Dairy Arts Center

The vision of the Dairy Arts Center is to develop a national reputation in the arts that reflects Boulder's evolving artistic and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Erin Thibodaux, Carsen Theater Technical Director
Start Date: 2018

Erin Thibodaux is the Carsen Theater Technical Director for the Dairy Arts Center.

Bernardo Padilla, Facilities Manager
Start Date: 2018

Bernardo Padilla is the Facilities Manager for the Dairy Arts Center.

Vonda Neely, Front of House Manager
Start Date: 2017

Vonda Neely is the Front House Manager at the Dairy Arts Center.

Nini Coleman, Graphics & Website Designer
Start Date: 2008

Nini Coleman is a Graphics & Website Designer for the Dairy Arts Center.

Juliette Leon Bartsch, Community Engagement Manager
Start Date: 2018

Juliette is thrilled to join the Dairy Arts Center as the Community Engagement Manager. For the past 20 years she has curated the Concert Series and cultural programming at the Boulder Public Library. Prior to moving to Boulder, Juliette worked for the Chautauqua Institution's School of Music and Dance Program. She taught art and music at the International School of Peshawar, worked as a research assistant at CBS News in NYC, and directed a choral group at James Madison University. Juliette is also a soprano and has had the honor of performing with the Kronos Quartet, beneath the Frequent Flyers Aerial Dancers, as nun number 9 in 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' and worked with the composer William Bolcom.

Sophia Katsikas, Development Coordinator
Start Date: 2017

Sophia Katsikas currently serves as the Development Coordinator of The Dairy Arts Center. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017, where she double majored in Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing. She grew up in a small town on the Hawaiian Islands immersed in the arts of native Hawaiian culture-from chanting for morning protocols to preforming Hula and the Makahiki games. Her background varies from interviewing and writing for her hometown's newspaper, to care giving for the elderly and children, and even a position as a research assistant at Denver Public Health. As a writer and arts advocate, Sophia inhabits a range of perspectives: from analytical writing that discusses culture as expressed through the arts, to poetry that constantly switches between English and Hawaiian language. "Back home in Hawai'i, my daily arts experiences flourished naturally alongside the delicate Kalo (Taro) stem and hearty 'Ulu (Breadfruit) meat. It helped mold me into the person-thing I am today. Because of this, I am constantly seeking to bring the arts back into people's lives, to make it accessible for every living being."

Dana Nelson, Grace Gamm Theater Technical Director
Start Date: 2017

Grace Gamm Theater Technical Director

Shay Wescott, Operations & Box Office Manager
Start Date: 2015

Shay Wescott serves as the Box Office and Membership Manager at the Dairy Arts Center. A lifelong lover of independent film, Shay also assists in programming the Friday Night Weird series at the Dairy's Boedecker Theater. Originally from upstate New York, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Ithaca College and moved to Colorado in 2014. Shay first discovered the Dairy Arts Center as a volunteer and immediately felt at home. She is incredibly proud to represent the arts and the community here in Boulder.

Amarie Soderlind, Director of Operations & Finance
Start Date: 2015

Amarie Soderlind is pleased to join the Dairy Arts Center as the Director of Operations and Finance. In this position she works with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the Leadership Staff to maintain fiscal oversight. She comes to The Dairy Arts Center with nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit arts management. Her background spans finance, patron services, front of house operations, development, and general management. Previous employment includes Colorado Symphony Association, Third Rail Repertory Theater, Portland Center for Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Live Bait Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and others.

Kit Marcy, Cinema Manager
Start Date: 2012

Kit Marcy is a published author, award-winning photographer, award-winning lighting designer, and has a degree in mathematics. He has danced the role of the Rat King for Boulder Ballet's "Nutcracker," and is co-creator of Frequent Flyers Productions Nutcracker parody, "The Ratcracker." Most recently, Kit has narrated "Carnival of the Animals" for Boulder Ballet, become a Truth Be Told: Boulder Storyslam Grand Slam finalist, and is performing his one-man show, "Coloring My Time Sheet" as part of this year's Boulder International Fringe Festival. Kit is currently the Cinema Manager and host of Friday Night Weird at the Dairy Center for the Arts. Whew!

Liz Carrigan, Front Desk & Customer Service Manager/Social Media Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Liz Carrigan is the Front Desk & Customer Service Manager/Social Media Coordinator for the Dairy Arts Center.

Allison Toth, Sales & Client Services Manager
Start Date: 2018

Allison (Allie) currently owns and operates Old Gold Vintage, a vintage retail fashion boutique--from the inside of a refurbished mini school bus, where she manages all financial, marketing and social media and runs all aspects of an online store using the Etsy plaftorm. She has extensive experience organizing various sales events and markets around the Boulder and Denver areas.

In addition she has managed a high-volume local restaurant, managing numerous front of house employees and performed daily duties including opening, closing, and payroll. Allie also taught English in Madrid, Spain to students of various ages and levels from children and teenagers to adults.

Jacqui Mirelle, Marketing Manager
Start Date: 2018

Jacqui Mirelle is the Marketing Manager at the Dairy Arts Center.

Melissa Fathman, Executive Director
Start Date: 2017

Melissa Fathman is thrilled to join The Dairy Arts Center following over 20 years of nonprofit administrative and performing arts experience. Previously she was Director of Development & Community Partnerships with the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts and before that, Assistant Director of Development with Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA).
Prior to her move to Colorado, she spent 10 years with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where she served as Education Director, overseeing a wide array of educational concerts and programs for school children, families, and adults, serving over 16,000 people. She created and launched a nationally recognized arts administration teen program, featured in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and established and maintained collaborative relationships with arts organizations throughout the New York City greater metropolitan area, including the Lincoln Center Institute, the Americas Society, Harlem School of the Arts, and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.
In addition to her administrative background, Fathman has enjoyed a vibrant and eclectic performance career performing in a variety of settings from Carnegie Hall, the Joyce Theater, Joe's Pub, the Aspen Music Festival, to commercial recordings for Nickelodeon and the celestial voices in New York's Hayden Planetarium space show The Search for Life: Are We Alone? narrated by Harrison Ford.

Craig Bushman, Technical Director
Start Date: 2000

Craig Bushman received his BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 1992. He began working in the Dairy Center for the Arts that same year as technical manager for the Space for Dance. He served as production manager for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in 1996 and 1997. He then became production manager for the Colorado Dance Festival in 1998 and 1999. In the summer of 2000, he served on the production staff of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. In October of 2000, he was hired as the technical director of the Performance Space at the Dairy Center for the Arts and has been here ever since. As a freelance lighting designer, he works for Hannah Kahn Dance, 3rd Law Dance Theatre, Frequent Flyers Productions, Boulder Ballet, among many others. He has toured nationally and internationally as a technical director and lighting director for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Doug Varone And Dancers, and others.

Kathy Blegen-Huntley, Development Director
Start Date: 2018

Kathy's has worked for more than 16 years with non-profits focused on building relationships, increasing revenue and nonprofit capacity. Career fundraising achievements include raising more than $370 million dollars through events, sponsorships, grants and individual giving. She recently completed managing a $9.2 million-dollar capital campaign raising funds to build a new performing arts center in Minnesota. Prior to working with non-profits, Kathy spent fifteen years in a corporate career including sales, training, marketing and project management. Kathy has served on boards of directors and in many volunteer capacities focusing in areas of advancement for women and girls and the humane treatment of animals. Kathy formed a community action collaborative, which is a partnership of four non-profits, working together to build social awareness using the arts as a catalyst for change. Kathy is a Racial Justice Facilitator, teaches a grant writing class for artists and recently chaired the board of directors for Theatre Unbound, The Women's Theatre.

Glenn Webb, Director of Programs
Start Date: 2010

Before coming to the Dairy, Glenn Webb had a long career as a sound engineer. The range and quality of artists with whom he toured was exceptional, including Grammy winners Tim O'Brien and Nickel Creek, Grammy nominees Alison Brown and Hot Rize, and Tony-award winner Savion Glover. In addition to his touring career, he spent a decade as production manager of the Boulder Theater, and a year working in the Performing Arts Center at the Naropa Institute. He has been the resident house engineer for various jazz, folk, and bluegrass festivals in the West, as well as technical director for summer concert seasons at Chautauqua Auditorium. His time as a Latin American Studies major at the University of Colorado has given him an appreciation for many cultures and their artistic traditions, as well as some facility in Spanish and Portuguese language.

Jessica Kooiman Parker, Visual Arts Curator
Start Date: 2018

Jessica Kooiman Parker believes in the power of art to change lives. She strives to bring thought provoking and process-based work to new audiences, while promoting art collecting and paying artists fair compensation. She fostered her love of art and design by acquiring a BFA from the University of WI-Stout. Since that time she has held the role of Small Business Owner, Freelance Graphic Designer, Creative Director, Executive Director and Curator.

Most notable was her role at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont where she was Executive Director/Curator for 4 years. Under her guidance, the Firehouse emerged as the leading space for contemporary art in the area, winning the Times Call Best Art Gallery in 2014-17 and the Daily Camera Best Art Gallery 2013-17. She founded a monthly film program in 2012 and created Longmont's only film festival - the Front Range Film Festival in 2013. Her work as Creative Director for Colorado Festival Productions continues to drive independent film in our region.

Recently Kooiman Parker partnered with multi-disciplinary artist Drew Austin and founded Studio.Public. Through podcasts, digital interviews, critical discussion, and a print publication, Studio.Public documents what makes an artist thrive and brings the person behind the work to the forefront.


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