Meet the Staff

The RMRT Staff is comprised of artistic and administrative professionals from around the country.

Executive Artistic Director: Michael Querio

Michael Querio (Artistic Director, Music Director) has now served over 20 years with RMRT, serving the last decade as Artistic Director. Over the years, Michael has helped produce over 50 productions on the RMRT stage, and in that time he has seen the stage from many angles – in the orchestra pit as Music Director and pianist, under the spotlight as an actor (Forever Plaid 2000, West Side Story),and now in front of the stage as Artistic Director. When he isn’t in the heart of Grand Lake, Michael is an accomplished conductor, teacher, arranger and pianist for organizations in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. He has also been inspiring the hearts, minds and voices of young artists as a faculty member at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois, for over 20 years.   Michael is proud to hold degrees from the University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University. Michael was thrilled to be recognized with a Denver Post Ovation Award in 2012, and is proud that RMRT was recognized as Outstanding Regional Theatre by the Colorado Henry Awards in 2014.

Artistic Associate: Jeff Duke

Jeffery Duke (Artistic Associate) is entering his twelfth season at the Rep. and celebrating his 10th year as Artistic Associate. He feels so fortunate to be a part of this staff that is committed to bringing the highest caliber of musical theater to Grand County! He has directed and choreographed over 20 shows for RMRT, including last year’s successful runs of Les Miserables, and Shrek. Other favorites include; A Chorus Line, Carousel, Footloose, Chess, Anything Goes, Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty & The Beast, among others. Jeff is honored for being recognized with a Denver Post Ovation Award for his work along With Jennifer Lupp on 2009’s All Shook Up. He has also directed for Windy City Performing Arts, Hudson Co., and Judson College and has enjoyed success as a performer in over 20 professional musical theatre productions in Chicago. Jeff conceived, produced and directed the critically acclaimed live concerts and recordings Second City Divas in Chicago (CDBaby.com). He created, manages and performs with vocal ensemble Table for 5. The ensemble performs throughout the United States, has several recordings and frequently collaborates with the Chicago Brass Quintet (tablefor5.com). Jeff has been a featured soloist with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, an ensemble that was awarded two 2010 Grammy Awards for their Verdi Requiem recording. He is also a singer on the Grammy nominated score of Steven Speilberg’s movie Lincoln. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Resident Costume Designer: Jesus Perez

Jesus is an award-winning  freelance costume designer in Chicago. Receiving the The Denver Post Ovation award for best costume design of the year for his work on Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at RMRT in 2005. In 2010 he won the Broadwayworld.com best costume design award for his work on The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for Circle Theater in Oak Park, IL. He has been nominated twice for Chicago’s Jeff Awards (non-equity wing) for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Can-Can both for Circle Theater.  He is the Winner of two Jeff Awards (N.E.W.) for his designs of Mack and Mabel and Urinetown, both at Circle.  He is co-resident designer for Light Opera Works in Evanston, IL, and other venues.  He has joined costume forces with friend Jane DeBondt to form J2 costumes, Costumes for the Stage. His full-time gig for the last 23 Season’s has been as Artistic Director and Co-founder of Chicago Kids Company, Theater for Children.