Meet Our Production Team
Samantha McDermott - Writer/Director
A transplant from New York to Colorado and a graduate of Columbia University, Samantha has been in theater her entire life. She has worked as an actor, stagehand, lighting designer, and stage manager all over the country. She began directing in Manhattan at the Theater Studio Inc., where she put up several productions. In 2007 she relocated to Denver and in 2011 began directing at The Betsy where her shows include Flaming of the Shrew, Juliet & Romeo: The Panoptico, and The Travesty of Lear She is thrilled to be working with the wonderful women at The Betsy and hand-in-hand with The Bard again!
Jerian Franco - Writer/Artistic Director
Jerian spent many of her weekends as a child traveling with the Westchester Children’s Players, a theater company in which her mother acted. The troupe traveled the underserved neighborhoods of New York City and the boroughs where they performed in the local schools for free. Her grandmother wrote the play A Worm in Horseradish, which was first performed by the Jewish Repertory Theater. Jerian is the author and illustrator of a recently published children’s book, Ma’s Garden and has had more than two decades of experience in freelance visual display and design working for many textile showrooms throughout New York City and departments stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman’s, and Lord n’ Taylor. She is thrilled to be involved in theater once again and finds it very much like coming home.
Kim Franco - Writer/Music Director
Kim started her musical career at a young age studying theater, voice, and piano at Sam Houston State University and performing for Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. After obtaining her audio engineering degree, she moved to Boulder, CO where she began her decade long tenure performing nationally and internationally with Cabaret Diosa wth whom she starred in over 200 performances a year. As a percussionist, keyboardist, singer, and improv artist, Franco shared the stage with James Brown, Santana, Dr. John, and Harry Belafonte at festivals such as The New Orleans Jazz Festival and the High Sierra Music Festival. She is the co-author and producer of the original musical Ciao Eden!, co-author of Flaming of the Shrew, Juliet & Romeo: The Panopticon, and The Travesty of Lear and continues to write/produce plays and musical revues.
Jennifer McCray - Stage Manager/Light Op
Jennifer has been working in theater, music, and video production for over 17 years in Denver. She has held the positions of stage manager as well as sound operator, actor, camera operator, assistant director, producer, and assistant coordinator. She has worked for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts The Comedy Works, The Bluebird Theatre, Rocky Mountain PBS, Master Mind Productions, Tir Na nOg (an Irish Theater), The Avenue Theatre, and the Jefferson Symphony Summer Concerts. This is Jennifer’s fourth show at The Betsy Stage and she would like to thank her husband and her daughter for their never-ending love and support.
Rob Harris - Lighting Designer
Rob graduated from Loretto Heights College with a theater degree. He has worked as a lighting designer for Paramount Theatre, Galleria Theater, The Botanic Gardens, State of the Arts Dance, Littleton Dance Ballet, and the Jenny Schiff Dance Collective. He was honored to be the lighting designer for Flaming of the Shrew, Juliet & Romeo: The Panopticon, and The Travesty of Lear at The Betsy Stage.
Shannon McAndrews - General Manager/Marketing
A native New Yorker, Shannon has an extensive advertising and marketing background. She is excited to use the skills acquired in her advertising career and apply them to one of her passions - live theater. Being part of The Betsy Stage and Lucky 20 Productions family and joining the Denver arts community is a tremendous opportunity that is extremely appreciative for. Shannon is also on the Board with the Colorado Theatre Guild and works closely with the Denver Actors Fund. Big thanks to her family, who is always there no matter how far away.
Bill Hilborne - Technical Director
Bill has over 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry - performance as well as production. Bill’s skill set is a perfect fit for these crazy-talented women. He also has an awesome set of tools.
Ryan Hunter - Sound Op
Ryan is a UCD Recording arts and music business student. This is his second time working at The Betsy Stage, having also worked on The Travesty of Lear.
Max (Sierra) Suda - Assistant Stage Manger
Max is thrilled to be working on Beth, and it is by far her favorite of the four shows she is currently working on. She is a senior at Denver School of Science and Technology and is glad to have such a wonderful artistic experience in her math-filled life. She has recently worked on Frankenstein: A Modern Retelling, The Comedy of Errors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A Complete World of Sports: Abridged. She would like to thank The Betsy Stage for giving her a wonderful opportunity to progress her future theater career and hopes everyone will enjoy the show.