OpenStage Theatre & Company is elated to feature such an extraordinary group of directors this 51st Season. Learn more about all six directors below.
Sydney Parks Smith
The Book Of Will by Lauren Gunderson
Sydney has worked with OpenStage since 1997 and serves as Producing Artistic Director for the Company. She received the 2019 OpenStage OPUS Award for Outstanding Director for Avenue Q and the 2018 OPUS for Outstanding Director for And Then There Were None. Recent OST&C directing credits include Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Every Brilliant Thing.
Sweat by Lynn Nottage
Last season Kenny directed the compelling Cabaret here at OpenStage. His other directing credits include: Miss Rhythm (Denver Center), Caroline, or Change (Aurora Fox), Beauty and the Beast (Arvada Center), Take to the Highway (Lone Tree Arts Center), and Motones & Jerseys (National Tour). This season, Kenny has also joined OpenStage’s Board of Directors as of August 2023!
Big Fish: Small Cast Edition
Book by John August, Music and Lyrics by Andres Lippa, Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
Noah is the Associate Artistic Director of OpenStage Theatre & Company, and the Head of Musical Theatre at CSU, directing their recent productions of Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, and A Man of No Importance. Noah’s Broadway credits include The Terms of My Surrender (Movement Director) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Associate Choreographer for Rob Ashford’s Tony Award-winning Best Choreography). He won the 2022 Opus Award for directing and choreographing OpenStage’s production of Sense and Sensibility in 2022, as well as locally directed Bas Bleu’s A Walk in The Woods.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Debbie is currently a Senior Instructor of Theatre and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. She teaches acting and global encounter courses. With OpenStage, Debbie has directed Steel Magnolias, Bright Ideas, and Natural Shocks (streamed online). Plays she’s directed at CSU include Silent Sky, How I Learned to Drive, Lysistrata, and Machinal.
etcetera Season Directors
Six Years Old By Daphne Silbiger
Kiernan received OpenStage OPUS Award nominations for Outstanding Actor portraying Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Jake in H2O, and won Outstanding Supporting Actor in the musical Spamalot. In October 2020, Kiernan devised, directed, and produced a spooky, immersive theatrical experience in partnership with the Lyric Cinema and in collaboration with local artists. Off the stage, Kiernan is the Artistic Director for Playhaus Productions collaborating with local artists to produce short films, music videos, and other weird stuff that probably has a clown or two in it.
Heather Ostberg Johnson
Dance Nation By Clare Barron
Heather is a director, improv comedian, writer, performer, teacher, clown, and dancer. With OpenStage, Heather directed 15 Minute Christmas Carol, was the movement director and assistant director for A Doll’s House, Part 2, and the Assistant Director for August: Osage County. Other directing credits include A Christmas Carol (La-De-Da Performing Arts) and Reasons the House Burned Down (Telephone Theatre Project & FoCo Fringe).
Celebrate larger-than-life live theatre with season tickets to OpenStage Theatre & Company’s 2023-2024 Season.
Our 51st Essential Season: The Book of Will, Sweat, Big Fish - Small Cast Edition, and Twelfth Night. Our 51st etcetera Season: Six Years Old and Dance Nation. Season tickets and single tickets on sale now.