I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite events I’ve been a part of producing, as well as some of my favorite productions I’ve worked as a production or stage manager.
1874 SCHOOL DAY
I put together this event for the Georgetown Heritage Center in collaboration with Think360 Arts for Learning, teaching artist Tony Ortega, Georgetown Community School, and Clear Creek County Library District. A celebration of arts, culture, and history the event included participation in a collaborative mural project, a Living in the Classroom experience with Veronica Elliott, and other activities featuring a photobooth and silent films.
THE UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE
Working on the production team for UMS has been a blast. Originally owned by the Denver Post Community Foundation and now owned by Two Parts, I’ve had the opportunity to work on the event in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. My most recent years have included the roles of Main Stage Coordinator and Production & Stage Manager. I’ve gained some great experiences at this festival and have met some amazing colleagues and friends.
Lynxapalooza was the back to school concert for CU Denver students and the Auraria Campus population at large. As Chair for CU Denver Live! I acted as the main Event Manager in 2015 and 2016 and served on the event planning committee in 2014. Each year we booked national talent such as Matt & Kim, Manchester Orchestra and PHOX. We worked with organizations like PSI, Auraria Police Department, Argus Security, and United Site Services to produce this event in addition to working with a variety of entertainment and food vendors. Our team also led volunteer coordination, marketing, and built relationships with a variety of sponsors for each year of the concert.
I’ve had the opportunity of volunteering with the SXSW team for three years. I started out as stage crew in 2017 and worked as a Stage Manager at the Townsend venue in 2018 and 2019.
Lightwire Theater was a collaboration between CU Denver Live! and the Denver Performing Arts Complex. We worked with the DPAC team to host an event at the Buell Theatre and collaborated with them on the planning, ticketing, and production of the show. Additionally, we invited the student acappella group Lark to open the show at the Buell and held an educational panel with the Lightwire Theater group on the Auraria Campus. As a fun work perk, My Vice Chair and I got to do the “voice of god” event announcement before the show.
This conference, Canadarado: A Musical Trade Mission between Canada and Colorado was an exciting collaboration event to work on. Working for Majestic Collaborations, we teamed up with members of the Canadian government, FACTOR Canada, and Denver Arts & Venues to put together the trade mission conference. I assisted both in the planning and organization as well as the music production of the conference. Check out their website here.
GEOCON was an independent writing conference production by the Georgetown Cultural Arts Program (GCAP) under the Georgetown Trust for Conservation & Preservation and in collaboration with Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). I was the main Event Manager responsible for logistics and operations and worked with a committee of writers and editors to put on a three day conference. We put together a conference with three Keynote Speakers, eight breakout session Presenters, panel, a vendor fair, and a networking dinner.
ENGLEWOOD BLOCK PARTY
The City of Englewood throws together a fun neighborhood / end of summer block party, and I’ve had the great opportunity of working with Kendall Smith and the City’s events team to stage manage the outdoor stage for the last few years.
ART OF COOKING
This was one of my favorite events to produce as it was a collaboration between CU Denver Live! and Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. We took students to the school where we learned how to cook, ate a lot of food, and built campus community. Over the years we produced the event, we worked with Cook Street to curate cooking nights that also explored other cultures and cuisine making it a great educational and cultural opportunity for students as well.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE ARTS
This was a fun event to produce as it incorporated various arts passions from the CU Denver Live! committee and incorporated them into an educational panel. We invited students from across various majors, and especially the College of Arts and Media, to listen to panelists Rob Castro (Ultra 5280), Ian Kleinman (The Inventing Room), Ru Johnson(writing credits include Westword and 303 Magazine), and Dave Ratner (Creative Law Network) speak about their experiences in entrepreneurship. Additionally, we partnered with the Experiential Learning Center on the CU Denver Campus to help us with the event and moderate the panel.
CITIZENS FOR THE RIVER
This was a fun event presented by The Greenway Foundation that I was able to stage manage. The 2019 lineup included Anders Osborne, Nicki Bluhm, David Burchfield & The Fire Guild, Wanderraven, and Robby Peoples.
CONCERTS at THE GEORGETOWN HERITAGE CENTER
I was able to fully produce a few concerts at the Georgetown Heritage Center as well as work on managing logistics and operations for several others. I had the opportunity to book, help promote, and event manage Alright Alright w/Sydney Clapp and Avenhart w/The Dollhouse Thieves. This was fun for me because it isn’t very often that you get to be on booking, marketing & promotions, and event execution all at the same time! Through the Georgetown Heritage Center I’ve also been involved in the logistics and event management of concerts with Central City Opera, Hazel Miller, Rapidgrass, Denver Children’s Choir, and other artists that have performed there.
Had the opportunity to stage manage for Park Burger’s 2018 Denver Deluxe event produced by Two Parts. This was an exciting and unique challenge as there were 3 stages, Main, Park Burger, and 10 Barrel, surrounded by lots of people!
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Battle of the Bands took place in a few locations like Cervantes and Illegal Pete’s. The event acted as CU Denver Live!”s competition for a student band to open for Lynxapalooza. From an events perspective we coordinated the audition and judging process, as well as the artist production & hospitality components.
MASTERPIECES & MILKSHAKES
This was a great event to produce for CU Denver Live! We did a non-alocholic version of canvas & concktails and collaborated with external vendors to bring art instruction and milkshakes to campus. In its later development, we worked with holidays such as Dia de los Muertos and a few cultural organizations on campus to immerse students into a cultural experience as well.
HERITAGE HOPS WITH CSU EXTENSION
This event was a collaboration between the Clear Creek County CSU Extension Program, the Georgetown Heritage Center, and local breweries and restaurants. This event was part educational–learning about the local hops crops in the Clear Creek region, and part fun–tasting craft beer and eating food pairing bites. See the past event details here.
GEORGETOWN PLEIN AIR
This event was the idea of the Georgetown Cultural Arts Program Board Chair under the Georgetown Trust for Conservation & Preservation. We attended several meetings together gathering information from visual artists who had attended or helped with other Plein Air Events. Eventually we produced a one-day painting event with a two week exhibit and art sale. The artists were pleased with the event and the people of Georgetown enjoyed seeing artists painting throughout the community.
STUDENT ARTIST & TOUR MANAGER for LARK
During my collegiate days, I had the opportunity to manager the accappella group Lark. My roles included coordinating trip details, organizing photo shoots, running social media, websites, calendars, and group updates. However getting to travel with them was definitely the highlight.
I’ve had the opportunity to contract with the Two Parts team for some of the coolest events. Some of my favorites include the Truck Stop, Denver Beer Festivus, Hearts & Trails spirits tasting, the IPW Media Brunch, the Big Eat, and Snowmass Rendezvous Beer Festival.
*All photos have been taken by Event photographers or myself, please check Event and company websites for specific credits*