Meet Our Production Team
Jerian Franco - Producer, Art Director
Jeri 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, Jeri 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.”
Samantha McDermott - Writer
Samantha has been in theater her entire life and directing for over 10 years. She began directing in Manhattan at the Theater Studio Inc. In 2010 she began adapting and directing Shakespeare’s plays at The Betsy Stage. Her Betsy shows include: Flaming of The Shrew, Juliet & Romeo: The Panopticon, The Travesty of Lear, Beth, Hamlet, and Othello. In 2016 she began a new venture at The BiTSY with fresh inspiration drawn from international folk and fairy tales. BiTSY shows that she has adapted and directed include: The Stonemason’s Wish, Sadko’s Song, The Silent Princess, and (collaboratively) Anansi: The Itsy Bitsy Spider Stories. She is currently adapting the script for the first show of 2018, Jotunheim: A Legend of Thor and His Hammer.
Matthew Davis - Director
Matt has been seen several times on the stage at The BiTSY, but is excited to be directing once again after his amazing experience with Anansi! Since moving back to Denver, he has directed and choreographed for children's theaters in the area. He has been privileged to perform with The National Theater for Children, touring schools with educational theater productions and continues to perform in Denver and the surrounding areas. He has had the pleasure of working as the Artistic Director with Arts in the Open for the past six years. Rock On!
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.
KeeganJenney- Stage Manager
Keegan is very excited to be doing her first show with The BiTSY Stage. After a full year away from theatre, she’s been looking for a way back in, and this theatre has been incredibly welcoming and enjoyable to work with. Since she is fueled by paperwork and office supplies, stage management is the perfect place for her, and The BiTSY has provided a wonderful opportunity for her to get back into what she loves. Previously, she has stage managed and designed lights for several shows at Vintage Theatre including Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mack and Mabel, and ‘night, Mother. She’s also worked at Spotlight Theatre, stage managing Enchanted April and To Kill a Mockingbird, among others. She’d like to thank her friends for being supportive of the weird arts stuff she’s always getting herself into. Enjoy the show!
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.