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 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.

Company Members:

Meeta Gawande

Meeta is one of the founding members of Red Thread Playback Theatre. She is currently an actor and improvisor who started her path to the performing arts as a lawyer in the theater of the courtroom, where she worked as a litigator for over 15 years.

She studied acting with Michael Beckett at HB Studio in New York City for three years and then studied improvisation with Rebecca Bradford and Ian Gibbs in Boulder, Colorado for one year. As an actor, one memorable performance in New York was as Charlotte, the unconventional therapist in Beyond Therapy.

Growing up in an extroverted family that loved the arts, she learned the value of doing a dance, singing a song and telling a good story. She puts all of those talents into action as a cast member of Red Thread.

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 at the never ending adventures in Playback Theatre!

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.

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