Friday, September 8, 2017

Colorado Theatre Guild Announces its new Henry Awards Manager and General Manager

The Colorado Theatre Guild has announced two new additions to its team. Following the retirement of long-time General Manager, Gloria Shanstrom, the Colorado Theatre Guild met and re-assessed the needs and specific skill sets needed to support the many needs of the Colorado Theatre community. It was decided to split the former General Manager position into two different jobs. After a very thorough and quite extensive search, the CTG Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the new staff of the Colorado Theatre Guild.

Henry Awards Manager: Sue Ann Staake-Wayne
The Henry Awards Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Henry Awards program, Colorado’s highest honor in theatre. She will coordinate with state-wide judges, manage the balloting system and assist our technology team in updating process and new improvements to the Henry Awards program as they are developed. In addition, she will be responsible for many aspects of the annual Henry Awards ceremony.

Sue Ann is a veteran broadcast Producer/Director and a new resident of Morrison, CO. In her former Washington, D.C. base, she created her company, SAS Productions, Inc., freelanced for the major networks, taught in The American University’s Communications Department, and was a consultant for the State Department, overseeing election coverage in Bosnia. In 2014 she received a national Emmy Award for directing CBS’s 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. She has received numerous local Emmy® Awards and nominations for her production work. Sue Ann is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and has a lifetime membership in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for three decades of leadership and service. She has produced and directed over thirty awards programs both for NATASDC and for The National Trust for Historical Preservation. She is also a member of NATAS’ Silver Circle for her 25 years of outstanding achievement. Since moving to Morrison, she has embarked on a second career as an actor and has performed with the Evergreen Players. She is represented by Lincoln Talent. Sue Ann and her husband are excited to be a part of this vibrant theatre community while enjoying the majestic and absolutely beautiful Colorado landscape.

General Manager: Becky Toma
The new General Manager position will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the Colorado Theatre Guild website, including posting audition announcements, job postings, show openings and member listings. In addition, she will be responsible for the creation of the monthly program insert and will work with our technology team to manage membership and member renewals.

Becky has enjoyed a career in the entertainment business for many years. She proudly received a BA in Theatre Arts from Colorado Women's College and has worn a lot of hats in the industry since graduation. Becky's varied career has included everything from being an actress, a production manager on commercial and video projects and with the Educational Theatre Programs at Kaiser Permanente, to heading up her own casting agency and doing extensive voiceover work, to promotions and marketing for theatre groups and individuals, to event coordination, stage managing bands, and being a tech director, a house manager and a volunteer coordinator, to props designer and website coordinator. She even wore her director's hat for the anniversary production of Little Women at St. Mary's Academy. Becky started out her career as Henry Lowenstein's assistant and public relations coordinator at the Bonfils Theatre, so she is thrilled to come on board with CTG due to her long friendship with Lowenstein and CTG's connection with the Henry Awards.

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