The Creative Ensemble
Ren Manley ~ Artistic Director
Ren Manley began her career in the Philadelphia theatre community, where she lived for almost 10 years after graduating from Arcadia University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Video Communications. She has studied theater, art & media all over the world, including London, Italy, & India. As a director, Ren has spent over a decade learning about all aspects of theatre and has worked in most areas of theater: acting, directing, stage managing, and designing props, sound & projections. She was the Resident Sound & Projection Designer for New City Stage, where her design for RFK received rave reviews and was a featured selection at the Capitol Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. In Denver, she has worked with Visionbox Studio & The Edge Theatre as an actor, sound & projections designer and currently works as a director with Stagedoor Theatre. She was the Associate Artistic Director for Visionbox Studio, and acted as the Assistant Producer and Sound Designer for The Wild Hunt, written and directed by Bill Pullman. In 2015, she received a Henry Award and a Marlowe Award for her sound design of Jerusalem at The Edge Theatre.
Bethany Richardson ~ Associate Artistic Director & Ensemble Actor
Bethany Richardson has been acting in the Denver community for 3 years now. Most often seen at The Edge Theatre and Crossroads Theater, she is currently working as an ensemble actor in The Wits productions of Shakesbeer,. She directs Audacious Theatre's annual fundraising productions of A Drunk Christmas Carol and is the resident costume designer for Audacious productions. She has a childlike sense of adventure, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a great love of Humanity, and more creativity than she feels can be fully utilized in just one lifetime.
Liz Porter ~ Development & Ensemble Actor
Liz, an Illinois native, moved to Colorado with an already long-standing love of theatrecraft. Having performed extensively at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the troupe The What You Will Shakespeare Company, she has a strong background in classical theatre with roles like Miranda in The Tempest, Mariana in Measure for Measure, and Jocasta in Oedipus Rex under her belt. She has also worked in the realm of directing of such productions as Julius Caesar and a children’s production of The Phantom Toll Booth with The Ricks Center for Gifted Children. Elizabeth spends a great deal of time working with children, especially via Renaissance Adventures, an experiential learning program that encourages children discover real world skills through fantasy-based imaginative play. She first joined Audacious in 2017 as Lizzie Borden in Lady Killers and is excited to be working on developing programs for children with Audacious.
Logan Custer ~ Community Outreach & Ensemble Actor
Logan Custer has been doing theatre his whole life. Some of the favorite roles he’s portrayed are: Sherlock Holmes, The Cowardly Lion, Renfield, and Bob Cratchit. He’s a graduate of the Metro State theatre department and performed with the Virginia City Players for 5 seasons He believes in the power of theatre to change the world one audience at a time, and is excited to be a part of a company producing immersive work, which he believes is the future of theatre. Logan first joined Audacious as Bob Crachit in Audacious Theatre's production of Drunk Christmas in 2017 and has been a part of every Audacious production since.
Shawna Urbanski ~ Administration & Company Stage Manager
Shawna is stepping further out into the Colorado community theater scene after an extended hiatus "adulting." She may look familiar as "that one chick" you saw playing Marci in Almost, Maine a couple of years ago. Or you may recall "the blonde girl in the back of the room" at Lumbar Baron Inn for Audacious' last couple of productions playing with lights/sound. However she looks familiar to you, she is excited to be a part of Audacious Theatre as the resident stage manager. She is passionate about art, in all its forms, and thrilled to have some part of it. So next Audacious show you attend swing by and say hi.