Silas originally hails from the Midwestern states of Texas and Kansas. After obtaining his B.G.S in Acting Performance, and a Dance Minor from the University of Kansas, he made his way to Colorado in 2011 in hopes of seeking out a career in performing arts. The past several years have been riddled with opportunities, to include: playing the Prince in the ‘The Nutcracker’, or the Prince(Hamlet) in Hamlet, or Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’, dancing with ‘Cleo Parker Robinson’, or teaching hip-hop and stage combat to elementary school kids.
He has always been an advocate of the arts, especially when it comes to sharing its wealth. In recent years, he has taken a more aggressive approach towards theatre education for youth; stressing the importance of accessibility, as funding for arts programs continue to be whittled away. In an effort to further the pursuit of accessible theatre education for youth, he founded The Five Points Theatre Club in January 2016, with the intent of cultivating a deep relationship between its programming and students, that is felt in the heart of the entire community.
Christopher Peck is a professional theatre director, actor, educator, and a Co-Artistic Director and founding member of the Makalani Theatre Ensemble in Mobile, Alabama. For more than ten years Chris has educated students of all ages working with institutions including the University of South Alabama, Alabama Thespians, Baylor University, North Mesquite High School (Mesquite, TX), Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), and KD Conservatory (Dallas, TX). He holds an MFA in Directing from Baylor University, a BFA in Theatre (Acting Emphasis) from Abilene Christian University, and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Christopher currently resides in Denver, CO with his beautiful partner Arielle Silverman.
Emilia was born in Milan, Italy and spent much of her childhood in Spain. She moved to the Washington, D.C. area in the year 2000, where she developed her passion for the arts, philanthropic work, and youth development. After graduating from George Mason University with a BA in Psychology, Emilia moved to the Denver area to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector as a bilingual case manager with Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. During that time she learned the importance of accessibility to after-school programs, particularly those that help engage economically disadvantaged youth in recreational and positive character building activities. This has been a cornerstone in Emilia’s life, as she strongly believes such programs are key to providing young people with the opportunities to develop life skills and relationships essential to their long-term success. In addition to her volunteer work with Five Points Theatre Club, Emilia works as a financial service professional.
Stephanie Crugnola is a director, actor, teacher, and student, in no particular order. She was the Founding Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Shakespeare Project, based in Massachusetts until moving to Denver in 2017. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education from Framingham State University and her Master’s Degree in Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission from King’s College, London. She also has a Secondary English Teaching License and has taught theatre to Elementary through High School students for the past nine years.
Buba Basishvili is a theatre maker and performer from the Republic of Georgia, who has recently moved to Colorado. He has worked in theatre, film, and as a director and teacher in his hometown of Tbilisi and all across the globe. In his toolbox are many practical skills, such as original theatre creation, character, mime, mask, physical comedy, dance, and directing. He plays a little bit of drum and loves the silly and serious combined.
Buba has his MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International in California, USA and has performed, toured and taught with the Georgian State Pantomime Theatre for over 15 years. During his work with the pantomime theatre, he was a lead actor for the theatre repertoire and taught at the Rustaveli State Theatre and Film University. In Georgia, Buba has directed and created choreography for several independent shows in different theaters, was part of the commercial business as an actor, and stayed busy with events and happenings for commercial companies. He also had roles in different local TV shows. In addition, he is a director at Illiauni Theatre and University in Tbilisi. Buba received an MA in Mime Art from Shota Rusatveli State University of Theatre and Film, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Meghan Frank is a theatre maker and educator who has worked globally (Afghanistan, India, Canada, Egypt, Cuba, Azerbaijan and the Balkans). She specializes in original theatre making, physical comedy, mask, and acting for the stage. From 2012-14, Meghan was a faculty member at Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre. In 2015, she received a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte (2012) and a BA in Theatre for Social Change from UMASS Amherst (2003).
Meghan grew up in Denver. She works as a guest artist with the Millibo Arts Theatre in Colorado Springs and as a teaching artist for the MACC in Denver. Her family show IN-Tents has toured throughout India and the U.S national park system. In February 2015, IN-Tents was chosen by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to represent the U.S at the Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children.
Meghan is part of Glitter Gizzard which was nominated for Best Comedy, Best Physical Theatre/Dance, Best Cabaret/Vaudeville Show at the 2015 Victoria Fringe Festival. Meghan is also an ensemble member of Bond Street Theatre of New York City, where she lived and worked before moving back to Denver. Bond Street builds mutual understanding through the arts around the world. In 2016, she helped conduct a Bond Street program in Azerbaijan.