The RMRT Staff is comprised of artistic and administrative professionals from around the country.
Executive Artistic Director: Michael Querio
Michael Querio is a pioneer of Rocky Mountain Rep, now returning for his 15th year as Artistic Director and 24 years with RMRT. Over the years, Michael has helped produce almost 100 productions on the RMRT stage, and in that time he has seen the stage from many angles – from the orchestra pit as Music Director and pianist, under the spotlight as an actor (Forever Plaid 2000, West Side Story 1998, Titanic, and as understudy Officer Krupke in West Side Story 2017 ), and in front of the stage as Artistic Director. Favorite productions include Hands On A Hardbody, Urinetown, Pirates of Penzance, … Spelling Bee, Chess, How To Succeed…, Ring of Fire, and Titanic. In addition to his work with RMRT, Michael is an accomplished conductor, teacher, arranger and pianist for organizations in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, and enjoyed teaching kids in schools for over 25 years. He recently conducted a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as part of the composer’s centennial celebration. As a singer, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and now enjoys vocal coaching for musical theatre performers, as well as other professional groups. Michael is proud to hold degrees from the University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Artistic Associate: Jeffery Duke
Jeff Duke is entering his 16th season season at RMRT and feels fortunate to be a part of this wonderful company! He has directed and choreographed over 30 shows for RMRT. Favorites include Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, Carousel, Chess, Shrek, Drowsy Chaperone, Titanic, West Side Story, and Almost Heaven among others. Jeff is honored for being recognized with a Denver Post Ovation Award for his work along with Jennifer Lupp on All Shook Up. Jeff also received 2016 and 2017 Henry Award nominations for his work on Disney’s Little Mermaid and West Side Story. He has also enjoyed success as an actor in numerous professional musical theatre productions in Chicago. Jeff has been a featured vocal soloist with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, a professional 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 Spielberg’s movie Lincoln. Jeff conceived, produced and directed the critically acclaimed live concerts and recordings Second City Divas in Chicago. Jeff has also recorded and toured with the vocal ensemble Table for 5. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and American Guild of Musical Artists. Jeff would like to thank the RMRT Board of Trustees, the town of Grand Lake and all of our patrons for their support of live musical theatre. Enjoy the shows!
Resident Costume Designer: Jesus Perez
Jesus is thrilled to be returning to Grand Lake and his family in the mountains for his 15th season! During the rest of the year living in Chicago, Jesus has the privilege of being the artistic director of Chicago Kids Company, Theatre for Children! (Now entering their 27th year). In his free time, Jesus is a freelance Costume designer with J2 Costumes working with such theatres as Light Opera Works, St Ignatius’ Harlequins, Porchlight Musical Theatre, Circle Theater, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He won the Ovation Award from the Denver Post for Beauty and the Beast in 2005 at RMRT and The Henry Award for RMRT’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He is also the humble recipient of two Jeff Awards (non equity wing) for Mack and Mabel and Urinetown, nominated with other Jeffs for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Can Can, and won the BroadwayWorld.com “Best Costume Design” award for Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Jesus is always thrilled to share Grand Lake with his friends and especially his family. Thank you to Jane DeBondt for her endless work and amazing talent. There is no way we could do any of this without you. God Bless. Now make sure when you see Benita (MOM) you say, Hola!
Financial Administrator: Karen Kulpa
Karen is entering her fourth year at RMRT. She has an accounting degree from Longwood University in Virginia. After graduating, she moved to Grand County 25 years ago. When she is not chasing her seven year old, Miles, she is working as an independent bookkeeper for several other companies around the county. Special thanks to the Board, Coleen, Michael and Jeff for the opportunity to work at such an amazing place.
Communications Manager: Jennifer Mace
Jennifer is entering her fourth year with Rocky Mountain Rep as the Communications Manager. She holds a degree from CU Boulder where she studied Advertising, English, and Women’s Studies. Living here for 27 years, she loves the mountains! Jennifer would like to thank the RMRT Board of Trustees, Michael, Jeff, and her co-workers — Christal, Karen and Dennis — for all they do. Much love to her husband Kelly, and two amazing daughters, Collette and Vallie.
Facilities Manager: Dennis Mills
Dennis is entering his tenth year with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. He is a Colorado native and has been in Grand County for the last 20 years. Special thanks to Michael Querio, Jeff Duke, Jennifer Mace, Christal McDougall and Karen Kulpa for putting up with him. Much love to Justin, Eliott, Blake, Rachael, Trey and Aaliyah
House Manager & Administrative Assistant: Christal McDougall
Christal is delighted to be on the RMRT team for a third year! Although she has spent time as a performer (see: “Alto’s Lament”), she’s most comfortable working behind the scenes; she currently teaches and directs the theatre program at Middle Park High School in Granby. Love and gratitude to her fabulous co-workers Michael, Jeff, Jenn, Dennis, and Karen. And a million thanks to everyone at the Rep for giving her students the opportunity to work and perform during the summer – and to the board members and patrons who support youth theatre in Grand County throughout the year.