Amy Austin, Director
Amy is one of the founders of CenterStage, directing over 20 shows in the last 15 years. Amy is a lifelong musician, starting piano at age 5, and performing in theatre throughout high school, college and her adult life. Her background includes undergraduate work in elementary education as well as careers in technical training, sales, sales management after which she enjoyed several years as a stay-at-home mom. A graduate from Metro State College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Amy teaches private voice in Louisville and teaches choir and musical theater at Summit Charter Middle School in Boulder. In 2004, Amy was named a “Channel 7 Everyday Hero” for her work with CenterStage. Her directing credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Granny Awards, The Sound of Music, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Music Man, Disney’s Jungle Book, Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, The Hot Mikado, and Spring Awakening.
Terry Koelling, Technical Director
As Technical Director for CenterStage, Terry oversees sound and lighting applications for the productions. He draws from his experience as an Electrical and Software Engineer as he continually seeks to improve the technical systems for CSTC. Terry has watched his kids perform for many years in CenterStage shows. Uncomfortable getting up on stage himself, he enjoys playing the part of pulling together the backstage technical aspects of the CSTC productions.
Ileane Olson, Production Manager
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 15 years. She has co-directed Once on This Island Jr. and has assistant directed on many CSTC shows, including Spring Awakening, Hot Mikado, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Suessical, Oklahoma, and Aladdin Jr.
Taylor Roberts, Director
After performing in several shows with CenterStage more than a decade ago — including leading roles in Footloose, My Fair Lady, and Jesus Christ Superstar — Taylor is thrilled to be back with the group as a staff member. He has directed Sweeney Todd, Heathers: The Musical, and In the Heights, co-directed Les Misérables and Shrek: The Musical, and music directed Legally Blonde, Jr. and School of Rock. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre from New York University, where he got to work with several of NYC’s up-and-coming musical theatre writers. He has introduced many of these composers to Colorado audiences through the creation of CenterStage's 40 Degrees North cabaret series. He is very excited to finally be putting his college degree to use by passing on his love of musical theatre to the next generation.
Jeanie Balch, Executive Artistic Director
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. Favorite directing credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation, Into the Woods, Camelot, Carousel and The Triumph of Love. Jeanie spends her days as the Manager of Operations and Finance for the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado.
Cammie Kolber, Camp Director
Cammie has been singing and performing for most of her life in many different capacities, including musical theater, opera, and being a singer/songwriter. Most recently, Cammie toured with the international education and performance group Up with People, where she performed throughout the US, Mexico, and Europe. She graduated from CSU with a degree in music education, and is currently teaching K-5 general music at Monaco Elementary School. Cammie has also served as the stage manager, musical director, and director for many CSTC productions and camps. She grew up performing in CSTC productions, and feels so lucky to be able to continue working with such a wonderful group of people.
Melissa Williams, Director
An active performer and teacher in Colorado, Melissa is at home on the musical or classical stage, as well as singing in several jazz ensembles in the area. She has played to sold out audiences with her one woman cabaret shows—most recently "Slipping Through My Fingers," which she takes to Boston next year. On the musical stage she most recently played Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music in March of 2015 with SOFA of Boulder. Melissa has a very busy private vocal studio in Boulder (South Boulder Vocal Studio) and also stage directs shows with several local theatres. 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. Melissa recently completed the 2015 Winter Intensive with Double Edge Theater in Massachusetts.