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, Operations 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!

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 a BFA3 at The Theatre School at DePaul University studying Theatre Arts, Directing and General Management. She currently works as House Manager at The Harris Theatre of Music and Dance in Chicago.

Leo Fernandez, Website & Technical Support

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

Venue Managers

Danielle Freeman
Claire Hayes
Steph House
Lacey Hyde
Ella Mann

Box Office

Aleighya Dawkins


Conor Morford
Anastazia Coney
Nolan Kemp

Stage Managers

Johnny Bartlett
Maddie Heiken
Catherine Loeb
Anna Monzon
David Rynhardt
Archer Rosenkrantz