Meet Our Staff
Eric Franklin- Owner, Director, Teacher/Director, and Technical Theatre Designer- Eric is a founding director at The Curtain Playhouse. He is Director of Technical Theatre here at the Curtain, having developed and built sets on every one of our 125+ productions. Past directing credits include "Into the Woods", "Quilters", "Singin in the Rain", "The Lion King“, "The Hound of the Baskervilles”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “The Wizard Of Oz”, “A Christmas Carol” and many, many more. When convinced to take to the stage, Eric is also a formidable actor. He is an adjudcator for Denver's Bobby G awards and is a multiple winner of several National Youth Arts awards.
Tammy Franklin- Owner, Director, Teacher/Director, Costume Mistress and Theatre Designer- Tammy has directed many productions here at the Curtain and with other groups over almost 20 years in the Denver theatre community. She is a multiple winner of several National Youth Theatre Awards. Proud to be involved in all kinds of theatre for kids, Tammy also works for The Denver Center for Performing Arts. She is the Costume Mistress for all of our shows. She earned her undergraduate degree and Master's Degree at the University of Colorado. The Franklins live in Applewood with their daughter and 2 rescue dogs.
Caitlin Hoffert- Caitlin is a graduate of West Chester University where she earned a bachelors degree in music education with a concentration in voice and minors in jazz studies and music history. She also recently earned her masters in music education at Temple University. Eventually, she aspires to earn her doctorate in order to be able to teach music education at the collegiate level.
Currently, Caitlin teaches K-5 music, choir, and drama club at Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Westminster, CO, and this year is her sixth year of teaching classroom music.
In terms of private instruction, she has taught voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons both in person and via Zoom for 8 years, making connections with students and preparing them for recitals, auditions, and solo gigs. In addition, Caitlin has taught toddler and baby music classes through Gymboree: Play & Music of Wilmington, DE, and Tot Rock! of West Chester, PA, where she used music as a means of helping students develop their fine motor skills, social skills, cognitive functions, and early musicianship.
As a performer, Caitlin identifies as a classical singer, jazz singer, and singer-songwriter. As a solo artist, she accompanies herself on piano, guitar, and ukulele in a variety of genres. During her career at WCU, she was the featured vocalist for the Criterions Jazz Ensemble and a member of the top choral ensemble, Concert Choir. In addition, she worked as the alto choral scholar at Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church of Wilmington, DE, for 2 years.
However, a passion that she holds a bit nearer and dearer to her heart is teaching. Caitlin believes that music can sculpt an individual, both intellectually and emotionally, when practiced at any age. As an educator, she hopes to guide her students in this pursuit.
Christian Blackmun- Christian is an alumni student here at the Playhouse- 7 years and 13 productions. He decided somewhere in there that he likes working behind the curtain, doing more and more tech work, including building the Olaf puppet in "Frozen Jr.", housing the set for "Godspell" in his car last summer, and choreographing, assistant directing, and running sound for "Newsies Jr." in the spring. His favorite acting roles at Curtain include Don Lockwood in "Singin' in the Rain Jr.", Mr. Banks in "Mary Poppins Jr.", and Oliver Warbucks in "Annie". Christian is also a musician, playing guitar and Mandolin. He is currently a freshman at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, as an English major concentrating in theater. We look forward to having him as part of our summers as he goes through college.
Elizabeth Blackmun- Elizabeth is an alumni of the Playhouse, and a Senior musical theatre major at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Roles at Cornish include the Girl in "Once", ensemble in "The Drowsy Chaperone" and Circe in the LORE Project. Select roles at Curtain include "Godspell", Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins” and a Daughter in “Quilters”. Has worked on multiple shows in choreography and music direction, including "Once On This Island", "Mary Poppins", and selections from "Quilters". Is also a writer, having graduated from Denver School of the Arts in creative writing.
Cole Franklin- Cole became a Curtains alumni in 2018, having spent over 10 years as a part of the program. Cole is pursuing a theatre degree at Metropolitan State University. He is an aspiring director and designer. As a performer with Curtains, Cole has received multiple National Youth Arts Awards, and is an eight-time First Place holder for his work in costume design at Musical Theatre Competitions of America. He believes strongly in encouraging theatre students to start working in technical theatre and design at a young age, and to provide opportunity for them to showcase their interests.
Sabina Lopez-Jensen- Sabina ended their student story at Curtain in the summer of 2022. They are currently attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where they will likely make up a degree involving lots of drama and social studies classes. Favorite roles at Curtain include Jesus in “Godspell”, Princess Anna of Arendelle in “Frozen Jr.”, Jack's Mother in “Into the Woods”, the Chaperone herself in “The Drowsy Chaperone”, and Grace in Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, here at the Curtain and on other stages. Sabina made their debut as a playwright and director in the Spring of 2021, with Gerald: A Play on Mental Illness. In what little spare time they have, Sabina enjoys crocheting, baking, and going on adventures with friends. They have worked as a Summer Camp director with us, and we hope to have her lead some camps again.
Charlotte Williamson- Charlotte became a Curtains alumni in 2017, after 7 years as a student with The Curtain Playhouse . She then went on to pursue a degree in technical theatre and theatre education and will be completing her undergraduate studies in theatre at Colorado State University very soon. As a performer with Curtains, Charlotte received multiple National Youth Theatre awards, as well as awards from the Musical Theatre Competitions of America. Charlotte has taught theatre not only with Curtains, but also as an honored member of the Teaching Artists Lab through the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and in Costa Rica using drama integration with English as a Second Language learners. She is a strong believer in drama and arts-based education to aid growth and development in youth of all ages, both socially and cognitively. Charlotte blends her performing and technical experience and training in traditional classroom teaching, Montessori techniques, and arts integration to deliver the best learning and growth opportunities for each student she comes in contact with.