OUR CREATIVE TEAM
High School Company Director, Middle School Company Director, Managing Director, Founder
Nelson retired from a 25-year career teaching music and drama in 2007. He studied music under Dr. George Lynn at Loretto Heights College and Lynn Whitten at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He studied technical theater with Joseph Psuik, drama and musical theater under Richard Clark, Tom McNally and Jan Sullivan. Nelson started the choral and drama departments of Conifer High School in 1996 and has directed and produced countless shows. Nelson founded The Venue in 2013. Email: nelsonc@TheVenueTheatre.com
Musical Director, Accompanist
DJ is a musician, singer and actor who has performed and worked with the Evergreen Players, Evergreen Chorale, Venue theatre, StageDoor Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Evergreen Children’s Chorale, Evergreen High School and Conifer High School. His work has included playing keyboards and music directing numerous shows including this summer’s hit “Wedding Singer”, last year’s “Nine To Five”, as well as performing on stage in such presentations as Spamalot, To Kill A Mockingbird, Rocky Horror, Something’s Afoot and many others. In his spare time, he is a retired attorney and private eye, college instructor, father and most recently, a grandfather!
Special Programs Director/Harmony Hills, Elementary Company Director, Founder
Joni, a certified K-12 teacher, found her interest in theater while performing in elementary and high school productions. In college, she became a professional pantomime and circus aerialist, performing on stages across the U.S. and on television. She has directed over 30 community theater productions and founded a performing drama club in a Colorado high school. She loved performing but her heart's delight is in directing children's theater. Joni is a cofounder of The Venue. Email: jonih@TheVenueTheatre.com
Middle School Company Director, Technical Director
Jo is a lifelong theatre artist backstage and onstage. For close to four years, Jo has called the Conifer theatre community home. Jo is the drama teacher at Conifer High School and had worked for companies like Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, StageDoor Theatre, and Campfire Stages.