We are thrilled to announce three new guest artists and instructors that will be working with theatre and dance students in the spring semester of 2021.
Betty Hart is a professional actor and director currently based in Denver Colorado. She has directed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kaiser Permanente Arts Integration Resources, and most recently, The Scottsboro Boys at Vintage Theatre. As an actor, she has performed at the Arvada Center (Henry Award nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Play for The Mountaintop), Curious Theatre, and the Aurora Fox, among others. Betty is also a voice over artist with e-learning and audio book credits, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Betty will be directing 2020 Speaks, one of our Spring 2021 Main Stage Productions, in collaboration with Professor Ryan Driscoll who will be serving as the production’s Music Supervisor.
Geoffrey Kent is an award-winning actor, director and fight director based out of Denver, Colorado. As an actor Geoffrey has performed on countless Colorado stages including fourteen seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and multiple seasons with both the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Recent acting includes appearances with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the American Shakespeare Center and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The bulk of Geoffrey’s work is in classical theatre, having performed almost the entire Shakespeare cannon and collecting numerous Best Actor awards for his performances as Benedick, Iago, Mercutio, Mark Antony and Petruchio. He was voted Colorado Theatreperson of the Year by the Denver Post in 2009. Geoffrey is one of only eighteen Fight Masters with the Society of American Fight Directors, has staged violence for 100’s of professional productions (including the entirety of the Shakespeare cannon), and chairs the Fight Steering Committee for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. As a Director, Geoffrey’s work routinely appears on Colorado stages and beyond including award winning productions of Waiting for Godot and Murder on the Orient Express for the Arvada Center, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors and the Tempest for CSF, An Act of God for DCPA Broadway and many others. Geoffrey is currently a movement instructor for the University of Denver and has instructed at every major university in Colorado. Instruction also includes guest stints for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, MFA programs for the University of Alabama and the University of Louisiana and ten years of instruction for the National Theatre Conservatory. www.geoffreykent.com.
Geoffrey will be teaching Advanced Acting Styles II for us this Spring. This course is required for both the Acting and Musical Theatre majors and is specifically focused on acting techniques for the plays of William Shakespeare.
Julie Wolfrum, a seasoned Dance Instructor and Choreographer, has taught Hip Hop and movement to all ages for over twenty years and performed professionally for over twenty-five. Through her years, she has been a guest artist to the Black Arts Festival, Sloan's Lake Festival, Women on their Way (WOW), the Boulder Fringe Festival, GreenFest, Trolley Dance Tours, and various performances at the Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC) and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA). An activist at heart, Julie uses movement as a tool for social connection to issues at hand, seen through performances and choreography with Oakland's Dancers without Borders, Art in Action, as well as being a choreographer and a writer for Venus Christ: The Rock Opera. Julie is also an original creator of SoShe's Dance Collective, which created space for performers to shine and truly be heard. SoShe's Dance Collective performed throughout the west coast and taught consistent masterclasses to the public and professional dancer's in the Bay Area. Currently, Julie Wolfrum teaches with Leap Dance Studio, as well as privately, to over 200 students weekly, where many of her Hip Hop classes are on a waitlist basis. Julie's students have been featured on So You Think You Can Dance and perform in Cirque Du Soleil productions. In her spare time, Julie performs and choreographs with Denver Dancehall and volunteers with African Caribbean Heritage Camp teaching Hip Hop to the youth and elders alike.
Julie will be teaching Foundations of Hip Hop for us this Spring.