OUR TEAM

Ann Sabbah, Executive Director

Ann Sabbah is an artist, project manager, arts supporter and third-generation Denver native. After experiencing the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 she was determined to start a Denver Fringe Festival to add to the expanding arts scene in Denver.

“I’ve been under the spell of the creative arts my entire life. I believe in the power of the arts to uplift, inspire and transform, to make people feel, think, look at things differently, heal, and connect. Live performance creates shared experiences that bond communities together. It provokes conversation and builds resilience. That’s why I believe in providing opportunities for more artists and creating live performance that can be experienced by as many people as possible.”




Basil Sabbah, Operations and Technology


Basil has extensive experience building new things and implementing technology.







Leo Fernandez, Website and Ticketing


Leo is a Computer Science graduate and he works on developing and maintaining the websites.







Esther Varney, Volunteer Coordinator


Esther is a Colorado native and avid supporter of the arts in all forms. She volunteers at several Denver arts organizations and attends as many live performances as possible. She firmly believes that stages are magical places where anything can happen and she’s always happiest in an audience along for the ride.

Samantha Piel, KidsFringe Coordinator


Samantha Piel is a graduate of CU Boulder with a BFA in Acting and BA in Humanities. Samantha has worked for Kidz Camp, EXPAND, and Camp Shakespeare in theatrical education and is beyond excited to continue this theatre education work at KidsFringe.

Maxwell O'Neill, Tech Manager


Maxwell is a recent Theatre graduate from the University of Denver, specializing in directing and production sound design. He is stoked to join the Fringe Festival.

Teresa Gould, Stage Manager


Teresa Gould is a Denver-based stage manager, and is thrilled to be making her debut with the Denver Fringe Festival! Her previous credentials include the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and square product theatre.

Claire Hayes, Venue Manager


Claire Hayes is a BFA3 at The Theatre School at DePaul University studying Theatre Arts. Her recent credits include Spectrum Shakespeare (Assistant Director and Ensemble member) and Pieces That Remain (Director).

Rosana Pena, Venue Manager


Rosana is a recent Emerson College graduate with a degree in Business of Creative Enterprises. She also has a background in theatre and is looking forward to working in the professional theatre space, especially live and in-person with the Denver Fringe Festival.

Ella Mann, Venue Manager


Ella is an theatre artist currently based in Denver, CO. Originally from Tennessee, she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 2018 with a BFA in Theatre and English. She has worked in film and theatre in both NYC and Nashville, and is looking forward to continuing her career here in Denver. She is immensely excited to be a part of the Denver Fringe Festival.

Sarah Alfrey-Bethke, Stage Manager


Sarah studied Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management and Tech at the University of Denver. She is excited to continue her work in the Denver community by joining the Fringe Festival summer team!