1133 South Huron St. Denver, CO 80223 (720) 328-5294
A transplant from New York to Colorado, and a graduate of Columbia University, Samantha has been in theater her entire life. She has worked as actor, stagehand, lighting designer, and stage manager all over the country. In 2005 she directed 2 plays put up at Manhattan’s Theater Studio Inc., Punchline and Did Ya See The Masked Man? This project is something she has had in the works for over a decade and is very close to her heart.
Jeri Franco grew up in and around community theater. Throughout her childhood and young adulthood, Jeri herself performed in several high school and college productions. Jeri’s grandmother wrote plays (most notably, A Worm in Horseradish) and both of her parents were very involved in The Westchester Children’s Players, a troupe that brought theater to under-privileged children all over the five boroughs of New York. Her background led to an ever evolving interest in theater and theater arts. Jeri has written two screenplays, Nicky Cinderella and Anasazi, as well as writing and illustrating a children’s book, Ma’s Garden (currently awaiting publishing). She worked for years as a display artist and designer in many of Manhattan’s major department stores (Neiman Marcus, Lord n’ Taylor’s, and Bergdorf Goodman’s) as well as independent stores and showrooms like China and Textile. When the opportunity to own and operate a small community theater with her daughter presented itself in Denver, it was a perfect fit. This is a natural way to integrate all the aspects of theater (from writing adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays to designing props and sets) that Jeri has learned in her years of artistic experience.
Kim started her musical career at a young age studying theater, voice and piano at Sam Houston State University and performing for Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars. After obtaining her audio engineering degree, she moved to Boulder, CO where she began her decade long tenure performing nationally and internationally with Cabaret Diosa with whom she stars in over 200 performances a year. As a percussionist, keyboardist, singer and improv artist, Franco shared the stage with James Brown, Santana Dr. John and Harry Belafonte at festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the High Sierra Music Festival. She is the co-author and producer of the original musical Ciao Eden! and continues to write/produce plays and musical revues.
General Manager - A native New Yorker, Shannon has an extensive advertising and marketing background. She began her career in advertising agencies in 2000, working on media planning accounts for a variety of domestic and international companies, including VH1 and MTV. After years on the planning side, she transitioned to marketing where she spearheaded robust marketing programs and custom event executions for a wide range of major companies. Most recently, Shannon has worked on the sales side of the business across many non-traditional media platforms. Sales provided an opportunity to travel the country frequently, and in 2009 she called both New York and Los Angeles her home. An active member of the industry, Shannon has been the Special Events Committee Co-chair for the Advertising Women of New York, guest speaker at New York University, and an active volunteer with the Financial Communications Society, among others.
She is excited to use the skills acquired in her advertising career and apply them to one of her passions – live theater. Being part of The Betsy Stage and Lucky 20 Productions family, as well as joining the Denver Arts Community, is a tremendous opportunity that she is extremely appreciative for.
We are group of hard-working, dedicated, and talented people with the innate need to put on our best show possible.
The Betsy Stage was created in 2010 with the purpose of adapting classic Shakespearian works to today’s world. It’s Shakespeare spiked, if you will.
As members and advocates of live performance art, we also allow our black box theater to be rented to performing artists who are looking to develop their new works and work in progress.