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Jacob Welch, MFA - Department Chair
Department Chair, Faculty Advisor in Lighting and Sound, Lighting Director


303-615-1294



jwelch25@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269 A

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jacob is an award winning lighting designer working throughout North America. In Colorado, he has designed for Arvada, Curious, Creede Repertory Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre, Backstage Theatre Town Hall Arts Center, Lone Tree Arts Center, Pace, Aurora Fox, Paragon, Local Theatre, BETC, Open-stage, Bas Bleu, Theatreworks, and many other companies. He is ETCP Electrician Certified and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Jacob has his MFA in Lighting Design for Western Illinois University.

 

Favorite Quote: “Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” - Vaclav Havel



David J Castellano, MFA - Assistant Professor
Costume Shop Professor


303-605-7640



dcastel6@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
KC

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



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Carrie Colton, MFA - Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor in Performance and Movement


303-615-1414



ccolton@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
270 B

Office Hours:

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Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Carrie Colton holds a BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University and her MFA in Directing from Florida State University. She has performed in two international tours: My Fair Lady (Eliza) and Annie (Miss Hannigan), as well as several regional theatres around the country. Favorite directing and choreography credits include Hairspray with the Fusion Academy of Hong Kong, Peter Pan with the Jacksonville Opera Theatre, and Twelfth Night with the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Carrie is certified in Stage Combat by the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, holds her yoga certification from Guru Mahi's Ashram in India, and is the Artistic Di-rector of The Shakespeare Project in Alabama. Carrie loves Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, Children’s Theatre and is the mother of many dogs!

 

Favorite Quote:
"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it."



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Brian Kelley, MFA - Professor
Faculty Advisor in Technical Theatre, Technical Director, BFA/ATTD Coordinator


303-615-0670



bkelley9@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
KC

Office Number:
186

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

I hold an MFA in Technical Direction from Ohio University. I have worked in both professional and educational theatres including
The Des Moines Metro Opera, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, The Washington National Opera, Olney Theatre Center, Ohio University, University of Arizona and Ashland University. I am a member of USITT.

 

Favorite Quote: “Riam Nar Dhruid O Spairn Lann”- 69th New York Infantry.



Julia Mitchell, MFA - Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor in Performance


303-615-1414



jmitch86@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
270 B

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



Associate Professor Jeffery Parker

Jeffrey Parker, MFA - Associate Professor
Faculty Advisor in Performance and Voice, BFA/MT Coordinator


303-615-0970



jparke80@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
270 C

Office Hours:

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Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jeffrey (he/him) is a voice/speech specialist and the current head of the BFA Musical Theatre Program. He has performed Off-Broadway, on National Tours, and in major cities all across the country including here in Denver. Jeffrey holds an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theatre from UCLA. In addition to his degrees, he has received designations as both a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He a recipient of multiple KCACTF awards for Directing and Script Adaptation, as well as a recipient of the MSU Denver Faculty Teaching Excellence award.

Jeffrey also serves as a leading text/accent/dialect/voice coach for many companies in Denver, California, Tennessee, and all across the country. He is the Director of Voice and Text for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the co-author of Experiencing Speech: A Skills-Based, Panlingual Approach to Actor Training (with Andrea Caban and Julie Foh), published by Routledge and available anywhere books are sold.

His favorite color is sky blue; teaching is his favorite thing on the planet, he owns too many books; and his favorite composers are Stephen Sondheim and Johnny Greenwood. He is an ENFJ, a Ravenclaw, a Pisces, and a nerd.

Favorite Quote: “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” - Carl Jung



Theatre Program Founder


Dr. Marilyn Hetzel

Marilyn "Cookie" Hetzel, PhD - Professor Emerita
Theatre Program Founder


303-615-1414



hetzelm@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
WC266

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



Department of Theatre and Dance (Theatre Focus) Staff

 

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Megan Euler, MA, AEA
Production Manager


303-615-0393



eulerm@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269 C

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Megan holds an MA in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BA in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management from New England College. She has worked with companies such as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, North Country Center for the Performing Arts and the New Jersey June Opera Festival. Megan is an Equity Stage Manager, event producer, certified Crowd Manager, board member for the Colorado Alliance of Technical Theatre Educators, and a member of the Production Manager’s Forum.

 

Favorite Quote: “How well it sounds, Stage Manager: It implies master of the science of the stage.” - Edward Gordon Craig



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Chandra Gregg, BFA
Scene Shop Manager


303-615-1779



greggch@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
KC

Office Number:
180 B

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Chandra is a proud Denver native and an Alum of the Department of Theatre here at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She’s been involved in technical theatre for 20 years, starting as a lighting tech in Middle School. She attended Denver School of the Arts for High School before coming to Metro State in 2003. She is married to a theatre carpenter and the mom to shop dog, Cupcake.

 

“Favorite Quote: I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.” ? Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country



Alyssa Ridder, MFA
MSU Theatre and Dance Department Costume Shop Manager


303-605-7606



aridder2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
KC

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



Shelby Shepherd, BFA
Departmental Graphics Designer & Office Manager


303-605-7288



sshephe9@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269-D

Office Hours:

 

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Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Shelby is a 2019 graduate from the Communications Design program with a BFA from Metropolitian State University of Denver. She also holds a Cosmetology license (2013) and a BA focused in Art with Theatre Minor from University of Denver (2012). She has completed many professional logos, websites and even designed the product labels and logo for a local compnay called 5280Holistics. As a freelance designer, she has designed many show posters for the MSU Theatre Department; including Machinal, Chicago, Godspell and Midsummer Night's Dream. 

 

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Kimberly Hedden-Welch, MA
House Manager


303-615-1414



kheddenw@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



Dance Professors & Faculty Advisors

 

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Leslie Merrill Schmidt
Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of Dance Program; Advisor for Dance


303-605-5178



lmerril4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
PE 214.1

Office Hours:

Email for advising appointments. Office hours vary per semester.

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Campus Box Number:
25


Directory Profile

Bio:

Leslie Merrill is a Co-Coordinator of the Dance Program and has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado and has performed professionally and presented her choreographic and video work nationally and internationally in places such as British Columbia, Mexico, and Germany.

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Nicole Predki
Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of Dance Program; Advisor for Dance


303-615-0768



npredki@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
PE 209A

Office Hours:

Email for advising, Tues/Thurs by appointment- varies by semester

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Campus Box Number:
25


Directory Profile

Bio:

Nicole Predki is a Co-Coordinator of the Dance Program. Nicole teaches because she believes that everyone can dance and create and strives to give students the confidence and tools to do both. She has an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado Boulder with a focus in somatics and multidisciplinary performance and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Columbia University in NYC.

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Theatre Affiliate Instructors


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Cheryl Brodzinsky
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1414



cbrodzin@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



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Robert Bubon
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1414



rbubon@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Robert's first professional acting role was Curly in "Of Mice and Men' at the Asolo State Theatre in Florida in 1988. He has worked since then all over the country amassing a theatrical resume of over 109 productions that he has either directed or acted in. He founded the California Actors Theatre in San Juan Capistrano, CA. in 1995 and moved the Theatre to Longmont, CO. in 2002. Robert's film and TV credits include a reoccurring role on the ABC series "The Secret Lives of Men" with Bradley Whitford and Peter Gallagher, several nationwide released commercials for AT&T, Nintendo and Campbells Soup, to name just a few and he was a regular at Bravura Films, the company that produced all of Apple's in house industrial Films. He began teaching at Metro State University in 2007.

 

Favorite Quote: "Success is found through constant failure, Happiness is found through constant pain! Funny how that works..."



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Terry Burnsed
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1414



tburnsed@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
AR270-A

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Terry Burnsed has been an Affiliate Faculty in Theatre at MSU Denver since 2004. He earned his PhD and M.A. from UC Boulder and a B.A. from MSU Denver. Terry teaches Intro. to Theare, Theatre History/Theory, Oral Interpretation, and Staging Cultures. He has directed (a little), designed sound (in the old days), served as dramaturg, written plays and adaptations, but mostly acted (e.g., as King Lear March 2018).

Favorite Quote: “I believe in theater because it doesn’t make us happy.”—Dalia Taha

 



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Michael Duran
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1414



mduran47@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

A graduate of Loretto Heights College and Tulane University. I've worked professionally in the theatre and film as an actor, director, scenic designer and now as educator for the last ten years.

 

Favorite Quote: I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw



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Reggie Hardiman
Costume Shop Stitcher & Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1581



rhadima@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
KC

Office Number:
160

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Reggie is assistant manager in the costume shop. They earned their B.A. here at Metro, during which time they revived their interest in sewing. They entered the world of costuming in 2011 and have since worked on theater, opera, and dance productions throughout Colorado.  

 

Favorite Quote: "Courage is not always a roar. Some-times courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow."



Nikki Harrison
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-141



nharri25@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



Timothy McCracken
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-141



tmccrac1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



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Connie Sander
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1414



csande19@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Connie Sander has been a working theater artist in the Denver area since 1987. After receiving her Master's Degree in Directing from Humboldt State University, she has been an educator since 2001. Connie is a strong believer in the Department's motto of theater being "Equipment for Living" and reinforces this idea in all her classes and productions, building better communication skills and communities. Prior to teaching, she was Co-Founder of Cattle Call Productions and her recent directing projects have been developing full productions from the stories of real people. She loves her students and her job.

 

Favorite Quotes “Art is like Food, a Necessity for Life.” and “All the Freaky People make the Beauty of the



Nicholas Trotter
Affiliate Faculty


303-615-1414



ntrotte1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile



Jennifer Zukowski
Affiliate Faculty (Stage Movement, Stage Combat)


303-615-1414



zukows1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
269

Campus Box Number:
93


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jenn Zuko is a fight director, body language consultant,martial artist, and movement specialist who has been teaching at MSU Denver’s Theatre department since 2005. She’s also a professor of English and writing at Regis and DU. She’s the author of "Stage Combat: a manual of basics, and co-producer of Blue Dime Cabaret, a variety show in the Boulder/Denver area.

Favorite Saying: Shikin haramitsu dai komyo



Dance Affiliate Instructors

 

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Laura Malpass
Dance Affiliate


303-615-0768



hmalpass@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
PE 209A

Office Hours:

 

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Campus Box Number:
25


Directory Profile

Bio:

Laura Malpass (MFA Dance, CU Boulder; BA Psychology, Hope College) is a ballet and contemporary dance teaching artist, dancer, and choreographer, interested in the ways dance can transcend all boundaries we perceive or feebly construct, empowering individuals and transforming communities for the better. She creates dance work rooted in story and identity to unpack how our physical bodies hold the memory of our emotional, relational, and experiential lives. Laura’s dance choreography and dance for film work has been presented around the San Francisco Bay Area and across the Front Range in Colorado. She completed her MFA in Dance at CU Boulder, with a secondary emphasis in Somatics and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies.

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Jacob Mora
Dance Affiliate


303-605-5178



jmora6@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
PE 214.1

Office Hours:

 

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Campus Box Number:
25


Directory Profile

Bio:

 

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Professionals with a Passion for Theatre!

Our GUEST ARTISTS :

  • El Armstrong – Sound Design
  • Tim Barbiaux – Scenic Design
  • Stephen Bertles – Choreography
  • Jason Ducat – Sound Design
  • Ron Gloekler – Costume Design
  • Mateo Homan - Sound Design
  • Jenna Hawkins – Choreography
  • Kevin Nelson – Scenic Design

Our FACTULY ARTISTS :

  • Carrie Colton - Director
  • Dr. Marilyn "Cookie" Hetzel - Director
  • Brian Kelley - Tech Direction
  • Dr. Michael Kornelsen - Music Direction
  • Jeffrey Parker - Director
  • Laura Love - Costume Design
  • Jacob Welch - Lighting Design
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