Rainbow Militia is a theatrical production and entertainment company that specializes in creating unconventional events through incredible collaborations.
Amber Blais is the Producing Director for Rainbow Militia. She dreams of one day growing wings and learning how to fly. She has been practicing the aerial arts for a over 7 years, with fabric as her favorite apparatus. She has trained at Frequent Flyers Productions Aerial Program in Boulder, CO. She is aerial teacher certified and has performed and taught all over the country. She thrives most when she is able to perform with live musicians. One of her favorite collaborations was with Chimney Choir at the Levitt Pavilion in a space themed circus extravaganza.
In addition to her love of circus, she is an Event Curator at Invisible City, and an event planner, marketer and producer.
Skills: Aerial Silks, Aerial Duo, Aerial Bartending, Rope & Harness, Invented Apparatus, Rock Climbing, & over 20 years of theater experience.
Photo by Nina Reed Photography
Community Organizer, Wagon Coordinator
Toni Baca is a mover, shaker and community coordinator! Born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado, even with a love for adventure and travel, she will always call Colorado home. In 2012, Toni was introduced to Circus Arts in Costa Rica and in practicing and teaching circus arts to an underserved community, she ignited a lifelong passion that she strives to share with others. After graduating from CU Denver with a B.A. in Spanish and Business, Toni is now a Spanish Interpreter and Translator, an aerialist, a juggler and an overall movement enthusiast. In 2018, she founded Moving With Joy LLC to spearhead, implement, and coordinate community events and intentional gatherings. Toni engages in activism by serving her community through volunteering, teaching, and creatively holding space for others. She is a firm believer that a combination of movement, laughter, and freedom of expression are the best forms of healing. You can catch her developing her circus career at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center, teaching aerial sling at Tease Studio Denver, teaching English as a Second Language in Jefferson County, or bouncing around Colorado connecting with her community.
Actor, Aerialist, Screenwriter
IVAN, A POET
Stephen Brackett was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where he regularly interfaces between the music/arts, grassroots movements, and education sectors. As a member of Flobots, he is also a co-founder of the NOENEMIES project, which works within communities to explore the power of protest music, and Youth On Record, a Denver organization that today hosts a state-of-the-art Youth Media Studio and serves at-risk youths with music programs, for-credit classes, and more. Stephen finds bliss in tricksterism, giant toppling, spitting hot fire and clawhammer banjo. He is constantly provoked by Ephesians 6:12.
Immersive Tech Designer
Justin Gitlin, a.k.a. Cacheflowe (/ˈkaSH ˌflō/), is an independent creative coder, musician and multimedia artist based in Denver, Colorado, USA. His disciplines have increasingly intertwined after spending two decades in parallel worlds of software development, music and multimedia production. Justin has built video games, interactive installations, web sites and mobile apps for clients like Nike, Google, and the Denver Art Museum. His work has been covered by major media outlets like NPR, Buzzfeed, and Communication Arts Magazine, and has received awards from the FWA, Awwwards and The One Club, among others. As a genre-crossing musician, Cacheflowe has released music and shared the stage with innovative artists like Amon Tobin, Ulrich Schnauss, DJ Olive, Machinedrum, Dizzee Rascal and Nels Cline. As a visual artist, Justin creates algorithmic designs for print, apparel, physical products, music videos, art installations and brand design. His visual collaborations have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Dateline and Monkeytown 4. Justin was a co-founding partner of Mode Set, Ello, OhHeckYeah and Plastic Sound Supply.
Aerialist, Actor, Administrative Support
VASYA, A RUSALKA
Mandy is a climber, puddle-jumper, fancydancer, and all around mover. She studied contemporary dance under Mary Cochran at Barnard College and under Sarah Rudner at Sarah Lawrence College. Mandy is a transplant from NYC, where she danced with companies including SINecdoche Dance Company, The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and SAWtooth Dancers, and appeared in works by Donna Uchizono, Jon Kinzel, and Mike Kelley. She has taught and performed aerial with Upsidown Productions, Helium Aerial Dance, and the Gowanus Circus. As a traveling teacher/performer, Mandy has been a guest of 888 Monkeys in the Bay Area, Chattanooga Aerials, and Darpana Theater in Ahmedabad, India. She has made and toured her own work as Tree Project, a collaborative site-specific climbing dance group, and has been a collaborator for Industrial Gardens in Pittsburgh and Submerge theater in NYC. Most recently, she graduated from the Frequent Flyers Professional Training Program and is thrilled to join the FFP family. She also performs locally with Control Group Productions and performance art band ShapeShifter. Mandy’s curiosities include spiral dances, in-flight physics, and dancing in unusual spaces.
Music Director, Musician, Composer
DIMA, A BOREAL TOAD
Kevin is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and a lifelong explorer of sound and words. He spent most his 20's touring the the Deep South with a reckless string band and absorbed many of the American folk traditions born there. He is a founding member of Chimney Choir and also records music under the name Pineross. Most of his studies are now spent in the realm of electronics and sampling where he believes the possibilities of music are more endless than ever. When not performing or teaching, you can usually find Kevin in a hammock somewhere off of 285 searching for Yetis.
Set and World Designer
One half of the dynamic duo known as the Unbuilt Library, cosmic artist, mama hen and free spirited adventurer, Andrea Pliner is used to telling fantastical stories through her found object sculptural artwork.
Erica Prather is a freelance-writer, aspiring-curmudgeon, film-maker, rage-cooker, desert rat. She has worked various positions in conservation and science education in Australia, South Korea, Iceland and Alaska. She originally hails from Wichita, Kansas.
Jessica Robblee is a co-writer, co-director, and performer for Buntport Theater for All Ages. She has performed in Drowning Girls (Arvada Center Black Box); All the Way, Lord of the Butterflies, Drag Machine (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); After the Revolution, Homebody Kabul, Rabbit Hole (Curious Theatre); Dust (Wonderbound-Curious Theatre); This (Boulder Ensemble Theatre); Gidion's Knot (Sis Tryst Productions); 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Square Product Theatre); Siren Song, Duck Duck Dupe, Trunks: a live comic book, Yesterado, Unbeweaveable, Eating Words (Buntport Theater for All Ages), and The Odyssey: A Walking Tour (Buntport Theater).
Music Director, Musician, Composer
VITOLY, AN OWL
David’s musical journey began with teenage basement albums and wound through classical piano studies, jazz studies, traditional Irish music, life as a street musician, Gypsy Swing in Galway, The Prague Fringe Festival, extensive touring in Europe and in a bio-diesel van in the US, and creative children’s theater. He is inspired by interdisciplinary collaboration, which has been a principal focus in his work as a pianist, guitarist, vocalist, arranger and composer inChimney Choir.
Costume Designer, Mask and Leather Designer
Tiffany Smyth creates the incredibly intricate leather masks with her company ArtsMyths.
Set and World Designer
Tom Varani is a Denver artist, innovator and explorer and the other half of the dynamic duo that makes up the Unbuilt Library.