Ann Sabbah, Executive Director

Ann Sabbah is an artist, project manager, arts supporter and third-generation Denverite. 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. The arts have the power to uplift, inspire and transform, to make people feel, think, look at things differently, heal, and connect. Live performance offers shared experiences that bond communities together. It provokes conversation and builds resilience. I believe in providing opportunities for more artists and creating live performance that can be experienced by as many people as possible.”

Basil Sabbah, Ticketing and Technology

Basil has extensive experience building new things and implementing technology.

Kalen Acquisto, Director of Partnerships, Development + Photography

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!

Lisa Prater, Operations Director

Lisa Prater is a professional production manager, stage manager, and lover of all things performing arts. She currently works as the Broadway Operations Manager at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This is Lisa’s second year with the Denver Fringe Festival and she is thrilled to help bring the stories to life!

Johnny Bartlett, Technical Director

Johnny Bartlett is local Denver technical director, technician, improvisor, and all around factotum in the world of theatre. From audio, to lighting, to show control and automation, he puts his grubby little fingers in every aspect of theatre he can. He believes in pushing the boundaries of technical theatre to their limits to create work that is truly immersive and groundbreaking, to shed light on the wonders we can do with modern technology. He's excited to be a part of Denver Fringe for the second year and help bring the ideas of so many people to life!

Thadeaous Mighell, Operations Coordinator

With nearly twenty years experience in arts management, Thadeaous' strengths lie in the development and execution of large-scale arts programs as well as grassroots community building. He has been a regular organizer and mentor for the local art community for the last ten years, co-managing Understudy Arts Incubator Space, running the indie record label Unit E Records, producing the main stage at Westwood Chile Fest, and serving on the advisory board for Rainbow Dome.

Esther Varney, Fringe Hub + 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.

Claire Hayes, Venue Management Lead

Claire Hayes is an aspiring theatre director, manager, dramaturg, and disability justice advocate who believes in the power of community. She works as an Assistant Director and Choreographer with Phamaly Theatre Company and as a Box Office Manager at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

Leo Fernandez, Website & Technical Support

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

Venue Managers

Peter Dearth
Danielle Freeman
Claire Hayes
David Homan
Steph House
Lacey Hyde
Joseph Lamar
Elias Lopez
Ella Mann
Lane Randall


Conor Morford
Anastazia Coney
Nolan Kemp

Stage Managers

Gabe Crites
Maddie Heiken
Catherine Loeb
Anna Monzon
Evangeline Read
Archer Rosenkrantz
David Rynhart
MC Smalley
Leif Townsend