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Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty & Staff

Pamela Mencher, Instructor PAMELA JAMRUSZKA MENCHER-Founder and Chair
Program Director of the Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance Dept.

Pamela is the Chair for Visual and Performing Arts & Program Director of the Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance Dept. In addition, she has
directed and acted in many theatres around Denver, and also founded the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region. At Red Rocks, Pamela was honored in 2003 by being selected by her peers as Outstanding Faculty of the Year and also received an Endowed Teaching Chair Award for 2003-2006. She also received the Colorado Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year for 2008 by ACT; and the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association’s Board of Directors recently named the RMTA Playwriting Competition in her honor in recognition of 20 years service to the organization. Pamela teaches Acting, Theatre Production and Playwriting at the College.

Steve Kelly, Instructor SCOTT BELLOT
Acting, Theatre Appreciation

Scott has been working in the theatre for the past twenty years. He received his BA in theatre from UCD and his MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina. He has directed Sylvia and Moonchildren for RRCC and is thrilled to be part of the teaching faculty this year, teaching both Acting and Theatre Appreciation. He would like to thank Pamela for this opportunity, his cast for believing in themselves, and the tech staff for the phenomenal job.

Kelli Krieschel KELLIE KRIESCHEL
History of Costumes and Fashion, The Costume and Fashion Industry

costuming and technical theatre. As well as multiple other related certificates. She continues to work with other companies through the metro area on movie and theatre
projects.
NICOLE M. HARRISON
Instructor: Basic Costume Construction, Costume Design & Construction

Nicole teaches costume classes at Red Rocks and has designed for the college’s main-stage productions. She has worked at many local theatres including The Aurora Fox, Country Dinner Playhouse, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities. Some of her work includes costume design for The Full Monty, The Crimson Thread, Pippin and A Raisin in the Sun. She is the recipient of the 2000 Denver Drama Critic’s Award for her designs of The Ant Queen’s New Clothes and has received critical acclaim for her work on Aida, The Heiress & Mother Whimsy.

Leonard Madrid

LEONARD MADRID
Lab Coordinator/Instructor

Leonard Madrid received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico. He also has a BA in lighting and scenic design and a BFA in acting. Leonard is a playwright and designer, his plays have received both national and regional awards.

Pamela Mencher, Instructor RIC MURRAY
Technical Theatre, Master Carpenter

Ric received his BFA from CSU and his M.A. from Regis University. He originally got involved in theatre while working at The King Center on The Auraria Campus.
His first career was being a contractor which, combined with the arts in theatre, allows him to use his many skills.
Connie Sander, Instructor CONNIE SANDER
Instructor: Acting, Audition Techniques, Introduction to Theatre, Directing

From 1993-1997 Connie had her own acting company called Cattle Call Productions in Denver. Now she teaches at Red Rocks, where her enthusiasm is contagious. She has received the Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award from the Student Voice for the last two years. She got her passion for theatre back in high school when she began acting just for fun. Today the fun is still with her and with her students. "Acting gives them confidence," she says. "It's about facing fears and breaking down barriers." With a BFA from Emporia State University in Kansas and an MFA from Humbolt State University in California, Connie came to Red Rocks in 2001. She loves teaching her students communications skills that will help them go through life. In her classes, she teaches people from every profession imaginable. "When we learn about a character, we learn about ourselves and others; planting the first seed towards compassion and understanding."

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The Theatre program is located at the courtyard level (west end) of the Lakewood campus, room 0503.
We are normally open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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"The knowledge and experience I have gained through the RRCC playwriting classes have proven to be invaluable.  This program literally brought me from being a novice to a successful playwright with several productions already under my belt."

- Brenda Hoskins