Who We Are
Sarah S. Shaver (Vice President)
Sarah S. Shaver received her BA in English and Theatre Arts from McMurry University and her MFA in Theatre Arts in Pedagogy and Performance from Texas Tech University. She taught technical theatre and stagecraft at Wasson Arts Magnet for three years before taking some time off for other projects, most notably her dear children and opening up Brewer’s Republic, the hottest new place in town to get a local craft beer. Since moving to Colorado Springs five years ago, she has focused on the backstage side of theatre life, flexing her costume designing skills at Theatreworks, UCCS student theatre, Fine Arts Center, and Springs Ensemble Theatre. All my love to Dave, Liam, and Viola.
Keri Pollakoff (Treasurer)
Keri grew up in Newbury Park, California, where she lived until moving to Colorado Springs on January 2, 2008, where she saw snow for the first time. While in California, Keri worked in the public school sector as Director of Child Nutrition.
June Scott Barfield (Secretary)
June fuses performing and visual art at every theatrical chance! Both on stage and behind the scenes, she loves the opportunity to work with fine artist and production teams for the better show. Born and raised in the country side of Virginia, June fell in love with nature and art at a very young age. Understanding just how unique and inspiring natures palette really is, has shaped her ability to combine aesthetically interesting art and design. She much later graduated with degrees in Fine Arts, Technical Theatrical Productions and Dance from the awesome Coker College (in South Carolina) that guided her to this very path. Her art and design work has housed and shown from New York to Florida, to California and Virginia. Now residing in Colorado, where she moved in 2003 as a dedicated Army wife, she continues this creative loving path. Another few years passed gracefully and she and her husband have a son who shares their joy for natures beauty and fun. June has owned aesthetic I designs (.com) since 2005. She contracts out to many a theatre, residents or commercial and happily takes roots at Springs Ensemble Theatre fall of 2012.
(Board Member at Large)
Max Ferguson is a Colorado Springs native, who after ten years away, couldn't be more excited to be back in town and joining SET. After graduating from Brandeis University, Max spent a season as an apprentice at Actor's Theater of Louisville. Max spent several years living and working in New York, playing roles such as Valentine in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Matthew in the National Touring production of Anne of Green Gables, and Prince Charming aboard the Disney Magic. He returned to Colorado Springs in 2009 to work as the Technical Director at Wasson High School. Since returning he has been lucky to have many performing opportunities including: Ensemble (lead Storm Trooper, Mr. Marks, etc), FAC, The Producers; Dan (Benjamin Calypso), FAC, Joseph and the Amazing..., FAC; Lord Goring, An Ideal Husband, FAC; James Link, Glenngarry Glennross, SET; Sydney Greenberg, Talk Radio, SET. Since the Fall of 2010 Max has been the Children's Chorale's Drama Teacher, and in January he became their Office Manager.
Emory John Collinson
Emory is a Colorado Springs native who has been involved in theatre here for 20 years. He holds a Theatre Arts degree from Sterling College in Kansas and has performed with Colorado companies such as the Fine Arts Center, Star Bar Players, the Arvada Center and Impulse Theatre as well as the A.D. Players in Houston. He is a founding member Colorado Springs' premiere improv group (the RiP) and JAKES Theatre. Emory taught theatre for six years at The Classical Academy where he directed and produced over twenty shows. He is also an accomplished, professional photographer.
Mike has appeared in SET's productions of "Talk Radio", "Glengarry Glen Ross" ,"Welcome home Jenny Sutter"
Jillmarie Peterson has been involved with performing arts since childhood when she performed as Snaps the Clown with her father, Buttons and her sister, Bows. While she loves performing, she says, “When I am on stage, I get to strut my stuff; when I costume a show, EVERYONE struts my stuff.” Jill’s work has been seen on the Star Bar stage where she designed costumes and props for many productions. Jill combines her love of costuming with her love of art history recreating historically accurate costumes, jewelry and accessories. She puts her design skills to work making medieval garb to wear and decorating a 14th century home to live in while playing with the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Plam has been a proud member of the theatre community in Colorado Springs for far longer than is appropriate. Born into a military family, he lived in Delaware, Illinois, Texas, North Carolina, Idaho, and California before settling in Colorado. His first performing gig was as a canoeman and an armed desperado at a western-themed amusement park in San Jose, California. His first role in Colorado Springs was Mr. McLeavy in Joe Orton's Loot. Since then, he's performed in productions staged by the Star Bar Players, the PPCC Masquers, TheatreWorks, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Ovation Players. He has also had the pleasure of directing for Star Bar and the Upstart Performing Enesmble. When he is not participating in theatrical productions in one capacity or another, he's probably more trouble than he's worth.
Jodi Papproth has been the one-woman Theatre Dept. at Cheyenne Mountain High School since 1994. She received a BFA for Theatre Education from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and a MA in directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has participated as actor, director, teacher and volunteer at several local theatre companies including: The Fine Arts Center, Tri-Lakes Theatre and Smokebrush Theatre. Jodi has been the President for the Alliance for Colorado Theatre (ACT) twice and won the Colorado Theatre Educator of the Year Award in 2005. Jodi is thrilled to be a founding member of SET and loves the opportunity to create with other adults.
Christine has lived in Colorado Springs since 2004, when she moved here from Vermont to pursue a Masters in Teaching at Colorado College. Locally, Christine has worked with the CS Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks, StarBar Players and the MAT. Christine considers herself a “singer who can act and dance” and yes, she can tap a little. She has been involved in every SET show doing just about everything backstage and acting in Welcome, Home, Jenny Sutter. Christine’s love for theatre, especially musical theatre, is not just a hobby. She taught theatre arts at Fountain Middle School. When not playing in a theatre or putting a show together, she camps, reads, does arts and crafts, goes to CC hockey games (Go, Tigers!), is “super aunt” to her five nephews, and chills with friends.
Emily Christensen has lived in Colorado Springs her whole life. In that time she has been involved in numerous performances including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), 1940s Radio Hour (Anne Collier), Salome (The Page), and Inspector General (Mishka). Recently she has started working on the technical side of theater by stage managing, assistant directing, and assistant stage managing for different productions including Dr. Faustus, Glass Menagerie, and The Underpants.
Coming soon......Erin King, Matt Radcliffe and Micah Speirs