Inspirational Community Theater
Salida Theater project is dedicated to the following core values: Community, relevance, accessibility, quality, sustainability, and inclusivity.
Allen (Director) began his theater career on the dinner theater circuit in the Southeast. After several seasons there and a few Summers Stock productions he took off for New York in 1976. For the next 20 years he took any theater job he was offered. For eight seasons he sang roles with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, three seasons with New England Lyric Opera and toured the U.S. and Europe with the national company of West Side Story. In the meantime he studied acting at HB studios, voice with James Carson and dance with Jerri Lines. Off-off Broadway provided lots of opportunities to hone his musical comedy skills, work with playwrights developing comedy scripts as well as performing with theater of the avant garde. His work with Summer stock companies and road tours combined both of his favorite activities – acting and sightseeing. He retired to Salida in 2011 where he had performed with Walden Chamber Music Society and Calliope! and coached and taught acting. But the directing bug struck (probably due to the fact that directors don’t have to memorize the lines) and he worked with Stage Left Theater, Calliope!, Salida Circus, and Riverside Shakespeare, just to name drop. His work with Salida Theater Project presented an exciting opportunity to help bring repertory theater back to Salida.
Devon Kasper (Co-founding Artistic Director of Salida Theater Project, Janet in 2 Across) studied at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She thought she would teach, but she auditioned instead at The Theater at Monmouth, an established summer repertory theater in Maine, was cast in all five shows that season, including Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and after that experience, she didn’t look back. She went on to earn her MFA in Acting at Brandeis University and then hit the small professional theater company circuit throughout New England and performed with companies such as Gloucester Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, NORA Theatre Company, Stoneham Theater and The Publick Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Cordelia in King Lear, Catherine in The Heiress, and Nora in A Doll’s House. Devon moved Salida, CO in 2010. She had the distinct pleasure of appearing in quite a few Stage Left Theater shows such as Dangerous Liaisons, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Boston Marriage. She also got busy directing Shakespeare in the Park and coaching the Salida High School Drama Team. And when COVID got us all down, Devon got up the nerve to perform in her first one-woman show, Bad Dates, skillfully directed by one her former Drama Team students, Michael Ricci. She is beyond thrilled to be starting this new theater company with Brade Bradshaw, who inspired her from their first meeting, and to be working again with the talented Justin Critelli and the incredible Mr. Allen Lane. Devon would like to thank her wonderful supportive husband, Harald, who always encourages her to follow her heart.
Brade Bradshaw (he/him, Director and Co-founding Artistic Director of Salida Theater Project) is a Chicago based actor, director, and writer. Some recent theatre credits include: Creede Repertory Theatre, Sec- ond City, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Chil- dren’s Theatre of Madison, and About Face Theatre. Brade received his BFA in Acting and Directing from Oklahoma City University and completed the EPR Program at Milwaukee Rep post-graduation. He is excited to premiere DOOMSCROLL: The Web Series Spring 2023, which he directed and co-wrote with Haley Fortune. Special thanks to Simon, his amazing friends and family, his unbelievably supportive parents, and his all-star team at Paonessa Talent Agency. (bradebradshaw.com)