About Colorado State Thespians

Colorado State Thespians Mission Statement:

To promote and strengthen theatre arts in education through theatrical experiences that provide creative enrichment for students and teachers. — Revised January 2012

Colorado State Thespians Vision Statement

The vision for the Colorado Thespian Society is to use its collaborative talents and financial resources to promote, strengthen, and advocate for theatre arts education in all Colorado secondary schools. We believe the outcome of our efforts will be the cultivation of educational communities that share our belief that theatre is an essential component in our schools and in our society. We believe in the value of teaching human culture, history, diversity, responsibility, and integrity. — Revised January 2012

The Colorado State Thespians are affiliated with The International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association. The International Thespian Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt honorary organization for middle and high school theatre students. The society is committed to the advancement of educational theatre, and to this end publishes Dramatics Magazine, sponsors Thespian Festivals and theatre workshops, produces educational materials, and provides college scholarship opportunities for students.

The Colorado Chapter Director is Tami LoSasso, (term ending 2021) Theatre Educator and Director at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County. Contact for web site management and Colorado State Thespian contracts. The Colorado State Thespians is a registered non-profit organization, (Ohio, Domestic Articles/Non-profit document #200323800776), Federal Employer Identification Number #56-2393274, and approved by the Colorado Secretary of State for operating a non-profit in Colorado. Colorado Sales Tax Exemption #98-16382, D-U-N-S #79-121-7750

Leadership Team


  • Mr. Beau Augustin
    Denver Public Schools, Instructional Curriculum Specialist
    (IT Director)
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  • Lanny Boyer
    Mr. Lanny Boyer
    (Chapter Select Coordinator)
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  • Mr. Jesse Collett
    Pomona High School, Theatre Director
    (IT Coordinator)
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  • James Dykstra
    Mr. James Dykstra
    Overland High School
    (Technical Director)
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  • Taylor Dykstra
    Mrs. Taylor Dykstra
    Grandview High School, Theatre Director
    (Technical Director)
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  • Mr. Jeremy Goldson
    Mountain Vista High School, Theatre Director
    (Awards Coordinator)
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  • Andy Jaramillo
    Mr. Andy Jaramillo
    Fox Ridge Middle School, Theatre Director
    (Marketing/Vendor Coordinator)
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  • Mrs. Caroline Kerswill
    Denver Center for International Studies, Theatre Director
    (Workshop Coordinator)
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  • Ms. Casey Kesis
    Fitzsimmons Middle School & Platte Canyon High School, Theatre Director
    (Marketing and Outreach Coordinator)
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  • Tami LoSasso
    Mrs. Tami LoSasso
    Lakewood High School, Theatre Director
    (Chapter Director)
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  • Mrs. Melinda Loughhead Ganz
    McAuliffe International School, Theatre Director
    (Critic’s Choice Showcase Coordniator)
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  • Stephanie Morris
    Mrs. Stephanie Morris
    Horizon High School, Theatre Director
    (Registration/Mainstage Coordinator)
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  • Dr. Mary Schuttler
    Dr. Mary Schuttler
    University of Northern Colorado, Professor of Theatre Education
    (Adjudicator/IE Coordinator)
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  • Jay Seller
    Dr. Jay Seller
    Arts for Colorado, President
    (Operations Director)
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  • Mrs. Kristine Smiley-Smola
    Chaparral High School, Theatre Educator
    (Registration Coordinator)
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