Center For The Arts Staff

The Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK), located in Ivins, Utah was built with the grass roots support of community members who envisioned a vibrant, intimate, professional theater venue nestled in the majestic red rock mountains of the Kayenta community. Many in Southern Utah were united by their passion for diversity in “The Arts” and thus the creation of the Kayenta Arts Foundation became a reality. Soon support from the local business community, government entities and foundations began to grow. All saw the need for an open, creative, inclusive, educational performing and visual arts Center. This region of the country is unparalleled in beauty and recreation and the need for expansion in the arts was real. The vision of Center For the Arts at Kayenta is to be a premier venue where diverse artistic endeavors and education can flourish. Today a full range of over 50 diverse theatrical events and festivals are held annually inside the beautiful Black Box theater as well as outside in the Kayenta Art Village.

Our staff Members

Miranda grew up in St. George and attended Southern Utah University before moving to Los Angeles, CA in 2006. Over the past decade, she has worked closely with remarkable theater and dance artists in Los Angeles and New York to produce boundary-pushing and engaging performances that have toured worldwide.
Miranda has an extensive background in performing arts. She founded Los Angeles Performance Practice in 2010, and the Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival in 2013. In Los Angeles, she worked with Center Theatre Group, Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) UCLA, and CalArts Center for New Performance, among others. Performances produced through her company have toured across the United States and throughout the world.
Miranda was the recipient of Center Theatre Group’s Richard E. Sherwood Award in 2014, and awarded a Cultural Exchange International Fellowship in 2015 through the City of Los Angeles and the British Council to work with ArtsAdmin in London. She is a founding member of the Creative & Independent Producers Alliance (CIPA) and the International Presenting Commons (IPC). Miranda holds a certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice In Performance at Wesleyan University, an MFA in Producing from California Institute of the Arts, and an Executive MBA from Hult International Business School.

Anna spent most of her adult life living in Los Angeles working in the music & entertainment business. She studied marketing & business administration at Santa Monica College while working in music retail. A well-connected internship landed her first job at HITS Magazine, a music industry insider magazine; in Sherman Oaks, CA. 10 years down the road she left her position at HITS as Marketing Director/Associate Editor to be the Vice President at Almighty Music Retail, then the introduction of digital formats leveled music retail.

Anna quickly joined forces with owner & music mogul Mike Ross owner of Delicious Vinyl, a well-known Hip-hop label in Los Angeles. There Anna helped to revive the famed “DV” logo shirts and launched a clothing line as well as oversaw all day to day operations at the record label as General Manager. 

During this time, Anna met the love of her life while on vacation in the Florida Keys. Anna made the hard decision after 15 years to leave her career in the music business to buy a home in Marathon, FL, and start a family. 

In Florida Anna found herself in the arts community and began working at the Marathon Community Theater as the GM. As Emma Rose, her daughter grew, Anna wanted to be close to family so they left the Keys for St. George. After moving in 2017; Anna met Kayenta Arts Foundation board members and was hired as a consultant to KAF to create operating procedures. The rest is history and now Anna is General Manager of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta! To this day Anna continues to grow and progress in her job as General Manager of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Anna is an avid hiker, adventurer, music & art lover as well as devoted mommy & wife.

David is a retired construction manager with 30 years experience in commercial construction. He is also a degreed Civil Engineer from Michigan State University with, (now retired), Professional Engineering licenses in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

His commercial construction management experience involved projects ranging from one-million-dollar city community centers, to 40-million-dollar high schools, up to 300-million-dollar Boeing production plants. During his tenure, he had the pleasure of working on the Seattle Children’s Theater and the Tacoma Pantages Theater remodel.

More recently, David served on the design review committee in Entrada where he helped review and edit their reserve study – the document they used to project maintenance budgets on their facilities components.

Lauren is a very experienced performer as well as a customer service provider. She moved to St. George from Atlanta, GA in 2021 and has been loving it! She is proud to represent such a wonderful theater both on stage and in the box office!

Abi is a board-certified music therapist, music director, singer, and actor who was born and raised here in sunny southern Utah. She graduated as Valedictorian from Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts in 2012, then took a journey to Utah State University in Logan, Utah for her degree in music therapy. While there, Abi discovered her love of the piano and guitar and took a long break from the theater. In 2018, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy and completed a 1,200-hour internship in Portland, Oregon with Earthtones Music Therapy. Abi returned to the theater in 2020 in her dream role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Stage Door. She loved every minute of it, and has been hooked on theater ever since! Abi is ecstatic to be contributing to the theater world by helping Center for the Arts at Kayenta thrive.

Francine is a new face to the theatre, and one that’s excited to keep showing up! Francine has enjoyed theatre since seeing various shows as a kid, and discovered their love for being onstage after being cast for ensemble roles in Tuacahn High School’s Working and The StageDoor’s Big. After graduating from Tuacahn High School in 2021, they are now helping productions in the Center’s box office, from backstage to our own counter.

Marquessa is young performer with a deep rooted love for the arts. She just recently graduated from Utah Arts Academy studying vocal performance/theater and was just recently awarded the southern Utah heritage choir $1000 scholarship and was featured as a soloist in their concert. She is also currently studying to be a make-up artist and can also be found living the dream performing as a Disney party princess at Ever After Events.

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