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 balck box theater as well as outside in the Kayenta Art Village.
Our staff Members
The Netflix Documentary “Abducted In Plain Sight” tells of the twisted and bizarre story of Jan’s childhood abductions, brainwashing and sexual abuse. She is an expert, advocate, activist and public speaker on the subject. A book of the same title and a limited series produced by NBC Universal will be coming soon. With many more acting roles and theatrical adventures to produce and explore for CFAK on the horizon, Jan feels life is getting more exciting and is extremely fulfilled to see and to be a part of the growing arts scene of southern Utah.
During this time, Anna met the love of her life, Robert, a.k.a. “Bucket” who was then a tow truck driver in the Florida Keys. Anna left her career in the music business to buy a home in Marathon, FL. While in Florida Anna ran her first theater, the Marathon Community Theater. There she managed the daily operations and oversaw the box office as well as theater staff and productions.
As her daughter Emma Rose grew, Anna wanted her family to be close to grandparents so they left the Florida Keys for St. George, a neighboring city to her parents’ home in Dammeron Valley. 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.
Chris makes sure that everyone onstage and in the tech booth knows what they’re doing and that they’re efficient and safe while doing it. He also conceives of production ideals and helps execute as many as possible, whether that’s in acting, lighting, sound, building, or marketing.
Chris received a comprehensive theatre education from Tuacahn High School and Southern Utah University, where he earned a BFA in Theatre and studied theatre through the lenses of anthropology and psychology. Although his emphasis in classwork was in musical theatre performance, he was cast year after year in straight plays, sought for his commanding presence and deep understanding of a character’s inner life. He has been most acclaimed for the leading roles of Chad in “All Shook Up,” Lord Goring in “An Ideal Husband,” Stanley in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Collins in “RENT,” and Hank in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway.”
Since 2014, he’s been a theater professional onstage and off, fueled (sometimes sleeplessly) by the elusive power of theatre—to make people what they were born to be. Kayenta Arts Foundation brought him on as an all-around assistant in May 2018. He is thrilled to have helped the Center grow into what it is today and is convinced that he works with the best people in town.
You’ll see him onstage at the Center as Mark Rothko’s assistant in “Red” by John Logan this October, and as the famous vanished wilderness artist Everett Ruess in “The End of the Horizon,” by Deborah Threedy in fall 2021, co-produced by Man of Two Worlds Productions.
Dawn is also the owner of Write It Up!, a small, full-service advertising agency that focuses on the unique needs of small companies and nonprofit organizations for the past 26 years.
As soon as we know what a show is about, when it’s happening, and what we’re charging for tickets, Dawn gets to work. She oversees the creation, quality, and delivery of: posters, banners, flyers, press releases, ads, playbills and content for every show. She also keeps everything organized. And we mean everything. She has a wealth of knowledge, that is tapped into frequently, on non-profits, like ours.
Dawn enjoys combining her philanthropic philosophy and spirit with her true passion for supporting the success, and cultural and community value, of charitable organizations that improve our quality of life and build better communities for all. At CFAK, Dawn celebrates opportunities to engage in key marketing, PR services and strategies that create success and sustainability for our many programs.
Allie moved to Northern Utah in 2005 with her family. She began acting in the seventh grade and became involved with her high school’s drama program in the tenth grade. In twelfth grade, Allie competed in the State Drama competition with a Monologue and her high school’s One Act Play. She received all Superiors for her Monologue and her team won 1st place in the State for their One Act play, Women and War.
While attending Dixie State University on a full scholarship, she discovered an interest in teaching during her first semester and became a Theater Major with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She participated in every show, by acting, designing costumes and lights or stage managing, before entering the Secondary Education Teaching program, and graduated with honors in 2018.
Allie currently teaches 4th and 5th Grade drama at Vista School when she isn’t out at Center for the Arts and is the director of the Vista Shakespeare Company, who placed 4th out of 24 schools with their large ensemble scene from Macbeth in October 2019. Allie met her husband, David, during their first year of college and will be celebrating two years of marriage in May. They have two dogs, Graham and Willow, who keep them busy!
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.
Makayla Klumpp is one of our box office employees, and our Administrative Assistant. A resident of St. George, she has been performing since she was five years old and can’t imagine her life without it. You may have seen her in musicals around town such as: Zombies from the Beyond (Charlie), The Taffetas (Cheryl), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Young Frankenstein (Inga), The Addams family (Wednesday) and many more!