Melissa Williams, Director and Educator
Start Date: 2011
Melissa has been with CenterStage for 8 years as a director and arts educator. She directed the regional premiere of " A Little Princess" as well as "Honk," "13, the musical" and most recently "Avenue Q." Melissa directs summer camp programs and the elementary musicals during the school year. She believes in the power of the performing arts in developing young people's confidence, creativity and sense of community. Melissa holds a MM in Voice and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, studying with the late Barbara Doscher. She also trained at the Boston Opera Institute with Sharon Daniels and Phyllis Curtin as well as a student of Michael Lugering Expressive Actor program.
Taylor Roberts, Director/Music Director
Start Date: 2014
Taylor Roberts began performing with CenterStage Theatre Company more than 15 years ago and shares his love of theatre with a new generation of CenterStage actors as a key staff member. He has directed "In The Heights," "Heathers, the Musical," and "Sweeney Todd," in addition to co-directing "Shrek" and "Les Miserables, School Edition." He also has been the music director for "Legally Blonde, Jr." and "School of Rock." He is a founding director of CenterStage's cabaret show series, "40 Degrees North" which features new musical theatre songs. Taylor is a graduate of NYU Steinhardt with a degree in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre. In addtion to directing, Taylor teaches acting classes for CenterStage.
Jeanie Balch, Artistic Director
Start Date: 2000
Jeanie is a founding director of CenterStage Theatre Company and has an MA in Theater from the University of Colorado. At CU she directed "The Blind" by Maurice Materlinck and participated twice as a director for the Mid America Theatre Conference. She partnered with the non-profit group, Amiguitos, to develop a performance piece, "Shared Voices of Amiguitos," which was performed at a breakout session at the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. Her master thesis dealt with the intersection of audience reception theory and musical theatre. Jeanie was honored to be nominated by the 2011 Camera's Eye Boulder County Theater Awards as Best Director of a Musical for her work on "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" for CenterStage Theatre Company. She created CenterStage's summer emerging artists program for actors college age and older and has directed such shows as "Avenue Q," "Triumph of Love," and "Godspell" with that group. Other directing credits for CenterStage include, "Carousel," "Narnia, the Musical," "Into the Woods," and "Shrek the Musical."
Elizabeth Goodrich, Tapestry Director
Start Date: 2012
Elizabeth has been working with CenterStage Theatre Company for the past 16 years in various roles, including directing, stage managing and being on the Board of Directors. Since 2012 she has been a founding director for CenterStage's Tapestry program, directing all of Tapestry's productions from "Your A Good Man, Charlie Brown" in 2012 through "How to Eat Like a Child" in summer of 2017. Elizabeth is a Special Education Teacher at Erie High School and has a passion for inclusive education.
Ileane Olson, Executive Producer
Ileane holds a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a partner in a financial consulting firm for 16 years, and now works part time as a property manager. Ileane has volunteered for the Fireside Elementary and Monarch K-8 PTOs as co-chairperson, treasurer, and Festival Director. She has managed the backstage and coordinated all volunteer efforts with CSTC for more than ten years. She began assisting with directing in productions of Honk Jr., Oklahoma!, and Les Misérables.
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