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Prairie Playhouse is a large Community Theater based in Brighton and Thornton, CO. Currently celebrating its 8th season of productions, PPH brings many well-known shows to life on stage for all ages.

PPH is well-known for top-notch large-scale productions; bringing a professional, Broadway feel to a small town. With year-round sessions in theatre and performing arts education, all ages can learn under its many talented directors and instructors. A majority of its performers are locals from Brighton and Thornton. PPH feels lucky to have so much local talent, with new cast members in every show.

There are many ways to get involved with this rewarding community theatre. Volunteers help in the box office, back-stage, with costumes and props, with sets, and by continuing to enjoy one of PPH's five productions per season. Local business graciously sponsor our youth productions and education.

Shauna Marble - Executive Director

Shauna began dancing at age 4, performing in musicals at age 5, and went on to become an Elly Award nominated actress, award winning director, dancer, and performer, as well as World Champion Swing Dancer. She is so happy to share her talents with Colorado. Shauna derives great satisfaction from bringing community members into the world of performing arts (or bringing them back into it, as is the case with many of our adults), directing quality productions for a small stage, bringing professional-level instruction to youth in the area, and doing what she can in the world of theatre for her own community. Mother of 2 upcoming performers, she loves sharing her passions with her family. By day Shauna is a computer nerd, working in web applications for Charles Schwab, and when she can squeeze it in, she continues to enjoy her many one-on-one piano, vocal, and dance students. Though she has many "jobs," she feels all of them are the best in the world. She wishes to give a huge thank-you to the communities in Brighton and Thornton for their continued support of local arts, and urges its citizens to keep selling-out PPH productions so they can continue to make more of them!

Courtney Cox - Director/Instructor

Courtney is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where she studied opera theater and theater arts. While at UNC she had the opportunity to perform in Germany, Belgium and France in multiple productions. After graduation she worked at Walt Disney World where she was cast in their choirs. She has been in several PPH productions, is now directing and teaching regularly for PPH, and proud to be part of such a great organization.

Courtney DesMarteau - Orchestra Director

Courtney began her extracurricular career in music at the age of 8 staring with piano lessons. Since then, her love of music has taken her down many exciting paths along with opportunities to learn clarinet, bass clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, bassoon, oboe, recorder, percussion, and conducting. In 2009 Courtney moved to Colorado from California for graduate school to study cancer pharmacology. Outside of school she started working with PPH in the Fall of 2009 as an instrumentalist in “Annie,” where she was granted the wonderful ability to indulge her instrumental ADHD in community theater. In 2013, Courtney stepped up to take on the thrilling opportunity to conduct for PPH. In addition to PPH, she currently performs with the Mile High Freedom Band of Denver, Melomania at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, and the Englewood Summer Drama Program. Aside from music, Courtney manages clinical research studies, swing dances, and enjoys all that Colorado has to offer with her wonderful husband and their dog and cat. She is immeasurably thankful for all the doors that have been opened to her through music, particularly with PPH. Her goal now is to share music as a universal language and to provide others the chance to strive for the highest.

Joseph Smith - Director

Joseph has spent a lifetime pursuing music, theatre, and stage managing interests (outside of his day job, of course). He has also obtained additional training in competitive fencing and SBS accent. He has been acting, music directing, and directing with PPH since April 2009. Recent credits include: Les Miserables (Javert - his favorite role), Sound of Music (Vocal and Orchestra Direction), and Mary Poppins (Director). He thanks his family for their support, good humor, and patience, and Shauna Marble for making this all possible.