We are a staff nine members strong (more bios of our newest staff members are coming soon!)  We all wear multiple hats, bang the creative drum and are expert multitaskers.  And we all love what we do.  We do it for the kids, the community and our souls.  Take a read below to learn more about us and what makes us tick.  If you see as running around the Parsons Theatre – take a minute and say hello.  We’d love to meet you!

Forest Fowler (he/they) is the Assistant Technical Director for the Parsons Theatre. They have held a myriad of positions in theatre companies across Denver including stage hand and master electrician for the Denver Center of Performing Arts, lighting and sound tech for Curious Theatre Company, and sound designer for the Wit Theater. They have had their work featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Westword magazine. Forest is excited to bring their skills and knowledge to the city of Northglenn and to grow alongside the newfound community.

Forest also runs Atlantic City Productions which puts on a variety of exhibitions from concerts taking place inside immersive art installations, to sock puppet variety shows, to producing short films. Their band eScapes deliver a live audio/visual cyberscape of both found media, and self-produced CGI animated music videos. Forest also acts as props master and special effects gore artist for films made by their friends. Feel free to ask about fun events happening around town!

In their free time, Forest practices Wing Chun Kung Fu, enjoys refurbishing Japanese arcade cabinets, and spends altogether too much time making Twin Peaks references.

Kimberly Jongejan (she/her) is the Cultural Programs Coordinator for Northglenn Arts. She has been with the City of Northglenn in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department since 1996.  She wears many hats as the programming and scope of the department grow from year to year – from concerts to productions, classes, events, workshops, and countless other projects.  Kimberly has directed over 80 productions in the past two decades and has had thousands of aspiring young actors participate in the art classes.  Her work with the Northglenn Youth Theatre (NYT) and the NYT Academy has garnered both local and national honors.

Kimberly has served on a variety of boards and committees including the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition (current BOD), Colorado Theatre Guild, and Theatre for Youth Coalition.  She also is an adjudicator for the Bobby G Awards (DCPA), Henry Awards (CTG), and the National Youth Arts. Kimberly has a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Communications from Dordt University (Sioux Center, IA).  She is thrilled to be part of the Northglenn Arts team.

When not at the theatre, you can probably find her out shopping, on picnics with her family, serving up a fondue feast, collecting oddities or kicking cancer’s tush.

Candice Marchese-Duke (she/her) is the Patron Experience Coordinator for Northglenn Arts. After spending a decade in the pragmatic world of hotel management, she followed her passion and changed career paths by moving into the colorful world of arts administration. In January 2016, she joined the already successful Northglenn Arts team.  As a member that wears many hats, Candice partners with the creative artistic teams, ticketing/front desk staff, and theatre volunteers to create an exceptional patron experience.

Candice successfully launched and manages the online group and individual ticketing systems, created the survey management protocols for NYT Academy class participants and theatre patrons, and recruits and coordinates arts volunteers – all with a focus on our patrons and students.

When Candice is not creating exceptional patron experiences, you can find her baking new confections, re-organizing the house, painting thrift furniture, or grilling out with her husband and teenage kids in their backyard retreat.

Violet Mitchell (they/them) is a Patron Experience Associate and Volunteer Coordinator for Northglenn Arts. Violet earned a BA in Cognitive Literary Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry, both from Regis University in Denver. They have loved the theatre for years, working as a stage manager and backstage in high school – where Violet met their future husband!

Violet has previously worked as a copyeditor, an eBook designer, and as an associate in bookstores and libraries. An artist through and through, they have taught literary workshops for Alchemy Author Services, a liberated space for all writers and voices to be heard. With over 100 published poems in various journals and magazines, Violet continues to write and is working on publishing a collection of poetry called “Dear Universe, Everything in Me You Eat” about space, black holes, and parallel universes. In 2019, they received the Robert A. O’Sullivan, S.J. Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing from Regis University.

When they aren’t working, Violet is most likely reading graphic novels, painting, stocking up on Halloween decorations, or snow carving with their family (the Mitchells have competed internationally representing the United States in snow sculpting competitions at the Carnaval de Québec in Canada!)

Linda Skaufel (she/her) is the Marketing Coordinator for Northglenn Arts. She has worked with the theatre group since 2013 and loves the variety and creative bent of her job (coupled with the amazing people she has the pleasure to work with!).  She has a BA in English from the University of Colorado/Boulder, a BFA in Digital Design from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Previous to the world of design, she worked in the radio and records industry in Baltimore and Los Angeles.

On a typical day, you may find her adding event listings to the website, laying out bios for the Northglenn Youth Theatre’s production program, creating designs for the summer concert t-shirt, and wrangling details together for the Northglenn Recreation Guide. When not playing with Adobe software or in the car commuting from Aurora, you can find her laying flagstone in her backyard oasis, binge-watching Netflix with her husband and daughter, cooking a mean pot of soup, or playing frisbee with her puppy Ollie.

 

Michael Stricker (he/him) is the Director of the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation, and the Cultural Programs and Senior Center Manager for the City of Northglenn. He has worked in the performing arts for nearly 30 years as an actor, director, producer, and administrator. He attended the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre. He was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the award-winning Denver-based Paragon Theatre and worked in administration at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Arvada Center.

Notable directing credits include the Henry Award winner for best play, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune at Paragon Theatre; Best of Westword for Ensemble, The Seafarer at Ashton Entertainment; and Best of Westword Best Drama, Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Edge Theatre. He has also worked in Chicago as an actor and studied with Tony Award-winner, Rondi Reed, at Steppenwolf Theatre. Michael is a member of the Front Range Executive Directors of Local Arts Agencies and the Regional Arts and Culture Committee of Adams County.

While his family and the theater are home, you can also find him at a coffee shop, ballpark, used bookstore, Colorado trail, museum or making travel plans.

Christopher Waller (he/him) is the Technical Coordinator at Northglenn Arts and the Parsons Theatre. He is the technical director and resident designer for all the Northglenn Arts theatre programs. He has a double BA degree in Theatre Arts and Communications from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, and an MFA degree from the University of Georgia in Theatre Design and Technology. He designs scenery, lighting, and projections for professional theatres when not working for the city. In his precious free time, he enjoys building and driving his Jeeps (he owns four😬) and his camper converted ambulance. Fun fact: all of his vehicles have names. Can you guess any of them?