more. She has also performed internationally in Italy at the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo Italy. Lina is also a fierce advocate for Diversity in theatre, please visit her website for more information:
Justin Stephens
Operations Manager
Justin Stephens is a peppy, young, and excited member of the NextStage team. With a great attitude and loud voice his experience ranges from belting high notes on stage to teaching kindergartners to sing and dance. Between his experience acting as a board member at an educational theatre and being on stage since 2007, theatre is second nature. Having fun is one thing Justin does best. He always makes sure that he and everyone around him is their optimizing their own time. Having a half glass full mindset has always been important to him, and he hopes that you all will share that glass with NextStage.
Portia Joy Glommen
Community Director
Portia Joy Glommen is a passionate young actress and musician. She has been performing for 12 years, and has had the chance to appear on some beautiful stages such as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and The Detroit MoPop Festival. Portia has loved theatre from a young age. After a few years being devoted to the Denver music scene while developing her own bands and helping others develop theirs, she is thrilled to join the NextStage team as Community Director and return to the theatre community.
Krista Choate
Resident Stage Manager
Krista Choate is a determined young stage manager and technician. She has been heavily involved with technical theatre for 6 years and has held numerous technical director, stage manager, and construction lead positions in various theaters. Krista has worked as a technician and SM mentor to not only her former high school peers but also for middle school students. In addition to her work with Center Stage (Evergreen), Evergreen High School Theatre, and Evergreen Middle School Theatre, Krista has spent 100+ hours interning with top stage managers at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Krista is overly excited to bring her strong work ethic and knowledge to NextStage.
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