Our Team

Our Team

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

  • Jennai Bachus

    President

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    Jennai Bachus

    President

    Jennai Howe Bachus believes that the arts are one of the most important ways for communities and individuals to express, create and share. She grew up in Evergreen and is so excited that her experience as an Organizational Consultant and her love of the arts have come together in what she calls “one of the most rewarding roles” she has been privileged to enjoy. Jennai has served on the boards, and as an officer of multiple arts and education boards throughout the state of Colorado. Although she is not a performer, she is always happy to be an audience member and avid supporter of the arts.

  • John Davis

    Treasurer

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    John Davis

    Treasurer

    John and his wife Kathleen become a part of the Players family when they moved to Evergreen over 50 years ago. While they played many parts on stage together, it quickly became apparent that John's theater skills were strongest in other areas. Light and sound design, stage management and administrative duties make up the bulk of his activities with the Players. John has also served on the Board of Directors of both the national theater organization (AACT) and the state theater organization (CCTC).

  • Michele Wright

    Secretary

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    Michele Wright

    Secretary

  • Hugh Dickey

    Board Member / Executive Committee

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    Hugh Dickey

    Board Member / Executive Committee

  • Kathleen Davis

    Board Member

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    Kathleen Davis

    Board Member

    Since 1966 Kathleen has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work and play with countless talented, caring, and funny folks in this community who love theater. When not busy with parenting or a career as pianist and music educator, she has acted, directed, built sets, and swept floors. Currently Kathleen serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors.

  • Scott Ogle

    Board Member

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    Scott Ogle

    Board Member

    Scott has been an educator for over twenty years most of it as a theatre teacher. He is currently the teacher / director at Evergreen High School where he directs plays, musicals, improv teams and teaches classes. Scott is a founding member of EPiC, the Players improv comedy team, and directed them for the past decade and is still an EPiC player. He has also directed many shows for the Players over the years including, 39 Steps, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, The Big BM, and Leaving Iowa.

  • Matt Bachus

    Board Member

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    Matt Bachus

    Board Member

    Matt Bachus is a full-time real estate broker and managing partner at Tupper’s Team in Evergreen, CO, and is a part-time stage and television commercial actor, represented by Radical Artists Agency in Denver. Matt has served on the Jefferson County Cultural Council as part of the Denver metro area Scientific and Cultural Facilities district (SCFD) and has been a board member and officer for the Evergreen Players for more than a decade. Matt occasionally appears on stage with the Evergreen Players in plays and as a founding member of EPiC (Evergreen Players improv Comedy) and he holds a degree in Theatre and Communications from Principia College.

  • Linda Plaut

    Board Member

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    Linda Plaut

    Board Member

    Linda is hopeless as an actor but loves being a theater supporter. An avid theater-goer since grade school, she attends a wild number of stage performances each year. She taught English at the high school and college levels for 25 years. After earning a second master’s degree, she spent the next 25 years as a psychotherapist; many of her favorite patients were zesty folk from Colorado’s theater community. She and her husband Frank became fans of the Players soon after moving to the foothills in 1971, back when the Players were still performing in a log cabin. Linda is honored to serve on the Player’s board and on the board of Phamaly, the Denver-based theater company that casts only actors with disabilities.

  • Larae Evans

    Board Member

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    Larae Evans

    Board Member

    Larae Evans is a graphic designer and advertising art director who creates brands and advertising for clients both in Colorado and nationwide. Her work has been featured in multiple national design competitions throughout her career. She advises Evergreen Players on marketing, and has helped guide initiatives aimed at enhancing how the organization presents itself to the community at large. Larae enjoys live theatre (she married into a theatre family), and she feels Evergreen Players productions exemplify the highest standards of professional theatre in our mountain community. Larae also owns Marmalade Jewelry in downtown Evergreen.

  • Kim Bogin

    Board Member

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    Kim Bogin

    Board Member

    Kim Bogin has been involved in the Evergreen arts scene since 2010, when her then kindergarten son played his first role as “The Mouse” at an Evergreen Players' summer theatre camp. After supporting her son’s love of theatre for several years, she decided to join him (and her husband, Rob) on stage in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at StageDoor Theatre in Conifer. Since then, Kim has acted in several shows in the mountain area. Kim is a three-time Emmy Award Winning Television producer and writer who has done work for 9News, Entertainment Tonight, Animal Planet, The Food Network, Starz! and PBS. Kim was a previous Board President of the Evergreen Children’s Chorale, and is currently on the Theatre Guild Advisory Board for Denver School of the Arts, where her son (“The Mouse”) is a high school Theatre Major. Kim is also the CEO and Executive Producer of Mini Cine Productions, a video production company that specializes in live theatre, concerts, special events and social media campaigns.

OUR TEAM

  • Tara Emch

    General Manager

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    Tara Emch

    General Manager

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    Tara Emch is an indispensable reason for the Evergreen Players success. She has served in many roles but she is currently our General Manager. Tara has lived in Colorado for 16 years. She and her husband Kevin moved to Evergreen in 2006 from Greenwood Village, and they have 3 children and one precious new Grandson.

    Tara is a former Vice President/Branch Manager at the Cherry Creek Colorado State Bank and Trust and she has more than 25 years of business experience in management and sales

    When asked why Evergreen Players? Tara responded, "I went to see Hair one summer and a week later I was on the payroll. I loved everything about the organization. The people are great, the energy is so positive, and it is a wonderful way to bring our Evergreen community together. I knew I had to be part of it! And since I can't act, working behind the scenes was a perfect fit. I am thrilled to be part of the Evergreen Players family." 

  • Tal Arnold

    Artistic Director

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    Tal Arnold

    Artistic Director

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    Tal Arnold: Tal has worked in Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles building a life in the Theatre. He studied Improv Comedy at iO Chicago, and the Comedy Clubhouse and has performed with, and directed numerous Improv troupes, he is the Associate Artistic Director of Visionbox Actors Studio and he was recently named the Education Director for Evergreen Players. Tal is at home performing on stage, and directing.

  • Jillian Clements

    Production Manager / Stage Manager / Education Administration

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    Jillian Clements

    Production Manager / Stage Manager / Education Administration

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    Jillian is a mountain state transplant hailing from the East Coast, after spending the last 8 years in Michigan training and working as a stagehand, front of house, and of course stage manager. She completed apprenticeships at both Tipping Point Theatre and The Purple Rose, and then went on to work in stage management throughout the region. Favorite credits include Midsummers Nights Dream (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), 2AZ (Purple Rose Theatre Company) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Tipping Point Theatre), Emilie: La Marquise Due Chatelet (Open Book Theatre). She graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA in Theatre where she also ran the collegiate chapter of Active Minds (a mental health advocacy organization for college students.) Jillian is thrilled to be a part of Evergreen Players and would like to thank Russell, her family, friends, and fur-babies especially Sugar for their love and support. Most of all special thanks to Tal, Jennai and Tara for bringing me here to Evergreen.

  • Nicole Weary

    Marketing and Public Relations

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    Nicole Weary

    Marketing and Public Relations

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    Nicole Weary moved to Evergreen as a newlywed in 1999 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering throughout the community, hiking and watching her children perform on stage. Nicole lives in Evergreen with her husband, two teenagers and 3 dogs.

  • Amanda Behmer

    Instructor and Administrative Team

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    Amanda Behmer

    Instructor and Administrative Team

    Amanda has had a passion for educational theatre since a young age; the classes she’s participated in have had a formative impact on her journey as a theatre artist. She’s trained with Denver Center for the Performing Arts and performs with the Evergreen High School Theatre/Choir departments. Amanda is thrilled to apply these experiences in her work as an instructor with the Evergreen Players. She hopes to positively impact the next generation of young actors by providing a safe place to take risks, experiment, and improvise. Amanda is returning as one of our loved instructors in the Storybook Theatre class.

  • Marilyn Herrs

    Volunteer Coordinator/Director/Performer/Staff

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    Marilyn Herrs

    Volunteer Coordinator/Director/Performer/Staff

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    Marilyn has been working with the Players in many capacities since 2011 when she performed in the production of Women of Lockerbie. Since then she has performed in several shows and worked on the technical side with props, set dressing, front of house & ‘volunteer of all trades’. She began working as an instructor last year and become an indispensable member of our team. This year Marilyn has added writing and directing as well, and her world premiere of "Dementiaville" will be performed at Center Stage in April 2022.

ABOUT US

The Evergreen Players began in 1950 as a group of friends gathering in each other’s homes to read plays aloud. Today it is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization producing more than ten shows per year for the foothills community. Offerings range from classics to regional premieres, comedies to musicals to dramas. Annually the group involves professionals and amateur volunteers of all ages and walks of life, on stage and behind the scenes. The Evergreen Players’ mission is to create professional quality theater to inspire, engage, and entertain.