Malia Stoner (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making her debut at Theatreworks with this production! Proud member of Actors Equity Association. Past credits include Denver Center for the Performing Arts: A Doll’s House (ASM), SantaLand Diaries. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse: Newsies, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, Slipper and the Rose, 42nd Street, Forever Plaid, A Wonderful Life, Evita. Little Theatre of the Rockies: Gypsy, Addams Family, Aida, Godspell. Colorado Dance Theatre: Nutcracker. Additional companies include Empire Entertainment and Children’s Leadership Institute (Events Management), Mighty Fine Productions and the University of Northern Colorado (Festival Management), Performing Arts Academy and Midtown Arts Center (Technical Director), Lone Tree Arts Center, Lincoln Center and Union Colony Civic Center (Technician/Crew)
Photo Credit: Zachary Andrews, courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Malia Stoner: Kealakekua, Hawaii
TW: Home now?
MS: Erie, Colorado
TW: Who/what inspired you to get involved in theatre?
MS: When I was a junior in high school, my English teacher offered extra credit to anyone who helped build the set for the One Acts. I fell in love and have been hooked ever since!
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
MS: I had the opportunity to watch Chelsea Antrim call a show at Santa Fe Opera and couldn't believe how effortlessly she called hundreds of cues while constantly flipping between channels and still answering questions and problem solving. More generally, I truly admire all of the current playwrights who are using this medium to not only tell a story but make an impact.
TW: What is one thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
MS: Honestly? Social media. Relatability is important to this generation so sharing the "behind the scenes" moments and what life looks like in live theatre is interesting to them.
TW: Favorite place you have worked?
MS: I've never felt quite so pampered as I did while working at Lone Tree Arts Center, their team is so thoughtful and supportive which allowed for a lot of creativity in the process.
TW: Bucket-list show?
MS: I would love to call The Play That Goes Wrong, it's such a fun show with so many specifically timed surprises!
TW: How do you eat an Oreo?
MS: Dunk it in milk, but don't let it get too soggy!
TW: Why does Around the World in 80 Days matter now?
MS: It's so easy to put our heads down and be consumed in our own "timing" or expectations. I think that this play reminds us how important it is to follow your own path, even when it strays a bit, because sometimes things not going according to plan allows for opportunities you never imagined.
TW: What's on your playlist these days?
MS: Halloween is over, so Pentatonix's holiday albums have taken over my playlist.