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 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 is thrilled and honored to be Managing Director of CMT. His career started in entertainment 25 years ago with his own company Spotlight Entertainment, producing shows for Holland America Cruise Line and corporate events locally and internationally.  After 4 seasons with AMTSJ as Production Manager in the ‘90’s Michael moved east and spent 5 seasons as Director of Production for Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ. Some favorite co-productions/tours include Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, I’m Not Rappaport and many others. 2002 he returned to AMTSJ as Director of Production and General Manager of Miss Saigon and 2004 appointed CEO & Executive Producer of AMTSJ; due to economic challenges the company closed at the end of 2008. Michael has stayed active in the community working with 1stACT Silicon Valley, Executive Director of San Jose Jazz where he is now a Board member and currently a board member for Team San Jose and the Theatre Preservation fund. Michael has served as Chair of the Arts Round Table, Arts Board Chair at Team San Jose, Chair of the Theatre Preservation Board and board member of Teatro Vision, sjDANCEco, Co-Chair of the live music catalyst team, urban catalyst team, committee member with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and active participant with Team in Training.

Jill Popolizio

Development Director

As Director of Development, Jill Popolizio provides coordination, leadership and development for CMT’s fundraising efforts. Her passion for education, youth engagement, and innovation drew her immediately to CMT’s mission and goals, where she sees countless opportunities to build partnerships and collaborative ventures.  She joined the CMT staff in April 2012, working most recently at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jill’s community involvement includes eight years as Program Chair for a private elementary school, where she collaborated with faculty, administrators, parents, & students to identify community needs and incorporate service learning into the curriculum.

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.

Shannon Self

Artistic Manager

Shannon Self a CMT alumna, is the full time Education Manager of Core Programs 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.

Niall T. Adler

Marketing Manager

NIall has gone from being "paid to watch sports" to being "paid to watch theatre", as his  previous life was working in collegiate athletics for 15 years at notably Stanford and Long Beach State. Niall worked with the communications wing and also assisted with the marketing, donor and ticketing offices as well. Niall has been a part of the publicity and marketing efforts for the nationally recognized football and baseball teams at Stanford and Long Beach State, as well as Olympic caliber athletes in water polo, swimming and diving throughout his career. He has also media trained well over 100 future professional athletes. He has also worked on four continents. In 2013, he received a master's degree in communications strategy from RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia, following a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco.

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