DENVER: Phamaly Theatre Company has named Corinne Denny to be their new managing director, effective this week. She succeeds Sasha Hutchings in the role. Additionally, the company has named AJ Watson their new production accessibility manager.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to be the next managing director of Phamaly,” Denny said in a statement. “Phamaly contributes so much to the disabled and arts communities, and truly moves the needle in the arts world through representation, accessibility, and amazing productions. I cannot wait to begin working with [artistic director] Ben Raanan, the dedicated board and staff, and the passionate, talented performers.”
Denny comes to Phamaly after serving as the executive director of Southern Denver’s Arapahoe Philharmonic. She has also served as the executive artistic director of Denver Immersive Opera, a company dedicated to supporting female-identifying and LGBTQ+ opera artists. Denny also previously held the positions of production manager with the Boulder Opera Company and company manager with the Boulder Music Institute. As a stage director, Denny has worked with Denver Immersive Opera, Denver Opera Collective, Boulder Opera Company, and Opera on Tap. She holds a certificate in voice from the University of Denver, a dual Master of Music in opera and musical theatre performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Middle Tennessee State University.
Watson has worked backstage on multiple Phamaly productions, including Spring Awakening and Vox Vergere. He previously worked as a non-linear video editor at ESPN before he was promoted to the production operations management department, overseeing all aspects of television production. He holds a degree in cinematography from the University of Connecticut and is an alum of the Disney College Program. Watson will begin his new role on May 1.
Phamaly Theatre Company is a creative home for theatre artists with disabilities that models a disability-affirmative theatrical process. Phamaly strives to create a world in which disabilities and differences in the human condition are celebrated and theatre is accessible to all. As of 2021, the theatre had a budget of approximately $1.3 million.
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