Bailey is a Custom Success Manager at GoSpotCheck, a startup tech company in downtown Denver. Bailey is familiar with working in a fast-growing company and is excited to use this experience to help Mirror Image Arts continue to flourish through its growth phase.
I love the arts, but I am so far from being creative that this allows me to be connected without having to get on a stage. This also allows me to support an organization that is sustainable, provides value to the community and is a great place to work. I was inspired to join MIA because of its mission and the wonderful staff members. I love getting to hear the stories from our staff that are out working with youth. A powerful moment I observed, came when I attended The Heart, The Soul community play. It was incredible. The community created and produced members’ individual stories about how things were changing for them. The miARTS staff was pivotal in nurturing those deeper conversations and for bringing it all to life for the neighborhood in a play they could “own” as their own.
Ian is the VP of Finance for Bounteous, a leading digital experience agency, where he is responsible for financial planning and analysis. Previously, Ian worked as a Private Equity Investment Professional at KRG Capital and its successor firm, Mountaingate Capital, and began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Nomura Industrials Group in New York City. Ian graduated with a B.A. in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College.
I am a volunteer because it’s really important to me to serve and connect with the community, and to help build stronger communities. This is crucial in times like these where the cultural narrative is one of divisivenesses rather than inclusivity. Mirror Image teaches a message of inclusivity and respect for all, beginning with self-love and self-empowerment. I love being a part of the work that helps people be the best people they can be! One year at our annual fundraiser gala, I Got Your Back, I heard a student, Ireland, and her mother speak about how Mirror Image Arts had changed their lives. Ireland reflected on the impact that Mirror Image Arts had on her confidence and her ability to navigate relationship challenges at school. It was inspiring to hear the impact story come directly from the youth and her family.
Joe has a BA in Business Administration, with a minor in Psychology, from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina. He currently works for Gates Corporation as Manager of Sales Operations. Joe has trained in Improvisation at local Denver theaters, and is currently performing at various venues. He has seen the power of theater and art transform a community in his hometown of Gulfport, FL, which evolved from a sleepy fishing village to a thriving arts community. In Mirror Image Arts, Joe sees an organization focused on deep transformation, that addresses not just community, but the heart and mind of the individual. The participatory nature of the theater experience in their programs appeals to his improviser heart. And its work with youth very much appeals to his Dad heart. He is excited to help Mirror Image Arts make a difference in the lives of our youth.
Jillian works at Janus Henderson Investors, where she is a compliance professional focused on developing and maintaining appropriate controls to prevent insider trading and other forms of market abuse.
Being exposed to a more guided arts environment through dance, and later theatre really enabled me to develop a sense of confidence and community that has helped me throughout my life. I was initially drawn to the organization for that reason. However, it quickly became clear to me that miARTS was more than a traditional after-school theatre program. miARTS gives young people a vocabulary and the confidence to talk about complex and challenging issues like bullying. It’s inspiring to hear the level of insight and clarity someone as young as 9 years old is able to provide when given a safe space and permission to share. One of my favorite things about miARTS is that transformational moments happen all the time on varying scales.
Non-voting Board Member
Andrea Rabold has been active using theatre as a catalyst to create awareness and identify solutions to social issues for over 8 years. She joined Mirror Image Arts in 2009 as an actress, continued to grow with the organization and accepted the role of Executive Director in 2014. Under her leadership, the mission and vision of the organization was elevated and led to the development of Mirror Image Arts’ latest programming. Andrea most recently came from Starbucks Corporation where she served 13.5 years in a variety of roles in retail sales, organization and program development, people management, operational leadership, project management and event planning. Andrea graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. Andrea also works as an actress in commercial, film and theatre.
Amy graduated from law school in 2013 and worked for the Colorado State Public Defender for a few years before moving into Employment Law as a Workplace Investigator.
Theater means being welcomed in a space and being allowed the freedom to express yourself. I joined MIA because I was inspired by the staff and the amazing work they do with the youth in our greater community. One of my favorite moments that I’ve witnessed at MIA is during the annual “I’ve Got Your Back” gala, having the young adults speak in front of a large audience about their own transformations. It is their leadership, courage, and thoughtfulness that inspires me.
Julie Rada is a theatremaker, educator, and scholar. She has done theatre for 30 years with a focus on original work and new plays. In addition, Julie has worked in the prison system for over seven years, initiating programs and facilitating new works of theatre with incarcerated artists at 10+ facilities. She is currently working as Lead Affiliate Faculty and Program Manager for the DU Prison Arts Initiative. Julie has worked on faculty at the University of Utah, Community College of Aurora, and Naropa University. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University. She recently founded a multimedia performance collective exploring community-embedded art and performance called Grapefruit Lab.
The more time I spend with the art form of theatre, the more I am convinced that it’s an essential component of human communication. What I love about the name Mirror Image Arts is that it elevates one of the primary functions of theatre and performance: to reflect back to a community what it means to belong to that community. Mirror Image Arts is an organization I believe in and want to support wholeheartedly. I want to steward this organization into its most robust and thriving manifestation! I recall times when young people jump into the play, and how their eyes grew wide or their jaws dropped in shock to see the effects of the actions they initiated. I can think of difficult and loving conversations with students, sitting on the floor in a circle, talking about their lives and making connections to events that had happened in their world and how it was impacting their behavior in the present moment
Lejohn is a district manager with Starbucks Coffee Company. His focus is operational responsibilities, including financial management, developing people, providing great customer service, and strategic planning. He is passionate about motivating, leading, and teaching others.
I first engaged with the arts in college. I was exposed to the symphony and theatre by a friend. The work that miARTS does is inspirational and close to my heart. Inspiring future leaders and giving them a “voice” is powerful, and it’s something I want to be a part of. I believe that many people in my life could have benefited from miARTS programs. I am passionate about giving back to the communities I live and work in. I feel it is our duty to help our neighbors. I hope to use my life and career experience to help this organization have a greater impact. Observing a program at an elementary school, I witnessed students gain courage, confidence, and a sense of community through theatre. It was an amazing moment.
Laura Adducci feels very strongly that all people deserve the opportunity to express themselves in a safe, creative environment. Because she has a personal conviction to create positive change through applied theatre, she is very proud to be a part of the work that has led to Mirror Image Arts’ to bullying prevention programming. Alongside her friend and colleague, Andrea Rabold, Laura was instrumental in elevating Mirror Image Arts’ mission and breathing new life into the organization. Her highlighted contributions to the organization are program development and implementation as well as cultivating and maintaining community relationships. Laura holds a BFA in Theatre from MSU and has spent the past decade performing, directing, coaching and teaching in Denver, Chicago and abroad. Laura is also a working voice-over artist and Mom to a kid that makes every effort worth it.
Brittnee Merritt is a Community Engagement Specialist at Fairview Elementary with the Office of Family and Community Engagement in Denver Public Schools. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in English and Spanish. She is a strong advocate of providing students with the tools to be successful in an academic setting and to become advocates for themselves. She has seen the impact of Mirror Image Arts’ programming with the students she works with, and understands the importance of cultivating self-esteem and self-expression in a creative space.
She has helped with the expansion of the Mirror Image Arts program throughout Denver Public Schools. Brittnee is excited to continue to support the development and growth of Mirror Image Arts through her role on the Advisory Board.
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.
Patrick facilitates communication skills practice within a broad range of settings and clientele. The power of inquiry and curiosity informs his work in bridging the relationships between effective communication and creative response. A frequent provider of professional development within the medical, law enforcement, university/educational, and non-profit sectors, Patrick also works with theatre and literary professionals as a dramaturg. Patrick is based in Denver, CO, serves as Curriculum Manager for DCPA Education and is National Faculty for Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education.
Kari Knutson is an educational professional with over 20 years of experience in K-12, higher education, community organizations, and state and local governments. She is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant and counselor. Her company, Knutson Consulting, is focused on helping people transform their organizations through developing interpersonal skills and bridging cultural and communication divides. Kari received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Cornell College in Iowa. After college she earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and then, another Master’s degree in Counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Kari later attended International Summer School at the University of Oslo in Norway where she received a Certificate in Special Needs Education. Kari is an avid traveler who has traveled solo to 13 countries and has a vast knowledge of different cultural practices and perspectives, as well as different signed and spoken languages. She is also fluent in American Sign Language.
Kari is currently the school counselor at Crown Pointe Academy, a fantastic charter school in Westminster, Colorado. In addition, she serves as the anti-bully consultant to the City of Westminster Park and Recreation Department where she gives presentations to parents, conducts workshops with staff, and serves as the intervention specialist.
Mark Ramont is Associate Professor and Head of Directing at California State University, Fullerton. Most recently, he, along with Richard Hellesen, adapted Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War into Freedom’s Song for Ford’s Theatre where it received wide-spread acclaim in a production directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun. Mark served as Ford’s Theatre’s Director of Theatre Programming for seven years. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Company in New York City, and Artistic Director of both the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY and Capitol City Playhouse in Austin, TX. At Circle Rep, he directed the world premieres of Walking the Dead, Dalton’s Back (both by Keith Curran) and The Colorado Catechism by Vincent Cardinal. For Ford’s Theatre, he directed The Rivalry and Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children and is scheduled to direct The Glass Menagerie in January 2016. He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence, the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VIII Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and holds a MFA in Directing from the University of Texas, Austin.
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.