Dog Star Theatre was created in 2018 with the vision of creating quality and innovative theatre experiences and performance education for teens and adults.

Amber Salaz

Creative Director

After graduating from the University of Colorado, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, she moved to Florida where she participated in an internship with Walt Disney World, and taught music and theatre for 13 years.  She has relocated back to Colorado with her husband, Dutch, and daughter, Lily. 

An avid performer with the CU Opera, she created the role of Isabel in the world premiere of the opera Sara McKinnon written and directed by Mark Medoff (Tony Award Winning Playwright of Children of a Lesser God).  

She has been part of production teams for Into the Woods, The Producers, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Avenue Q, Hello Dolly, Aida, South Pacific, and Spamalot.  She has also been the musical director and choreographer for several productions including The Polar Express Experience Orlando, Amahl and the Night Visitors, HMS Pinafore, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka, Peter Pan, Once on this Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Grease, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, Seussical and many others. 

Robert "Dutch Salaz

Managing Director

After a 14-year, Emmy Award winning career with The Walt Disney Company, Robert “Dutch” Salaz finds himself back in his home state of Colorado helping to spearhead the new and exciting Dog Star Theatre Company.  He has relocated with his wife, Amber, and his daughter, Lily, and he is excited to put roots back in Colorado.  An alumnus of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, the former Director of the Polar Express Experience Orlando, a past Facility Stage Manager at Finding Nemo the Musical, and a current Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, he is ready to bring his many years of diverse experience to Lafayette and spread the gift of live theater to the next generation and revive the spark of creativity in his own generation.  We hope you enjoy learning from and working with the passionate and talented Robert “Dutch” Salaz.  

Kelsey Morse

Educational Director

Kelsey has been working in theatre since childhood and plans on sticking with it forever. As a kid, she worked with Northglenn Youth Theatre as well as Missoula Children’s Theatre, alongside working in her high school theatre department at Standley Lake High School. She studied theatre in college, graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. In college, she found her passion for directing and teaching, turning her focus to more directing projects in her last two years of school and pursuing a directing and education internship with the Omaha Community Playhouse in the summer between junior and senior years. After college, she pursued roles on Colorado stages, and ultimately became part of the original team to open The Wit Theatre Company in Denver. She was the assistant director to the theatre department at Monarch High School for five years, and has now melded her two great joys: teaching theatre and creating brand-new opportunities by joining Amber and Dutch in opening DST. Her main focuses are in acting coaching, directing straight plays, and teaching young actors how to manage auditioning.

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