Faculty & Staff

Cheryl Brodzinsky

CHERYL BRODZINSKY
Theatre Instructor

 

Cheryl has been working as a scenic designer, props master, and scenic painter in the Denver theatre community since 2014. She moved to Denver after completing her MFA in Theatre Arts, emphasis in Scenic Design, at San Francisco State University. Some of her recent scenic designs include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Vintage Theatre in Aurora, and Pygmalion with Phamaly Theatre Company. She was recently featured as an Artist in Residence at the Denver Art Museum. Cheryl's love of theatre began with ballet lessons at age 4. In high school she performed twice in the Oakland Ballet Company's performance of The Nutcracker as a Gingersnap. It was while pursuing a Bachelor's of Architecture and studying abroad in Italy that she was first introduced to the world of set design through a shadowing opportunity with the Florence International Theatre Company. In addition to teaching at RRCC and at Metro State in Denver, Cheryl works with a number of theatre companies in the metro area, including Phamaly Theatre Company, Vintage Theatre and The Edge Theatre. Her work can be seen at www.cherylbrodzinsky.com

Kelly Jo Eldredge

KELLY JO ELDREDGE
Program Director and Lead Faculty, Theatre Arts & Dance

 

Kelly Jo Eldredge is the program director and lead faculty for the Theatre Arts & Dance department. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of theatre courses here at RRCC, as well as directing many RRCC productions. She received her master’s from New England Conservatory in Boston and began her professional career in opera. Kelly Jo soon moved to New York to pursue a career in musical theatre and has performed lead roles on national Broadway tours and in regional theatre throughout the U.S. and Canada. After many years on the road, she decided to retire her suitcase and live closer to family in beautiful Colorado. Kelly Jo is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education, VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), Dramatists Guild, and a former board member of the Colorado Theatre Guild.

Gail Gober

GAIL GOBER
Technical Director, Theatre Instructor

 

Gail Gober has been a lighting designer in the Denver area for over 29 years. Many of those years were spent as the lighting designer at Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. During that time, Gail was nominated for ten Outstanding Lighting Design awards and won five. Along with teaching and designing at Red Rocks Community College, Gail works with Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids. She has also taught at the Denver School for the Arts.

KRISTINA JOHNSON

KRISTINA JOHNSON
Theatre Instructor

 

Kris is a recent graduate of Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance, where she earned an Associates of Applied Sciences with a focus in Costuming and Technical Theatre. She is also an alumnus of the Professional Sewing and Fashion Design Program at Emily Griffith Technical College. She has been a member of the Colorado Cosplay and Belly Dance communities for several years, where she has used her learned expertise to bring her favorite characters to life. She has also helped others in the creation of historical and custom characters for re-enactments and costuming groups, three of which have been accepted into the Colorado chapter of the Dark Empire.

VIVIAN KIM
Dance Instructor

 

Vivian Kim is a Nebraska native, residing in Boulder, Colorado by leeway of Cincinnati, OH.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, under the direction of Associate Professor Susan Levine-Orada.  Post-graduation, Vivian moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she was a company member and dance educator for MamLuft&Company Dance, under the artistic direction of Jeanne Mam-Luft.  After a season with MamLuft&Co. Dance, Vivian pursued her passion for teaching and higher education by applying to the Master’s program at the University of Colorado Boulder.  She graduated in May of 2018 with her Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography for Dance with a secondary emphasis in Somatics, specifically the Alexander Technique.  At CU Boulder, Vivian has the opportunity to study with, and perform for, Gesel Mason, Helanius J. Wilkins, Erika Randall, Donna Mejia, Nada Diachenko, Larry Southall and Rennie Harris.  Currently, Vivian is training and performing with Rennie Harris's Denver-based dance company, Rennie Harris Grass Roots Project.  While performing for Rennie Harris Grass Roots Project, Vivian is continuing to cultivate and hone her artistry through interdisciplinary research, choreographer, performance and teaching. 

ROB LOWE
Pianist

Rob has been a professional pianist and music director for 28 years. He has performed/music directed shows at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for Performing Arts, and the Cherry Creek Theatre Company. Rob has also performed/music directed musicals in New York City and Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to his music theatre background, Rob also works as a professional choral accompanist, teaches voice and piano privately, plays in a premier wedding band, has a jazz piano trio and performs regularly at Mil Hi Church in Lakewood. 

TAYLOR MALOTT
Theatre Instructor

 

Taylor is delighted to become a faculty member at RRCC and is excited to share her passion about theatrical makeup with her students. After attending cosmetology school, she studied at Joe Blasco Professional Makeup Artistry Training Center in Orlando Florida; studying makeup designs ranging from beauty, commercial, and special effects.  Taylor received her BFA at The University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music where she studied wig and makeup design. Taylor has worked for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Music Theatre Wichita, and now you can find her working at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the wigs department. She is thrilled to be taking this new exciting step into the world of education.

Angie Simmons

ANGIE SIMMONS
Dance Instructor

 

Angie is a Denver-based dance artist, educator, and the Artistic Director/choreographer/founder of Evolving Doors Dance, a contemporary modern company, founded in 2006. Angie’s creative research has been granted by the Neodata Endowment Fellowship, the Boulder Arts Commission, and the Open Door Foundation. She has choreographed, taught, and performed in New York, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi and throughout the Midwest. She was featured in Presenting Denver’s In the Spotlight as a prominent Denver dance artist. Angie teaches throughout the Denver metro, working with beginning through professional dancers in many genres.  She is modern dance faculty for Boulder’s BRIAH Danse Young Dancers Project, as well as Intensive Faculty for Miners Alley Theatre Summer Intensive for Teens in Golden. Simmons has served as dance faculty for the University of Southern Mississippi, Naropa University, and as a Graduate Teacher at the University of Colorado.  She served as a Resident Guest Artist in 2012 at Middle Tennessee State University, teaching and setting choreographic work focused on diversity, and in 2010 as a Guest Artist in Dance at Iowa State University. Angie Simmons holds an MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, with an emphasis in the Alexander Technique, and a BS in Secondary Dance Education from Illinois State University.