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    Julie Rada

    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

        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.

            Adamo Vaccarella

            Adamo Vaccarella (Lady Strongman) is an actor, singer, writer, cyclist, and volunteer. Originally from Pennsylvania, he received his BA from Muhlenberg College. From 2008-2011, he attended Arizona State University, where he received his MFA in Performance with an emphasis on new works and devised collaborations. In his final year at ASU, Lady was awarded the Grace LeVine Award from the Princess Grace Foundation. Lady sings with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, volunteers as a tester and prevention counselor for HeyDenver, and recently finished his third ride with AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS. He is proud to be a member of Mirror Image Arts.

                Alison Elliott

                Alison Elliott is pursuing her Masters in Theater Education at University of Northern Colorado. She is new to the Denver area having previously lived in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Alison worked as a professional actress and teaching artist for A Noise Within Theater. Her credits include, Six Characters in Search of An Author, Tartuffe, The Tempest, A Flea in Her Ear, and more. In Denver, you can see Alison as a consistent performer of The Bovine Metropolis Improv theater. Alison is thrilled to be a part of the Mirror Image Arts community!

                    Joshua Small

                    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

                        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

                            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.

                                Larry Mitchell

                                Larry is the Playwright in Residence for Mirror Image Arts. Larry also teaches and writes curriculum for Executive Arts/Play On! here in Denver and has taught/devised/directed for the City of Aurora and MIzel/JCC. He also taught and worked on shows for several years at the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas and is a cohort with Card Table Productions there. As a freelance writer, his work has appeared locally in Westword and on the web via Did You Know. He also writes/devises work on spec/demand with/for various other companies, schools, entities, and people. He was the resident playwright for STP/Theatre En Bloc in Austin, TX from 2010-2014. Larry holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas and a BFA in Theatre from Emporia State University. His unpublished but produced plays have cool titles like: American Bear, Seller Door, New Adventures in Love and the Space Time Continuum, The Complete History Of Kansas in 60 Minutes (Give or Take), The Man Without A Country, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, The Tin Woodsman, Flying Ninjas, Finding Stars, and Still the Knight. Sometimes, he acts.

                                    Amanda Fresquez

                                    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

                                        Allison Fleckenstein

                                        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.

                                            Timesha Sumpter

                                            Timesha holds an Associate of Arts Degree in psychology from Pikes Peak Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Colorado State University, Pueblo. Currently she is enrolled at Argosy University, Denver, where she will complete a Master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology. She feels a deep appreciation for the many disciplines of psychology, but knows there are many ways to study and explore human behavior, which is what drew her to theater. Upon moving to Denver in 2015, she began honing her craft through improvisation and dance classes and exploring cultural arts festivals. She has performed with the Romero Troupe, Mercury Café and The Source Theatre Company. Timesha values theatre as a platform to freely express herself, to artfully share and create stories, and to hear stories from others. She is drawn to work at Mirror Image Arts because the programs enable youth to reflect, and develop empathy and compassion which is needed now more than ever.

                                                Danielle Vivarttas

                                                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.