The Basque Things in Life
Meet Our Production Team
Jerian Franco - Producer, Writer, Artistic Director
Jerian is currently the Artistic Director and Executive Producer at The BiTSY Stage where all performances are free, but she has been involved in the arts all her life. Her grandmother was a playwright (A Worm in Horseradish), and both of her parents were very involved in The Westchester Children’s Players, a troupe that brought theater to under-privileged children all over the five boroughs of New York. Throughout her childhood and young adulthood, Jerian performed in several productions, but her background led to an evolving interest in theater and the theater arts.
When the opportunity to own and operate a small community theater in Denver presented itself, it was a perfect fit. The impact of free theatre on the local community is something she has experienced first-hand and she truly believes that, if we allow ourselves to be inspired, “Art Will Save The World.”
Patti Murtha - General Manager, Writer, Director
Patti is a native Jersey Girl who fell in love with Colorado years ago. She has a varied background in acting, stage management, and arts administration with over 20 years in educational theater as a teaching artist, actor, director, and playwright. The BiTSY brings all that is near and dear to her artist heart together in one fabulous little folktale-loving package.
Rekha Ohal - Musical Director
Rekha first picked up a piano at the tender age of five, and never looked back. She started gigging in the Washington D.C. area until she relocated to Denver, where she’s graced the stages at many of the finest venues and events in Colorado including the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Taste of Colorado, and Dazzle Jazz. She is a highly sought after pianist and vocalist in the metro area and is delighted to be a part of the staff at The BiTSY.
Christopher Wells- Production Stage Manager
Chris has been working with Lucky 20 Productions since The Betsy Stage. He performed onstage in multiple Betsy productions including portraying Othello in Othello: A Khorus Line. Chris has been helping out as the Production Stage Manager of The BiTSY since its second show, The Stone Coat Woman. Besides running the shows and boards at The BiTSY, Chris also helps out with tech for Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling (Pro Wrestling, ELEVATED) in Golden, Colorado. Chris loves being a part of The BiTSY family, and hopes you enjoy his work!
Zach Brown- Lighting Designer
Zach is honored and grateful to have served as lighting designer since The BiTSY's first production. He would like to thank the creative and production staff for their efforts of collaboration on such a fine and rare company. He hopes to continue to work with The BiTSY for as long as possible, not least because each show is a singular learning experience. He is a freelance stagehand and designer, local to Denver.