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.
Kalen Acquisto, Development and Outreach Director, Fringe photographer
Kalen is an entrepreneurial community builder and a natural connector with a deep passion for the arts and sustainable economic growth. Born and raised in Denver, Kalen lived in New Zealand for a few years and was deeply involved in the Fringe festival there. She's excited to grow the Fringe in her hometown after seeing the impact it had on her New Zealand community. The founder of Kalen Jesse Photography, she loves empowering artists and entrepreneurs through photography/photographing the arts!
Leo Fernandez, Website and Ticketing
Leo is a Computer Science graduate and he works on developing and maintaining the websites.
Esther Varney, Volunteer and Venue 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!