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My name is...Michael Stricker

Absolutely busy and loving it


About me

I'm the cultural programs and senior center supervisor for the city of Northglenn. On the senior center side, I supervise a couple of staff members, and we provide social activities. That's probably 20 percent of my job.

The other part is running Northglenn Arts. I supervise all the programming that's in the theater. Northglenn Youth Theater is probably the biggest program. I also help produce our summer concert series and summer movie series that's in the park.

What I absolutely love about my job is no two days are the same — ever. There is always something new, and I work for a city that is incredibly interested in growing our services.

Unequivocally, my favorite time at work is on an opening night. Especially for our youth theater program, that's what makes all of the hard work worth it, seeing all of these kids put their heart into something and have the guts to get up in front of 300 people and do a performance.

I actually started out as an actor and director and got into producing and the administrative side. I've done a lot on both sides in the theater. I moved back to Colorado with my wife, who is an amazing actress, to help cofound Paragon Theater down in Denver. During that time, I was making a living working at the Denver Center for Preforming Arts and the Arvada Center running their box offices. I was running Paragon Theater as an executive director in my “free time.” All that led up to (my current job).

Enjoying life

I have a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, so normally in my free time I'm at a soccer practice, orchestra concert, guitar practice or hosting a Dungeons and Dragons get-together. When I'm not doing that, I absolutely love hiking, going to concerts at Red Rocks, going on date nights with my wife, cooking and reading the latest Stephen King novel.

For being on the stage as much as I have been and in the theater as long as I've been, I have zero musical talent. I can't sing; I can't play instruments. (Musical talent) skipped my gene pool and went to my boys. Both of my boys play guitar and violin and piano.

If my life were a book, movie or play...

I would want to be a book with a lot of great detail that's translated into a play which later gets translated into a movie. I'd let James Franco play me in the movie.

—Megan M. Crumley, Special to Colorado Community Media



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