Dodie Rife brings energy and excitement to our theater. Her enthusiasm, organizational skills and commitment to teamwork are moving NOVA in new and promising directions. Dodie started working as a volunteer with Rimrock Opera’s production of Carmen in 2009. She steadily increased her involvement working as Properties Master and eventually becoming Stage Manager for many opera productions. Dodie has participated in the Rimrock Opera School Program and One-Act Shows, La Boheme, Rigoletto, The Crucible, The Merry Widow, Tosca, Aida, Turandot, LaTraviata, Magic Flute and Nosferatu. In 2014, Dodie directed NOVA’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Dodie was the costume designer for Rocky Mountain College’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, South Pacific and Lysistrata. She assisted with the 2013 production of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.
Youth Conservatory Director
DeLaney Hardy Ray earned a degree in Theater Performance and is a well respected teacher, writer, actress, and director. She has been volunteering with the youth programs at NOVA Center for over 9 years. She has taught a wide variety of ages from Kindergarten on up. Some of the subjects she has taught are how to develop a character and how to write, produce, and perform a play. DeLaney uses creative teaching techniques to help her students excel. She helps them grow by using storytelling, improvisation, and visual imagery to advance their skills.
Along with her vast experience as a teacher, DeLaney has also been a part of many shows at NOVA, on stage and off. Some of the performances DeLaney has been seen in include: A Christmas Carol, From Chekhov with Love and Laughter, Sherlock Holmes, and Sweet Charity. Off stage, DeLaney can be found in the director’s chair in Free Birdie, Charlotte’s Web, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and many more. DeLaney also directed a play she wrote called, The Vote. This play was written as a tribute to the “first lady of Congress,” Jeannette Rankin.
DeLaney’s experience in theater does not stop at NOVA. She has also worked with other companies around the area. Some of the other places DeLaney has left her mark are Billings Studio Theatre, The Virginia City Opera House, Venture Improv, Seattle Children’s Theater, Yellowstone Repertory Theatre, and Slapstick Improv. When DeLaney is not working endlessly in the theatre world, she enjoys spending quality time with her friends, family, and pets.DeLaney earned a degree in Theater Performance and is a well respected teacher, writer, actress, and director. She has been volunteering with the youth programs at NOVA Center for over 9 years. She has taught a wide variety of ages from Kindergarten on up. Some of the subjects she has taught are how to develop a character and how to write, produce, and perform a play. DeLaney uses creative teaching techniques to help her students excel. She helps them grow by using storytelling, improvisation, and visual imagery to advance their skills.
Ginger Roll brings her background of broadcasting, copy-writing, marketing, and public speaking to NOVA to enrich and enhance the marketing effort. Ginger is active both onstage and behind the scenes in most NOVA productions.
Box Office Manager
Cora Brink, a Kansas native, has an Associate’s Degree in Performing Arts and loves working with animals, even spending 3 years as a Pet Stylist. Currently, Cora is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music at MSU-B, moving ever closer to her dream of becoming a composer.
Gary Treglown is a Methodist pastor by trade, musician by gift, and volunteer at heart. Gary received a minor in theater from Montana State University and served as an adjunct professor in costume design at Rocky Mountain College.
Andrea Horrell has Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Business and German from California State University Fullerton and her MBA from Xavier University. After a career in the engineering software field with a focus on Customer Service and Marketing she has spent the last 21 years providing small business bookkeeping and management services. She has two grown children and lives in Billings with her husband. She is a hobby beekeeper who loves the outdoors, reading and cooking!
Composer in Residence/R.O.C.K. Instructor
Dulais Rhys was born in Wales, and has been a professional musician for over 25 years and is now a resident of Billings with his wife Leigh. Mr. Rhys has Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Wales. He offers his skills as an accompanist and instructor throughout the year at NOVA. His hobbies include reading, movies, golf, and cooking.
Venture Improv Director
Tiffany Melia has been performing locally for nearly 30 years and has been doing improv for more than half that time.