San Jose Musical Theater



Kevin R. Hauge

Artistic Director

In his 19th season as artistic director at CMT, Kevin has led the nation’s leading theater company for youth in taking on increasingly challenging and professional-quality productions. His innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology, all culminating in recognition of artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts for nine consecutive years. A recipient of the prestigious Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by the American Alliance for Theater and Education, he has been the guest speaker at the International Association of Theater Educators Conference in Washington D.C. and the Education and Technology conference in New York City. Kevin has collaborated on productions in a variety of venues all over the world. He has staged ice shows, magic shows, musical revues, industrial shows, corporate parties, television specials and book musicals for a variety of companies, including Tropworld (Atlantic City), Harrah’s (Reno), Six Flags Parks (nationwide), and Royal Viking Cruise Lines (worldwide). Some of the unique productions Kevin has worked on include You’re In the Movies (MGM Grand) in Las Vegas, World of Wonders (Everland) in Seoul, South Korea, and a special Easter Celebration (The White House) in Washington D.C. Kevin has appeared several times as a guest artist with the San Jose Symphony and has served on the exhibits committee at the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Michael Miller

Managing Director

Michael started his career in entertainment 25 years ago as owner of Spotlight Entertainment Inc. producing shows for Cruise Ships and corporate events locally and internationally. He joined AMTSJ as Production Manager in the ’90s for 4 years and moved East for five seasons with Paper Mill Playhouse in N.J. Favorite co-productions include Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon and I’m Not Rappaport on Broadway.  2002 he returned to San Jose and in 2004 appointed  CEO & Executive Producer of AMTSJ, which closed at the end of 2008 due to economic challenges.  Michael has worked with 1st Act Silicon Valley, Live Music Catalyst Team and served on the Boards of San Jose Jazz, Teatro Vision, sjDanceCo. He currently sits on the Boards of, Team San Jose, San Jose Theater Preservation, Arts and Cultural Round Table, Urban Catalyst Team.  Michael has also been involved with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society/Team in Training where he was man of the year in 2007.

Dana Zell

Director of Strategy

Dana is a CMT alumna and is thrilled to be back in the CMT family. As Director of Strategy, she brings with her more than fifteen years of theatrical management and marketing experience. Previous clients include the Broadway touring production of Wicked,  Disney Theatrical Productions (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida), Broadway touring productions of Hairspray and Contact, The Roundabout Theatre Company, and the Vineyard Theatre. She also served as Marketing Director for CMT from 2003 to 2005. Dana holds a BA in Communications from University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Theater Management from Brooklyn College.

Shannon Self

Artistic Manager

Shannon Self, a CMT alumna, is the fulltime Artistic Manager at CMTSJ.  In addition to directing, choreographing, teaching, and occasionally performing for CMTSJ, Shannon oversees all ten production workshops each year.  Shannon has also performed with AMTSJ, Theatrical Arts Int. in Los Angeles, and Lenape Regional Theater in Philadelphia. Shannon has a bachelor's degree in theater and dance from Santa Clara University.

Lakshmi Parige

Finance Director

Lakshmi Parige has been working with CMTSJ since September, 2008. She has over ten years of experience working with non-profits.  Lakshmi, holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and has a strong background in office management.  As the Finance Director of the organization, Lakshmi is in-charge of the Finance operations and Human resources of the organization.

Deanna Knudsen

Education Manager

Deanna, a New Jersey native, is thrilled to join CMT in sunny San Jose to manage the education programs.  She returns to theatre after a few years in the film industry where she worked at the talent agency WME Entertainment and Pixar Animation Studios.  Previously, she worked in management for Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and Boston companies.  At Boston University, where she received her BFA in Theatre Arts Management and a Certificate in Business, Deanna managed a theatre education program where she learned the joys of working with youth.  Deanna grew up with youth musical theatre companies and believes whole-heartedly in the power of theatre to help young people become the best versions of themselves.

Josh Rose

Production Manger

Josh Rose earned his BFA in Stage Management and Theatre Technology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  After graduation, Josh spent four years in the Seattle area working for various companies including The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild.  After moving to the Bay Area in 2005, Josh worked with TheatreWorks and San Jose Repertory Theatre before joining CMT in 2011.

Joel Heinschel

Technical Supervisor

Joel obtained a BFA from the University of Wyoming. After college he worked at TheaterWorks in Palo Alto for 5 years and then made the transition to CMT. He greatly enjoys his colleagues and his work. In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Peter Hayes

Box Office Manager

Peter is a veteran of children’s theater productions in Santa Clara and a film studies graduate of UC Santa Cruz, and first became affiliated with the CMT box office while working at AMTSJ. Since then, he’s managed events for Broadway San Jose, SJ Civic concerts, and dozens of other cultural events in San Jose, but he still enjoys serving CMT patrons the best.

Patrick McKenna

Master Carpenter

Patrick came to CMT by way of TheatreWorks, a company he started working for in '76. In his 34 + years working in theater, he has been a master carpenter for the Boston Opera Company and Alaska Repertory company as well as the technical director at both TheatreWorks and Opera San Jose. Patrick has also taught technical theatre at Canada college and Foothill college. Patrick is married with one child and his wife works at Stanford university as an IT director. His daughter is a freshman at Macalester College and is a competition swimmer. Outside the theatre, Patrick is a disaster volunteer with the American Red Cross as well as an amateur radio operator and a CERT (search and rescue) out of Palo Alto.

Marti Kranak

Costume Department Supervisor - Costume Rentals

Marti first came to CMT as a parent volunteer in 1991.  Over the years Marti has served as the Costume Designer for over 50 CMT productions as well as many other Bay Area theater companies including the UCSC opera department.  She has also worked as a seamstress in the costume shops of Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera and AMTSJ.

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Marcia Maltby

Accounting Consultant

Guest Artistic Staff

It takes many people to help CMT operate as well as it does, including contracts with approximately 65 directors, designers, choreographers, and classroom instructors each year. It would be impossible to name them all here, but the following is a sample of some of the very talented people who have worked with CMT in the past:

Kikau Alvaro

New York City Director/Choreographer

Jim Culley 

San Jose State University Design Faculty

Ethan Hoerneman

US touring Industrial Lighting Designer

Dan Hughes

Bay Area Choral Director

Amie Jan

Bay area Musical Director/Conductor

John McCluggage

East Coast Based Director

Tony Panighetti

Bay Area Actor, Teacher, and Director

George Pettit 

Bay Area Set Designer

Karen Altree Piemme 

San Jose Repertory Theater Red Ladder Director

Jean-Francois Revon 

Bay Area Set Designer

Doug Santana 

Archbishop Mitty HS Drama Studies Professor

Gia Solari 

East Bay Choreographer

Kim A. Tolman 

Bay Area Set Designer

Chad Bonaker 

Colorado Based Lighting Designer

Linda Middlebusher

South Bay Vocal Coach