About Us

 The mission of Fireside PA is to augment each student's dramatic toolkit and elevate their performance skill set through focused skill courses and performance opportunities.

    Our hard line on educational theatre is that tuition costs should only cover concretely educational parts of the show rehearsal process. Most show-based courses and weekly classes require "tuition" fees that go directly toward designated instruction time from our staff and industry professionals from around the country.


DIRECTOR: Tyler Phillips
WRITTEN BY: Neil Simon
AGES: 13+
REHEARSALS/CLASS: 3:00p-6:00p Thursdays (starts March 21)
AUDITION: March 21 3:00 PM
TECH WEEK: June 9-12
PERFORMANCES: 7:00PM June 13-16 at Conifer Community Church
TICKETS: $12.50

SHOW INFO: Leon Tolchinsky has landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid.


DIRECTORS: Tyler Phillips, Carly Howard, and more announced soon
AGES: 13+
DAYS: June 17-20
CLASS: 9:00a-2:30p
SHOWCASE: July 20 7:00p
PARTICIPATION FEE: $250 at once or two payments of $150

    Want to increase your probability of landing your dream acting role next season and also add integral skills to your actor's toolkit? This class is designed to discover and drill the techniques needed to create impactful scenes and monologues. Our 4 experienced directors will provide students with a variety of launching points and benchmarks to help make great choices onstage. Our students will perform a showcase of scenes and monologues at the end of the week! (student cap at 6)


DIRECTORS: Tyler Phillips, Carly Howard, and Gunnar Bettis
AGES: 13+
DAYS: July 8-11
CLASS: 9:00a-2:30p
SHOWCASE: July 11 7:00p
PARTICIPATION FEE: $250 at once or two payments of $150

    Maximize your vocal potential with three of our fabulous voice teachers! This class is focused on turning your passion for musical theatre into a tangible skill set. Each student will work on a duet, a solo, and at least one group number during our week together and then showcase their skills at our end of the week showcase!


Tyler Phillips

Artistic Director

     Tyler is a dad. He also is the co-owner and founder of Fireside. Tyler moved to Colorado after working as a New York City based theatre director and session musician for the better part of a decade. He is the critically-acclaimed writer/ director of the 2013 production of Under The Greenwood Tree (Flea Theatre, NYC) and an award-winning composer, playwright, and poet. Along with teaching guitar, piano, bass, woodwinds, mandolin, banjo, voice, and ukulele at Fireside, Tyler enjoys long walks on the beach and sesame tofu.

Gunnar Bettis

Music Director

       Gunnar Bettis is a Colorado native who has been involved in the arts from a very young age. Starting his musical career at age 7 with Guitar and Piano he eventually found himself on stage which is where he started focusing on his voice as an instrument. Currently he is finishing college with a degree in Music Education and an emphasis on Vocal music. You may have seen him in Fireside's Production of West Side Story where he played Riff as well as other Roles including Emmet Forrest in Legally Blonde and Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance.

Tracy Doty


Tracy grew up dancing in Maryland at The Olney and Wheaton Studio’s of Dance. She was a dance major at Towson State University. Tracy was a dancing ballgirl for the Baltimore Orioles and can be seen dancing on the big screen in the original John Waters’ film, Hairspray! One of her favorite “gigs” was performing at The White House as Papa Smurf! Her dance career moved her to CA where she was a featured dancer/singer again for Paramount studios. Her choreography brought top honors to both Carlsbad Dance Centre’s and California Elite’s competitive dance programs. Since moving to Colorado 5 years ago, Tracy has choreographed musicals throughout the Denver area including many adult company and senior company shows at StageDoor, Conifer High School, Evergreen High School, Inspire Creative, Alameda High School, and Littleton High School. Tracy is also a certified Pilates’ instructor and teaches at Evergreen Pilates as well as private training in her home studio.

Carly Howard

Vocal Coach

    Carly Howard spent a decade in NYC, performing, producing, singing and songwriting.  She is currently a freelance theatre director at several venues in Denver and Conifer, and is in the process of opening up an esoteric themed, immersive arts bar in Denver, where she will continue to produce her own work.  Check out to learn more.  She loves helping kids and adults find their voice and gain confidence  performing.  She truly believes that with the right technique and performance opportunities, anyone can learn to sing.  When not teaching or performing (or figuring out how to manage a bar!), Carly is playing with her three year old, studying astrology, or watching the Eagles documentary on Netflix for the ___ time.

Ella Spoor

Resident Stage Manager

Ella is thrilled to be working with Fireside Players. She has been involved with theatre for 10 years, and began work in tech theatre 3 years ago. Her favorite recent shows and roles include being the stage manager for West Side Story with Fireside, and performing as Lilith in Stagedoor theater’s She Kills Monsters She is a proud dog mom, and spends all her free time with her fur babies. Ella also enjoys cross country skiing and summer weather.