Ignite Theatre is a program of Lucent Performing Arts. The mission of Lucent Performing Arts is to Ignite Passion and Connect Communities Through the Performing Arts.
Our purpose is to produce an eclectic mix of shows, fusing them with exceptional talent and completing them with a brighter vision. We illuminate our communities through our productions and free outreach performances. We are a resource for new and seasoned performers, talented professionals and students with a spark for performing. And we are proud to be a performing arts family that brightens the lives of the communities that help us thrive.
Keith Rabin Jr. - Co-Founder/Executive Artistic Director/Board Member
Keith has over 17 years experience with community & professional theatres, including a term as Vice President on the board of M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa, which was his inspiration for starting his own theatrical production company in Denver. Keith also has over 15 years experience in human resource and administrative management. Keith's passion for the performing arts has always been and always will be ignited by musical theatre. The "Light" theme for all of Lucent Performing Arts comes from the final song in the musical Next to Normal. Light has always been a symbol for good, warmth, beauty, safety, creative ideas, and above all, hope... There will be LIGHT!
Stephanie Prugh - Assistant Artistic Director/Board Member
Stephanie Lynn Prugh began performing at the age of three for her very enthusiastic family in their living room. Her passion for the performing arts was ignited after she saw her very first musical, Peter Pan, at a very young age. Having been an avid dancer for the whole of her life, Stephanie began with ballet but eventually decided to branch out into other forms of dance including modern, Fosse, Broadway and Ballroom. As an actor, Stephanie has performed and choreographed all over town with companies such as Gravity Defied, Ignite, Town Hall, Performance Now, Evergreen Players, Miner's Alley, Spotlight, Firehouse, Vintage, Inspire Creative, Curtain's Up and Identity Theatre. Currently, Stephanie also works as an Instructor and program coordinator for Vintage's Youth Theatre Program. As a performer and teacher, Stephanie aims to ignite passion in others, hoping to inspire them to follow their own hopes and spark in them a fire that will light their lives.
Amy Osatinski - Co-Director, Rent
Amy is a Denver area artist, director, performer, and teacher. Currently, Amy teaches for the theatre department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she is pursuing her PhD. in theatre, and for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
From 2008-2013 Amy ran the nationally acclaimed drama program at Heritage High School in Littleton Colorado. Under Amy's direction, the department doubled in size, produces five shows a season, and was named a BroadwayWorld.com School in the Spotlight. Amy's former students are studying performance, design, and technical theatre at some of the best theatre schools in the country.
Amy holds a Bachelor's degree in theatre from the University of Denver, a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and is currently in the second year of her PhD. in theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In addition to teaching and studying, Amy has been performing since she was five years old. The theatre bug bit her early when she played the Baker's Wife in Stone Soup as a five year old. She also spent many years singing with the Colorado Children's Chorale. Amy performs with several companies in the Denver area and has been seen on stage with Ignite Theatre in as Fastrata in Pippin and Mae in The Wild Party.
Amy is also an accomplished director in Denver. In August of 2012 she directed Ignite's Denver Regional Premiere of Spring Awakening the Musical. Her directing credits include: Oliver!, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Once Upon A Mattress, Almost, Maine, Antigone, Xanadu the Musical, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and numerous others.
Bernie Cardell - Director, Avenue Q and Into the Woods
Known as "the busiest man in theatre," Bernie has been acting and directing in Denver for the last ten years. As a director, he was twice nominated by the Denver Post for "Best Season by a Director." For Ignite, Bernie directed the 2012 hit Sweeney Todd.
Other directing credits include the Henry Award nominated Avenue Q (Vintage Theatre), Angels in America (Denver Post Ovation Nomination - Best Director Drama), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Marlowe Award - Best Director - Drama), 1776, The King & I, The Sound of Music, and Company.
Bernie is also an accomplished actor. He won a Marlowe award for his performance as Max Bialystock in Town Hall's production of The Producers. Bernie has also appeared in two separate runs of the smash comedy Run for Your Wife (Denver Post Ovation Nomination) as well as 12 Angry Men (Juror #1), The Music Man (Marcellus), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus), Leading Ladies (Jack), and The Odd Couple (Vinnie).
Bernie's philosophy has always been to entertain audiences and make them think. There's nothing like the experience of live theatre!
Robert Michael Sanders - Director, See What I Wanna See
Robert has performed for over 20 years in television, theatre, music and film as an actor, director, musician, producer and talent agent. He has been a theatre director and instructor for over 10 years, and is so proud to have worked with many wonderful theaters here in Colorado.
Some credits include writing music for American Woman TV and Miami Ink, as well as several albums, and being named to the Grammy list multiple times. Some acting credits include a 2010 Marlow Award for best Comedic Actor, in The Love List and best Kid's Theater Director for Town Hall's Little Mermaid and Best Ensemble for Honk and Skin of Our Teeth. Some favorite roles include, Love Perfect Change, Ragtime, Cowardly Lion, The Wedding Singer and Dave in The Full Monty. Nothing fills the soul like art. "Thank you for letting me do what I love!"
Board of Directors
Will Adams - Board Chair
Will is co-founder and Executive Producer of Lucent Performing Arts, and is its board chair. Prior to founding Lucent, Will was the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Arts Association for two years, and board chair for five. Under Will's leadership he guided RMAA through a significant strategic plan that increased its size from 95 performers and one program to over 200 and five programs. Will founded Mosaic Youth Chorus in 2007, a safe space chorus for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer youth and their straight friends ages 14-20. He received recognition as a "Denver 150," one of 150 citizens that made a significant contribution to Denver's first 150 years, for his work at RMAA and for founding Mosaic Youth Chorus.
Will has a B.S. in Finance from University of Colorado and is a former director of contact center operations for U.S. Bank. After a successful 16-year career at the bank, Will resigned to pursue nonprofit volunteer board work full time before becoming RMAA's Executive Director. Now again pursuing full time volunteer activities for nonprofits, Will is also on the board of Ascend Performing Arts in Denver, and is its treasurer.
In his spare time will restores and "tinkers with" collector-aged cars, including VW, Porsche and Audi, and spends time at mountain property in the South Park area.
Mike Uhelenkamp - Secretary
Mike is proud to be a founding board member of Lucent Performing Arts and is the principal builder of Ignite Theatre's sets. Mike also sits on the board of the Denver County Cultural Council which distributes SCFD funds to arts, cultural and scientific organizations that perform a majority of their activities in Denver County. Other community involvement includes serving on the Lowry Community Advisory Council and the Lowry Community Master Association. Mike extends a heartfelt thank you to all of those individuals that make Lucent Performing Arts such an incredible organization. It is a true joy and honor to be involved in an organization that makes a difference in the community.
Marcus Turner - Treasurer
Hailing from the Midwest, Marcus holds a B.M.E. in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and an M.M. in Musicology from CU-Boulder. During his time in Colorado, Marcus has worked as a marketer and fundraiser for several arts organizations such as the University of Colorado College of Music, the CU West African Highlife Ensemble, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the CU Department of Theatre & Dance and the Clyfford Still Museum. Previously, Marcus was a teacher of students grade 5-12 in choir and instrumental music in Boulder. Marcus is proud to be a part of Lucent Performing Arts and is looking forward to the bright future of this great organization!
Pam Turner - Board Member
Pam is very thrilled to be a member of the Lucent Performing Arts board. Pam has been a fan and supporter of the arts ever since she can remember. Pam is the Mother of 2 children who both have very strong ties to the arts. Her daughter was in choir while in school and a dancer for more than 20 years. She also is a dance teacher and choreographer. Pam's son has danced, sang and acted for more than 15 years which fits perfectly into his future as he is currently a musical theatre major at the Chicago College of Performing Arts within Roosevelt University. As her children grew up, she sewed costumes and worked backstage during their performances. In their high school years Pam was Treasurer of the Choral Boosters for 3 years, and was subsequently elected President for an additional 3 years working side by side with the choir director adminstering the performing arts programs. During these last 3 years, Pam was also Treasurer of the Catwalk Theatre Guild - a 501(c)3 organization that was the parent booster group for the high school theatre company. Pam's passion for the arts continues to grow and she looks forward to the excitement and opportunities that being part of the Lucent Performing Arts board will provide.
Lissa Orrino - Board Member
Lissa is a long time lover of theatre and a lifetime behind-the-scenes worker. Her first passion for theatre was in make up and costume, later finding a love of prop building and stage management. Now she has been a local stage manager for the past four years and loves almost every minute of it! It is a tough and often unnoticed job but that means you are doing it right! Lissa also comes from an event floral, decor and catering background but now spends her days in a bakery decorating cakes. She is beyond excited to be joining the Ignite board and to have this unique chance to work with such passionate, daring and artistic people!
Keith Rabin Jr. - Board member
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Stephanie Prugh - Board Member
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