Faculty & Staff

Regina Ayala

REGINA AYALA
Costume Design Staff

 

Regina is a recent graduate of the RRCC Theatre and Dance Program, where she earned her Associates in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Costuming. She is also a graduate from the Professional Sewing and Fashion Design Program at Emily Griffith Technical College. Her passion for costuming stems from her love of cosplay. She has been a part of the cosplay community for the past several years and has won craftsmanship awards for her work. In 2014, one of her original designs was chosen for the first annual Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show at San Diego Comic Con.

David-Matthew Barnes
DAVID-MATTHEW BARNES
Associate Dean of Instruction, CTE Director, Director, Theatre Instructor

 

David-Matthew is the award-winning author of several novels and collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity. David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in nine countries. His stage plays have been official selections for the Chicago Director's Festival, the DC Queer Theatre Festival, FronteraFest, the Johannesburg One-Act Drama Festival, the Mid-America Dramatists Lab, the NYC 15-Minute Play Festival, PLAY Noir, the Rough Writers New Play Festival, Spectrum: LGBT New Play Festival, and the Western Australia Drama Festival.

David-Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He also attended American River College in Sacramento, the Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago.

David-Matthew has directed and produced more than 40 theatrical productions including Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy DeanDancing On Checkersʹ GraveDanny and the Deep Blue SeaLes Belles SoeursSteel MagnoliasLaundry and BourbonThe Vagina Monologues, Teach Me How To CryMedeaThe Importance of Being EarnestThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeSubUrbia, and more. In March 2017, David-Matthew directed the Colorado premiere of The Best of Everything, adapted for the stage by Julie Kramer from the novel by Rona Jaffe.

David-Matthew is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

MICHAEL BLEVINS

MICHAEL BLEVINS
Technical Staff

 

Michael has been working in the Theatre Arts and Dance Department since 2011 building sets, props, and repairing anything that breaks in the theatre. He has also been taking classes in the department and plans to graduate with an associate’s degree. Michael has found the people in this department a blessing and a blast to work with.  Working in the department and taking classes has also made him a better instructor. Michael has been teaching at RRCC since 2005 in the Fire Science Department, the Psychology Department, the Sociology Department, and for College Gateway. He looks forward to completing his associate’s degree in theatre and building many more sets in the future.

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, and she also enjoys teaching musical theatre, voice, and diction courses here at RRCC. 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. In addition to teaching college courses, Kelly Jo also performs, directs, and teaches private voice. She 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. 

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.

Tami Reusink

TAMI REUSINK
Theatre Instructor

 

Tami Reusink has written over forty-five stage plays that have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Her literary work has been featured in The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, A Door is a Jar Magazine, Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays, and Singular Voices among others. Her plays have been performed on stages across the country including the Left Theatre, the Changing Scene, the Luminous Group Theatre, Buckham Alley Theatre, Source Theatre Company, and the Producer’s Club in New York City. She was dramaturge and contributing writer for Bingo Boyz: Columbine, which received the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for best new work. Recently, Dirtyfish Theatre produced her one-act play, Vodka for Life and Denver’s Pandemic Collective produced her one-act, A Bit of Snuff.  Tami has over ten years of experience teaching in the English Department at Arapahoe Community College and nine years of experience as a writing tutor.

Connie Sander, Instructor

CONNIE SANDER
Theatre Instructor

 

Connie has spent the last twenty-five years teaching, directing, designing, and acting. Prior to teaching, she worked in the Denver area as an actor and director, founding Cattlecall Productions in 1993. An MFA graduate from Humboldt State University, she received her master’s in directing in 1999 and has been sharing her talent at RRCC since 2001 as a part-time faculty member. Also an instructor at MSU Denver, Connie is passionate about contributing to the educational experience of the student. She relates theater techniques to everyday life, using the skills of the theater to improve all communication skills.  She engages the class with an active and positive approach, supporting an ensemble building atmosphere where creativity thrives. Some of her favorite directing projects include: The Importance of Being Earnest, Scars (original work), The Shadow Box, Steel Magnolias, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.

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.

Steve Stevens

STEVE STEVENS
Theatre Instructor

 

Steve Stevens has worked in Musical Direction and Sound Sculpture for theatres in Colorado and New York. Some of his notable works include Arvada’s Les Misérables, The Crucible, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, and Ragtime; Albany Capital Repertory’s To Kill A Mockingbird and The Taming Of The Shrew; and CSF's Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His work has garnered numerous award nominations. His musical, Little Women, The Musical, was awarded Best New Play in 1998, and he was awarded the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Henry Award for Outstanding Sound Design.