About Us

karen_and_kerriOur mission at Colorado Children’s Theatre is to ensure your child gets the best training possible in singing and acting in a safe, loving environment.
We understand that learning the skills of musical theater will give children amazing tools they can use in life. It teaches them to know themselves and to embrace who they are as individuals. It teaches them about truth, and it’s importance in life. It teaches them about trust and connection. Most importantly, however, it teaches them that hard work and proper training can enable them to do things they never imagined they could do! And, as they continue to study, they learn that they can do these things with much skill and much confidence. Guiding a child through this process is never anything less than thrilling and inspirational. We, at CCT, know what an honor it is to lead your child through this process and we promise to do our best to help your child succeed and enjoy every step of the way.

Kerri Monnerat

Kerri Monnerat has taught music and theater education for nearly 25 years. In her career, she has directed and choreographed over 150 musicals, created her own curriculums, served as a board member for theaters in both California and Colorado, and built entire music and theater education programs from the ground up. She is Executive Director of the Colorado Children’s Theatre (CCT), an Evergreen-based musical theater and performance school that has had more than 500 students through its doors since it was started 10 years ago. CCT provides a complete theatrical education and performance opportunity for children ages 4 – 18. Many students have stayed with CCT since it was started and have gone on to star in their high school productions, gain agents to work as a professionals in Los Angeles, or have earned college scholarships to continue their theater education. The students of CCT also boast a 95% acceptance rate to the Denver School of Arts (DSA).
Kerri started her career teaching the Triad Music Series method that serves young musicians in developing pitch, reading, tone, rhythm, playing and singing. She quickly moved on to a position as an assistant teacher and then Director for Kids On The Air in Los Angeles, running musical theater classes for Long Beach Playhouse, Newport Theatre Arts Center, the Whitefire Theatre, as well as classes out of the famous Millennium Dance Center in North Hollywood.
As a student at Emerson College in Boston, Kerri trained under Kristin Linklater, now professor of voice and text and Shakespeare in the Graduate Theatre Division of Columbia University and author of Freeing the Natural Voice. While at Emerson, Kerri also studied in Europe, learning “body” work and acting for the body.
After Emerson, Kerri attended the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood and studied both the Roy London and Meiner methods. While there, she also worked for Lewis Smith, now owner of the Actor’s Place in Santa Monica. She also ran her own productions and workshops with over 20 theater companies and schools throughout Southern California before moving to Colorado and starting CCT.
In addition to her experience as an educator, Kerri has experience as a performer, acting on both stage and screen. She began her career as a professional performer working with Broadway and Regional companies throughout California. She has appeared in more than 30 professional productions both musicals and plays. She is also a SAG union-accredited actress and has appeared in both studio and independent films. Kerri has won the Bobby Award for Best Actress and Choreographer as well as the Rae Cohen Award for Best Actress.
Kerri continues to perform, most recently as Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors with Starkey Productions at the new Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center in Parker, Colorado.
Kerri’s passion for performing and teaching has always been founded in the sense of community and confidence that only theater can create. She is constantly surprised and thrilled by the insights theater can give regarding the many facets of the human condition and the joy it brings to both the actor and the audience.

Karen Tobey

Karen Tobey has been a voice and acting teacher for over 40 years and a professional singer and actress since the age of 3. An award-winning educator, her expertise lies in both teaching fundamentals of voice and drama to children of all ages, as well as refining the most professional young actors and singers in show business. Having launched over 100 careers in film, television and theatre, Karen’s roster includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt (2 time Golden Globe nominee), Juliette Lewis (Academy Award nominee), Bree Larson (21 Jump Street), Brendan Thicke (Dennis the Menace) and Blake Ewing (first youth Star Search Champion). No matter who she’s teaching, however, her main goal has never changed. Karen believes if you teach children how to excel at something they love, their self image will increase greatly and, therefore, change their life forever. Karen teaches the whole child. She doesn’t only teach techniques to make them talented, but she also works on attitudes, motivation and work ethics. She feels the path to happiness is to work hard and maintain integrity and humility.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Michigan University where she taught for one year before moving to Colorado to work on her Master’s Degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. While in Colorado, she worked as a elementary music teacher at Ralston Elementary School in Golden and starred in Pajama Game at the Summer Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. After three years at Ralston, Karen moved back to Los Angeles and started her own performing arts school, Child Arts Yamaha School for the Performing Arts. With locations in both Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills, her school was the largest privately owned performing arts school in the country during the 1980s with 12 teachers and, consistently, over 750 children total. At that time, she also developed the original piano method, The Triad Music Piano Series, after receiving guidance and education from instructors from Japan as well as the President of Yamaha Music International, Japan.
During Karen’s career she has directed over 85 musicals from hit Broadway shows to pilot previews to original shows for children. She was the Music Consultant for the leading children’s theatrical agency in Los Angeles, Osbrink Talent Agency, for 11 years and for the past 6 years she has been a Music/Theatrical Manager, representing such clients as Chelsea Brummet, star of Nickelodeon’s All That, Off Limits, a female pop group (winner of the Youth in Film Award, Omni Music Award, and the GEVA award for Best Pop Vocal Group) and manager and vocal coach for a lead singer of Disney’s band, The Pogos and the vocal coach for one of the lead singers in the allgirl Disney band, KSM. She currently represents Johnny Erasme (aka JBlaze) who is now on tour with Justin Bieber and was the lead in the Nickelodeon series, Dance on Sunset. She came back to her roots of teaching small children how to feel wonderful about themselves and showing the more experienced children how to take their skills to the highest level possible seven years ago, when Colorado Children’s Theatre opened. Karen has never been happier and plans to continue offering the highest level of music and dramatic education possible to the children of Evergreen.

 

Rebecca Schonbrun

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Rebecca is so excited to start dancing with the Colorado Children’s Theatre! Rebecca is from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. She started dancing at the age of 7 under Michael Newton and Sandra Morgan. In 2009, she attended the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, studying under Jazz masters including Nan Giordano, Randy Duncan, Ray Leaper, and Homer Bryant. She appeared in the world premier of the opera O Pioneers at the Touhill Center in St. Louis, as well as performing regionally in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Music Man. Since moving to Colorado, she has appeared on stage in Boulder in Jekyll & Hyde the musical, The Love of Three Oranges, and several shows at CU Boulder, including Litmus, devised with Tim Miller. Rebecca has been teaching dance and acting to kiddos since she was 15, and can’t wait to start working with CCT!