RMDT Artists, Faculty and Staff
Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre
RMDT Founder and Executive Director
Elizabeth Fernandez graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado where she received degrees in Dance Teaching/Movement Analysis and Dance Kinesiology. While at UNC, Elizabeth was a member of the University of Northern Colorado Dance Theatre and Colorado Dance Theatre. With these companies, she performed in many ballets and was ballet mistress for both these companies. Throughout the years, Elizabeth has received dance training from such names as Jeffrey Rockland, Sandra Minton, Robert Barnett, Christina Monroe, Cherie Noble, Katherine Kramer, and David Taylor. While at UNC in 1996 and 1997; because of her involvement and contribution to the department, Elizabeth received the Department of Dance Award.
After graduating she moved back to Cody, Wyoming where she co-founded Rocky Mountain School of the Arts in 1997 and non-profit Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre in 1998 in Cody, Wyoming.
Under Elizabeth’s direction, RMSA and RMDT trains students of all ages in the art of dance and theatre, focusing on building dancers with a strong and diversified foundation emphasized in technical training and performing. RMSA dancers have gone one to train with the Joffrey School of Ballet, Houston Ballet School, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Rhapsody James.
Throughout her time as Executive Director, Elizabeth has choreographed and produced several short works, along with The Nutcracker, and her own original musical “Wild West Spectacular”, which attracts tourists from all over the world.
Elizabeth continues to train and for 3 summers, she attended The Russian American Foundation’s Bolshoi’s Ballet Teachers Certification program. In the summer of 2018, she graduated from their highest level and received her teacher certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York. Still performing, Elizabeth continues to take classes in New York at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, and master classes throughout the United States.
Technical Director and Prop Design
Casey designed the set for the Wild West Show. As RMDT's Technical Director for over 10 years, he also brings his expertise every year to our Nutcracker, Masterpieces of Ballet, and Spring Production performances. He has served as an Associate Professor of Scenic Design and Resident Scenic Designer at the University of Wyoming (UW). Currently Casey serves as the Assistant Professor of Theatre Design and Technology at the University of Indianapolis.
His design credits include Scenic Designs for Chicago, Hello Dolly, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Dead Man Walking, Rabbit Hole, Marat Sade among many others. Costume Designs credits include the Laramie Project, Angels in America, and Grand Hotel. Lighting Design credits include Measure for Measure, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Laundry and Bourbon, 1959 Pink Thunderbird, and others. He has designed for the Post Playhouse, Utah Musical Theatre, Snowy Range Summer Theatre, The Morgan Stock Theatre Company, Rocky Mountain School of the Arts, Little Theatre of the Rockies, The Black Hills Playhouse, and Kansas Summer Theatre and Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
Casey is actively involved with United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and currently serves as the Associate Commissioner for the Scene Design and Technology Commission and as Chair of the Rocky Mountain Regional Section of USITT. He earned his MFA in Scenography from the University of Kansas and his BA from Chadron State College in Theatre and Speech Communication. Casey has previously taught at the University of Northern Colorado and the Ohio State University – Lima prior to his arrival at UW. Casey thoroughly enjoys volunteering at Ark Regional Services Cooper Center for the Creative Arts Program assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in providing technical support and design consultation as they develop fully supported theatre performances. http://www.caseykearns.com
Lighting Design Director
Charles has been with Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre since the beginning. He designed the lighting for our first Nutcracker performance in 1998, and continues to bring professional lighting to the show every year. He has also been lighting the Spring Production and Spring Ballet for the last 10 years, and now designed the lighting for our Wild West Show.
Charles joined the University of West Florida in 2005 and is currently the Department Chair and Professor of Design. Prior to joining the University of West Florida, Charles was the Assistant Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts of the University of Northern Colorado. Houghton currently teaches the following courses: Technical Theatre, Drafting, Lighting Design, Scene Design and Stage Management. Over the course of his career, Charles has lit over 100 performances with such names as: Manon Lescaut, The Pirates of Penzance Mystery of Edwin, Drood La Boheme, A Christmas Carol, Psycho Beach Party, WertherBeauty Queen of Leenane Laundry & Bourbon/Lone Star Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Floyd CollinsCarmen.
Director of Fundraising
Director of Public Relations; Cody Theatre Booking Manager