Who We Are........
Steve Emily (President)
Steve is a transplant from Chicago, where he worked with such acclaimed theatre companies such as Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Lookingglass, Northlight, and many others, including Terrapin Theatre, where he was a company member. Since moving to Colorado, he has worked with Theatreworks, FAC Theatre Company, The MAT, and StarBar. In addition, Steve has appeared in numerous commercials, and has been seen in the television series IN PLAIN SIGHT and AMERICA'S MOST WANTED and the independent film WOODSHOP.
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 and proud member of Springs Ensemble Theater. He graduated from Brandeis University in 2003 and spent the following year as an apprentice at Actors Theater of Louisville. He had the good fortune to make his professional debut playing Oliver the Boy Virgin in the Humana Festival production of Kid Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh. From 2004-2009 he lived in New York City where he performed Off Broadway, including the first New York Revival of Kiss of the Spider Woman in which he played Valentine, Off-Off Broadway including a performance in the New York Fringe Festival and as Uncle Matthew in a National Touring production of Anne of Green Gables. He moved back to Colorado Spring in 2009 and has ben a SET member since 2010. Since moving home he has performed extensively at the Fine Arts Center recently being see as Freddie, Noises Off; Man 1, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well; and Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperon. He has performed in the SET productions of Talk Radio, Glengarry Glen Ross, and the Lion in Winter. His directorial credits include SET's production of The Pillowman, which the Gazette Telegraph named an editorial Best of in 2012, the 12 Dates of Christmas at the FAC, the 6 Women Playwriting Festival 2012, and numerous productions with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Max is happy to be serving his second term as Board Member at Large with SET and is thrilled with his contribution as a member of the past two season's Artistic Recommendation Committee.
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.
Emory John Collinson
Emory is a Colorado Springs native who has been involved in Colorado Springs theatre for 20 years. He holds a Theatre Arts degree from Sterling College in Kansas and has performed with companies such as the Fine Arts Center, Star Bar Players, Theatre d' Art, the Arvada Center and Impulse Theatre as well as the A.D. Players in Houston. SET audiences have seen his work as Cohn in "The Underpants" and his directing chops for "The Odd Couple". Emory is a founding member of 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.
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Mike has worked either behind the scenes or onstage with SET since it's inception. He enjoys long walks on the beach, cuddling, wine tasting and Live Fire war games. At no point should he be taken seriously.
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.
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.
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Theatre is life. For many years Micah has involved himself in any way necessary to be a part of it. Micah came to Colorado Springs 2010 after living most of his life in Denver, where most notably he was a company member of the Empire Lyric Players. There he has preformed many a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Trained in musical theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy NY he learned skills both on stage and off. He has been The Court Jester at the Colorado Renaissance Festival for a decade or so and is very active in all the local theatre, from Wizard of Oz at the CS Fine Arts Center to several shows with Star Bar Players. He wishes to accomplish much here with Springs Ensemble Theatre.
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.