Meet The Company

Red Thread Playback Theatre was co-founded by Ira Liss and Rosey Waters in 2019.

Rosey Waters

Rosey Waters, Red Thread Playback co-founder and director, has been an actor and improvisor for over 35 years. She is currently on an all women's improv team, "That's What She Said" and spent 4 years as a company member of Boulder Playback Theater.

She has tread the boards of numerous Denver stages in roles such as Toshia in Cabaret Kalisz at Theater O and Hattie in ?18 Holes? for Next Stage.

Ms. Waters founded Imagination Makers Theater Company, where she created, directed and acted in 26 original plays, winning the 2014 Henry award for "Excellence in Educational Theatre".

For the past 34 years, Ms. Waters has been a teaching artist with a focus on teaching educators how to use theater in their classrooms as a way to teach their curriculum.

Ira Liss

Ira is Red Thread's co-founder and assistant director. He has performed as actor, improvisor, pianist, singer, songwriter, MC, poet and entertainer for more than 33 years. For 13 years, he was an actor, musician and assistant director with Boulder Playback Theatre.

Ira began his performing career in NYC, doing standup comedy, singing his original songs in cabarets and performing with several improv groups. He has acted in numerous plays in Colorado, most notably as co-creator and performer in an original musical, Breaking Open, which was performed in Colorado and in NYC.

Liss has performed his one-man shows, Piano, Poetry & Passion, on the CU-Boulder campus, at the Dairy Center, and as part of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, where he won an audience-choice award.

Liss regularly hosts an ongoing variety/talk show, The Ira Liss Show, featuring his original songs as well as performances and interviews with local guest artists.

The company was soon joined by a troupe of enthusiastic actors & musicians.

Abraham Elahmadi

Abraham has been member of Red Thread since the company's inception in March 2019. He has been acting and modeling out of Denver for over 3 years, including roles in The Diary of Anne Frank and Pippin. He is currently a team leader for an improv group at East High School, "Voice Crack".

He has acted in numerous short films with members of the Colorado Film School and done professional work for Sesame Street, Macy's, and The 3rd Way Center.

Ivy Favier

Ivy is a multifaceted performer who has trained in acting, voice, piano, and dance, and has appeared in many shows across Colorado.

Her favorite roles include Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Gertrude in Suessical the Musical. Ivy has also worked as a stage manager and teaching assistant for children’s theatre classes.

Ivy is honored to be part of Red Thread, and is thrilled to start her new adventure in Playback Theatre!


Kyle began his pursuit of the performing arts with music-- playing and singing in church bands. He has composed songs for his ongoing music project SynerJetics. Kyle also loves dance and movement and trained at the LACC Theater Academy. Here he got the opportunity to be in such plays as Levi! The Musical (Ensemble), The Normal Heart (Ned Weeks), Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy) and Platonov (Platonov).

After completing the program, Kyle migrated to Colorado and became part of Red Thread Playback Theater in October 2019. Kyle feels incredibly blessed to participate with the players of Red Thread in the powerful art of playback.

Soleil kohl

Soleil is an improvisor and solo performance artist. She also works with interactive technologies and immersive theatre. As an improvisor, she has performed with various teams at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver, and is currently with the team "Monarch of the Mountain."

Soleil has produced and performed her own original invented forms in the shows Tightrope and Neighborhood Book Club. She also performs regularly in various immersive theatre experiences.

Soleil has experimented with performance art work which has been publicly performed in the streets of downtown Denver and on the DU campus, as well as online. These works combine traditional theatre with interactive technologies to create unique experiences, and have covered topics like mass surveillance, consumption, and birds.

Meeta Gawande

As Rupaul Charles says, “You’re born naked. The rest is drag.”

Growing up as an Indian American girl in Appalachian Ohio, Meeta learned to play different roles to fit in, and she loves to make people smile or twinkle their eyes in delight. Coming from a family that loves to laugh, she learned to see humor in both the mundane and the extraordinary. Being socially active, Meeta's family also expected her to perform from a young age, sometimes by doing a dance, singing a song, telling a story, or giving an impromptu speech almost yearly to groups ranging in size from 20 to 1000. Despite the pro-performance upbringing, her family shunned the “high-risk” artist’s path, so she became a lawyer and channeled her performance skills in the courtroom theater as a litigator for 15+ years.

Meeta's traditional theater performance experience consists of a lead role in 2 day run of a comedy at a black box theater in Brooklyn, New York and the role of Radcliffe in a high school production of Auntie Mame. Hey, don’t knock it! Meeta is thrilled to be part of Red Thread Playback Theater!

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