Kevin Hauge

Kevin R. Hauge


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In his 22nd season as Artistic Director at CMT, Kevin has led the nation’s premier theater company for youth in taking on increasingly challenging and professional-quality productions. His innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology, culminating in recognition of artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts in the form of ten grants. Kevin was an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, an honor given to only twenty educators throughout the entire nation. A recipient of the prestigious Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by the American Alliance for Theater and Education, he’s 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’s 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.

Dana Zell

Dana Zell


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Dana is a CMT San Jose alumna and is thrilled to be back in the CMT family. As Managing Director 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

Shannon Self


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Shannon Self—a CMT alumna—is the full-time Artistic Manager at CMT San Jose. In addition to directing, choreographing, teaching and occasionally performing for CMT San Jose—Shannon oversees all ten production workshops each year.

Shannon has also performed with American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Theatrical Arts International 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

Lakshmi Parige


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Lakshmi Parige has been working with CMT San Jose since September of 2008. She has over ten years of experience working with nonprofit organizations.

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 Financial Operations and Human Resources of CMT San Jose.

Deanna Knudsen


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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 wholeheartedly in the power of theatre to help young people become the best versions of themselves.

Josh Rose

Josh Rose


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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 San Jose in 2011.

Joel Heinschel


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Joel obtained a BFA from the University of Wyoming.

After college he worked at TheaterWorks in Palo Alto for five years and then made the transition to CMT San Jose. 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

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Peter is a veteran of children’s theater productions in Santa Clara and a film studies graduate of UC Santa Cruz.

He first became affiliated with the CMT San Jose 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 San Jose patrons the best.

Anna Swan

Anna Swan


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Anna is a northwest Seattle native who flew south to better weather and real ocean views in Santa Cruz.

She joined the CMT San Jose team in September 2015 as the Marketing Manager and enjoys all of the different facets of the position. Anna holds a BA in Creative Media and Digital Culture from Washington State University. There she focused her studies on Social Media and Digital Fine Arts.

Before her move to the Bay Area she lived in Portland, Oregon where she worked as the Marketing Director for a small artistic journal. On weekends you can find Anna biking around Santa Cruz and exploring the California coast.

Sean Book

Philanthropic Engagement

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Originally from St. Louis—Sean joined CMT in November 2016 as the Philanthropic Engagement Manager. His favorite part of the job is meeting new people and hearing their stories.

Prior to this position he worked with several other arts organizations, including Opera Theatre St. Louis, St. Louis Black Repertory, California Repertory and the Arts Council for Long Beach.

Sean holds a BA in Theatre and a BS in Business Management from St. Louis University, and an MBA/MFA in Theatre Management from California State University—Long Beach.

Kristen Hermosillo

Kristen Hermosillo


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Kristen Hermosillo began her journey with CMT San Jose over nine years ago when she auditioned for her first musical ever—Annie Warbucks. Since then she’s performed in nearly twenty CMT productions and served on the artistic staffs of three Mainstage shows.

Kristen started out as a camp counselor and Studio Class assistant and within a few years was managing those two programs. After a brief hiatus to travel through Europe and live in Ireland she’s back doing what she loves most—working full-time for her favorite company.

Heidi Delgros


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Heidi and her two daughters have been involved with CMT San Jose since 2005.

She first started working in the front office as a parent volunteer. After nine years they put her on the payroll. She’s amassed many years of experience in office management, marketing, purchasing, customer service and remembering birthdays—so now she does those things here.

As a professional editor and proofreader she also makes a career of pointing out others’ mistakes. She still volunteers with CMT in many capacities—her favorite being Mainstage Show Coordinator. In her spare time she leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and works 33+ hours a week at a second job.

Brion Jones
Master Carpenter

Kristopher East

Suzie Brown
Costume Department Supervisor – Costume Rentals
For costume rentals please email

Sonia Rossi
Costume Designer – Mainstage/ Marquee

Noreen Stylidis
Costume Designer – Rising Stars

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:

Claire Alexander
Bay Area Director/Choreographer

Kikau Alvaro
New York City Director/Choreographer

Michael Balderrama
New York-based Actor/Choreographer

Kelly Connolly
Los Angeles based Dancer/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

Ian Leonard
Bay Area Actor/Teacher/Director

John McCluggage
East Coast-based Director

Matthew McCoy
Bay Area Director

Tony Panighetti
Bay Area Actor/Teacher/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

Scott Shedenhelm
New York based Actor/Dancer/Choreographer

Jeff Small
New York-based Lighting Director

Gia Solari
East Bay Choreographer

Kim A. Tolman
Bay Area Set Designer

Chad Bonaker
Colorado-based Lighting Designer

Linda Middlebusher
South Bay Vocal Coach