Kristel Jelinek Brown – Director of Voice, Theatrical & Specialized Progamming is an actor, teaching artist and mama who returned to Colorado in 2012 after seven years in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York as well as a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado. Most recently, she was seen in Lysistrata Jones (Cleonice) at the Aurora-Fox, and as principal vocalist both for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Harrah’s Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. Additional credits include the first national tour of Urban Cowboy: The Musical (Ensemble); regional productions of Aladdin (Princess Jasmine), Aida (Ensemble), Grease (Frenchy), and Boulder’s Dinner Theatre’s One Magic Christmas (Mary). While not performing, Kristel’s work has become about integrating the arts and community-building, with people of all ages and abilities. Her teaching artist experience extends to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn’s Spellbound Theatre Company, the Creative Arts Team’s Early Learning Through the Arts, the CAT Youth Theatre, the New Americans Welcome Center of Staten Island, the National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped, as well as various senior centers and schools in the Denver and NYC-metro areas. Kristel currently resides in Louisville with her husband, Darin, and two children, Charlotte and Bodie.