Arlene Rapal

Arlene has spent most of her career in various aspects of the performing arts. After obtaining a BA in Communication from Michigan State University, she worked with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Young Voices of Colorado and Up With People. In 2005, Arlene toured children’s theater with Imagination Makers Theater Company before starting her tenure at Kaiser Permanente. Arlene is an accomplished singer and entertainer, performing regularly throughout Denver (check out her Westword and Henry Awards!). Her acting skills and her contagious laugh got her the job as an actor/educator, but the department also benefits from her facilitation, project management skills and irreverent humor.

Contact: arlene.s.rapal@kp.org

Betty Hart

Betty joined this dynamic team in August 2013 hailing from Georgia where she worked for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs (ETP) for 13.5 years.  Here in Colorado, she heads the Experiential Learning Team (ELT) for Kaiser Permanente’s Arts Integrated Resources as Special Projects Coordinator.  Betty is a facilitator, director and actor and delights in using these skills to help bring joy and education to audiences.  Since joining the team, she’s had the privilege to travel throughout Colorado (from Fort Collins to Pueblo to Vail with lots in between) & had the opportunity to travel to  Montana and California bringing our unique workshops.  Betty is passionate about arts and education and considers herself blessed to be part of this extraordinarily gifted team.

Contact: betty.hart@kp.org

Brian Harper

Although not officially a native, Brian has always known Colorado as his home.  After attending California Lutheran University and then touring for a year with Missoula Children’s Theatre, he was excited to become a part of the Educational Theatre Programs for Kaiser Permanente in 1996.  Brian currently serves as the manager for the Educational Theatre and oversees touring productions, expansion programs and internships.  In addition to his work at Kaiser Permanente, Brian is an owner and performer at Madcap Theater, an improv comedy club, where he has performed over 2,000 live shows.  Brian is blessed to share this life with his amazing wife and two
stellar boys.

Contact: brian.harper@kp.org

Carmen Martin

Carmen Martin received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Colorado State University. In 2000, she completed her Master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in public policy and health care law from the University of Denver.  Carmen recently transitioned to Kaiser Permanente’s Arts Integrated Resources within Community Benefit and Relations (CB&R) as a Senior Community Health Specialist. This position is the first of its kind in Kaiser Permanente nationally. Her hope is to establish a foundation in integrating the arts with public health and generate further interest in exploring that intersection.  Carmen comes from a long line of artists and social justice advocates and is elated that the two are finally becoming one.  You likely know about Carmen’s work in general public health, as a champion for our LiveWell Colorado partnership, and as someone who cares deeply about food insecurity and healthy food access.

Curtis Robbins

Curtis received a BA in Communications with Theatre Emphasis from Wheaton College and an MBA in Project Management from Colorado Christian University. His teaching experience includes conversational English in China and high school theatre in Colorado. He serves on the national board for Theatre for Young Audiences USA, the Education and Training Committee for CCTSI community-based participatory research grants, and is currently part of the CBCA Leadership Arts program. In his spare time, Curtis perfects his evolving brownie recipe and fine-tunes his photography skills, all while co-navigating the hair-graying adventures of raising four children with his amazing wife. He has been with the Educational Theatre Programs since August 2000.

Contact: curtis.j.robbins@kp.org

Damion Hoover

Damion is a Colorado native whose theatre roots were born and bred under the tutelage of the late Jeffrey Nickelson, founder and artistic director of Shadow Theatre Company.  Since his early childhood, Damion always had a flair for the dramatic, performing and dancing for his friends and loved ones.  Damion’s  background in educational theatre includes a brief stint with the Colorado region ETP in 1994-1995, and two tours with the Boulder, CO – based Imagination Makers Theatre Company from 2002-2004.  Since his triumphant return to our team in August 2009, Damion believes through the gift of theatre and the arts,  he can encourage children and young adults in our community to express themselves positively, confidently and creatively.

Contact: damion.e.hoover@kp.org

Katie Rose Wall

Katie earned her BFA degree in theatre performance from the University of Colorado. She has performed professionally in theatre, film, and television across the country, and has also worked behind the scenes in the entertainment industry in production and management. Additionally, Mrs. Wall has directed, taught, and choreographed children’s theatre and musical theatre both in Los Angeles and Denver. Lucky for us, she chose the Mile High City over the City of Angels! Katie brings a passion for inspiring young voices through the power of theatre.

Contact: katie.rose.wall@kp.org

Laura Chavez Slack

Laura attended the University of Colorado at Denver as a theatre major with an acting/directing focus. Ms. Slack has been an actor/educator and now project coordinator with AIR since 2001 and is grateful the days of full-body costumes are in the past. She leads the Educational Theatre Internship program, a partnership with the Metro State University of Denver Theatre Department. Her passion for the arts and strong commitment to having a positive impact on young people is the foundation for her work. Laura feels incredibly blessed to work on a team that sees her as an actor, director, writer, facilitator, mentor and coach.

Contact: laura.c.slack@kp.org

Laurence Curry

Laurence has a BA in Theatre and Dance from University of Northern Colorado. He has worked professionally as an actor, dancer, martial artist and choreographer internationally. Laurence has developed kinesthetic curriculum to teach Shakespeare, poetry, anatomy, science, and much more while at Denver Center Theater Academy, in addition, dance at the former National Theatre Conservatory. He is director of Moving Truth Modern Fusion at Streetside Dance Studios. After a brief stint in Oakland years ago, he is thankful to be back in Educational Theatre, surrounded by so much talent, passion and love for making a difference!

Contact: laurence.a.curry@kp.org

Mark Pergola

Mark graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College, NYC. He has performed extensively in professional theatre, is a well known master of ceremonies for Denver events, and is also a production and stage manager.  He has worked with a variety of communities including young children, teens, people with disabilities and Alzheimer’s patients to express their experiences through the arts. Mark keeps the office active with regular shenanigans including games of foursquare and laughter yoga. He is proud to be a part of Kaiser Permanente’s vibrant work engaging community.

Contact: mark.s.pergola@kp.org

Regina F. Steffen

Regina F. Steffen is a trained actor and facilitator who is part of the Experiential Learning Team. She has been facilitating interactive workshops for four years, been an improv artist for the past 13 years, and a teaching artist for the past 6 years. Regina moved to Colorado to join the dynamic AIR team four years ago from Orlando, Florida. A former employee of the Walt Disney World Company, Regina has performed as Miss Flora in the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, as well as a Judge for the American Idol Experience in Hollywood Studios. Regina is a novice ukuleleist, rom com connoisseur, and musical theatre afficianado! “I believe in finding the knowledge in each room and embracing the strengths of every individual that I meet. There is nothing more powerful than a good question.”

Contact: regina.f.steffen@kp.org

Ricky Casillas

Ricky Casillas, a graduate of the University of Denver, studied film editing and video production. He now uses his finely-tuned skills as a co-facilitator for the Educational Theatre Program’s Youth Engagement work. With the latest music and cutting-edge graphics (think Christina Aguilera meets Stan Lee), Ricky produces video masterpieces that both educate and engage youth in becoming health advocates in their school, community, and family life. Ricky is proud to utilize his technical skills to enlighten, entertain, and encourage people to live healthy and active lives.

Contact: ricardo.r.casillas@kp.org

Samuel Wood

Samuel received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and was co-chair for the Charleston County School of the Arts’ Theatre Department. He was a faculty member for Trident Technical College’s Theatre and Speech Department and an active member of the professional theatre community, including the Charleston Stage Company. Mr. Wood was also privileged to direct and perform for the Spoleto Festival USA. As the Youth Engagement Project Coordinator, and our resident botanist, Sam shares his wealth of experience and knowledge to help Denver’s communities thrive and his team members’ gardens grow.

Contact: samuel.n.wood@kp.org