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KOLT Run Creations was established to produce plays that focus on the dichotomy between the individual self and their respective community, frequently shining light on the untold stories of those in the darkness of society's fringes.
Through programming that consists of full-scale productions, readings, workshops, educational opportunities and partnerships with other theatre companies, our works are devoted to engaging the Sacramento community in a thought-provoking and unique dialog on who we all are and our role in the greater societal environment, even if that means asking our audiences to journey with us beyond their comfort zones.
KOLT Run Creations takes pride in selecting scripts that balance risk with honesty; utilizing the highest quality of performers and designers; exploring multiple, diverse styles to tell these stories; and embracing elements of improvisation, physical exploration and text analysis to create an organic, collaborative and engaging process for all artists involved.

Who We Are

KOLT comes from the names of its founders:  Kelley Ogden and Lisa Thew. After moving from Houston to Sacramento in 2005, Kelley and Lisa wanted to contribute to and be a part of the Sacramento theatre scene and lend their voices to the plays that were being produced locally. Their inaugural production, Keely and Du by Jane Martin, was a searing abortion drama. With accolades from both audiences and critics alike, it went on to garner four Elly Award nominations including Best Production of a Drama. KOLT's next show, Lips by Constance Congdon, entered the political fray of the Presidential election season with a story involving America's first female President and the gay civil rights struggle. Their next production, Crime and Punishment, opened in January 2010 and earned glowing reviews, a sold-out extended run, multiple Elly nominations and two Elly Awards. KOLT followed with a production of George F. Walker's Escape From Happiness, which ran at the Ooley Theatre from November through December 2010, playing to sold-out houses and earning another stellar review from Sac News & Review. In 2011, KOLT drew their biggest houses yet with their critically-acclaimed production of Jean Anouilh's ANTIGONE. Last year, KOLT presented its first full season, REVELATIONS 2012, with the critical and audience hits Where We're Born by Lucy Thurber and Smudge by Rachel Axler, and finishing with the sold-out, extended run of Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill. In 2013, KOLT made its first foray into bringing exceptional work from other regions to Sacramento audiences, with the local run of Ben Moroski's award-winning one-man show on self injury, This Vicious Minute. Later in 2013, KOLT toured the regional premiere of My Own Stranger in art galleries throughout Sacramento, ending with a sold out performance at the Crocker Art Museum that gave KOLT its largest single audience in company history. KOLT took a break and went dark in 2014 to allow Ogden and Thew to pursue external projects, but returned in May 2015 with the wildly successful There Is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher.   *Photo credit: TBrindisi Photography
Kelley Ogden / Executive Director, Co-Founder

Born into an acting family, Kelley whined until she was finally given her first stage role at age 4. She attended the High School for Performing & Visual Arts in Houston, Texas and earned her BFA in Performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. This is where she met Lisa, her partner in life and in art. While in Chicago, she studied commedia dell'arte for 2 years and performed in the first Chicago Clown Theatre Festival. Kelley has been fortunate to work in varying capacities for such prestigious arts organizations as Steppenwolf Theatre, The Royal George Theatre, Illinois Theatre Centre, Dallas Theater Center and the Houston Ballet. Her favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Festa Longno in The Stand-In and Leemore Fillmore in Stick Knife Here. KOLT audiences saw her as Keely* in Keely and Du, Rachel in Lips, Sonia in Crime and Punishment (Elly Award), Mary Ann in Escape From Happiness (Elly Award), the title role in Antigone*, Franky in Where We're Born, Colby in Smudge, Ellen in Vinegar Tom and There Is A Happiness That Morning Is. Kelley also performed as The Player* in Big Idea Theatre's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard as well as Leaving Iowa and Sherlock's Last Case at Main Street Theatre Works and Put Out: An Adulterated Farce with Theater Galatea. Additionally, she played Pam in Hunter-Gatherers, Sally Applewhite/Mary Bailey in Its A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show, and Gwen in Rapture, Blister, Burn at Capital Stage. She can also be seen in the sci-fi web episodic, Dark Pool. In 2013, Kelley moved into the director's chair for the critically-acclaimed production of My Own Stranger.
Lisa Thew / Producing Director, Co-Founder 

Lisa hails from Lincoln, NE (Go Big Red!) and began her theatre training with Magic Theatre and Advanced Theatre Company while there. She went on to work extensively with the Actor’s Theatre of San Antonio in Texas, including favorite roles Nellie in Summer and Smoke and Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. She continued her theatre training at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and there she fell in love with the city, as well as her future wife, Kelley. She became a founding member of the Chicago Sable Ensemble and worked with SlimTack Theatre in another favorite role, Joyce in Possible Worlds. Landing in Sacramento in 2005 with her wife, two cats and a job in ad sales, she has immensely enjoyed making a home here in life and in theatre. For KOLT’s inaugural production, Lisa decided to take the long walk to the other side of the stage and directed Keely and Du in 2007. Since, she has directed Lips, Crime and Punishment, Escape From Happiness, Antigone, Where We’re Born, Smudge, and Vinegar Tom for KOLT, as well as Resurrection Theatre’s inaugural production, Burn This, and The Vagina Monologues for the University of California-Davis V-Day. She decided to cross the stage once again in Fall 2013 and performed in KOLT’s critically and audience-acclaimed production of My Own Stranger. Her work and passion apart from theatre is as a women’s self-defense instructor, running her company Diamond Defense (A Girl’s Best Friend). With a desire to dedicate more time and energy to growing Diamond Defense, she is excited to have stepped off the stage and out of the director’s chair, to helm the producer’s mantle for KOLT’s 2015 projects. 

Nastassya Ferns / Production Designer, Associate Artist 

Since a very young age, Nastassya Ferns was encouraged to pursue her love of all things artistic. An obsession with cartoons drove her to draw constantly, and landed her a special position in her grade school years as "The Artist of the Class." Illustration, crafts, and sewing were all fundamental to her growth, and she honed her skills throughout her youth as well as attending a special Visual Arts program in High School. In college, she added silkscreening, sculpture, and clothing construction to her list of diversified talents. Appearing in a number of art shows around Northern California, she scored herself a solo show in 2008. The solo show, entitled "Less Than Zero," encompassed many years of Nastassya's work - businessmen caricatures, cityscapes, and abstract wordphrase art. In early 2010, Nastassya began working as the Set Designer for KOLT Run Creations' production of Crime and Punishment, which she was nominated for an Elly. Thoroughly enjoying the large-scale painting and concepts that theatre provided, she returned to work as the Production Designer in KOLT's production of Escape from Happiness. In the Spring of 2011, she partook in her biggest design challenge yet with Antigone, and added metalwork to her growing list of accomplishments. As Production Designer for KOLT's Revelations 2012 season, she worked with pure realism for Where We're Born, surrealism for Smudge and created stunning and masterful projection film clips for Vinegar Tom. When she is not working on set, she can often be found working on her clothing line of punk fashions and retro inspired accessories.

Mariam Helalian / Associate Artist

Mariam has been stage managing in the greater Sacramento area for over twelve years. She has worked locally with SacImpulse, Asclepius Productions, Theater Galatea and Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. For KOLT, she has gone above and beyond the call of duty, managing and organizing our site-specific productions of Vinegar Tom and My Own Stranger, as well as keeping the rowdy cast and director of our last production, There Is A Happiness That Morning Is, in line and on task. (“Zipper check, Mariam!”) Mariam is also stage managing our upcoming production, Adoration of Dora. She is smart, resourceful, easy to work with, organized, insightful, straightforward and always knows how to brighten the mood of all those around with her quick wit.


Patrick Murphy / Associate Artist 

Patrick's most recent KOLT collaboration was as director for the acclaimed production of There Is A Happiness That Morning Is. Patrick, a native of California, was raised in Sacramento, attended CSUS after doing shows in his parents' garage became unfashionable. He did graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle. Great stuff, but he yearned for the simple magic of theatre in the garage. Something of a solution came when he was offered a position at West Virginia University in Morgantown: an opportunity to do grass roots theatre. An improvisational touring company called Theatre-Go-Round was a highlight of his tenure in West-By-God-Virginia. An enchanted memory. Then the Big Time: a position at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (it was later called 'The Theatre School at DePaul University'). It was a lunch pail operation: Polish acting teachers who worked with Grotowski's 'Poor Theatre'; the Russian legend 'Dr Bella' who counseled 'no phony baloney, just do the acting.' Patrick is now a Professor Emeritus of this august institution. Even though he was trained as a director, acting was a vital love in his life. He was able to revive this love when he returned to Sacramento: Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman*; parts in Christmas Carol, Treasure Island, Noises Off and Beat Aside Apollo's Arrow at Sacramento Theatre Company; Boy Gets Girl at Capital Stage; Proof and Dancing at Lughnasa at Big Idea Theatre; and, finally, Crime and Punishment (Elly Award), Escape From Happiness and Antigone, all with KOLT Run Creations. As it happened, ANTIGONE was performed in a space which looked very much like a huge garage; and it was staffed by artists, a few of whom were, once upon a time, his students. Home is where the heart is.

Kellie Yvonne Raines / Associate Artist

Kellie's formal theatre training started in high school and continued through college. She was among a select group of students invited to attend the summer seminar for high school juniors at the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Music Circus in Sacramento is a touchstone in her training where she served as a stage management intern when musicals were still performed in the beloved, yet very hot tent. Kellie has a degree in Dramatic Art from University of California, Davis where she specialized in playwriting and performance. Two plays that she wrote, Miracle Fish and Saving Trophies, were produced as part of the THIRDeYE Theatre Festival. Her KOLT performance credits include Escape From Happiness, Antigone, Vinegar Tom, and My Own Stranger. Kellie has private, professional training in dialect coaching and served as the dialect coach for Vinegar Tom. Other local performance credits include God's Ear, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Next Fall, and The Sleeper for Resurrection Theatre; The Underpants for Big Idea Theatre (Elly nomination); and Put Out and a 4-person Hamlet for Theater Galatea. Her directorial debut was for Resurrection Theatre with The Lyons and she will be directing a show for KOLT in the fall of 2015. She works for KVIE Public Television and can be seen on air during pledge drives, the annual Art Auction, and as a host for KVIE Arts Showcase. She has found an artistic and soulful home at KOLT Run Creations and believes in...telling the story. And the story of those on the fringe. 

Brian Rife / Associate Artist

A Sacramento boy, Brian sort of stumbled into the theatre world in his early twenties while attending American River College and became thoroughly hooked on the experiences and journey of the theatre life. He moved on to earn a BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento, along the way becoming involved in the local Independent Film scene as well, co-starring alongside Robert Picardo in Sensored. He began to work all around the Sacramento region, favorite local roles including Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Ross Gardiner (Elly Award) in Visiting Mr. Green, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Capt. Bluntschli in Arms and the Man. He met Lisa and Kelley in 2007 as they were preparing for their first production and quickly realized he had found two very special and incredibly talented people deeply passionate about the art. For KOLT he has played Cole in Keely and Du, Andy in Lips, and Raskolnikov* in Crime and Punishment. Brian has also performed as Chris in Becky’s New Car, and Andrew in Becky Shaw, both at B Street Theatre where he also completed the B St. Acting Internship in 2010-11 and became a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Other professional credits include Laertes in Hamlet, Sebastian in Twelfth Night and Maxime in A Little Hotel on the Side all at The Theatre at Monmouth in Maine as well as Young Ebenezer/Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, and Various roles in a staged reading of Matt K. Miller’s Beat Aside Apollo’s Arrow at Sacramento Theatre Company. Perhaps one of his proudest accomplishments though was being asked to join KOLT Run as an Associate Artist. Kelley and Lisa have become not only close friends, but also trusted artists, advisors and sources of inspiration for Brian through their deep love for the “work” and their passion for storytelling that forces one to think, feel and grow. Brian is currently finishing his MFA at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where Lisa, Kelley and Patrick all first met.
*Denotes Elly Award Nominations