Meet Our Staff

Timothy Orr
Producing Artistic Director

Tim has been with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a performer since 2007 and joined the staff as the associate producing director in 2011. During his tenure at CSF he has started the CSF School of Theatre and CSF’s nationally recognized Shakespeare anti-bullying school tour. As an actor he has appeared in 10 productions at CSF and numerous theaters across California. A resident artist with The Foothill Theatre Company, Tim created more than 20 roles onstage, while writing, composing and producing works with artists from all over the world. For three years he was the general manager of The Sacramento Ballet and produced its first international tour to China. He has held lecturer positions in classical acting, voice and musical theater at the University of California at Davis, where he created the UC Davis Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, and at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was a faculty member of the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre (Calif.) for two years. He holds degrees in music and arts management from California State University, Sacramento, and an MFA in Theater from the University of California at Davis and was a Fellow with the League of American Orchestras.

Joan Braun
Executive Director, CU Presents

Joan McLean Braun is currently the Executive Director of CU Presents at the University of Colorado Boulder, having served the College of Music in several positions since 1993. Under her leadership, CU Presents has become recognized as the organization offering the best in performing arts on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, including the Artist Series, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, College of Music, Holiday Festival, CU Opera, Takacs Quartet Chamber and Encore Series, and Theatre & Dance. Joan has established a record of excellence in all aspects of the presenting field, including artist selection, contract negotiation, concert production, public relations, marketing, advertising, box office operations, fund raising, and outreach. Because of her extensive expertise, students from across the campus have benefitted from her mentorship and arts administration courses.  Joan received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance with highest honors (’81) and a Masters of Business Administration (’93) with an emphasis in Organization Management from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Kelsey Didion
Outreach Coordinator

Kelsey Didion is a recent transplant to Colorado by way of New York City. She is an actress, teacher, musician and big-time Packers fan. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a graduate of the University of Evansville and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MFA). She is grateful to have acted with many different theaters across NYC and regionally, including PlayMakers Rep, the Chautauqua Theater Company and the New Harmony Project. As a teaching artist, she has worked with the New York Shakespeare Exchange, the Harlem Boys & Girls Harbor and ArtsWestchester, as well as teaching at the University of North Carolina. She is a long-distance teaching apprentice with the Miller Voice Method, a voice studio in NYC, and completed two years of teacher training under faculty in the graduate acting program at NYU-Tisch.

Wendy Franz
Managing Director

Wendy is returning to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival fifteen years after first working for CSF as Assistant Box Office Manager in 2000. Since 2001 Wendy has directed, produced, and designed sound for numerous productions in the Front Range region, as well as served in arts administration roles in professional theatre and academia. She was a charter ensemble member and served as Production Manager for Denver’s critically acclaimed Paragon Theatre and has also worked with CU-Boulder’s Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Ashton Productions, square product theatre, Goddess Here Productions, Curious Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Dance Theatre, and Little Theatre of the Rockies. Wendy received her BA in Theatre Directing and Design/Technology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Lissy Garrison
Senior Director of Development Music Arts & Culture

Lissy’s career spans 25 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the University of Colorado Foundation, Lissy led Ballet Nouveau Colorado for 15 years — first as President of the Board of Directors, and then as its founding Executive Director — guiding the nonprofit organization from start-up to national acclaim. She served as Vice President of Marketing for Citibank California for six years, developing and launching strategic products and programs to build a four-state western region and managing the conversion to interstate banking. Early in her career, she worked with a major design agency providing strategic design services for international airlines, and helped introduce the Personal Computer for IBM. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Business Administration from The Colorado College.

Amanda Giguere
Director of Outreach

A Massachusetts native, Amanda joined CSF in 2004 as a graduate student, and became a full-time staff member in 2011. She received her MA and PhD in Theatre from the University of Colorado in Theatre History and Criticism, and has taught undergraduate courses at CU-Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado, and Lingnan University. Her book, The Plays of Yasmina Reza on the English and American Stage, was published in 2010. She completed her undergraduate work at Trinity College (Conn.) in Theatre and French, taught in Hong Kong for two years, and has worked with Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Rebel Shakespeare Company, North Shore Music Theatre, and Cleveland Play House. Dr. Giguere's research and work in developing CSF's Shakespeare in the Schools Tour: Shakespeare and Violence Prevention has been nationally recognized.

Laima Haley
Marketing Director

Laima Haley received a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from the University of Colorado in 2001. Her duties at CU include marketing CU Presents, which include the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Theatre & Dance, Artist Series, CU Opera, Holiday Festival and Takács Quartet Series.

Daniel Leonard
Marketing Manager

Daniel is an MBA candidate at the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business. He received his BFA in performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, concurrent to a BA in English composition. As a member of the CU Presents communication team, Daniel is the Marketing Manager for Takács Quartet, CU Artist Series, Eklund Opera Program, CU College of Music, CU Theatre & Dance and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Since joining the company in 2010 he has also been an actor, technician and assistant director with the festival.

Kurt Mehlenbacher
Audience Services Coordinator/Business Office Assistant/Casting Associate

Kurt Mehlenbacher is entering his 3rd year at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition.  He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Colorado New Music Ensemble and is an active member with the Pendulum New Music concert series and the University Singers at the CU College of Music.

Andrew Metzroth
Box Office Manager

Andrew Metzroth received his BFA in Theatre Technology and BA in Religious Studies in 2005, and his MA in Theatre in 2012, all from CU Boulder. As an undergraduate he worked four seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Audience Services, then worked at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA before returning to Colorado in 2006. In addition to being the box office manager for CU Presents, Andrew is the Production Manager for the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and a freelance theatre designer whose work can be seen throughout the Denver-Metro area.

Jarid Sumner
Production Manager

Jarid Sumner (Production Manager) is thrilled to be part of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival team after a decade of living and working in New York City, where he production-managed dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway shows. He also previously served as the Technical Director for American Ballet Theater, a job that took him to cities all over the world. He has also worked as a stage carpenter and welder and is a proud graduate of the SUNY-Purchase Theater Arts Program. Jarid hails from Massachusetts, and after spending his entire life on the East Coast, he is interested to experience this "dry heat" that  his wife--a Colorado native--is always talking about. Jarid is thrilled to be in living in beautiful Colorado, and after the experience of flying cross-country with two cats, he is never moving again.

Nicholas Vocatura
Operations Director

Nicholas Vocatura, a Colorado native, graduated with a BM in clarinet performance from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2004. While a student, he served as box office assistant for CU Concerts and upon graduation served as box office manager. After a brief hiatus traveling the world and performing with Princess Cruises, Nicholas rejoined the CU Presents team in 2009 as operations director.