Faculty

Timothy Orr

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.

Audra Blaser

Audra Blaser is a Ph.D. student in Theatre and an instructor of Acting at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also a professional actress, having appeared in the films Bandidas, Wedding Daze, and Suburban Girl and on television in Law & Order, Rules of Engagement, and Lovebites, to name a few. Additionally, Audra has worked in theaters across the country (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, West Virginia) and Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Theatre from CU Boulder. 

Jenn Calvano

With a background in physical comedy, Jenn has studied at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Circle in the Square in New York, and also holds an M.A. in Theatre from CU Boulder. She has performed with the Penobscot Theatre’s Maine Shakespeare Festival, and recently directed The Love of Three Oranges for Boulder’s Obscene/Courageous Theatre. She served as dramaturg on the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2011 production of The Comedy of Errors.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Theatre at CU Boulder. 

Karen Dabney

Karen Dabney is currently working towards her PhD in Theatre Arts at CU Boulder, where she teaches Acting for Non-Majors, Introduction to Theatre, Development of the American Musical, and Theatre Foundations. Karen works on campus with the social justice performance group, the Interactive Theatre Project. She received her MFA in Directing from the New School for Drama in NYC and her BA from St. Olaf College in MN. She also trained for two years in long form and musical improv comedy at the Magnet Theater in NYC. In Colorado, she has directed for Curious Theatre Company, the Edge Theater, and CU Boulder. Her favorite directing credits include: subUrbia, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Woyzeck, Zipless, A Stall of One’s Own, Space, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Nueva Cancion, PIMP and Even the Preachers Carried Guns

Roxxy Duda

Roxxy Duda is a graduate student with CU Boulder's Department of Theatre and Dance. She and her husband moved to Colorado from Kirksville, Missouri, where she recently graduated with a BA in Theatre, a BA in English, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Truman State University. She has taught extensively at the middle, high school, and undergraduate level, with subjects ranging from makeup application to introductory theatre courses. She holds certifications in the field of makeup design and application, focusing specifically on FX and gore application with an emphasis on non-latex prosthetics. Roxxy will serve as the Assistant Director and Dramaturg on the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming production of I Hate Hamlet.

 

Crystal Eisele

Crystal Eisele has been a performer with CSF's anti-bullying touring productions of Twelfth Night and The Tempest since the program's inception. She has also performed in CSF's It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. For over a decade she has been a Teaching Artist, specializing in Shakespeare, story drama, and character creation and has studied with Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She is also a Teaching Artist with the Denver Center Theatre Academy and an Ensemble Member with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company.

Amanda Giguere

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.

Bianca Gordon

Ms. Gordon is a recent graduate of the MA in Theatre program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has done dramaturgy for three seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She has also worked as a dramaturg for local companies including the Aurora Fox, PHAMALy Theatre Company, and the CU Theatre and Dance Department. Bianca has also interned in the Literary Department at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and with the Associate Artistic Director at Curious Theatre Company. 

Katie Horney

Katie Horney is a freelance costume designer and technician living in Boulder, CO where she recently moved full time after having worked several summers with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Katie worked previously in the NYC area for Yale Rep, Lincoln Center, Hartford Stage and various Broadway productions.  You can see her work in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, currently in previews on Broadway.  She has designed for theatres and colleges throughout the Carolinas. In addition to designing she has also taught at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and Francis Marion University. She received her M.F.A at UNCG.

Margaret Jansen

Margaret Jansen, a Linklater Designated Voice Teacher since 1998, most recently served as voice and text coach for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season. As a vocal coach, she has worked extensively with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., as well as with actors in New York City. As a voice instructor, she has been on the faculties of New York University- Experimental Theater Wing, The Actor's Studio Drama School, and Shakespeare & Company. Margaret lives in Boulder and is passionate about the freedom of human expression, designing personalized sessions for individuals of all walks of life.

Anne Murphy

Anne Murphy is a theatrical costume designer and teacher. Her design work has been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Indianapolis Repertory Theater, Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Williamstown Theater Festival, and American Players Theater. As a design assistant, she has worked at the Huntington Theater (Boston), Tanglewood Music Center, and the Denver Center Theater Company. Currently, she is an adjunct with the CU Department of Theater and Dance, where she is also a frequent design collaborator. Ms Murphy holds a BA in Theater from California State University, Northridge, and an MFA in Costume Design from Boston University.

Amy Osatinski

Amy is a native of Denver and has been active in the Denver theatre community for many years. She teaches, and directs for several local companies, including the Aurora Fox, Ignite Theatre, and Inspire Creative. She has worked as an actor in Denver, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Amy ran the theatre department at Heritage High School in Littleton from 2008-2013. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Denver, an MA in Education from CU Denver, and currently she is pursuing her doctorate in theatre at CU Boulder. 

Sean Scrutchins

Sean received his MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and his BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has instructed acting for children for both KidStage and Aurora Fox Theatre Company as well as introductory theatre courses at the collegiate level. Sean’s acting credits include 9 Circles, The Whipping Man (Curious Theatre Company), Seminar (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Bug (Devils Thumb Productions), and You Can't Take It With You (Theatreworks). For the past two semesters he has been on tour with CSF's Outreach Program, performing Shakespeare and promoting anti-bullying in schools across the state.