Board of Directors

Much Ado About Nothing (2005): Erika Patrick and Shanelle Millage.The Silver Stage Players' governing body is a Board of Directors which makes all executive decisions on behalf of the company's membership. All positions are elected offices unless by way of a special appointment. Officers are elected to serve two-year terms beginning in January of every other year. The Board of Directors consists of a Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Director, Historian, Membership Director, and up to two at large Directors. There are also a number of committees that are formed for special projects and tasks.

The Board of Directors has a distinguished and storied history in the organization. Click here to see a picture of the BOD who ratified a version of the company's By Laws in 1949!

The Silver Stage Players, Elko's very own community theater company and one of the longest running community theaters in the state of Nevada, proudly announce the election results for the 2021-22 Board of Directors.

These wonderful SSP members accepted nominations and were duly elected to serve for the next two years on the company's Board of Directors:

Chairman: Caleb Micheli

Vice-Chairman: Derek Burwell

Treasurer: Kelsey Rogers

Secretary: Sara Walls

Public Relations Director: Caleb Tapia

Historian: Amber Day

Membership Director: Meghan Micheli

Member at Large: Laura Cdebaca

Member at Large: Frank L. Sawyer

Biographies

Chairman: Caleb Micheli

At the ripe age of 22 Caleb Micheli made his theatrical debut in 2017 starring as Albert in Ghost Light Productions' The Birdcage. The main reason Caleb got into theatre was that he loves to entertain and is constantly telling stories or cracking jokes. Also, his wife coerced him into trying it out. Caleb is excited to further his theater experience as the Chair for The Silver Stage Players. Caleb believes the earth is actually a giant vampire that feeds off of people's hopes and dreams. So, while not performing, he gets paid to stab the earth repeatedly with wooden stakes therefore making everyone's lives better. You're welcome.

Vice-Chairman: Derek Burwell

Derek Burwell has had the pleasure of working with various community theater groups for the last 21 years. Highlighted roles have been Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Puck in Bard in the Yard I-4, and Dr. Eric Gwynplaine in Incredible Stories. He appreciates theater for the opportunity to examine this great experiment of life from different angles, and best of all gets to share what he finds with others. When not enjoying a romp through the lands of make believe, Derek tortures dirt for a living at a local mine.

Treasurer: Kelsey Rogers

Kelsey has spent many years supporting the arts in Elko. She has played in the orchestra for shows such as Camelot and White Christmas, provided costuming for shows such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and many others, and can sometimes be found singing (poorly) in the ensembles for musicals. She can also occasionally be found on stage in productions such as Poe and Pints, She Kills Monsters, and Incredible Stories. She looks forward to continuing to support the arts in Elko with her new role as Treasurer with the Silver Stage Players.

Secretary: Sara Walls

After a long absence, Sara rejoined the theater community in 2019, when she appeared in Poe and Pints. Since then, she has acted in several live and online one acts. Sara was previously active in extracurricular and community theater in Lovelock, Santa Cruz and Reno, and looks forward to deepening her involvement in Elko by serving on the Silver Stage Players Board of Directors.

Public Relations Director: Caleb Tapia

An active member of the theatre community since early 2011, there's a good chance you might have seen Caleb on stage before. Mostly known for his role as Edgar Allen Poe in Poe and Pints, he's also performed in every iteration of Bard in the Yard. Caleb has performed in shows such as; The Last US Mail Stage Robbery, The Odd Couple, Psycho Beach Party and countless others. Caleb took his talents off stage and played a role behind the scenes as the Outreach and Advancement director of Ghost Light Productions from 2017 to 2019, while teaching children's theatre for a bit in between. The Covid-19 pandemic didn't slow Caleb down as he took his directorial debut in October 2020 in the On Air radio production of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (while following recommended Covid-19 regulations). Caleb's newest venture is the Public Relations Director for The Silver Stage Players, where he plans to do his part in breathing life into Elko Theatre along with his talented peers!

Historian: Amber Day

Amber Day is a teaching artist and performer. As a teaching artist, Amber has taught high school acting programs and elementary age new play development programs with underserved youth in Central NJ. Amber has participated in the development of educational children's theatre companies and traveling performances at the University of Nevada Reno and Kean University, NJ. Amber studied children's theatre practice in Ireland which generates dark and mature content created by and for children only.

Amber has performed and created work in NYC, NJ, Massachusetts and Europe. Most notably they co-created the "Wastelands," a traveling opera, via an intensive ensemble-based process of physical training rooted in Grotowski, circus and what they coined "rewilding" with the company Children of the Wild in residence at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA. Double Edge Theatre is the longest running theatre lab in America founded by Stacey Klein whom studied under Grotowski's original actor Rena Mirecka. This lineage of training is important to share and rare to experience. Children of the Wild have successfully become the Open Flame Theatre Ensemble pursuing continued training focused on racial literacy and the Queer and Transgender experience in Minnesota, still guided by the founding members Walken Schweigert and Katie Burgess whom are very dear to Amber's heart and Arts Practice. Amber also performed with Hrefna Linde during the first year of SAGAFEST in Iceland and collaborated with musician Shayfer James in Iceland and for evening performances at the Manderlay Bar in the Mckittrick Hotel as part of immersive theatre groundbreakers Punchdrunk and their after show for "Sleep No More". Amber also co-created an immersive science fiction company: Fiddler's Green in London with colleague Nayantara Kotian. Together they co-created "Bliss of Solitude" which performed in the abandoned BBC studios via a residency with Theatre Delicatessen and workshops from founding immersive companies Punchdrunk and Schunt. The work fostered collaboration with Computer Aid International and tackled themes of dystopian existence and E-Waste. Fiddler's Green has continued successfully with Nayantara in Bombay, India under the new name CROW. Amber also worked on new play developments including "Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods," tackling themes surrounding the conflict in Sudan and the men and women refugees in the NJ area written by Katharine Grant and "Follow Me to Nellies" a play about a Black owned brothel down south by Dominique Morisseau with Premiere Stages at Kean University as the assistant to the Artistic Director, Producing Associate and Dramaturge. Amber performed in two readings of the Peter Ustinov Award Winning Teleplays with the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences. While Amber began as a literary Intern with Premiere Stages, their work afforded opportunity to grow into said assistant positions in Artistic, Developmental and Programming areas which will be beneficial to the new role of Historian with Silver Stage Players. A masters degree afforded Amber the experience of also working collaboratively, developing a collective from scratch and generating new work with and for Romani and Flamenco communities in Jerez, Spain and Italian communities in Pulverigi, Italy. Additionally, serving as an assistant and performer for the founder of Site-Specific performance practices, Geraldine Pilgrim and her historical performance piece Toynbee Hall, brings a fresh new look for Amber regarding historical and site-specific performance art. Amber has trained in various Eastern and Western Theatrical practices from site-based research, script analysis, to movement based research in areas from Butoh, Circus, Mime, Laban, etc.

Amber received their: Masters in Collaborative Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, UK.

Amber was one of 16 artists chosen from around the globe to be mentored in the generative performance practices of Akram Khan and the late Pina Bausch. Their course leaders included Pete Brooke of Imitating the Dog a theatre and film company in London, Michael Spenser an award winning and internationally recognized set designer, and Andrea Zimmerman an award winning documentary filmmaker.

Amber earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance with a focus in Women's Studies at Kean University in New Jersey. Where Amber performed the role of Emily Webb in a production of "Our Town" for the International College Theatre Conference honoring the late works of Thornton Wilder and directed by Bill Bowers, an internationally recognized mime and original cast of Broadway's "The Lion King".

Last, Amber also has an AA equivalent in Studio Acting for Film and Stage at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of NYC. Their training has grown from traditional stage and film acting methods to more practice-based research in contemporary performance and the role of the actor therein.

Elko, NV is Amber's hometown. Upon returning these last five years Amber performed locally as Madame Maillard in, "Poe and Pints" based on adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's writing directed by Frank Sawyer and Derek Berwell; Beatrice in Great Basin College's multi-media production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and Amber directed a production of "A Christmas Carol" and supported puppet exploration and stage combat for the production of "She Kills Monsters" also at GBC.

Additionally in these five years, Amber worked as the adjunct professor of Introduction to Acting at Great Basin Community College, the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Northeastern Nevada Museum where she focused on scheduling, planning and facilitating exhibitions of artists up until this Spring of 2021 with the work of Micquaela Jones as Amber's last planned project on display, and the Programs Manager for the Western Folklife Center. Amber also served as part of the first planning committee for the Basin to Range Exchange Program with the Nevada Arts Council. All of this includes the last two years of becoming a mother and researching trauma informed movement, child development, social and emotional learning and medicinal plants. Most recently, Amber walked for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women in November giving to the continual research into Goshute, Ute, Shoshone and Paiute women and their stories.

Amber, hopes to continually share and learn from the history of Silver Stage Players, the arts community and the community Amber originates from and respects in all of its diversity, including its flora and fauna.

Membership Director: Meghan Micheli

Meghan Micheli made her debut with Silver Stage Players in Bard in the Yard: Battle of the Sexes in the summer of 2013. The homegrown Texas native has been on a stage since the age of 6, performing in various roles from a British, Tea-Drinking Dragon to a mother during the Spanish Revolution. Since her relocation to the Elko area in 2010, the actress has found her niche in the local theatre community and has had the privilege of being cast as a number of characters. Audience members may recognize her from her recent undertakings as the Female Narrator in Poe and Pints: The Yellow Wallpaper, Rosie in Mamma Mia, and Magenta in the Rocky Horror Picture [Floor] Show. Meghan has also been known to get involved 'behind the set' volunteering as a choreographer, make-up artist, assistant director and more. By day, you can find her at your Elko Area Chamber, playing in the community with other area businesses and orchestrating fun-filled events, but, by night, she can be found imbibing in copious amounts of coffee, reading books, and tackling the continuous adventure of parenthood with her partner-in-crime/husband, Caleb Micheli.

Member at Large: Laura Cdebaca

Laura has been apart of Elko's theatre community for the past eight years. Some of her favorite roles include: Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Hermia (Midsummer Nights Dream), Isabella (Measure for Measure- Bard in the Yard IV), and Lefou (Disney's musical Beauty and the Beast), although she was never able to perform the role in front of an audience due to covid. She choreographed Great Basin College's production of Mamma Mia and Overland Theatre Company's production of Beauty and the Beast. Laura danced competitively throughout her childhood and now teaches clogging locally. She is excited to serve on SSP's board and further share her love for the arts with the community.

Member at Large: Frank L. Sawyer

A 35-year resident and 1984 Elko High School graduate, Frank L. Sawyer received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theater from the University of Nevada in 1989. Frank is a community volunteer and is employed at Great Basin College. He has served with the Elko Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, Silver Stage Players Board, GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment committee, GBC National Endowment of the Humanities Committee, vice-president for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a member of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Fraternity. Frank joined the Elko theater community in 1982 with Elko High School's production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Frank has performed in many productions including Antigone, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I Am Legend, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Sarcophagus, and the Vagina Monologues among others. Frank has directed such shows as Glengarry Glen Ross, War of the Worlds, The Zoo Story, Talk Radio, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, Much Ado About Nothing, Lysistrata, Poe & Pints, Incredible Stories, and Bard in the Yard, among others. He has been involved with many arts groups including Nevada Repertory Company, Nevada Children's Theater, Pioneer Lab Theater, Dr. Morpheus' Theater of the Dead, Area 52 Productions, Great Basin College Theater, the Ruby Mountain Symphony (in a narrative and symphonic piece), Ghost Light Productions, and the Silver Stage Players. He makes his home in Elko with his wife Erika, brother John, kids Angela, Jonathan, David and theater puppy Starbuck.

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