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Our faculty are exceptional educators who specialize in student success. They uphold the mission and values of the College and keep up to date on advancements and trends in their fields so that your curriculum is relevant and of the highest quality. You’ll see for yourself how we take extra time to help dedicated students achieve their goals.

   
Stacey D'Angelo, Director of Theatre Stacey D'Angelo, MFA
Director of Theatre
Stacey D’Angelo currently serves as director of theatre at the Community College of Aurora and has been with the college since 2008.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College in upstate, New York and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she studied the unique techniques of Moment Work with Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski and Tectonic Theatre Project; Viewpoints; Roy Hart Vocal Technique and Grotowski Physical Acting.  She is active in the Denver theatre community and works in original ensemble theatre creation. Stacey is passionate about leading the CCA Theatre program in creating exciting and relevant new theatre. “All my classes and productions are geared towards exploring possibilities on stage through utilizing the student’s voice and perspective on the issues they face in our society today. Each production pushes the envelope and explores a post modern approach to theatre - always asking -  how can we tell story in ways it hasn’t been done before and how can we make theatre relevant to who we are as a community?  Each class and production here at CCA takes us a step further. I hope you will come and see for yourself!” 
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Stuart Barr

Stuart Barr has been working in Theatre since 1985. He began as a stage actor before moving into TV, Radio and Film. While he still occasionally dabbles as an actor, Stuart has been making his living off stage. He began designing stage scenery in 1994, stage lighting in 1996, stage directing in 1998, technical directing in 1999 and teaching at the college level in 2004. Stuart Barr’s current day job (since 2009) is as the Technical Director for the Department of Education and Community Development at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and many of his evenings are spent as the Scenic Designer/Technical Director/Set Builder for the Community College of Aurora. 

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Jason Ducat

Jason works as a resident sound designer at Denver Center Theatre Company where he designed Glengarry Glen Ross, When Tang Met Laika, The House of the Spirits, Lord of the Flies, Shadowlands, Reckless, Superior Donuts, Heartbreak House, and Othello. Other designs include Henry IV, The Tempest, I Hate Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Marat/Sade, The Winter’s Tale (Purdue University); Lab Coats on Clouds (Prague Quadrennial); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Elemental Theatre Company); Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); and Tribulation and the Demolition Squad (Chicago Dance Crash). Jason received his MFA in sound design from Purdue University.

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Erin R Kaplan

Erin R. Kaplan is a feminist and queer studies theatre scholar and practitioner interested in the intersection between theatre, performance, and social justice. She is trained in applied theatre practices as well as in Theatre of the Oppressed facilitation and has worked in schools, colleges, universities, juvenile detention centers, and prisons. She holds an MA from New York University’s Steinhardt School in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities, and a PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies with a graduate certificate in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research has been published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Annual, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and more, and she serves as an associate editor for PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. She has published two book chapters in the edited volumes, Rape Culture 101: Programming Change (Demeter Press, 2020), and Applied Theatre Working with Youth (Routledge, 2021); and her internationally-produced play, Collateral Bodies, about issues surrounding femicide was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2012. She is currently a Lecturer at University of Colorado Boulder and an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Aurora.

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Vance McKenzie 

Vance 'Vinko' McKenzie is a Denver based Lighting Designer and Theatre Professor.  He received his M.F.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado.  He has designed for The Arvada Center, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, THEATREWORKS, Miner's Alley Playhouse, Swamp Gravy, PHAMALY Theatre, Performance Now Theatre, Ballet Nouveau Colorado and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

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