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School and had worked for companies like Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, StageDoor Theatre, and Campfire Stages. 

Jo Gerlick

Middle School Director and 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 


Email: jonih@thevenuetheatre.com 

Email: nelsonc@thevenuetheatre.com 

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!

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 

DJ Himstedt

Musical Director, Accompanist

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 and serves on the Board of Directors.

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 do

Joni Havens

Special Programs Director - Harmony Hills, Elementary Director, Founder 

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. 

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

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Nelson Conway

​High School Director, Middle School Director, Managing Director, Founder 

The Venue's Creative Team

The Venue's Creative Team




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Winner of two Golden Daisy Awards:

Nelson Conway - Best Music Lessons

The Venue Theatre - Best theater in the mountain area!