Our Associate Artists are some of the greatest artists in our region, and we are proud to call them Local.
Benjamin Bonenfant played the title role in Local's Elijah: An Adventure and has performed locally with Boulder Ensemble (Ambition Facing West, And The Sun Stood Still) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Henry IV 1 & 2, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing). Regional credits include: Denver Center (Benediction, Hamlet, When We Are Married); Curious Theatre (Red; Henry and True West Awards, Best Supporting Actor); Arvada Center (Lion in Winter); TheatreWorks (Love Labour's Lost, Salome, The Seagull, The Bacchae, Our Town, Urinetown); and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (4000 Miles). He received his BA in Visual and Performing Arts from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has acted, directed and produced with Springs-based troupe THEATREdART.
Gabriella Cavallero is a devotee of words, of the voice, and of the brave and crazy artists who tackle them passionately. She is an actor, director, voice and dialect specialist, teacher, and coach. With the Denver Center Theatre Company, she has played a wide range of roles for the past twenty-four seasons. Other favorite productions include 26 Miles (Curious), You Can't Take It With You (Theatreworks), The Women (Arvada Center), The Chancellor's Tale (Modern Muse), and Anna in the Tropics (Aurora Fox). Highlights of her voice-over life include narrations of two Emmy-nominated PBS documentaries and her recordings - over 875 audio books - for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service. She’s served as dialect coach/ language specialist for Denver’s top theatres and is a lead voice and presentation coach for ARTiculate: Real & Clear.
Eryc Eyl is a writer, coach, consultant, storyteller, and DJ who frequently performs as his alter/altar ego, DJ Savior Breath — the monsignor of mashups, the cardinal of crunk, the pontiff of pop, and the bishop of bootlegs. Occasionally, he shows up as DJSB’s ’80’s-loving cousin, DJ Parachute Pants. He has been Local Theater’s resident DJ since 2013. When he’s not behind the turntables, Eryc helps individuals and organizations integrate work with a meaningful, fulfilling and fun life so they can keep their heads and their hearts while keeping their jobs. You can find him at www.DJSaviorBreath.com and www.ErycEyl.com.
Kate Folkins is a director, teaching artist and general theatremaker. Some favorite directing credits include Exit Strategies (Edge Theatre), The Whipping Man (Curious Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol, The Wind in the Willows (New Stage Theatre) and 5210 Main Street, which she also wrote with the Kaiser Permanente Educational Touring Company. She is a facilitator at Denver School of the Arts, a teaching artist at Denver Center Theatre Company and an adjudicator for the Bobby G. Awards. Formerly she served as Education Director at New Stage Theatre and Associate Artistic Director at Curious Theatre Company and she holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, summa cum laude in Theatre.
Kate Gleason’s recent work includes the recent credits: Harvey at The Arvada Center; Annapurna (BETC); It's a Wonderful Life (TheatreWorks); Death of a Salesman, Heartbreak House, Love Labour's Lost, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Don Quixote (Denver Center); Dividing the Estate (Arvada Center). Broadway: The Pillowman, Noises Off. Off-Broadway: Henry IV, Part 1 (BAM); A Flea in Her Ear (Roundabout); Things You Shouldn't Say (Promenade); The Four Twins (Ontological). Regional: These Shining Lives (Baltimore Center Stage); Cyrano de Bergerac (Playmakers Rep); A Streetcar Named Desire (Northern Stage); Dead End (Williamstown). Europe: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Crimes of the Heart (Vienna’s English Theatre); Henry IV, Part 1 (Hebbel Theatre, Berlin).
Meridith C. Grundei is an actor, director and coach. She has performed with several companies throughout the U.S. including: Sweet & Lucky, Frankenstein (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), The Misanthrope (American Conservatory Theatre), Faith (Local Theatre Company), House of Yes (square product theatre), God's Ear (Recipient: 2011 Camera Eye Award for Best Actress in a Drama), The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, Messenger #1 (Nominated: Best Actress in a Comedy for the 2012 True West Awards), Failure...A Love Story, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Spirits to Enforce (The Catamounts). Recent directing credits include: Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy (The Catamounts) and A Christmas Carol by Patrick Barlow (Miners Alley Playhouse).
Steven Cole Hughes has spent eleven seasons as an actor with the Denver Center Theatre Company, six seasons with Creede Rep, two seasons with Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and has appeared at Curious Theatre Company, Arvada Center, Theatreworks, Baltimore Centerstage, Portland Center Stage and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His full-length plays include The Bad Man, Billy Hell and Slabtown, for which he won two Denver Post Ovation Awards. He has directed Shakespeare’s Richard II and Henry V for Fight or Flight Theatre Company in New York City. He has an MFA from National Theatre Conservatory, and in the fall of 2015 he will be a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.
Jamie Ann Romero is an actor based in New York but is a born and raised Colorado Native. She has been involved in three Local Labs and read a selection of Eve Ensler's The Good Body at Local's Body of Work. Most recently she was seen as Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Some Colorado credits include 8 seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, Twelfth Night), Denver Center Theatre Company (The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Three Musketeers, Sunsets and Margaritas), Lone Tree Arts Center (Hank William's Lost Highway, Sylvia). B.A. in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.
Heidi Schmidt is a director, dramaturg, and teacher. Dramaturgy: Denver Center Theatre Company (Tribes), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (The Inspector General, Richard III, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor). Directing: CU Boulder (Picnic, Melancholy Play), CSF Education (As You Like It), readings for Curious New Voices, Athena Project, and Paragon Theatre Ensemble. Administrative positions: Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Women and Theatre Program. As an all-around theatre maker, she had designed props for Curious Theatre, presented pre-show talks at the Arvada Center, and performed in a devised ensemble piece on the National Mall in Washington, DC. She also teaches regularly at CU Boulder, where she is finishing her PhD.
Gabra Zackman's regional credits include: Tomorrow in the Battle (Grant-Humphreys); Last Gas (Geva); Reckless (DCTC); Dividing the Estate (Arvada); Fashions for Men (Mint Theater); Love Song (Cincinnati); My Name is Asher Lev (Arden); Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman’s post Broadway tour-Hartford Stage, KC Rep; FST); A Christmas Story (Pioneer); Boeing-Boeing (ACCC); Measure for Pleasure (FST); Midsummer… (Stratford, CT); …Shrew (Georgia, Nebraska Shakes). Hudson Valley Shakespeare: 9 seasons. TV: “Law and Order,” “SVU,” “AMC”. Training: Northwestern; MFA: The Shakespeare Theatre. Gabra spends her spare time recording audiobooks and writing The Bod Squad Series, (Pocket Books 2015).