meet our centerstage Winter/spRing 2024 faculty
Fiona Cubillas, Stage Manager Little Shop of Horrors
Fiona is in her third year at the University of Northern Colorado, where she is pursuing a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in CLD (cultural linguistic diversity). She has been involved with CenterStage/Tapestry Theatre since 2013 and is continually excited to be working with such a wonderful company. Previous stage managing credits with CenterStage include Be More Chill, Legally Blonde Jr., Shrek Jr., Cinderella, Fame Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr., Matilda Jr., Once Upon a Mattress, Music Man Jr., Newsies Jr., and Mean Girls Jr. She has also recently been seen onstage in Bright Star, Legally Blonde, and Cinderella.
Molly Fickes, Choreographer, Frozen Jr
Molly is a Denver based actress, dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor. In the past few years, she has choreographed Fame Jr, Guys and Dolls Jr, Aristocats Kids, Music Man Jr, The Lion King Jr, and The Little Mermaid Jr. at CenterStage Theater Company. She has performed at various theaters in Colorado including Town Hall Arts Center, Miners Alley Playhouse, The Aurora Fox, Vintage Theater, and The Candlelight. Her favorite roles include Finch in Newsies, Little Sally in Urinetown, and Amy March in Little Women.
Molly has experience doing and teaching a variety of dance styles, her favorite being musical theater jazz. She loves teaching kids because she has fond memories of growing up doing dance and theater, and hopes she can help build confidence in the next generation of performers!
Helen Campbell, Stage Manager, Frozen Jr, Harry Potter, AD/SM & Instructor Audition Workshop
Helen (she/they) is a Colorado born and raised performer, director, stage manager, and choreographer. Recent highlights for her include directing the musical "BARE: A Pop Opera" at The Arts Hub and choreographing "Shrek Jr" at CenterStage Theatre Company. Some of their favorite past roles include performing as Heather Duke in Heathers, Peter/Boy in Peter and the Starcatcher, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Lavender in Matilda, and Grace Fryer in Radium Girls. With a passion for education, performance, and the power of the arts, Helen is thrilled to be working with the next generation as a part of the CenterStage team.
Thadd Krueger, Director, Beauty and the Beast Jr
Thadd is a multifaceted director, performing artist, and adjunct instructor who most recently directed FROZEN JR at Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, THE DOOR in the New Musical Project at Parlando School of the Arts, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL at Red Rocks Community College and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Wesley Players. His work has been seen Off-Broadway, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago in every medium for the last 25 years. As an accomplished actor, he has appeared across countless U.S. stages most recently in UNDONE THE LADY M PROJECT at Local Theater Co, KINKY BOOTS at the Arvada Center and ANYTHING GOES at Westchester Broadway Theatre. In New York City, Thadd spent 10 years dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals in industry workshops and full productions with America's best emerging theater writers, directors and composers. He is a Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Eligible) and is Represented by Radical Artists Agency, Denver. www.thaddkrueger.com
Director, Kyle Lawrence, Harry Potter Book 1
Kyle J. Lawrence (he/him) is a Denver based teaching artist and performer, versed in Shakespeare, musical theatre and modern drama. A product of the DCPA Education program, Kyle is a passionate believer in student centric practice, accessibility, and ensuring a safe and intellectually stimulating environment for each student. Kyle is thrilled to be joining the CenterStage faculty this Spring, and is looking forward to teaching and learning with the brilliant stars of tomorrow.
Emily Norman, Director, Frozen Jr
Emily is a Louisville-based director, theatre practitioner, and educator. She has worked on many shows in different capacities, but her favorites include Cloud Tectonics (director), The Lock & Key Speakeasy (director), Antigone (Ismene), Beau Jest (Sarah), and the award-winning Death and Harry Houdini (SM). Emily holds an MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from NYU and has studied Community-Engaged Theatre in Ireland and Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Emily has taught and directed theatre to young people from ECE to high school and has worked with DCPA, MACC, KidStage, and Watershed School. When not at the theater, you can find Emily putting her organizational and directorial skills to use as an event planner.
McKayla McDonough - Choreographer, Beauty and the Beast Jr
McKayla is a veteran performer with credits ranging from Broadway National Tours, Norwegian Cruise Lines and The 5th Ave Theatre in Seattle; to numerous regional theatres across the Denver Metro including BDT Stage (Boulder’s Dinner Theatre) and The Arvada Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from The University of Northern Colorado.
McKayla draws inspiration in her choreography and classes from the multiple dance teachers and choreographers she’s worked with across the country and the world, from Broadway Dance Center in NYC to Cleo Parker Robinson in Denver.
Arianna Snow, Musical Director, Frozen Jr
Arianna is a longtime CenterStage alumni both on and off the stage. She specializes in working musically with children between the ages of 0 and 6. Professional CSTC credits include The Addams Family (director / musical director), Frozen Jr. (director / musical director), Crescendolls Jazz Choir (musical director), Into the Woods (stage manager) and Tapestry Theatre’s Once Upon a Mattress (musical director). After studying musical theatre at the University of Northern Colorado for 3 years, Arianna switched majors and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Arianna finds the biggest joy in getting to make music with the youngest of us.
Steve Wilson, Director, Little Shop of Horrors (also CSTC Executive Artistic Director)
Steve has been administrating, directing, teaching and performing in Colorado for over 30 years. Deeply dedicated to arts education, he joined the CenterStage/Tapestry team as Executive Artistic Director in August 2021. He holds an MFA degree in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory (part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts) and a BFA degree in drama from the University of Southern California.
As theatre director recent credits include: Matilda and Newsies (Town Hall Arts Center), The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong (Vintage Theatre Company), The Scarlet Pimpernel and Sound of Music (Candlelight Dinner Playhouse), Fiddler on the Roof (Ovation West) and An Ideal Husband (The Naples Players). He garnered awards for “Best Director” from both the Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera as well as four Henry Awards (Colorado’s Tony Award) for “Best Direction of a Musical” for his productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Urinetown, Man of LaMancha and Beauty & the Beast for PHAMALY Theatre Company. Steve also received a Denver Post Ovation award as “Best Director of a Musical” for PHAMALY’s Joseph... and Side Show as well as a “Best of Westword” award for “Best Direction of a Musical” for PHAMALY’s Beauty and the Beast. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2014 “True West Theatre Person of the Year” award. For 14 years he served as the Artistic Director of PHAMALY where directing credits included Grand Hotel, Damn Yankees, Once Upon a Mattress, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, The Wiz, Our Town, How to Succeed, Little Shop of Horrors, The Elephant Man, Fiddler on the Roof, It’s A Wonderful Life and Annie. Additionally Steve has directed: Poignant Irritations (world premiere and winner of “Best New Play”), The Sisters Rosensweig and The Cradle Will Rock (Mizel Center); over 30 major productions for the Wolf Theatre Academy; Chinglish (Aurora Fox Arts Center); Cyrano de Bergerac (Compass Theatre Company); Androcles and the Lion, The Prince and the Pauper, The Last Paving Stone, Tomato Plant Girl, The Snow Queen, Art Dog, The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty (Denver Children’s Theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors (Bug Theatre); Oliver! (Town Hall Arts Center) and Twelfth Night (The Theatre Group).
Caleb Wenger, Music Director, Beauty and the Beast Jr
Caleb (he/him) is a Denver-based actor, singer, musician, and pianist. He has been seen in a number of roles throughout Denver in the past year, including Joseph in “Joseph…Dreamcoat” at The Candlelight, Buddy in “The Last Session” and Jean-Michel in “La Cage Aux Folles” at THAC, and Snail in “A Year with Frog and Toad” at the Arvada Center. Other notable credits include Ensemble in “South Pacific in Concert” at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Marty in “Dani Girl” at Theatre Harrisburg. As a musician, Caleb has been working as a singer, composer, and collaborative pianist for over 10 years in various settings. He sends gratitude and love to his family, partner, and friends who have supported him throughout his journey.