Diego is a bilingual actor with training in the Stanislavsky mode of screen acting and has appeared in commercial (Walmart, Domino’s Pizza), broadcast television (PBS, Univision), and independent film productions. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Theater with an emphasis in Writing/Directing from the University of Colorado-Denver. A filmmaker, Diego has helped create content for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Spike TV, and Miller Lite and Verizon Wireless. Passionate about social change, Diego focuses on creating stories that inspire people to change and reconsider their perspectives – as an actor and filmmaker.
Julie Rada identifies as a director, performer, and scholar. She has done theatre for over 27 years and has worked on over 80 performance projects, with a focus on original, devised work and new plays. Original works include: RID, glASS (and other imponderables), a murder one less, and My Burning Tires. As a performer and researcher, she has toured nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in Backstage, The Denver Post, The Arizona Republic, The Rocky Mountain News, Westword, The New Times, and others. Julie has worked in the prison system for over three years, facilitating new works of theatre at four prisons with men and women, and was selected as an artist-in-residence by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Phoenix Federal Corrections Institution. She attended the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tisch and Naropa University for undergraduate studies and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. She completed a postgraduate fellowship at the University of Utah and currently teaches part-time at Naropa University.
Iliana Barron is a graduate from the University of Colorado, Denver. She holds a degree in Theater, Film, and Television with an emphasis in Production, as well as, a minor in Philosophy. Iliana has always had a passion for learning, growing, and working with others. This passion has led her to not only teaching people of all ages, but also doing voluntary work for elementary schools (Carson Elementary School), non-profit organizations (Reading Partners, Centro San Juan Diego, etc.), and actively being involved in local theater and film. Iliana believes, in order to master her skill, she has to learn it inside out. This belief has led her to working in the industry as a lighting technician and wardrobe mistress for many A-list artists. Iliana is a founding member of The West Fax Art District, and a performing artist at Su Teatro. She is also currently helping others achieve their goals as a health and fitness coach.
Maya Osterman is thrilled to have joined the Mirror Image Arts team! As an applied theatre practitioner for the past 7 years, Maya is honored to collaborate on such critical work. She loves exploring how the power of Theatre and Education can facilitate transformation on all levels. Upon receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado, Maya began to work as the Managing Director for Affinity Arts Consulting based in Boulder, CO. She then created the ACTivism Theatre Ensemble, a company of high school and college students performing educational outreach/prevention scenes for The SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy) Center. Her latest endeavor is working with the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections where she will be mounting the pilot program A.C.T (Activate. Create. Transform) Youth Ensemble in several facilities throughout the state.
Born September 1990 in Denver, CO, Joshua Small is the youngest of three and the only son in his family. Raised in the city, he attended East High School and later graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Japanese with a creative writing minor. Throughout his days in college and since, Joshua has performed before hundreds over dozens of outings, and has enjoyed shows throughout Colorado and as far as New Hampshire. With renewed vigor for performing, he seeks the opportunities unique to Mirror Image Arts, and eagerly awaits the adventures of this upcoming year!
Meghan Frank is a theatre maker and educator who has worked globally (Afghanistan, India, Canada, Egypt, Cuba, Azerbaijan and the Balkans). Meghan grew up in Denver. She specializes in devising original theatre, physical comedy, mask, and community-based arts initiatives. From 2012-14, Meghan was a faculty member at Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre, the only graduate program of its kind in the United States. In 2015, she was one of fifty world-wide winners of the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte (2012) and a BA in Theatre for Social Change from UMASS Amherst (2003).Find out more about Meghan on her website: www.meghanfrank.com
Mitch Marquez was born and raised here in Denver. He was exposed to the entertainment industry at a young age by family members, and has been studying acting for over a decade. He has been acting in film and on stage in the Denver area, and is dedicated to the craft of storytelling.
Felix has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 2001. With a background in ballet and film studies, he loves performance and media arts. Felix spends his free time playing guitar and taking photographs. In his work with Mirror Image Arts, he aspires to empower individuals and generate social progress.
Ally holds a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida. USF brought the experience to mentor children on the autism spectrum in the ACT project. She is currently a board member of Athena Project Festival where she is a proud mentor for the Girls Write program. Bullying is a serious issue with serious effects. Using theatre as a medium to deviate the youth’s mind from bullying is the beginning to a brighter community.
A recent graduate from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Theatre, Amanda plans to use her degree to make a difference, inspire and make an impact in the lives of others. Amanda has been actively performing and doing Theatre throughout her college education. She recently was in a Touring Company at MSU Denver, “Water Wise Circa 2015,” performing for middle school students on conserving water. Amanda is immensely passionate about theatre for social change and empowering children through Theatre. She is extremely excited to be a part of Mirror Image Arts for that very reason. She believes everything that Mirror Image Arts stands for is inspiring, and is so excited to have the opportunity to be apart of such a dynamic organization, that shows her everyday that every voice matters. She is excited to work with children for the second time doing Theatre for social change, and this time, being able to be a Teaching Artist and impact the children, as she strongly believes in the importance of impacting children
Kenny Storms is a freelance sound designer, DJ, director, and actor working at multiple theatres and performance venues around the Denver metro area. He has been a teaching artist and Children’s Coordinator for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and served as the Artistic Director for the Denver Repertory Theatre Company and resident Director for Mirror Image Arts. He has directed and self-produced productions both regionally in Denver, CO and abroad in Baltimore, Ireland. Most recently he was worked as a the sound designer for The LIDA Project and the Edge Theatre Company and is a co-founder of Grapefruit Labs. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Acting, Directing, and Theatre Education.
Lisa Ann Gaylord is proud to be returning to Mirror Image Arts (MIA) as one of their teaching artists. Lisa was a part of the first project MIA produced in 2008 by understudying and eventually taking over the role of ‘Carly’ in the eating disorder awareness show “Breaking the Silence”. It was this introduction to social justice theater that fueled Lisa to continue her acting career by going to school in NY at Adelphi University for her BFA in Theatre. After graduating in 2013, Lisa traveled and performed in Chicago, Southern CO, and Alaska. She is happy to be back in her native state of CO where she is a professional actress and teaching artist for several organizations in the Denver-metro area. Doing this inspiring and life-changing work is what made Lisa passionate about theatre. She hopes that through the programs at MIA she can give back to the community that helped foster her love and passion; and in turn she can continue spreading the joy of learning theatre and discovering one’s own voice and value.
Allyx graduated from University of Colorado in Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012. While there she worked with an applied theatre ensemble called Interactive Theatre Project.
She has performed at various venues in and around Denver including the work|space at The Laundry (LIDA Project) and Red Rocks Community College. She is very excited to be involved in this programming as her combined passions of theatre, psychology, and working with youth are present in Mirror Image Arts.
Danielle has recently relocated to Denver after much traveling and performance. She holds two degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in creative media production as well as food science and human nutrition. Danielle is a proud SAG-AFTRA union member and has gained experience in television, radio, film and theater. She is the recipient of multiple Hawaii State Theater Council awards and is trained in many forms of character performance, dance and vocal accents. Danielle has worked with children for over 10 years as an educator and performer. She loves working with student collaborative programs that use theater in education to foster creativity, confidence, problem solving and accountability. Danielle very much looks forward to her first season with Mirror Image Artists and is honored to work with such a talented and socially motivated group of teaching artists.
Joe Von Bokern
Joe holds a degree in theatre from the University of Colorado, and has spent the last decade performing on stages across Colorado and the Midwest. He believes that theatre is one of the most powerful tools of social transformation, and is absolutely thrilled to be working with Mirror Image Arts to help educate and empower young people in Colorado! Other recent Denver credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, South Pacific, Jon, and The Man Who Came To Dinner.