This is Cat’s sixth year with CRT and her first as CRT’s Executive Director. Along with ten years of non-profit experience, Cat holds a masters degree from University of Denver and a fine arts degree from University of Illinois. She lives in Creede with her husband Avery, and they can often be found in the mountains, fishing streams, hiking overgrown trails, and cross-country skiing with their two dogs Emmy and Lula.
Jess has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she’s directed The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and most of the original theatre for young audience pieces created with Jeff Carey and Steven Cole Hughes. She founded CRT’s Boomtown Improv in 2007. Original Scores for CRT: The Bad Man, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Swiss Family Robinson, Billy Hell (for which she shares a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Original Music with Ryan Prince & Kendra Kohrt), Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, and Scruff Turbo. M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.A. (Government) from Harvard University. She and her husband, Ryan Prince, welcomed their daughter Penelope in February 2012.
Jonathan D. Allsup
Managing Director &
Production Stage Manager
Having stage managed over 500 performances at CRT, Jonathan’s stage managerial credits include all of the musicals (except one) produced at CRT since 2006. Jonathan stage managed in Chicago, Washington state, and Washington D.C. before moving to Creede full-time in 2007. He also managed the design and construction of CRT’s Ruth Humphreys Brown theatre. Jonathan teaches stage management and theatre career development workshops and classes at colleges, universities, and festivals across the mid-west including Fort Lewis College, Adams State College, and Metro State College in Colorado. While being a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Jonathan is more proud to be married to theatre scholar and CRT Business Manager, Elizabeth Zurn, and to share their house in Creede with their dogs Stagehand & Q.
Ryan is in his 6th year as a full-time staff member at CRT. He has worked for seven seasons as co-director of The KID Show. He has also served as props master and scenic designer for many shows. He received a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University in 2001. After college, Ryan formed a community arts group in Jamestown, NY, worked in several arts programs for kids of all ages, worked as an archeological field tech throughout the Southeast, and helped start a sign company in southwestern Illinois. Ryan lives here year-round with his wife, Jessica Jackson, baby Penelope, and loyal dog Duncan.
Renée first began working with CRT in 2002 and has appeared in numerous productions on the CRT stage, most recently as Myra in Ghost- Writer. Renée has been a teaching artist for thirteen years and cofounded The KID Show in 2003 with her brother and creative partner, Ryan Prince, in an effort to include local children in all aspects of play production. The KID Show is currently in its 11th year, and Renée is excited to be directing this year’s production of John DiAntonio’s new play, an adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Renée is a tireless arts education advocate and serves on the Creede School Board. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
In her nine years at CRT, Elizabeth has worked in both stage management (Sweeney Todd, Noises Off, Crazy for You) and the front of house. Now settled into the Business Office, she also enjoys her work as Headwaters Dramaturg and Audience Enrichment Coordinator. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to join her for a Pre-show Talk or Chat Back this season. Originally from Illinois, Elizabeth received her BA in Theatre from Northwestern College in Iowa. She also holds an MA in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, where she focused on community-based performance. She enjoys every day of this adventure in Creede with her husband, Jonathan Allsup, and their two dogs, Stagehand and Q.
Public Relations Manager
This will be Sarah’s fourth season at CRT. Originally from Louisiana, she is a third-generation southerner to make her way around these much- loved mountains. While she misses the cuisine and her family in the south, she happily traded humidity for turning aspen leaves. Sarah graduated from Louisiana State University in 2008 with a BA in International Studies.
“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him all good things - trout as well as eternal salvation - come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.” – Norman Maclean
After working in CRT’s Development Department for two rewarding summer seasons, Maggie is excited to have joined the year-round team this year. She has worked administratively and artistically at theatres in Chicago, Iowa, and the Denver Front Range and holds a degree in Arts Administration/Theatre Management from Cornell College. She looks forward to all the future holds, and is endlessly grateful to be living and working in this uniquely wonderful town.
Anthony is excited to join the year-round staff at CRT. Originally from Texas, Anthony came to Creede last season as CRT's Technical Director. Before that, he worked as the Technical Director for Houston's Alley Theatre and as the Technical Director for the University of Houston. A proud Houstonian, Anthony misses his Texans football team but looks forward to living in here in Mineral County.