Creede Repertory Theatre Program 2018

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2018 / our 53rd season

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contents Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 At a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Barefoot in the Park . . . . . . . 14 The Wizard of Oz . . . . . . . . 16 9 to 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Miss Holmes . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Guadalupe in the Guest Room . . . . . . . . 22 Headwaters . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Boomtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The KID Show . . . . . . . . . . 29 Educational Programs . . . . 31 Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . 35 Supporting CRT . . . . . . . . 37 The Company . . . . . . . . . . 53 CRT Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

What Makes CRT

your theatre, always? It’s the people, really. It’s the local Creede community, the volunteers, the summer residents, the donors, the fans, the visitors, the kids, the families, the students, the teachers, the advertisers, the businesses, the Valley, the mountain towns, the enthusiasm, the heart, the dogs, the cats, and the mountains. We continue to offer programming for all, that’s alive and vibrant. Just. Like. You. We’re here for you. And we thank you for coming. We’re your theatre. Always. 719/658-2540

Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a not-forprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible. Production photos by John Gary Brown. Program design by RoShamBo Marketing + Creative. (Cover photos left to right) Kay Lancaster in The Glass Menagerie (1971), Sally Smith in The Girl from Maxim’s (1974), Christy Brandt and Trary Maddalone in Picnic (1989), Regina Fernandez in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (2010), Diana Dresser in August: Osage County (2015)



tuesday 20










7:30pm Barefoot opens*


nat’l small print show opens


taste of creede


1:30pm Barefoot*


1:30pm Barefoot*


poetry, stories, and song*


9 to 5 talk 1pm 1:30pm 9 to 5 7:30pm Oz






7:30pm Oz


7:30pm Barefoot*

6:30pm opening night


13 7:30pm Barefoot*



1:30pm Barefoot* 7:30pm 9 to 5

7:30pm Oz





1:30pm Oz 7:30pm Barefoot* local discount

23 7:30pm Barefoot* 10:30pm Boomtown opens*

7:30pm Oz chat back after


12 1:30pm KID Show opens*

jazz club after



7:30pm 9 to 5 opens 11am backstage tour 1:30pm Barefoot* local discount 9 to 5 talk 7pm 7:30pm 9 to 5 10:30pm Boomtown *



1:30pm Oz Boomtown* 6pm


improv studio day camp / 10 am


1:30pm Oz 9 to 5 talk 7pm 7:30pm 9 to 5


1:30pm Barefoot* 7:30pm Oz

22 7:30pm Barefoot*

7:30pm Oz

improv studio day camp / 10 am

7:30pm Barefoot*


7:30pm Oz


20 7:30pm Barefoot*

7:30pm Oz


1:30pm Oz 7:30pm 9 to 5






celebration Poster Unveiling 7:30pm Oz opens

7:30pm Barefoot*

1:30pm Oz local discount

7:30pm mining through

taste of creede

mondays are dark

7:30pm Barefoot*

mondays are dark


7:30pm Barefoot*

chat back after

7:30pm Oz


1:30pm 9 to 5 chat back after 7:30pm Barefoot*

11am KID Show* 1:30pm Oz 7:30pm 9 to 5



11am backstage tour 9 to 5 talk 1pm 1:30pm 9 to 5 7:30pm Oz 10:30pm Boomtown *


11am KID Show closes* 1:30pm 9 to 5 7:30pm Barefoot* 10:30pm Boomtown *

1pm 9 to 5 talk 1:30pm 9 to 5 7:30pm Barefoot*

1:30pm Barefoot*




chat back after 7:30 pm bill bowers: beyond words*


mondays are dark


action story time / 10:30 am

1:30pm Oz 7pm 9 to 5 talk 7:30pm 9 to 5


your theatre, always

7:30pm 9 to 5


18 1:30pm Oz 7:30pm Barefoot*

7:30pm Oz jazz club after


1:30pm Oz 7:30pm 9 to 5 jazz club after


11am backstage tour 1:30pm Barefoot* 7:30pm Funktown* boomtown w/ funk!

action story time / 10:30 am

24 6 pm

Lake city friends of crt


witches and monkeys day camp / 10 am


7:30 pm sherry jo ward:

7:30pm Holmes opens



* Denotes all shows and events at the Ruth. “DARK” is theatre speak for closed.


11am backstage tour 1pm Holmes talk 1:30pm Holmes

chat back after

barefoot in the park


guadalupe in the guest room

the KId show

7:30pm Barefoot* 10:30pm Boomtown *

sketch your comedy day camp / 10 am

7:30pm Oz


9 to 5 the wizard of oz miss holmes

2018 schedule / our 53rd season thursday



1:30pm Barefoot* Holmes talk 7pm 7:30pm Holmes




1:30pm Barefoot* 6:30pm CRT GALA

saturday 3



11am backstage tour 1:30pm 9 to 5 7:30pm Holmes 10:30pm Boomtown *

tuesday 5

12 7:30pm Oz


1:30pm 9 to 5 chat back after 7:30pm Oz

Holmes talk 7pm 7:30pm Holmes

mondays are dark

1:30pm Oz chat back after 7:30pm 9 to 5


7:30pm 9 to 5 jazz club after




1pm 9 to 5 talk 1:30pm 9 to 5

last word after

7:30pm Barefoot* chat back after



1:30pm Oz chat back after 7:30pm Barefoot* closes



7:30pm Oz

7:30pm 9 to 5 jazz club after


7:30pm Oz 10pm the christy and

brownie comedy roast


1pm Guadalupe talk* 1:30pm Guadalupe*

chat back after

7:30pm 9 to 5


1:30pm Oz 7:30pm 9 to 5 jazz club after

7:30pm Guadalupe



7pm Holmes talk 7:30pm Holmes



24 headwaters new play festival*

7:30pm Holmes

last word after


11am backstage tour 1:30pm 9 to 5 7:30pm Holmes local discount 10:30pm Boomtown *


1pm Holmes talk 1:30pm Holmes Guadalupe talk* 7pm 7:30pm Guadalupe* 10:30pm Boomtown *


25 headwaters new play festival*

1:30pm Oz 7:30pm 9 to 5 closes 10:30pm Boomtown *

creede rep alumni week

1:30pm Oz closes



28 john green: the me zone

1pm 7pm

Holmes Guadalupe*


6:30pm Holmes talk 7pm Holmes



6:30pm Guadalupe talk* 7pm Guadalupe*

creede rep alumni week


1pm 7pm




an evening with emily van fleet & nathan jones

labor day weekend



mondays are dark

local discount

4 10 minute play / 24 hour festival*

last word after

6:30pm Holmes talk 7pm Holmes 10pm Boomtown *

fall curtain times begin



12:30pm Guadalupe talk* 1pm Guadalupe*

labor day weekend


12:30pm Holmes talk 1pm Holmes









12:30pm Guadalupe talk* 1pm Guadalupe*

chat back after


chat back after

7pm Holmes 10pm Boomtown * closes


Bringing the Whole Family?

All ages are welcome at The Wizard of Oz and The KID Show. Children four and over are welcome at all our season shows. Please be aware that some shows are intended for adult audiences. Ask our box office staff for recommendations.

It’s Easy to Go Rep!


6:30pm Guadalupe talk* 7pm Guadalupe*

Every weekend throughout July and August, you can see 3 or more shows in one weekend!

12:30pm Holmes talk 1pm Holmes


chat back after










Ask us about our many discounts. CRT is a Blue Star Theatre, offering discounts to active military, their immediate family, and veterans!

719/658-2540 /

Orchestra Balcony Student Child

Musicals Non-musicals Boomtown The KID Show

(11-22) (4-10)

$40 $38 $20 $11 $35 $33 $20 $11 $10 - $10 $10 FREE - FREE FREE



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W o h s e h t e r o f e b d r o w A Welcome! You’ve just sat down to experience a show. Are you comfy? Did you remember to use the restroom? Good. Here’s something to think about as you wait for the show to begin: how is experiencing a live performance different than watching one on film? Well, you say, the actors are really up there, telling the story right in front of me – anything can happen. When we watch a recorded performance, we are watching something that happened hours, years, decades ago. We are watching images of people made of light. When we experience a live performance, we are seeing people! We are witnessing something happen right now! Those are humans on stage, in the light booth, backstage, and in the lobby. Isn’t that remarkable? Live performance puts audience and performer alike in a vulnerable spot. As you mentioned earlier, anything can happen! It will be imperfect and human and immediate. The show you experience tonight will never happen quite the same way again. That’s why you are so important. Yes, you, sitting there in seat E9. (The chance you are sitting in E9 are very slim, but the person sitting there feels special now.) You are essential to the show tonight. Without you, live performance doesn’t matter. Your laughter, applause, jeers, and other reactions will affect the performance. The actors will affect you and you will affect them – all because we are here together in the same time and space. We are live together. Theatre is a group effort. Together, we tell stories that express the complications of human life. Today, you have carried the complexity of your life experience into the theater. So have the artists who are about to bring this show to life. The audience is the final and most vital collaborator in this effort. It’s not finished until you add the complexity of your life to the mix. Live performance is essential because it relies upon the communal experience of audience and artist. Let’s enjoy being live together. In our digitized, on-demand age of personal devices, there aren’t many opportunities for us to simply be in the same time and space, experiencing something intimate, spontaneous, urgent, and immediate. Theatre cannot be experienced on a screen. Or beamed to you over airwaves. Or taken in pill-form. I think that there will always be a need for the communal, ephemeral, fragile, unpredictable experience of watching humans tell a story. We need you to make it live.

Jessica Jackson Artistic Director (719) 658-2540 x224

now, enjoy!


“He was born in the summer of his 27th year / Coming home to a place he’d never been before / He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again / You might say he found a key for every door.” John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” blasted from the car speakers as I drove the last 20 miles from South Fork to Creede in 2011. I was 27, I was starting my first summer at CRT, and I didn’t know it then, but “I was coming home to a place [I’d] never been before.” I came from the humid, hustlebustle of New York City and arrived in a snowy, quiet, deer-filled Creede on a May morning. I have returned every summer since then working as an actor, playwright, director, Associate Artistic Director, and now Executive Director. Creede is where I was engaged and married to a CRT actress, and now we live on Main Street. The cliffs have an unforgettable silhouette, the mountain air is pristine, but the real magic of CRT is in the talent and hard work of its company, and Creede’s dedication to the theatre. We are working hard to continue the incredible legacy that’s been passed down to us. We want CRT to become the greatest destination theater—the greatest. It means making every dollar count, living within our means, reaching consistent financial stability while finding incremental ways to improve. It means that our 9 full-time staff members have the ability of 50 people. It means each audience member is important, that CRT surprises them, that they fall in love with this place, and CRT becomes their theatre because we concentrate on storytelling, on truthful acting, on engaging our audience’s hearts, minds, and imaginations. The idea of starting a theatre was born from the community 53 years ago and the Jaycees did what it took to make the dream become a reality. Same with the twelve KU students that first season. Same with the company members and Creede community over the next 53 years. This town was built on the grit and work ethic of silver mining that is still palpable today. Thank you for being here. Whether you bought a ticket, gave a Colorado Gives Day gift, or sponsored a play this year, you have played a big part in the next two hours you’re about to experience. Know that when the actors shake your hand after the show, it’s a thank you from all of CRT. Not just for providing the energy for this evening’s performance, but for helping us sustain 53 years of telling stories in this amazing mountain town. My office is always open. I want to know your thoughts about CRT and Creede. What makes you and your family excited to keep returning every season? Was this your first CRT show? Where is there room for improvement? Let’s talk about it. You’ll see me in the lobby before most shows and walking on Main Street. Please say Hi. My best to you and your family,

John DiAntonio Executive Director (719)658-2540 x229


2018 lineup

See schedule for dates and times

takin’ care of business

Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson Genre Musical / Comedy Rated PG-13 Mild language, fantasy violence, comedic drug use A toe-tapping smash musical with music and lyrics by the one and only Dolly Parton. What happens when three female co-workers are pushed to the limit by their sexist, lying, conniving boss and decide to take matters into their own— very capable—hands? Based on the groundbreaking and popular 1980 film, this hilarious and timely story about friendship and revenge will leave you feeling triumphant and your heart singing. ‘Cause when the going gets tough, What Would Dolly Do? Write a hit musical, darlin’!

fly over the rainbow

love, loss, and family

Directed by Emily Van Fleet Genre Musical / Family / Fantasy Rated G Mild fantasy violence We’re off to see the Wizard! Experience this time-honored story as Dorothy travels from the plains of Kansas to the magical world of Oz. Adapted from the classic 1939 film by MGM, The Wizard of Oz takes our young heroine on a fantastical journey of adventure and adversity. Complete with a scarecrow, a tin man, a not-so-fearless lion, a wicked witch, and a little dog, too. So grab your friends and your ruby slippers and get ready to be blown away.

Directed by Sara Guerrero Genre Drama Rated R Infrequent strong language, adult content Guadalupe has lost a daughter, Steve has lost a wife, and neither of them can find enough common ground to talk about it. Coupled with the fact that neither of them can speak the other’s language, they find a new way to connect: through an unlikely love of Telenovela—the wildly popular Latin American soap opera. How can such different people come together and take a step toward healing? Guadalupe offers a profound look into the complexities of language, grief, loneliness, love, laughter, and new beginnings.

an exciting twist on a classic character

feel the magic!

Directed by Jessica Jackson Genre Mystery / Suspense Rated PG Some suspense and mild violence An anonymous note, a fearful wife, and a pair of curious shoes? Sounds like a perfect case for Holmes and Watson. Ah, but there’s a twist: Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson sleuth their way through the twists and turns of this classic mystery. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a cunning and highly enjoyable gender-bent take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s maddeningly brilliant detective.” If you fancied Around the World in 80 Days, you’ll love the lightningquick pace and skillful character swaps of Miss Holmes. The game’s afoot!


famous and funny romantic comedy

Directed by Michael Perlman Genre Romantic Comedy Rated PG Mild language Corie is a romantic free spirit. Paul is a conservative young lawyer. This classic romantic comedy follows these six-day-old newlyweds as their dream marriage and five-story walk-up apartment fall apart in front of their very eyes. This hilarious and profoundly touching 1963 play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon explores universal questions about love, compatibility and relationships. Sometimes unpacking the emotional baggage is the biggest move of all.

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Genre Family / Kids / Western Rated G Aquilina is a clever, courageous, and imaginative girl who leads a group of orphans in a recently abandoned wild west town. Will the railroad town disappear completely? Will Aquilina and her crew be sent to orphanages around the country? Join us to find the missing deed and solve the mystery of their town’s original founders! Now in its 16th season The KID Show program will continue empowering young creative minds to develop and produce a new play alongside professional mentors. This program has been recognized four consecutive years by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

at a glance

special events 18th Annual National Small Print Show May 26 / 4 pm / Mainstage Lobby / Free

This juried exhibition contains over 100 small prints from fine artists across the country. Whether you collect or just appreciate, come celebrate the miniature medium.

Season Poster Unveiling and Opening Night Celebration

June 8 / 6:30 pm / Mainstage / $20 / Ticket to The Wizard of Oz included

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BehindtheCurtain Deepen your connection to the plays, company members, and everything else CRT has to offer. Dates for the following events are listed on the season schedule. Jazz Club

Mainstage Lobby / $15 Back by popular demand! Watch our lobby transform into an intimate jazz club at 9,000 ft. Mingle with our 2018 cast and crew, sip cocktails, and listen to your favorite vocalists and musicians from our 53rd season.

Backstage Tour Mainstage Lobby / $6 It’s a whole new world back there! CRT company members reveal the tricks of the trade and the colorful history of the Mainstage. It’s also a great way for donors to understand the unique needs of CRT. Pre-show Talks

FREE! Pre-show talks offer a comprehensive dramaturgical experience. In turn, you’ll appreciate and connect even more with our diverse repertory season. Arrive 35 minutes before show time for select shows.

Chat backs

FREE! Stick around after select performances as the actors and technicians answer your burning questions and share fascinating stories about the creation of the play.

The Last Word New this season / FREE! You’ve been prepped by the pre-show talk, now reconnect with themes from the play, and share your thoughts through a moderated audience discussion provided by a CRT expert facilitator. After select shows. Questions about CRT’s Behind the Curtain programs? Contact Artistic Associate, Kate Berry, at 719/658-2540 x233 or

This is the night we roll out the red carpet and celebrate another season opening at CRT! Wear something fancy, enjoy a little live music, and get the first peek at this year’s season art poster masterpiece by Colleen DeSanto. Then, settle in for the opening performance of The Wizard of Oz.

Mining through Poetry, Stories, & Song June 24 / 7:30 pm / The Ruth / $15

Join the Creede Historical Society for their 9th annual celebration of mining through poetry, stories, and song. All proceeds benefit the Creede Historical Society.


July 21 / 7:30 pm / The Ruth / Rated PG-13 / $20

What happens when you combine Creede’s best funk band with the wacky comedy of Boomtown? Funktown! We will dance and we will laugh (but not at your dancing). Please join us for the funkiest night of the year.

Bill Bowers: Beyond Words

July 22 / 7:30 pm / The Ruth / Rated PG-13 / $35

Bowers, often compared to Chaplin and Keaton, employs an eloquent mixture of music, monologues and mime to investigate the silence surrounding the enigmatic matters of gender in our culture today, exploring what it means to be a boy, and the messages we receive on our way to becoming men.

Sherry Jo Ward: Stiff

July 25 / 7:30 pm / The Ruth / Rated PG-13 / $35

Dallas actress Sherry Jo Ward chronicles her struggle with Stiff Person Syndrome, an extremely rare “One in a Million” disease. Part stand-up comedy, part PowerPoint presentation, Stiff is called “hilarious” by the Dallas Voice and “transformative” by the Dallas Morning News.

Christy and Brownie Comedy Roast

August 21 / 10 pm / Big River Music / Rated PG-13 / Pay what you can

What better way to launch Alumni Week than by roasting the matriarch and patriarch of CRT? With 44 years of material to draw from, the CRT company and alums should have no shortage of jokes and barbs (all out of love and admiration, of course). Don’t miss this hilarious evening!

The Me Zone: A Night of Stories, Songs and Poetry featuring John Green

August 28 / 7 pm / Sunnyside Chapel / Rated PG / Pay what you can

Recent winner of The Guild Complex Prose Award, The Me Zone is a playful exploration of the frustration we all share that life is not “all about me!” John will share the stage with Creede poets and musicians while making sure the focus is mostly ON HIM.

There’s Love... And Then There’s This: An Evening with Emily Van Fleet & Nathan Jones September 2 / 7 pm / Mainstage / Rated PG / $35

You know them from CRT musicals, Boomtown, and The KID Show, but here’s your chance to get the real skinny. Join us for one night only as Emily and Nathan regale you with stories, sing their hearts out, and improvise their way through the journey of their love and marriage.

10-Minute Play Festival

September 4 / 7 pm / The Ruth / Rated PG-13 / Pay What You Can

The company-generated 10-Minute Play Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the season. Five original plays inspired by a common theme starring our talented company like you’ve never seen them before. The second act will feature one short play created in 24 hours. The team is assigned a random play title and are given 24 hours to write, stage, rehearse, memorize, and design their magnum opus. Our prayers are with them.


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2018 Gala

There’s No Place Like Home August 3


Rio Grande Club and Resort / $250


A tender and beautiful concept that means something different to us all. It can be a place, a person, a season, a smell, even a distant memory. Whatever home means to you, one thing is certain:

“There’s No Place Like Home.”

It’s as one-of-a-kind as Creede, Colorado. We hope you’ll visit your home away from home this August for Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2018 Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Celebrate with your CRT family at the elegant Rio Grande Country Club. The evening will be filled with live and silent auctions, delicious food and drinks, and moving performances exploring the boundless concept of Home.

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All ticket purchases support Creede Rep’s mission to create excellent theatre for all ages.


Honoring the Creede Jaycees. & Jaycee-ettes In early 1966, the men and women of the Junior Chamber of Commerce ( Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes) in Creede, Colorado decided to send out letters to several surrounding university theatre programs to gauge their interest in providing summer entertainment for the City of Creede. Carl Helfin had retired from producing his beloved melodramas and movies, and local pastor/Jaycee member Jim Livingston saw a grand opportunity. This idea, along with the enthusiastic response of twelve University of Kansas students, led to the creation of CRT that very summer. 53 seasons later, we dedicate our 2018 program to the Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes of 1966 and beyond. Without their once crazy idea, the Creede Repertory Theatre would not exist. CRT will be honoring the Creede Jaycees & Jaycee-ettes at the June 16th 1:30pm performance of The Wizard of Oz.

Leroy Ballensky John Wardell Dick Kolisch Lloyd Page Gene Wardell Jan Gillis Yvonne Hosselkus Nancy Rogers

Thank you, folks. This is still your theatre. Always.

Alfred Beall Bob Fredricks Stanley Kolisch Bob Readle Jerry Wintz Iris Birdsey Lana Leggitt Bonnie Wardell Rocky Birdsey

Corky Hosselkus Monte Larson Dannie Rogers Robert Wardell Janis Birdsey Pat Livingston Marilyn Wintz Norman Birdsey Henry Hosselkus

Phil Leggitt Lonnie Rogers Rod Wintz Phyllis Dunkel Patsy Louth Paul Dunkel Jr. Jimmy Hosselkus Jim Livingston Herman Sanders

Bud Ames Carol Fredericks Sarah McCaulley Richard Fairchild Paul Hosselkus Bob Louth Eldon Seime Ralph Bamber Uvaughn Beall

Kay Readle Orville Flaugh Watt Hanscom Don McCaulley George Smith Richard Brown Lynn Gillis Betsy Rogers


Barefoot Beginnings

In Rewrites, Neil Simon’s 1996 memoir, he writes extensively about life with his first wife, Joan, who passed away from cancer at age 40 in 1973. From the very first chapter of that memoir, it becomes clear that Barefoot in the Park is lovingly based on their early life together in New York City. A place Joan loved fully and was resistant to the mere thought of moving West when Neil’s television writing career threatened to move them to the other coast. “To [ Joan], New York was the center of the universe. It was the ballet, the theater, the museums, The New York Times, the Seventy-Second Street Marina, steamed clams in Montauk, fall drives through Vermont, the U.S. Open in Forest Hills, sailing in Long Island Sound, old bookstores, Greenwich Village pubs where you could see Franz Kline paintings and Maxwell Bodenheim poems tacked to the walls in lieu of paying their bar bills. And yes, even walking barefoot in Washington Square Park with a feisty dog named Chips, on a cool October night, sitting on a park bench till three o’clock in the morning.” Simon goes on to describe their first apartment, where they moved immediately after their marriage at the Criminal Courts Building in lower Manhattan in 1953. “Money never mattered much to Joan. She could and did live contentedly in our first apartment, a one-room, five-story walk-up in the Village. It had a small dressing room which she converted to an even smaller bedroom. It had a low doorway and I couldn’t see how she could get a bed in. It would, I thought, have to be born in there. Never underestimate the wiles and ingenuity of a newlywed decorating her first apartment. I came home that first night we moved in, having put in a full day on the Caesar show, and found the bed in the room. ‘How?’ I asked, expecting some reasonable answer. ‘I don’t know,’ she replied. ‘I just did it.’ She was capable of things like that.” Sound familiar? Barefoot in the Park might just be the bed born in that dressing room in a tiny Village apartment.



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“With Neil Simon, you can sort of walk out of the theater and hum the jokes, like humming the tunes from a musical.”

—David Ives, Playwright

Bob and Kay Carrel


Corie in Context

When the character of Corie Bratter (played by Caitlin Wise) enters her new apartment at the beginning of Act One, she’s described by Neil Simon as “lovely, young and full of hope for the future”. It is the winter of 1963 and the world has been changing rapidly, leading up to Corie’s first appearance.

May 9, 1960

The FDA approves the world’s first commercially produced birth control pill.

February 19, 1963

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is released.

June 10, 1963

The Equal Pay Act is signed into law by John F. Kennedy.

Rated PG Two 10-minute Intermissions

CREATIVE TEAM Director Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design

Michael Perlman+ Tristan Jeffers Asa Benally Mandi Wood Elisheba Ittoop

management team

Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager

Nia Sciarretta* Alex Skaar

Corie Bratter Paul Bratter Corie’s Mother, Mrs. Banks Victor Velasco Telephone Repairman

Caitlin Wise* Dustin Bronson*


Christy Brandt* Logan Ernstthal* Antony Terrell

Barefoot in the Park is presented by special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.

June 16, 1963

Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman to travel into space.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Director’s Note: Michael Perlman Welcome to 1963. A time in our history when everything seemed to be in flux: the younger generation was proudly standing up for its values, the role of women’s voices in our society was moving closer to the center, and America was about to be confronted with its most turbulent time in many years. In other words, a time of transition. In many ways, Barefoot in the Park can seem to be a step behind the revolution that was occurring surrounding its debut on Broadway. The truth is, however, that transition is at the heart of what Barefoot is about. Each of our characters is undergoing a shift from one phase in life to the next and discovering that it is much more difficult than they ever expected it to be. Whether it’s getting married, becoming an empty-nester or accepting the fact that as time marches on, the effects of age catch up with us, Neil Simon captures something essential about the human experience in these characters’ experiences. As we know, the only constant in life is change. Well, and maybe the everlasting joy and catharsis great writers like Neil Simon can give to those of us lucky to be in a room with his characters.


THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg Background Music by Herbert Stothart

She’s Got the Look

the transformation of the wicked witch 1900 to 2018

With the book by L. Frank Baum as a jumping off point, the witch in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has gone through quite a transformation since the year 1900. She’s been called the Wicked Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and Evillene. Anne Faith Butler Go to any Halloween party in 2018 and you are bound to see some version of Margaret Hamilton’s iconic character from the 1939 film: pointy hat, green nose and chin, with a broom always by her side— complete with a disdain for water and small dogs. She has transformed from the owner of an enchanted Golden Cap and a lust for silver shoes; to a pointy black hat—green skinned and hankering after ruby slippers; all the way to the devious master of a sweatshop in the subway under Yankee stadium. She often has her clan of flying monkeys in tow, a yearning for power, and a burning hatred for the innocent Dorothy Gale. In this production, CRT veteran Annie Butler tackles this iconic role. Butler recalls, “I’ve been doing “the voice” of Margaret Hamilton (‘how bout a little fire, Scarecrow!’) since I was a kid. My big sister Nora did the voice—she started it. So, I feel like the Wicked Witch was part of our childhood (like everybody else). I remember in an interview, Margaret Hamilton said she really had no idea her Wicked Witch of the West would frighten the children who saw the movie so terribly much, and she felt very sorry about that. I understand, she was Wicked Witch illustration by W.W. a very sweet lady. PS. I can’t wait to get my hands on Denslow from 1899’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum that little dog.”



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Costume Designs for Wicked Witch and Flying Monkeys by Asa Benally (2018)

Margaret Hamilton in the famous 1939 MGM picture

Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical (photo by Joan Marcus)

Mable King as Evillene in The Wiz in 1978

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Director’s Note: Emily Van Fleet I don’t need to tell you that The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic. The story of Dorothy and her unruly canine has been retold and reimagined for over 100 years, from the original novel by L. Frank Baum published in 1900, to the 1939 MGM film, and spin-off stories like the 1978 film The Wiz, and the recent novelturned-hit-Broadway-musical, Wicked. But what makes it timeless and why keep telling this story? To answer, let’s explore why we tell fairy tales at all and what keeps them relevant over time. Fairy tales serve two major functions: escape and moral instruction. They take us away from our humdrum existence, transporting us to another place and time, showing us what the world could be. Since the mid-1950s, when this story became mainstream, American society has arguably been experiencing an identity crisis, one that continues to intensify. People were trading rural life for urban industry, separating individuals from communities. More recent technological advances have only intensified this sense of isolation, pulling us further away from true connection and common understanding. This story is loved so fiercely because people of all ages can identify with its characters. As a youngster, I identified with Dorothy, never being understood or acknowledged properly by adults (heck, sometimes I still feel that way). Perhaps in 15 years, I’ll identify more with the curmudgeonly Ms. Gulch, who can’t get any peace because that pesky dog keeps rummaging through her garden (oh who am I kidding, that’s me now too!). Personally, I have felt empathy for every one of these brainless, bumbling, heartless, scaredy-cats. Because they are all me. They are all us. And we can always learn from them. This story’s relevance comes from our yearning for “home,” whether it’s a literal house, family and friends who care for us, a country we’re proud to belong to, or inner purpose and enlightenment. As a member of today’s audience­—right here, right now, sipping wine or popping candy—we have the opportunity to experience it for the first time because we share a common perspective based on what we know has happened today in Creede: the weather is nice, the kids are having a blast at day camps, the rodeo is in full swing, and we need to pick up hot dog buns for the 4th of July. Likewise, we have a shared perspective based on what we know is happening in the world: the fight for equality, polarization in politics, economic anxiety, safety at home and abroad. It gets heavy. But thankfully, Dorothy and friends have it figured out! The moral they show us is simple yet difficult to enact, but it is as important now as it’s ever been. We are better as individuals when we stick together, and true empowerment is achieved by building others up, not tearing them down. Family, love, a sense of belonging: they’re what’s really important. We can find the connection we seek. It’s all around us – and not just over the rainbow.

Rated G One 15-minute Intermission

CREATIVE TEAM Director Music Director Choreographer Scenic Design Costume Design (humans & puppets) Lighting Design Sound Design Puppet Design & Fabrication

Emily Van Fleet Ian LeRoy Bethany Eilean Talley Robert Mark Morgan Asa Benally Matthew Schlief Dustin Lacy WYNOT Productions

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Dorothy Gale Aunt Em/Glinda Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard Hunk/Scarecrow Hickory/Tinman Zeke/Cowardly Lion Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch Prof. Marvel/Wizard Ensemble


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Devon Muko* Nia Sciarretta* Lisa Tinker Michael George Scott Kuiper* Yael Chanukov Caitlin Wise* Zayaz Da Camara Regina Fernandez Claudio Venancio Antony Terrell Anne Faith Butler* Christy Brandt* Rachel Maria Ines Scott Kuiper* Heidi Carann Snider Kietraille Sutton Ian LeRoy McKinley Foster Krista Kopper Vita E. Cleveland

The Wizard Of Oz is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

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9 TO 5 Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton Book by Patricia Resnick Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture

The Depth of Dolly

Earlier this year, Dolly Parton was in the news for two reasons. The first for her non-profit Imagination Library, an organization that recently sent out its 100 millionth book. To mark the occasion, the book was dedicated to the Library of Congress. Inspired by her father, Set in 1979, at the end of the free-flowing 70s, but before who was illiterate, Imagination Library has mailed out millions of the appearance of the power suit in the 1980’s, the design of books to children over the past 20 years—for free. 9 to 5 has its own unique style. The second, during an interview celebrating this overwhelming Set Design by Robert Mark Morgan. Costume sketches by generosity, she was asked yet again if there were any plans for a 9 Tatyana de Pavloff. to 5 reunion with the original characters. Her answer? “Yes! They’re working on that now.” The idea will incorporate three young women who turn to the old crew of ladies for help and inspiration. Dolly Parton grew up one of twelve children in rural Tennessee. After developing a love of music at an early age, she graduated high school and headed straight to Nashville. Throughout the 1960s and 70s she became, and remains, one of the most successful recording artists and songwriters of all time. She still tours today at age 72 and has no plans to retire. Her title anthem from the movie 9 to 5 was nominated for an Academy Award and appears front and center in the musical version—as does Dolly Parton—she wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, which premiered in 2009. Whether she’s singing her new and classic tunes, or helping teach millions of children to read, Dolly Parton always puts a smile on our faces and in our hearts.

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Director’s Note: Amanda Berg Wilson 9 to 5 is the 2009 musical adaptation of the 1980 movie that is the 20th top grossing comedy film of all time. It launched Dolly Parton to multi-hyphenate stardom, has an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the American Film Institute lists it as one of the top 100 funniest movies ever. Needless to say, the movie is beloved. The musical 9 to 5, presented here to you in what we’ve crafted to be a great romp of a production, preserves what is so essential about the movie. Like its cinematic predecessor, it is the story of three lowstatus working ladies whose degradation at the hands of their “smarmy, pompous, his own biggest fan” predator of a boss drives them first to fantasize, then to actualize, a comeuppance. As a director, I love that the musical keeps the story in 1979, instead of updating it for today. It has allowed the designers and me a delicious deep-dive into a particular and brief cultural moment--the no-longer70’s, not-quite-80’s feel of 1979. Disco was on its way out, as was any possibility that the Equal Rights Amendment would be ratified by twothirds of the states and made a part of our constitution. Reaganism was on its way in, and the second wave of feminism had crashed, with the third wave not to arrive until a decade later. Women were integrated into the workplace, but rarely with any leverage or power. 1979 is one of those strange in-between time periods in American history, and its transitional quality lends our musical such specificity and delightful nostalgia. But while this story is firmly planted in 1979, it is right on time for now. A way to lean-in to our current #metoo moment without having to feel so damn despairing about the whole mess. A reminder that we’ve come a long way, baby, but still have far to go. 9 to 5 celebrates the joy to be found when we can finally and definitively call out the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigots” among us, and actually kick the sonofaguns out. And ultimately, it’s for all of us, male or female, who have been kept down by the old systems, and are itching for the new systems to be born, who are ready for “a better day.”

Rated PG-13 One 15-minute Intermission

CREATIVE TEAM Director Music Director Choreographer Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design

Amanda Berg Wilson Ian LeRoy Maddy Apple Robert Mark Morgan Tatyana de Pavloff Matthew Schlief Dustin Lacy

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Violet Newstead Doralee Rhodes Judy Bernly Franklin Hart, Jr. Roz Keith Joe/Others Dwayne/Others Josh/Others Maria/Others Dick/Tinsworthy/ Others Secretary/Others Secretary/Others


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Nia Sciarretta* Devon Muko* Alex Skaar Michael George Emily Van Fleet* Kate Berry* Emily Van Fleet* Regina Fernandez Zayaz Da Camara Anne Faith Butler* Scott Kuiper* Antony Terrell Claudio Venancio Rachel Maria Ines Logan Ernstthal* Yael Chanukov Heidi Carann Snider Ian LeRoy McKinley Foster Krista Kopper Vita E. Cleveland

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. 9 to 5, The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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MISS HOLMES by Christopher M. Walsh Based on characters by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Enduring Legacy of Sir Doyle’s Detective

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mastermind detective has endured the test of time and is firmly entrenched in popular culture. Numerous television series, movies, graphic novels, and books have been inspired by the consulting detective residing at 221b Baker Street. Why is Sherlock Holmes so compelling? A Rational Mind in an Irrational World Doyle modeled Holmes after his friend and Scottish surgeon, Doctor Joseph Bell. Bell pioneered forensic science, even consulting on the Jack the Ripper case. Bell emphasized a strict adherence to detailed observation. After observing a stranger for a few minutes, Bell, like Holmes, could unnervingly rattle off personal details like occupation and recent travel. In A Scandal in Bohemia, Doyle describes the extent to which Holmes had achieved a sort of perfect rationality: “All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen.”Doyle also endowed Holmes with Bell’s idea that a clear mind retains only what is relevant. Sherlock is the ultimate example of mindfulness over multi-tasking. From A Study in Scarlet: “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge, you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.” Perfect Justice In a world in which justice is often arbitrarily applied, this is a compelling fantasy: a perfectly rational mind, free of assumption and bias, will always catch the guilty, absolve the innocent, and justice will prevail. In her wonderful book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Maria Konnikova writes, “Holmes’ trick is to treat every thought, every experience, and every perception the way he



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would a pink elephant. In other words, begin with a healthy dose of skepticism instead of the credulity that is your mind’s natural state of being.” As Holmes reminds us in A Scandal in Bohemia, “Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” A Profound Friendship Perhaps the most compelling thing about Jeremy Brett and David Burke in Holmes and Watson The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) is their journey from unlikely roommates to platonic life partners. Although awkward and condescending on the surface, Holmes’ interactions with Watson make them both better humans and detectives. Holmes gives Watson a uniquely Sherlockian compliment in The Hound of the Baskervilles: “It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.” Although Holmes cannot express the depth of this friendship, Doyle makes it clear in his stories that Holmes would be lost without Watson. From The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb: “You’re not hurt, Watson? For God’s sake, say that you are not hurt!”
It was worth a wound -- it was worth many wounds -- to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.”

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Director’s Note: Jessica Jackson Were women to “unsex” themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen, and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection. Queen Victoria in a private letter to Sir Theodore Martin, 1870.

I think he will probably come round in time, I mean to renew the subject pretty often.
 Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson upon her father’s objection to her pursuit of medicine, 1860. She became Britain’s first female licensed physician.

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Director Jessica Jackson Scenic/Lighting Design Matthew Schlief Costume Design Tatyana De Pavloff Sound Design Becca Pearce Fight Choreographer John DiAntonio Asst. Director Dustin Bronson


I adore a juicy mystery. Keep me on the edge of my seat. Keep me Stage Manager Devon Muko* guessing. Keep me one step behind the mind of the brilliant detective. Asst. Stage Manager Alex Skaar In Miss Holmes, Christopher Walsh gives us two incredible mysteries: 1. Who is behind the mysterious letters and murders? 2. What if Sherlock CAST Holmes and Doctor Watson were women? Sherlock Holmes Kate Berry* Walsh wrote a play that turned on one simple alteration to literary history and its oceans of luminous male masterminds. Into that ocean Dorothy Watson Caitlin Wise* he dropped a female Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The females of Lizzie Chapman/ 19th century literature are almost entirely supporting characters: virtuous Peggy/Martha Emily Van Fleet* wives, sisters who die of wasting diseases, and plucky virgins who become Elizabeth Garrett virtuous wives (or die of wasting diseases). Walsh’s play is entertaining, Anderson/Mrs. nostalgic, and gives Sherlock Holmes fans everything we love about his Hudson/Eudora mysteries – while making the daring choice to place England’s greatest Featherstone Stephanie Diaz* mind in the head of a woman. Thomas Chapman/ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote during a century that defined Superintendent/ literature for the English-speaking world. This period gave us Dickens, Orderly Scott Kuiper* the Brontes, Thackeray, Trollope, Collins, Eliot, Stevenson, Hardy, Wilde, Wells, both James’, Byron, Keats, the Shelleys, Kipling. During this same Mycroft Holmes/ century, and arguably for every century prior, the acceptable range of Vagrant/Edwin Greener Dustin Bronson* women’s behavior and morality was perilously narrow. A woman’s destiny was to devote themselves Geoffrey Lestrade/ to the domestic sphere and Orderly Logan Ernstthal* play supporting roles in the Michael Stamford/ adventures of husbands, Reginald/Orderly Zayaz Da Camara brothers, fathers. Consequently, female characters played Produced in special arrangement with Dramatic supporting roles in most of Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois. literature. There are more female *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, protagonists in today’s culture, the Union of Professional Actors and but we haven’t gained as many Stage Managers in the United States. as you’d think: In the top 100 grossing films of 2017, females comprised 24% of sole protagonists, 37% of major characters, and 34% of all speaking characters. My wish is that bookish nerd-girls like me see themselves reflected in the smart, brave, resilient characters named Holmes and Watson. You aren’t supporting characters in Artist rendering of Miss Holmes and Dr. someone else’s story. You are the protagonist. Get out there. Catch the killer. Watson by artist Kelley German

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Memoirs of Telenovelas

Johamy Morales, CRT Education Director Las telenovelas para mi significan una época muy bonita de mi juventud llena de felicidad, situaciones difíciles, pero llena de amor. Cuando yo llegué ha los Estado Unidos, ha la edad de seis, no hablaba ni una palabra de Ingles y cuando miraba el Canal de las Estrellas de México o el local Canal 12 en San Diego era los únicos canales que podía entender. A cierta hora yo sabia que todas as mujeres en mi familia, mis tías, mis abuelitas, mi mama, y hasta unos tíos miraban la misma novela; Cuna de Lobos, Rosa Salvaje, o Cadenas de Amargura. Desde las tías en el Rancho en Baja California hasta las tías en Los Ángeles. En ese tiempo mi madre no podía cruzar la frontera y pienso que en parte mirando las novelas la hacia sentir mas cerca de su familia. Mis papas trabajaban mucho y como me la pasaba en las tardes cuidando mi hermano, yo miraba las novelas para pasar el tiempo. Las actrices en las novelas eran bellas, fuertes, orgullosas y con confianza de ser una mujer Mexicana. Hoy miro la novelas, no porque realmente me gustan, porque la verdad son exageradas, dramáticas, and siempre hay una llorona, o dos. Las miro porque me hacen sentir que estoy cerca de mi familia, y oír el Español me hace sentir mas cerca de mi madre y mis raíces. Las novelas me transportan por un momento, como si viajara desde Creede hasta San Diego, donde comparto con mi madre ricos momentos de risa, pasión, romance y emoción. El proceso de escribir esta experiencia me ha echo entender el significado profundo que tiene las novelas para mi. Mi vida profesional me ha puesto bellas oportunidades en frente y en consecuencia he hecho sacrificios en mi vida familiar, y aun estando lejos me mantengo cerca de los que mas amo. Que haces tu para estar mas cerca de los que mas amas cuando estas lejos?

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For me, telenovelas signify a beautiful time in my youth filled with both happiness and difficulty, but all infused with love. When I first arrived in the United States at the age of six, I didn’t speak a word of English. When I watched the Canal de las Estrellas (Channel of the Stars) from Mexico and the local Channel 12 in San Diego, these were the only channels I understood. At a certain hour of the day I knew that all the women in my family: my aunts, my grandmothers, my mother, and even some uncles would all be watching the same novelas; Cuna de Lobos (Crib of Wolves), Rosa Salvaje (Savage Rosa), or Cadenas de Amargura (Chains of Bitterness). From my aunts at the Ranch in Baja California to my aunts in Los Angeles, we all watched together. During that time, my mother was not able to cross the U.S./Mexican border, so I think in part she would watch novelas to feel closer to her family. My parents worked a lot, so I would take care of my brother in the evenings. I would watch novelas to pass the time. The actresses were beautiful, strong, prideful, and confident Mexican women. Today, I watch novelas not because I like them, in truth they are exaggerated, melodramatic, and there is always a crier or two. I watch them because they bring me closer to my family, and hearing Spanish makes me feel close to my mother and my roots. Telenovelas transport me for a moment. As if I’ve suddenly traveled from Creede to San Diego, the place I share with my mother: delicious moments of laughter, passion, romance, and emotion. The process of writing about this experience has made me realize the profound significance novelas have on my life. My work life has placed beautiful opportunities in front of me and in return, I have made sacrifices in my family life. Although I am far away, I get to stay close to those I love most. How do you stay close to those you love when they are far away?


Director’s Note: Sara Guerrero I’m delighted to be well received here at Creede Repertory and pleased to welcome you all to the production of GITGR. A play that invites us into the lives of a small family mourning the loss of a loving daughter and wife, Claudia. One person, two worlds. Two worlds that connect a grieving mother and a son-in-law. In their own way, the two attempt to move forward despite bearing their grief separately. The distance between them staggers their ability to heal, communicate, accept, set aside grievances, face fears, and mourn together. Will the love they had for Claudia be enough to bring them together and to accept her passing? And, how? Recently, my family and I experienced the loss of my beloved grandfather. It brought us physically together and emotionally pulled us apart. Everyone grieving but mostly alone. Through the time planning his services we made ordinary everyday discoveries that broke our barriers. Like the simple act of drinking coffee and eating pan dulce (sweet bread) together, something grandpa always loved and how he started his day. Uncovering his favorite album leading us all to sing and dance until the wee hours. And, the stories, the endless stories he once told and lived that we laughed and shared. In those ordinary everyday moments, we came alive and together. Maybe grandpa, in his quiet way, urged us to be there for one another. And through loving him we shared our love for one another. Maybe, in our play, something in the “ordinary everyday” that is Claudia will help bring these two worlds together. I dedicate this to the memory of my loving grandparents: Juanita Robles (oak), our tree of strength and wisdom and Cruz Sarmiento (tree branches), our branches of courage and love.

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,” my mother explained shortly before she left me. “If you can remember me, I will be with you always.” Isabel Allende

Famous 80s novela: Cuna de Lobos (Crib of Wolves)

Miguel Ángel Landa and Doris Wells in La Señora de Cárdenas (1977)

Rated R One 15-minute Intermission


Director Sara Guerrero Scenic Design Uldarico Sarmiento Asst. Scenic Designer Natalia Avila Costume Design Celia Kasberg Lighting Design Mandi Wood Sound Design Becca Pearce


Stage Manager Devon Muko* Asst. Stage Manager Michael George


Guadalupe Steve Raquel Roberto

Stephanie Diaz* Dustin Bronson* Regina Fernandez Miguel Nuñez*

Guadalupe in the Guest Room is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc., New York. Guadalupe in the Guest Room was originally produced by Two River Theater Company. John Dias, Artistic Director; Michael Harst, Managing Director.

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A third of the shows CRT has produced over the last fifteen years have been World Premieres! Why are new plays so important to CRT? Because new plays are the lifeblood of the American theatre. They share with us stories of the diverse, yet universal, human experience. The new plays of today are...

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August 24, 10:30am-4pm& August 25, 10am-12:30pmThe Ruth / $35 For this year’s festival selections, visit

Now in its 7th season, the Headwaters New Play Festival is a weeklong workshop where selected plays are developed with a team of professional theatre artists and receive public readings. Headwaters is the source of new plays of the West. However, our definition of West is extremely broad. It may include plays set in the current, historic, or mythic western United States; plays that reflect the diverse cultures and experiences of the West; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and plays that completely re-imagine what “West” means. Festival audiences get a front row seat into the adventurous process of bringing a play to life: untested material, instant feedback, engaging talk-backs, and the opening performance of CRT’s commissioned play for young audiences, Seeds of Change. This exciting program for young people has recently expanded its scope into Kansas and southern California, to now reach over 30,000 students in 2018. CRT’s 52nd season featured the Headwaters World Premiere General Store by Brian Watkins, a New Dramatist Resident Playwright.

10-Minute Play Festival

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The company generated 10-Minute Play Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the season. Five original plays inspired by a common theme starring our talented company like you’ve never seen them before. The second act features one short play created in 24 hours. The creative team is assigned a random play title and is given 24 hours to write, stage, rehearse, memorize, and design their magnum opus. Our prayers are with them.

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Remember being 12 years old? It was the epitome of tween awkwardness. You’re into your double digits but not quite a legitimate teenager. You try new things with your hair and your clothes because you’re your own person and you always wanted to be blond and dress all in tie-dye. Even better, your parents are pretty okay with leaving you home alone in the evening or after school for a few hours because you’ve proven to be mildly responsible. OMG you guys! We’re gonna eat SO much sugar and watch movies we probably shouldn’t! ‘Cause we’re Boomtown. We’re 12. And we’re unsupervised.

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Writer/Director’s Note: Diana Burbano

I love working with young actors. There is a big difference between collaborating with them and collaborating with adults. Sometimes with adults, you have to coax, cajole and generally work really, really hard to find the world of the play. Not with kids. You simply have to say, “go”. Kids are brilliant, incisive and fantastically creative and OPEN. In fact, it’s a great reminder to me that most of the time, to put a play together, all you have to do is to say YES. Yes to imagination, and delight, and lava on the floor and kids as animals, and Yes to an entire world created in a couple weeks. Yes is a powerful word. In improv it is THE word. You say yes to whatever is offered to you and you run with it. Now, this sounds simple, but I am an adult, and as an adult, NO escapes my lips way too many times to count. “NO, you’ll hurt yourself, NO that’s too scary/weird/unknown”. Kids are all about the yes. And with that one powerful word, they will take you into the far reaches of their imaginations. I created the frame of this wild western world, the kids decorated it, expanded it and made it come to life. Mostly I just stay out of the way and let them play. For maximum enjoyment of our play today? Say YES!

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Join us for this fun story building class where you will learn the art of saying “YES!” This camp provides students with a deeper understanding of the structure of theatre and improvisation.

Experience drama through the Wizard of Oz lens! This highenergy camp explores the power of storytelling using the body, voice, and imagination. Join us for this theatrical adventure!

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Back by popular demand! This fun interactive theatre class explores problem solving by using the imagination, movement, and literacy! New curriculum for each Action Storytime session.

This high-energy theatre class explores the power of sketch comedy while developing your writing, comedy, and performance skills. Come play and collaborate with us!

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Director’s Note: Melissa Firlit

Last Year, Albert Porter: Boy Explorer/Niño Explorador was seen by over 24,000 people. This year, Seeds of Change is projected to be seen by over 30,000 people. Two production teams will tour Kansas, areas of California, and the Southwest. They will be making an impact on young minds educationally, personally and artistically. The shows will be the first time most of our young audiences are exposed to theatre. We, the team behind Seeds of Change, strive to make that exposure resonate. Seeds of Change tackles environmental science, including climate change, deforestation, ocean plastic and habitat loss. The show also teaches tactics in mindfulness, forgiveness and empowerment. How can all of that be addressed in one fun filled, imaginative hour? I am still flabbergasted by it, but it does, and it works. The show has many seeds to plant in these young minds. Everything we want for our young ones to know, prepare for, and participate in as they grow can be overwhelming. We, as adults, must find the balance of nurturing their child and building their adult. Theatre is a great way to connect with these minds and further this mission. Theatre is playful, imaginative and fun while it is challenging. It is, at the same time, both eye-opening and familiar. The imagery, songs and movement of this show will be seared into the audience’s mind for a long time. I still recall strong visual images and song from the show that toured my school during my youth. I have been working on this script since October of 2017. The ambitious journey of Seeds of Change reminds me that when I better myself, I better the world around me and create deeper, more enriched life experiences. Throughout my life’s journey it is my hope and social and moral responsibility to nurture our youth, to give them room to grow and help them blossom into beautiful, enriched people who recognize that it is their responsibility to help others nurture, grow and blossom in turn. We can only make a change if we are directly engaging with the youth in society and our communities. Theatre is my method of engagement, what is yours?

creative Team

Choreographer Melissa Firlit Stage/Tour Managers Aaron McEachran & Heidi Rothra Scenic Designers Mark Exline Costume Designer Kate Mott Puppet Designer Anna Paniccia Music Director Ian LeRoy Sound Designer Natalie Mayo Actors Chris Peterkin Lyndsi Skewes Ezinne Elele & Michael Liebhauser Developed under CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program.

supported by

The National Endowment for the Arts Krueger Charitable Foundation RLC Foundation Allan and Stefani Simon Dane G. Hansen Foundation Clarence V. Laguardia Foundation

For more information visit or contact Education Director Johamy Morales 719/658-2540 x227

Celebrating 35 years of bringing excellent bilingual musical theatre to schools across the Southwest

Creede Rep’s Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT) is one of the largest providers of educational theatre in the rural Southwest, serving over 24,000 children. YAOT’s mission is to bring high quality musical theatre to young audiences in rural and underserved communities by annually producing an original children’s show that tours throughout CO, NM, UT, OK, AZ and NV. For our 2018 production we will be expanding into a second tour in order to reach Northwest Kansas and Southern California!

Literacy Empowers Our Youth!

To support your community’s literacy endeavors, each student receives a free original children’s book after the show. These books reinforce the themes of the study guide and play, while making reading exciting!


our 2018 board of trustees


CRT President’s Welcome

On behalf of CRT’s Board of Trustees, I welcome you to our 53rd season! Over these many years, CRT has offered extraordinary theatre and meaningful programs in education to audiences throughout our region. I extend my sincere appreciation to our friends — philanthropic individuals, foundations, businesses and volunteers who support CRT and its mission. Because of you and your efforts, CRT remains “Your Theatre. Always.” Sincerely, Terre Jones President, CRT Board of Trustees Terre Jones

President Santa Fe, NM Former President and CEO, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Jerry DeVault

Senior Vice President St. Charles, IL and Creede, CO Partner at Ernst & Young LLP

Michael Quint

Gary Kring

Mary Sculley

Larry Morgan

Susan Birdsey

Jim Loud

Vice President of Board Development Iowa City, IA and Creede, CO President of West Liberty Foods Immediate Past President Dallas, TX and South Fork, CO Co-owner at Exercise Coach

Lindsey Leavell

Vice President of Fund Development Creede, CO and Denver, CO Co-Owner of 4UR Ranch

Creede, CO Owner of Ramble House and Creede Guide and Outfitters and past K-12 public school superintendent

Dick Powell

David Cohen

Vice President of Finance Tucson, AZ and Lake City, CO Former Vice President for Research, Graduate Education and Economic Development at the University of Arizona

Mary Lee Pinkerton

Vice President of Facilities and Secretary of the Board Montrose, CO and Creede, CO Co-Owner of 4UR Ranch

South Padre Island, TX and Del Norte, CO Film and Television Producer, Director, and Editor

Bob Koets

Creede, CO Former Head MSR Advisory Group and Creede High School Boys Basketball Coach

Littleton, CO Certified Public Accountant

Danbury, CT and Creede, CO Former Director of the Health Fund for the union of the City University of NY faculty Creede, CO Safety Management Consultant at James Loud Consulting

Steve Reed

Santa Fe, NM and Creede, CO CRT Founder, Director

David Risser

Santa Fe, NM Finance Adviser with Financial Partners

The Christina Award

In honor and memory of Super Fan Christina Egolf, each year CRT recognizes and celebrates our most ardent and loyal patrons with the Christina Award. This honor recognizes patrons who went above and beyond in the areas of show attendance, volunteerism, enthusiasm, charitable giving, and more. We will recognize these amazing people before the June 30th 7:30pm performance of 9 to 5.

This year’s recipients

Lindsey Leavell, Margaret and Jim Phillips, and Craig Eley


our generous sponsors


Creede Repertory Theatre’s 53rd season is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors ANTLERS RIO GRANDE LODGE AND RESTAURANT Bordering national forest on a secluded bend of the Rio Grande, Antlers is known for its premier trout fishing waters and offers cabins, rooms, and RV spaces to the public. At day’s end, come enjoy fine dining in a leisurely atmosphere at the Riverside Restaurant. BIEBER FAMILY FOUNDATION BIG RIVER MUSIC Michele and Courtney at Big River Music are thrilled to be sponsors of Boomtown! Our lives have been immeasurably enriched by not only the quality of their productions, but also the wonderful company members that have become lifelong friends. Break legs this season, everyone! BROKEN ARROW RANCH AND LAND COMPANY Anne and Dale have owned and operated Broken Arrow Ranch & Land Company in Creede for nearly three decades. Their diligence, experience and commitment to clients has helped many acquire their dream mountain property. Looking to buy or sell? Call the local experts! Anne and Dale are honored to continue their tradition of supporting the local community in 2018, with the sponsorship of CRT’s production of, The Wizard of Oz. JIM AND IRENE BROWN BOB AND KAY CARREL CHUCK AND KAY HARBERT & THE RIO GRANDE ANGLER Chuck and Kay have actively supported the theatre through the years, with Kay serving as a Board member from 2002-2008. Long-time play sponsors and fundraisers, they believe that CRT is an integral part of the Creede experience. CLARENCE V. LAGUARDIA FOUNDATION CREEDE AMERICA GROUP Creede America is a unique neighborhood that sits up on the mesa on the west side of the city of Creede. Great architecture, cuttingedge green technologies, and stunning views make Creede America the place to be in Creede. CREEDE CHIROPRACTIC AND KINESIOLOGY CLINIC Creede Chiropractic & Kinesiology Clinic. Our goal is not merely to help get you well, but to help you attain a constant state of well-being. We welcome all ages, ailments, and questions. Dr. Damian Richardson, DC, NMD, LAc; Dr. Michelle Richardson, MS, DC, CCCN. CREEDE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CCF has been an enthusiastic partner with CRT for the winter Boomtown series since

2014. Who would think that a small, mountain town would have world class improv in the winter! DEL NORTE BANK As a mutual bank, Del Norte Bank’s philosophy is to be TRUE to the community with an honest approach as a LOCAL financial institution providing necessary BANK products to individuals and businesses to facilitate community success. True, Local, Bank. ELECTRONIC THEATRE CONTROLS FIRST SOUTHWEST BANK First Southwest Bank serves southwest Colorado in the San Luis Valley, Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez. We’re the bank with “capital ideas” to get you where you want to be. We can help you get there.™ CMYK: C-100 M-30 Y-66 K-17 RGB: R-0 G-112 B-101 Web: 007065

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HECLA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION The Hecla Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to provide grants and disburse funds for educational and charitable purposes to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and to promote the social, environmental, and economic sustainability and development of those communities where Hecla has operations and activities. Within this overall mission, the Foundation intends to focus its efforts in four areas: education, community programs, youth Font: Lato Family activities, and health services. CMYK: C-100 M-77 Y-38 K-36 RGB: R-0 G-53 B-90 Web: 00355a

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THE HITCHCOCK FOUNDATION The Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Charitable Foundation is proud to support The KID Show for the 2018 season. Now in its 16th year, The KID Show is created and performed by local youth in collaboration with CRT professionals. THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION The Hoglund Foundation has been a significant partner to CRT for well over twenty years. Personally and through the Foundation, the Hoglunds recognize the value of art in their community and are pleased to sponsor CRT’s 2018 productions. THE INGE FOUNDATION JOHN DAVID LENTZ MEMORIAL FUND See Page 41. KERR FOUNDATION The Kerr Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable and educational Oklahoma corporation, established to identify and support 501(c)3 organizations, programs and institutions that provide new or enhanced opportunities for those within the granting areas, particularly the young. MARTI AND STEVE KIELY


sponsors KRUEGER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION The Krueger Charitable Foundation’s commitment has been instrumental in supporting the literacy component of CRT’s Young Audience Outreach Tour. Their gift makes it possible for CRT to give a children’s book to each of our young audience members after every tour performance. We hand out close to 25,000 books each year because of the Krueger Foundation’s generous support.

SAN LUIS VALLEY RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, serving you since 1937, has been an ardent supporter of CRT for dozens of years. SLV-REC applauds the Theatre’s commitment to the arts and its patrons and is proud to sponsor The Wizard of Oz.

PEGGY LONGWOOD LAMB Peggy Longwood Lamb has been a part of the Creede community since 1939 when her parents bought their cabin at Spar City. She has witnessed this historic venue’s transformation from a movie house to its present use as the home of the Creede Repertory Theatre. Desiring to secure the financial stability of CRT, Ralph and Peggy Lamb established the Ralph & Peggy Lamb Endowment Fund in 1994, paving the way for the creation of the CRT endowment. The leadership and vision of Ralph and Peggy will forever provide a rich cultural legacy for Creede and its community of visitors.

SHUBERT FOUNDATION The Shubert Foundation is a national foundation based in New York City, dedicated to supporting the performing arts in the United States, primarily theatre companies and secondarily, dance companies.

PETE AND LINDSEY LEAVELL MINERAL COUNTY LODGING TAX TOURISM FUND PANEL NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS The 2018 Young Audience Outreach Tour is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. RAMON’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant serves Mexican Restaurant delicious food for an authentic taste of Mexico. Come experience our freshly prepared burritos, fajitas, tacos, burgers and more specialties. We are open year-round, 7 days a week. Ramon’s is proud to sponsor Guadalupe in the Guest Room. RLC FOUNDATION RONNY AND RENA WELLS SAN JUAN SPORTS Open since 1974, San Juan Sports provides for all your outdoor sporting needs. As proud distributors of the finest outdoor products, San Juan Sports offers outdoor sporting equipment, clothing and shoes. Owners Michael and Amy McNeil, along with San Juan Sports staff, are proud to sponsor Guadalupe in the Guestroom and Boomtown. Check out our brand new shop, San Juan Sports T-Shirt Company (next to the Kentucky Belle Market), and don’t forget to join our mailing list at SAN LUIS VALLEY FEDERAL BANK Since 1899 we’ve been serving the banking San Luis Valley needs of our members. We’re happy to share Federal Bank some of our success with our community, and proud to support the amazing work of CRT.


ALLAN AND STEFANI SIMON BOB AND DIXIE SLATER Dixie and Bob have enjoyed many years of seeing and supporting CRT. Their involvement has included serving on the Board, the Ruth Capital Campaign and, sponsoring interns. They are cosponsors of Miss Holmes this season. MICKEY AND KYM THOMPSON Based in Oklahoma City, Koch Communications provides digital marketing and PR services that help companies grow customers and revenue. Kym and Mikey Thompson salute the remarkable ongoing vision, talent and drive that fuels the premiere of Miss 127 North Main Creede, CO Holmes and another outstanding theater season in Creede. 719-658-2240 TOMKINS HARDWARE AND LUMBER Tomkins Hardware and Lumber has been located on Main Street since 1892. Under new ownership since 2011, Tomkins has increased offerings in both the hardware store and the newly built lumberyard. We carry everything that contractors and homeowners need for projects large and small and our professional staff is always ready to advise and help you tackle any project. THE VALLEY COURIER VIRGINIA CHRISTENSEN TRUST & THE CITY OF CREEDE As a means of celebrating the good times her husband Emil spent in and around Creede, Virginia Christensen bequeathed $3 million dollars to the City of Creede. As beneficiaries of the charitable trust, the City helps support recreational activities in the town through annual grants. WINDSOCK ACRES Windsock Acres is proud to be a sponsor for Miss Holmes. Although our familyrun business was only officially founded in 2015, the cabins at Windsock Acres have provided many CRT company members a cozy place to stay over the years. We look forward to continuing to host family, patrons and members of CRT this season!







donors Genny Basler


The family of Genny Basler would like to sincerely thank everyone who so graciously gave this year to the John David Lentz Memorial Fund in memory of Genny Basler. Genny saw her first show at Creede Repertory Theatre in 1993, the summer after her nephew John David Lentz was a member of the CRT company, and from the moment the lights went up, she was hooked. In 1994, John was tragically killed in a random drive-by shooting in San Diego, as he left a show at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Following John’s death, Creede became a place of solace and peace for many in the Lentz and Basler families. In 2006, John’s cousin David Basler started the John David Lentz Memorial Fund as a way to support CRT and keep John’s memory and his love of theatre alive. To date, the Memorial Fund has raised more than $100,000 in support of the arts at CRT. Genny and her family have been regulars in the CRT audience every summer. In the summer of 2003, she and her husband, Tom, retired to Creede and became much more than regulars—they became part of the CRT family. Genny was an early member of the Creede chapter of the Friends of CRT, and as president of the Ladies Aid Society in Creede, orchestrated many tech dinners to feed CRT company members. Her presence was always felt at CRT as a regular volunteer, patron and friend. On June 19, 2017, Genny and her husband, Tom, were returning to Creede from the Valley when their car was struck by an oncoming car on Hwy. 160 just west of Monte Vista. Genny was killed instantly. A longtime supporter and friend of Creede Repertory Theatre, Genny was beloved by all, and her presence in the audience this season will be greatly missed.

John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund John David Lentz was a much-beloved company member at Creede Repertory Theatre in 1992. After the

conclusion of the season, John traveled to San Diego where he was enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts theater program at the University of San Diego. John completed his MFA requirements on April 29, 1994 but was killed in a random shooting in Balboa Park on May 1, 1994. In 2015, a five-year campaign was launched to permanently endow the John David Lentz Memorial Fund at CRT. Over the coming years, we will ensure that the Fund continues to honor John’s life, long into the future. This summer the John David Lentz Memorial Fund co-sponsors 9 to 5.

Donors to the John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund in memory of Genny Basler Agnes Davis Alton and Jane Pope Avery and Cat Augur Barbara Elliott Betsy Rogers Bettye Wallace Bill and Susan Nussbaum Bob and Sharon Seago Caroline Winterhoff Charlene and George Ameel Christy Lentz David Basler and Amanda Keen Basler Diana Dresser Don and Leslie Dustin Dr. Joe and Rosemary Kiehn Henry and Roberta Hanna Henry Hosselkuss Jan Jacobs Jason and Brandy Treadway

Jean Bethke Jeremy, Emily, Chloe, Aidan, and Jeremiah McComas Jim and Cindy Keen Jim and Diane Knutzon Jim Loud and Jan Crawford Judy Kelloff Julie and Sandy Doerge Kathalee Cottingham Kathy and Ben Montalbano Kathy and Ken Ellison Kim Hargraves Tyrrell and Todd Tyrrell Ladies Aid Society Lesly Bush Mariah Maclennan Megan S. Ellis Mireya Venzor and Family Mr. and Mrs. Floyd and Karen Tempfel The Nutts

Patsy Miller Patty Brandt Paul Winterhoff Peggy Stenmark Pete and Lindsey Leavell Rhonda and Mike Foale Robert and Shirley Knox Ron and Mary Sue Johnson Ron V. and Sandra Yates Ruth Acheson and Maura Anne DeOliviera Sarah Lentz Spellman South Fork Bridge Club Stan and Julie Lentz Sue Ehrgood Tom Basler Warren Hemphill Sandra J. Adkisson Charitable Trust

Bill and Nancy Blackford Bob and Adele Balink The Brandas David and Lynn Hurst

Jim and Jenny Van Ry Kate Berry and RJ Mann Milt and Rene Benham Richard and Catherine Ormsby

Sarah Garrett Wall, Smith, Bateman & Associates

Additional Donors to the John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund


Just A Few of Our

Courageous Crew

Colin Shay

Mark Exline

Technical Director Props / Designer

Emily Van Fleet Devon Muko Actor / Director

Production Stage Manager

Antony Terrell Actor

Matt Schlief

Lighting / Scenic Designer


1.season select hiring !

4.everyone arrives


6.the wizard of oz in the park

What’s Behind the Curtain? 7.boom town

8. 9 to 5

season selection

During the current summer season, the Artistic Director starts reading and thinking about what plays to select for the following year. She’ll read dozens of plays and sometimes go through 10 or more different scenarios based on budget and season goals.

production stage manager

The boss of the shows! The PSM creates all season rehearsal schedules and manages the Stage Management team, who consist of one Stage Manager per show, plus one or two Assistant Stage Managers. In addition to running rehearsals, the SM is in charge of calling sound and light cues during each performance. After the Director leaves, the SM is responsible for maintaining the quality of the show.

production team

Headed by Production Manager, each show in the season has a director, designers, and technicians who create and execute each show from the ground up. The stage management team joins this team a few weeks before rehearsals start.


your theatre, always

9. the kid show

technical director

Coordinates all aspects of the theatrical production. Throughout a season at CRT, the TD has their hands in every single production on our stages. They help design how every production functions through the building of all sets, and the oversight of changeovers.


Over the course of a single rep season, the process of repeatedly taking one set apart and putting up another, sometimes more than once a day. This used to be done by all company members, but now there is a designated technical team that executes all changeovers.


Starting up to six months before the season starts, the creative team for each show (director, designers, technical director etc.) meets on a regular basis to track progress, share ideas, and make sure everything is planned and ready in order to create the show.



Jessica Jackson, Artistic Director

In charge of picking the plays, hiring actors and designers, and managing the creative output of the theatre.

Not-Scaredy Staff

Rick Reeves, Production Manager

Hires the technical teams for each show, schedules and leads pre-production meetings and oversees all production over the course of the season.

Cassie Rhafir, Human Resources Specialist

Writes contracts for all seasonal hires, is an advocate for staff and company, and acts as the Company Manager for the season: finding housing and making sure all members of our company have a great experience.

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12. headwaters new play fes tival

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CRT’s generous donors Gifts to Creede Repertory Theatre from January 1, 2017 – March 20, 2018

season sponsors $50,000 +

Anonymous Dane G. Hansen Foundation Melvin and Camille Getz Pete and Lindsey Leavell


$25,000 - $49,999

Allan and Stefani Simon Krueger Charitable Foundation Mary Lee Pinkerton Shubert Foundation


$10,000 - $24,999

Antlers Rio Grande Lodge Bob and Dixie Slater Clarence V. Laguardia Foundation Doug and April Talley The Hoglund Foundation Jerry and Karyn DeVault Mort and Cecelia Weir RLC Foundation William and Teryn Smith


$5,000 - $9,999

Bob and Cindy Koets Broken Arrow Ranch and Land Company Carl and JoAnn Hill Chuck and Kay Harbert First Southwest Bank Jay Smith and Jenny Leavell John David Lentz Memorial Fund Marti and Steve Kiely Mickey Thompson and Kym Koch Thompson

Pam and Mike Reese Peggy Longwood Lamb Rick and Diane Sloan Ruth H. Brown Foundation Sally Smith and Donald Burns San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Stanley Graff Terrence and Polly Jones Virginia Christensen Fund

choreographers $2,500 - $4,999

Ann and Tim Cranor Bacchus Foundation/David Risser Bob and Robin Brobst David and Margaret Knowlton David Cohen Del Norte Bank Frank and Kathy Ikard Jim and Diane Knutzon Jim Loud and Jan Crawford Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation Michael and Lanette Quint and Family Mineral County Pat and Mary Sculley Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Rare Things Gallery of Treasures Rita and Roger Shenkel San Juan Sports San Luis Valley Federal Bank Susan L. Foote and Stephen L. Feinberg Tom and Michele Schrandt Tomkins Hardware and Lumber Toyota Dealer Match Program Van and Anne Oliver

stage managers $1,000 - $2,499

Amy Jackson and Tom Fowlston Anonymous Avery and Cat Augur Bieber Family Foundation Bob and Kay Carrel Bob and Sharon Seago Brien and Julianne Ward Carolyn Lamb and Steve Reed Charlene and George Ameel Charles and Kay Lancaster Chris Corcoran Cristi Larsen Dale and Beverly Hettinger Don and Janie, Ben, and Anne Quint Edith Wilson

Elise Backinger and Kent Strickland Ernest and Debra Gomez ExxonMobil Foundation Gary and Beverly Moore Gary and Jolinda Kring Gary L. Mitchell Gary Yawn Harold and Margaret Rominger James and Jean Carson Jenna Ford Jennifer Leavell Joan Green Jeffrey Judith Blanch La Garita Soap & Lotion Co. Ladies Aid Society Larry Morgan and Julie Kushner Lynn and Shirley McCullough Lynn Russell Martha Cannon Mike and Jennifer Pepper Paul Day-Lucore Phil and Teresa Lack Quiller Gallery Richard and Gwen Powell Ron and Mary Sue Johnson Ron V. and Sandra Yates Sarah Lentz Spellman Schramm Foundation Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts Stan and Julie Lentz Stephen Stewart Steve Hall and Bev Chapman Susanne C. Shutz Sylvia Quint The Kerr Foundation Thomas and Shirley Day Tim and Diana Anderson Todd and Frances Bratton Tom and Jane Swanson Wendy and Steven Cohen

leading roles $500 - $999

Alan Busche and Jenifer Houston Anonymous Barbara Elliott Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Bill and Marlys Meagher Chevron Matching Employee Funds Community Banks of Colorado Daniel P Wolkowitz David Basler and Amanda Keen Basler Dean Yannias Derrell Capes Doug and Ginni Davlin Dr. Jim Kraft and Christine Mercer Kraft Ed & Vickie Cannon Erik and Beverly Sandvik

Fred and Carol Grover Fred Bunch George Hoffman and Lonnie Sweet Hathorn Construction Headwaters Music Festival James R Schmank Jane Wise Jean Bethke Jerry McKee Jim and Karen Carns John and Ann Calahan John and Carlyn Bryngelson Judith Reynolds June Russell and Robert Ulrich Kathy and Ken Ellison Keith R. Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Linda and Gary Sandstrom Lori And Shawn Reed Mark Chambers Michael and Shelly Dee Nagle and Sandy Jackson Neal R. Fenter Paul and Jennifer Harrison Paula and Steve DiAntonio Ray and Ellen Deaver Raymond & Gerry Girod and Family Rena and Ronny Wells RGC Properties LLC Richard and Catherine Ormsby Richard and Jean Ramstetter Rio Grande Pharmacy Rudy and Andie Davison Sam and Wanda Keith Scott and Donna Souther Silver Street Fine Art South Fork Chamber of Commerce Stanley Graff Steven and Karla Van Treese Team Murphy Wall, Smith, Bateman & Associates Warren Hemphill William Carden and Pamela Berlin Wolf Creek Ski Lodge

supporting roles $100 - $499

Alice Renouf Alton and Jane Pope Amy Getz Ann and Skip Phebus Anonymous Arnold and Michelle Korenek Barb Smith Barbara and Carl Ivey Barbara Kline Taylor Barbara Leichty St. John Barbara Wiles Bean Family Becki and Keith Helmstetler Becky Daggett

supporting roles cont’d >>>


Creede Community Church In our 125th year of loving Creede!

worship times: 8am* & 11am *June-Aug 401 S. Main in beautiful downtown Creede


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donors >>> supporting roles cont’d Bettye Wallace Bill and Cecilia Dail Bob and Adele Balink Bob and Arlene Stein Bob and Bonnie Siddons Bob and Marguerite Holt Bob and Marilyn Box Brandon Fimple Brian Leavell Brigit and Jorg Jansen Bruce and Linda Gardiner Bruce and Parry Heath Butch and Merlaine Peede Candice and Justin Lindh Cara Pollard Carlos and Dorothy Lucero Carolee Miller Carolyn M. Kawanabe Carrol and Susan Cross Caryn Relkin Cassondra Rhafir Catherine P. Smith Catherine Pearson Charles and Joyce Freuden Charles Vail Charlie and Rebecca Dees Cheryl McEachran Cheryll Faust Chris and Lindsey Hervey Christy Lentz Clif Meyer & Carol Sutcliffe Courtney Klager Craig Eley Creede Arts Council Creede ATV Creede Community Church Creede Snowshoe Lodge Dan and Peggy Gerlach Dave and Kelly Christel Dave and Zoe Myers Dave Krueger David and Cherry Haymes David and Glenda Buhrmann David and Jane Waldie David and Lael Fruen David and Lisa Huston David and Lynn Hurst David and Suzanne Nutt David Dayvault Del Norte Auto Supply Dennis and Carey Gardner Di and Jim Erickson Diane and Wally Post Dianne McKinleyDon and Diane Fullrich Don and Dorothy Farmer Dot and Barney Mulligan Douglas and Judy Knudson Dr. and Mrs. John C Quicker Dr. Joe and Rosemary Kiehn Dr. Tom and Polly Venard Dylan Green Edward and Donna Spray Edward Merewether and Debra I. Bergerson

Elaine Blumenhein Elisabeth DesMarais Elizabeth Caplan Elizabeth Zurn and Vince Lujan Ellis and Marcy Kirks Emma DiAntonio Felicity Broennan Frank Fransioli and Eileen McGinnity Fred and Sharon Gauthier Frederick H. and Michele May Winston Gail & Bill Longfellow Gary and Kit Aguren Gary Miner Gene and Nita Stevens Glenn and Betsy Pense Glyndal and Kathy Cowan Greg and Patty Ingham Gregg and Kristine Kampf Guston Browning Habitat for Humanity Hal and Dot Olson Harlan and Robin Butt Helen Scott Santilli Henry and Roberta Hanna Holy Moses Gift Shop Jack and Linda Bowen Jake and Aubrey Pargin James A Lundberg James Melvin James Mitchell Jamie and Fred McLeroy Jan Coyle Jan Jacobs Janell Dunsworth Janet Gerlings Jason and Brandy Treadway Jayne A. Olson Jeff and Mary Lou Schleher Jen Wilson Jessica Jackson Jim and Charlotte Jackson Jim and Cindy Keen Jim and Connie Stiegler Jim and Margaret Phillips Jim Vandever Joel and Pat Barker John and Alice Berry John and Barbara McClure John and Boone Bullington John and Caitlin Wise DiAntonio John and Gloria Hood John and Jan Ison John and Janet Mulay John Blair John E. and Leslie S. Brown John Gary Brown and Christy Brandt John Savage John Thomas Jonathan and Bonnie Weathers Joyce and Tom Faris Joyce Robinson Judy and Ed Judkins Judy and Gerald Dettloff Judy Kelloff

Julia and Michael Garratt Julie and Sandy Doerge K.R. and Sherri George Karen Rooker Karlene and Ed Spivak Katherine & Dan Larkin Kathleen Bowers Kathy and Ben Montalbano Kay O. and Janice R. Watkins Kaye Shedlock Kelli and Albert O’Leary Ken and Hazel Kutac Ken and Janet Taht Kent Maughan Kent Schlundt Kevin Amey and Mig Lillig Kim and Yen Touysinhthiphonexay Kim Hargraves Tyrrell and Todd Tyrrell Kristi Mountain Sports Kristy Hoglund Robinson Larry and Roz Gibel Laura Love Laura S. Moore Lauren Simon Lee and Nancy Rutherford Lee Bixler Leland and Brenda Fillenwarth Lucretia A. Flammang and Scott P. Deshong Luke Wombie Lynn and Judy Hancock Margaret Acton Margaret Biles Mariah Maclennan Mark and Sheila Zipse Mark S. Rye Marsha A. Rutledge Marty and Darlene Danko Mary Henderson Williams Mary Jo DePriest Mary Lynn Ernstthal Mason Ingram Max and Alice Royalty Melissa Walker and Les Goss Merle and Burdette Knous Michael and Crystal Hudson Michael and Evie Rapport Mike and Lynn Surovik Milt and Rene Benham Mitchell Stein and Jennifer Krueger Monte Vista Rotary Mr. and Mrs. Robert Matthews Nan Eklund Nancy Loftis Nancy Luther Nancy Zeller Nathan Jones and Emily Van Fleet Neil and Elise Rudolph Norman Onnen Olin and Jessica Tunnell Pamela & John Tumler Patrick and Andrea Woods Patrick Murphy Patsy Miller

Paul Kevin Schulte Paul Munden Paul Winterhoff Paula and Jeffrey Menten Pesha Rudnick Wright Phil and Carolyn Virden Phyllis Vandehaar R. Deane and Esther Wymer Randall and Lyn Mason Ray and BL Jordan Rebecca Seidel Richard and Marilyn McCullough Richard L Hay Richard Worm Rick and Carla Branda Rick Reeves Rita Odom and Clyde Dooley Robert and Rhonda Glover Robert Foster Robert Lamb Rod Limke Ruth Acheson and Maura Anne DeOliviera Ruthanna Hall Sandra L. Kroll Sandy and Jim Brady Sara R. Alt Sarah Chandler Scott and Gretchen Davis Skip and Sue McClure Stan and Debbie Fimple Steve and Cynthia Haynes Steve and Valinda Yarberry Steve Beckham Steve Scott Steve, Heather, and Birdie Hughes Sue Ehrgood Susan and Shane Birdsey Susan Johnson Susan McCrea Susie and Paul Franke Susie Sample Tom and Carol Stephens Tom and Dorothy Childers Tom and Karyl Scarlett Tom and Viola Harrison Tom Basler Vickie Ford Vincent Bernard Virginia and Roland Wilson Warner and Helen Dewey Wason Ranch Wayne and Barbara McEndree Wayne and Gayle Bedor Wendy Booth Will Burt William and Jean Visscher William and Sharron Pasma William D. Smith Zora Dash

Understudies $1-99

More than 400 donors gave a total of $10,227. Thank You!


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We can enhance our quality and expand our programs by building and maintaining an endowment that provides funding in perpetuity for CRT. These forward-thinking friends have given to CRT’s endowment, supporting all fundamental aspects of the CRT experience. Jerry and Karyn DeVault • Peggy Longwood Lamb • Pete and Lindsey Leavell Richard and Gwen Powell • Rick and Diane Sloan Robert Lamb • Terrence and Polly Jones

If you are interested in contributing toward CRT’s endowment fund and building a sustainable future for the theatre, contact the Development Office at (719) 658-2540 x231.

Creede Repertory Theatre’s Legacy Circle Members of CRT’s Legacy Circle include those individuals who have made a commitment to the future of the Theatre through an estate gift. George and Charlene Ameel

Maurice LaMee and Trary Maddalone

Chuck Barnes

BJ Myers and William Kuhlke

Elise Backinger and Kent Strickland David Basler and Amanda Keen Basler Phil and Jean Bethke Katherine Brennand

Gary Mitchell

Randy Nicholson and Cary Bush Richard and Catherine Ormsby Mary Lee Pinkerton

Cody Cosmic

Michael and Lanette Quint

Melvin and Camille Getz

Barbara Roughton

Alan Echeverria and Dyan Sublett Dr. Jessie Gilmer

David Risser

Bob and Dixie Slater

Becki and Keith Helmstetler

Rick and Diane Sloan

Rhonda Jantzen

Kim Hargraves Tyrell and Todd Tyrell

Phil and Teresa Lack

Ed and Betty Wheatley

Lynna Jackson

Dr. Merl and Kathy Jennings Drs. Ed and Minnie Lee Lancaster Stan and Julie Lentz Candice Lindh

Bill and Teri Smith

Don and Ruth Ulm

Tristan Wilson and Peggy Pharr Wilson

ralph and peggy lamb endowment fund Desiring to secure the financial stability of CRT, Ralph and Peggy Lamb established the Ralph and Peggy Lamb Endowment Fund in 1993, paving the way for the creation of CRT’s endowment. The leadership and vision of Ralph and Peggy will forever provide a rich cultural legacy for Creede and its community of visitors. Peggy Longwood Lamb contributes to the Endowment Fund annually and also generously supports CRT through a play sponsorship.



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memorials and honorariums


in honor of The Augur Family Anonymous Ben Newman Katie Grubb Susan Johnson Caitlin and John DiAntonio Jane Wise Caitlin Wise Elliott Daniel Wise Christy Brandt Jim and Karen Carns Tom and May Claire Hetzel David Clark Sonya Stenzler David Klager Courtney Klager

Edith Viola Ward Elise Backinger and Kent Strickland Emily Van Fleet Nanci Van Fleet Gary and Linda Sandstrom Judy and Ed Judkins Johamy Morales Lauren Simon John and Caitlin DiAntonio Paula and Steve DiAntonio Kate Berry Barbara Wiles Jennifer A Dettloff Jessie Salsbury

The Knowltons Nancy Luther Margaret Knowlton Martha Cannon Nan Eklund The Marriage of Allison Quiller and John Stynchula Ellis and Marcy Kirks Our Grandchildren: Halle, Paislee, Ben, Sydnee, Dean Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Russell and Barbara Cowman Mark Browning Russell Cowman Guston Browning

in memory of Ben and Gerry Alexander Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Bryan Anderson Mariah Maclennan and James Adkisson Betty Brandt John Gary Brown and Christy Brandt John R. Brandt Bettye & Frank Siddons Bob and Bonnie Siddons Bill Krueger Carol Krueger Bruce Barton Michael and Lanette Quint and Family Casey Nichols Jessica Jackson Linda and Gary Sandstrom Nathan Jones and Emily Van Fleet Chris & Jenny Stiegler Jim and Connie Stiegler David Klager Karol Klager David Reynolds Judith Reynolds Dick & Lois Dove Caryn Relkin Don Quint Sr. Sylvia Quint Dorothy Quiller Quiller Gallery

Ed Hargraves Charles and Kay Lancaster Kim Hargraves Tyrrell and Todd Tyrrell Epi Lujan Elizabeth Zurn and Vince Lujan Hillard H Howard Clif Meyer & Carol Sutcliffe Homer, Shirley, and Ray Wright Tim and Diana Anderson Hugh Copeland Steve and Valinda Yarberry Joe & Norma Manning Jim and Molly Carpenter Lauren The Brandas Lynda Easter Paul and Jennifer Harrison Margaret Lamb Stan and Debbie Fimple Marjorie Chris Corcoran Mark Houston Alan Busche and Jenifer Houston John and Chick Hood Mary Beckham Steve Beckham Mary Jean Manning Wason Ranch Mary Louise Berry Kate Berry and RJ Mann Mary-lu Nelson Graham Ward and Bethany Talley

Melvin Getz Autumn and Jeff Olsen James A Lundberg The Minnesota Girls Charlene Getz Rick and Diane Sloan Mike Green Joan Green Jeffrey Peggy Longwood Lamb Robert Lamb Mike Middleton Bob and Marguerite Holt My father, William C. Krueger Mitchell Stein and Jennifer Krueger Paul Stone Jim and Karen Carns John Savage Julie A Jackson Sandra Allen and Michael Horton Porter W. Henderson and Don R. Williams Mary Henderson Williams Robert Paul “Huck� Hosselkus Sandra L. Kroll Sandra Adkisson Mariah Maclennan Sheldon Kushner Larry Morgan and Julie Kushner Vernon Merriman Bob and Marguerite Holt For gifts in memory of Genny Basler and the JDL Memorial Fund, please see page 41.



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actors Kate Berry*

Violet Newstead - 9 to 5 Sherlock Holmes - Miss Holmes Performer - Boomtown See bio on page 82

Christy Brandt*

Professor Marvel/Wizard - The Wizard of OZ Mrs. Banks - Barefoot in the Park Christy is so happy to be back at CRT for her 44th season! She has appeared in more than 130 different productions at CRT. Favorite roles include Helen in The History Room, and Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo. In 2011 she received an award for Best Actress in a Drama from The Denver Post for her role as Miss Helen in The Road to Mecca. Christy co-authored and performed in Six Women with Brain Death. She appeared in Ang Lee’s film Ride with the Devil and a recent release called The Sublime and Beautiful. She has worked at the Maples Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theater and The Unicorn Theater in Kansas City, and The South Carolina Repertory Theater, but CRT has been her professional home since 1973. She was married to photographer and painter John Gary Brown on the Creede Rep stage in 1981.

Dustin Bronson*

Mycroft Holmes/Edwin Greener/Vagrant - Miss Holmes Paul Bratter - Barefoot in the Park Steve - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Performer - Boomtown Teaching Artist Dustin is thrilled to be returning for his second season at Creede Repertory Theatre, previous productions at Creede include Around the World in 80 Days, Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Guthrie Theater: To Kill A Mocking Bird, Juno and the Peacock, Crimes of the Heart. Mixed Blood Theatre: Hir, Pussy Valley. Park Square Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Mice and Men. The Illusion Theater: My Antonia, Autistic License. Minnesota Jewish Theatre Co.: Handle with Care, Photograph 51. The Bucket Brigade: Kingdom Undone. Walking Shadow Theatre Co.: Mary Stuart. Minnesota Fringe Festival: Lungs. Assistant Directing: Public Theater of Minnesota, Southwest High School. Education: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA, Globe Theatre in London.
Awards: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Awardee, California Alliance for Arts Education Emerging Young Artist Award, Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee, Best Comedic Actor 2015 by Lavender Magazine.

Anne Faith Butler*

Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch - The Wizard of OZ Roz - 9 to 5 Anne lives full time in Creede, Colorado and is active in the community as a member of Ladies Aid, a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Committee, and an actor for HBMG’s National Winter Playwright’s Retreat. Among her favorite roles for CRT are Vi, in August: Osage County, Rose in The Last Romance, and Madame Aigrivelle in The Ladies Man. She holds a Master’s Degree in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver (although she is still struggling to pay off the loan), and a BA in fine art (Studio Arts) from CU-Boulder. She has worked at Colorado Shakespeare Festival (5 seasons), Arvada Center, Aurora Fox, Germinal Stage, University of Denver, Changing Scene Theatre, as well as Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and 5 years in Minnesota at the Commonweal Theatre. This


year marks Annie’s 16th summer at CRT. She dedicates this summer to her family.

Hercules Butler

Toto - The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz marks Herc’s 2nd professional performance in the theatre (both at CRT, ahem, one wonders why). Talent! Audiences may remember his audacious interpretation of Peaches in The Last Romance here alongside both Christy Brandt and John Green as well as its run at the Arvada Center! Local fans may recall his subtle contribution as Deputy Dog with the Creede Community Players in The Velvet Cake Wars, and his appearance as the Savage Bear in John DiAntonio’s promo for Cabin Fever Days in the Movie Trailer episode. Herc has grown up in Creede, and loves all folks and neighbor dog friends, and would like to dedicate this season to his sister Mars.

Yael Chanukov

Dorothy - The Wizard of OZ Secretary - 9 to 5 Yael is unbelievably thrilled to be making her debut at Creede Repertory Theatre with one of her biggest dream roles, Dorothy. She is currently going into her junior year of studying musical theatre at the University of Northern Colorado. Her favorite previous roles include Natalie in Next to Normal, Fiona in Shrek, and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She would like to thank her incredible family and friends for being the most kind and supportive human beings to ever have graced the Earth. She would also like to thank the entire creative team for granting her this phenomenal opportunity. She now knows that “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

Zayaz Da Camara

Uncle Henry/Guard - The Wizard of OZ Frank Hart - 9 to 5 Michael Stamford/Reginald/Orderly - Miss Holmes Zayaz is absolutely thrilled to be making his CRT debut this season! A South Texas native, he grew up surrounded by the arts in a small town on the Mexican border. As a child, participation within the local theatrical community greatly influenced his passion for the stage, and his credits reflect his multidimensional talent. He has been showcased in both plays and musicals, comedies and dramas, and as the occasional cross-gendered character. Notable roles include Edna Turnblad (Hairspray), Reverend John Hale (The Crucible), Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett (Noises Off), and Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street). Zayaz attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy and is a member of the Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre Inc in NYC. He has been recognized by organizations such as the Alamo Theater Arts Council and Laredo Theater Guild International. He is eternally grateful to his family and friends for their unyielding support.

Stephanie Diaz*

Dr. Anderson/Mrs.Hudson/Eudora Featherstone - Miss Holmes Guadalupe - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Stephanie is delighted to join Creede Rep! A multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, she divides her time between acting, puppetry and writing. As an actor, credits include work at Goodman Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Kansas City Rep, Seattle Rep, Victory Gardens, Mixed Blood, First Stage and the award-winning 16th Street Theater, where she is an Associate Artist. TV appearances include Easy, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and The Chicago Code. She


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specializes in Bunraku-style tabletop and shadow puppetry and has designed for numerous Chicago theatres in addition to her own critically-acclaimed, full-length piece, Mariposa Nocturna: A Puppet Triptych, which opened the 2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and enjoyed several successful runs throughout Chicago. The recipient of numerous artistic grants and residences, she was featured in The Chicago Reader’s annual People Issue and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project. She’s a native Californian and proud Guatemalan-American.

Ezinne Elele

Rosey Kate - Seeds of Change Hailing from the DC, Maryland, Virgina area, Ezinne is overjoyed to be in her first show with Creede Repertory Theatre. A recent graduate from Howard University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she is looking forward to touring in the area. Recent roles include: Mama Moja in In the Red and Brown Water and Agatha in The Children’s Hour. She sends a huge thank you to her family for supporting her on her journey.

Logan Ernstthal*

Dick/Detective/Tinsworthy - 9 to 5 Lestrade/Others - Miss Holmes Victor Velasco - Barefoot in the Park Logan has worked at Creede Repertory Theatre for eleven seasons where some of his favorite roles include; Mike in General Store (World Premiere), Stage Manager in Our Town, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merle in The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Jamie in Moon for the Misbegotten and Ivan in A Beautiful Country. Other favorite roles include; Mick Dowd in Skull in Connemara at Miner’s Alley Playhouse, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Long John Silver in Treasure Island at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Marius in The Road to Mecca at The Arvada Center, and Doalty in Translations at Actors Theatre Kansas City. He is a founding member of the Alaska Shakespeare Festival and has an MFA from UMKC.

Regina Fernandez

Hunk/Scarecrow - The Wizard of OZ Judy Bernly - 9 to 5 Raquel - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Performer - Boomtown Teaching Artist Regina is so excited to return to Creede this summer after having been a part of the 2010 Creede Repertory summer company ( Joy in This Day and Age and Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)! Colorado credits include Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and Ann Deever in All My Sons for the Arvada Center, Ayah in The Secret Garden at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, Miranda in The Tempest for No Holds Bard Theatre in Ouray, Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra for Theatreworks, and Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Regina graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Program in Orlando. “Endless love to my family. For mom, always”.

Rachel Marie Inés

Education Assistant/Mentor/Teaching Artist Ensemble - The Wizard of OZ Maria/Others - 9 to 5 KID Show Choreographer Rachel is thrilled to be back at Creede Repertory Theatre for her second season and her first time on the mainstage! Last year, Rachel toured with the CRT Young Audience Outreach Tour production of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer, sharing a story of diversity, self-confidence, and friendship with students across the Southwest. Previously, Rachel has performed in outdoor American Indian dramas in both Ohio and North Carolina. When she’s not performing you can find her reading, swing dancing,



doodling, and spending time with loved ones. Favorite credits: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Informed Consent (Arella/Natalie), Edges (Woman 1), and Horn in the West (Nancy Ward). Choreography credits: Quilters (Rabbit Run Community Arts Association), In the Heights and Princess Diana: The Musical (Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild). A big thank you to all of her supporters back home!

Scott Kuiper*

Ensemble - The Wizard of OZ Joe/Others - 9 to 5 Thomas Chapman/Superintendent/Others - Miss Holmes Scott is elated to be breathing in the clean mountain air of Creede and is privileged to be a part of the 2018 Season. He comes to Creede from the land of car horns and delayed trains… New York City. Recently he spent three years receiving his MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. Theatre credits include: The world premiere of the New Glenn Slater Musical; Beatsville (Swing), The Little Foxes (Leo Hubbard) dir. by Frank Galati, Hamlet (Hamlet), Born Yesterday (Hedges), The Great Society (Seymore Trammel), Macbeth (Macduff ), The Liar (Dorante), The Actor’s Nightmare (George Spelvin), The Nerd (Willum Cubbert), On Golden Pond (Bill Ray), South Pacific (Lt. Cable), The World Goes Round (Man 1), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Merrily We Roll Along (Frank Shepard). Love and thanks to his wonderful family. Find out more at and on Instagram @ScottKuiper.

Michael Liebhauser

Nanny Goat / Father - Seeds of Change ​Michael is a New York based actor and lyricist whose work has been seen around the country. Favorite roles include Incognito (Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater), Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Interlochen Shakespeare Festival); Macbeth, The Lost Prince (Texas Shakespeare Festival); Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia (Mixed Precipitation); and The Snow Queen (Park Square Theater). A recent graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, Michael is thrilled to be joining Creede Repertory Theatre for this amazing tour.

Miguel Nuñez*

Roberto - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Miguel is a Chicago based actor and director. He was last seen in the NYC and Houston production of Cruzar la cara de la Luna (NYC Opera/HGO). Selected Chicago credits: Evening at The Talk House (A red Orchid Theatre); What of The Night? (Cor/Stage Left); Bobby Clearly (Steep Theatre); The Play About my Dad (Raven Theatre); El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (Lyric Opera of Chicago/National Tour); Romulus (Oracle Theatre); Death and the Maiden, Oedipus El Rey (U/S Victory Gardens); PINKOLANDIA, Yasmina’s Necklace, Into The Beautiful North (16th Street Theatre); The Three Musketeers (Lifeline Theatre); I Put the Fear of Mexico In ‘Em (Teatro Vista). He has also worked at the Goodman Theatre, ATC, Gift Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and many more. He is an artistic associate at 16th Street Theatre. Miguel has trained at Black Box in Chicago and at the National Theater University in Caracas, Venezuela.


Chris Peterkin

Nanny Goat / Father - Seeds of Change Chris is a recent graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He is excited to be a part of this year’s YAOT and can’t wait to get out on the road and start sharing this story with so many children. Some of his favorite credits include: The Addams Family (Robin Levine), Women on the Verge (Regional Premiere), West Side Story (Emily Maltby), and Schoolhouse Rock Live! He would like to thank his Mother, Aunt and the rest of his family, his best friend Demitri, and Creede Rep. Theatre for this amazing opportunity.

Lyndsi Skewes

Rosey Kate - Seeds of Change Lyndsi was last seen in a developmental reading of Dig A Little Deeper at Arc Stages. Previous professional credits include the Polar Express Live (NYC Premiere Cast), Majestic Children’s Theatre, and The Buddy Holly Story. Additionally, Lyndsi performs children’s music with Jam with Jamie and Friends throughout NYC and New Jersey. You may have also seen her serving ice cream as a singing waitress at The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe on the Jersey Shore. Educational Credits include Tartuffe, Dracula the Musical, South Pacific, and Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens. She is a proud alumni of Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre program. Lyndsi is humbled and excited to be spreading the power of theatre throughout the southwest in Creede Repertory’s Young Audience Outreach Tour!

Heidi Carann Snider

CRT/CMU Musical Theatre & Patron Services Intern Ensemble - Oz, 9 to 5 Originally from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Heidi is currently attending Colorado Mesa University and pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to be joining CRT this season as their musical theatre intern. Her previous credits include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. When she is not performing she loves spending time with her friends and family and binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix!

Kietraille Sutton

CRT/TTU Musical Theatre & Patron Services Intern Ensemble - Oz Kietraille is currently attending Texas Tech University. He is Majoring in Musical Theater and is minoring in Dance. He was raised in the small town of Longview, Texas. The Wizard of Oz will be Kietraille’s first professional show. Before The Wizard of Oz, Kietraille has performed in many Texas Tech theater shows, as well as Lubbock’s Community Theater in Little Women and Cinderella or Prince Charming Gets the Boot: A West Texan Panto. Kietraille is very thankful for the opportunity to work.

Antony Terrell

Zeke/Cowardly Lion - The Wizard of OZ Dwayne/Others - 9 to 5 Telephone Repair Man - Barefoot in the Park Antony is thrilled to be making his debut on the stages of Creede Rep. Very passionate about Theatre for Young Audiences, Antony has spent the past several years touring up the East Coast and across the Midwest with multiple TYA companies. A few of his favorite shows include: The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane (Musician/Edward), Alice


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In Wonderland (Mad Hatter), Peter Pan (Smee), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Aslan). Antony is very excited to be checking off one of his dream roles.

Emily Van Fleet*

Director - The Wizard of OZ Doralee Rhodes - 9 to 5 Lizzie Chapman/Peggy/Martha - Miss Holmes CRT acting credits include She Loves Me, Private Lives, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, August: Osage County, Our Town, Annie Get Your Gun, The Liar, The Drowsy Chaperone, and many others. She also co-wrote and directed Rodeo & Juliet and I, Mac(kers) for the KID Show program. She recently appeared in the Denver Center’s Off-Center production of The Wild Party (LaChuisa) as Queenie, and at the Arvada Center as Dot in Sunday in the Park with George. Other Denver credits: Tartuffe, Bus Stop, The Drowning Girls, Death Takes A Holiday, A Man of No Importance, and Big River. She performed two seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, three seasons with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and seven seasons as a featured vocalist in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration. Film/TV: Clear Blue Tuesday (Elizabeth Lucas), Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV/Reveilles Productions). Proud recipient of a 2017 True West Award.

Claudio Venancio

Hickory/Tin Man - The Wizard of OZ Josh/Others - 9 to 5 Teaching Artist Tour: Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Albert Porter); Regional: In the Heights (Sonny); She Loves Me (Mr. Keller/Viktor); Arsenic and Old Lace (Brophy); A Few Good Men (PFC Santiago), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin). New York Credits: The Waiting Room (Daredevil); No Thanks (Worthy); Can I Borrow Your Time Machine (Dave). Other credits: The Lover (Richard); Dreamgirls (Dave); In the Heights (Piragua Guy); RENT (Benny); Dogfight (Fector); Macbeth (Macduff ); The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio); PVT Wars (Woodruff Gately); Hairspray (Kenny).

Caitlin Wise*

Aunt Em/Glinda - The Wizard of OZ Dorothy Watson - Miss Holmes Corie Bratter - Barefoot in the Park Performer - Boomtown Teaching Artist Caitlin is thrilled to join CRT for her ninth season. Caitlin recently appeared in Kind of Red, The Syringa Tree, Private Lives, Our Town, August: Osage County, Hope and Gravity, Around the World in 80 Days, Harry the Great, Unnecessary Farce, and Boomtown at Creede Repertory Theatre. In NYC: Flirtation (Marvel Rep) and In Loco Parentis (ART/NY). With the Denver Center Theatre Company: The Christians, Tom Sawyer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, and Othello. At the Arvada Center: The Importance of Being Earnest, Around the World in 80 Days, Is He Dead, and Good on Paper. At Theatreworks: Wild Honey, The Game of Love and Chance, Girl of the Golden West, and The Liar. At Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill A Mockingbird. Caitlin received her MFA in acting from The National Theatre Conservatory. Follow her at unprocessyourfood on Instagram.

Actors’ Equity Association*

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

authors and composers Harold Arlen

Music and Lyrics – The Wizard of Oz An American songwriting legend and son of a cantor, Harold Arlen was fascinated early in his life with the sound of ragtime. While singing in his father’s synagogue he also played ragtime piano in local Buffalo bands and accompanied silent films. After arranging for the Buffalodians, Arlen moved to New York. Though he moved to Hollywood in the ‘30s, Arlen kept penning songs for Broadway, working with other lyricists like Dorothy Fields, Leo Robin, Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, and Ira Gershwin as well as Koehler. His list of hits and accomplishments is amazing; they include songs for the films Take a Chance, Star-Spangled Rhythm, The Sky’s the Limit, and his most famous, The Wizard of Oz. Unforgettable compositions include The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Come Rain or Come Shine, It’s Only a Paper Moon, and Over the Rainbow. Arlen made a few recordings as a performer, among them sessions with Duke Ellington and Barbra Streisand.

Diana Burbano

Author - Abandoned Way Out West: The KID Show Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues. Written work includes Policarpa (Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017), Fabulous Monsters (Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017), Caliban’s Island (2017 Headwaters New Play Festival), Enemy|Flint


(premiered in April at Rio Hondo College), and Linda (in English and in Spanish), which has been seen all over the world. As an actor she originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical, Thumb in Imagine, and Ana Guerrero in Jose Cruz Gonzales’ Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy at South Coast Repertory. All love to T and L.

E.Y. Harburg

Music and Lyrics – The Wizard of Oz E. Y. (Yip) Harburg (1896-1981), in a career spanning over fifty years, was known as “Broadway’s social conscience.” A master lyricist, poet and book writer, Yip was always dedicated to social justice. He wrote the words to over 600 songs, most notably all the lyrics in the 1939 motion picture classic The Wizard of Oz, including Over the Rainbow which was voted the Number One recording of the 20thcentury in a 2001 poll conducted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Tony Meneses

Author – Guadalupe in the Guest Room Tony Meneses is the playwright of Guadalupe in the Guest Room which received a world premiere production at Two River Theater, whom he is also under commission. He is an Ars Nova Play Group Resident Playwright, and was previously a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow and member of Youngblood at The Ensemble Studio Theatre. His work has been developed at the Lark Playwright’s Week and he is the recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF Latino Playwriting Award. Other productions


include The Boy in Black through Chicago Fusion Theatre, and Las Hermanas Padilla through Chicago’s DCA Storefront Theatre. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. BA: UT Austin.

Music Theatre International

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and more than 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary- and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students. MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York City with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).

Dolly Parton

Music and Lyrics – 9 to 5 Dolly Parton is considered to be the most successful female country music artist, having released 42 top-10 country albums and earned 25 number-one singles. She has won seven Grammy® awards and received 42 Grammy® nominations. She has also received seven awards from the Academy of Country Music and 10 Country Music Association awards, and is one of only five female artists to win the CMA’s highest honor, “Entertainer of the Year.” Dolly is also an acclaimed movie and television actress, and her literacy program, Dolly Parton’s “Imagination Library,” is now in 566 counties in 36 states. “The woman is one of our national treasures, so let’s cherish her for as long as we’ve got her...this is one Barbie who has always been for real,” wrote Newsweek in 2008. http://www.

Patricia Resnick

Book – 9 to 5 Patricia Resnick has enjoyed a successful and varied career in film, television, and theatre. She wrote the original screenplay for the film 9 to 5, a comedy classic and one of the top-grossing films of all time. Other films include Maxie (Glenn Close) and Straight Talk, which reunited her with Dolly Parton. She has written numerous pilots for television for networks including Showtime,


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CBS and FX, and her seven produced made for television movies include The Battle of Mary Kay starring Shirley MacLaine and Parker Posey who both gave Golden Globe-nominated performances. Her theatre work includes her Drama Desk nominated book for the Broadway Musical 9 to 5 which garnered four Tony nominations, sketches for Lily Tomlin’s first one woman Broadway show Appearing Nightly, and a stage musical adaptation of her own PBS movie Ladies in Waiting which originated at the Woodstock (Illinois) Summer Playhouse and later moved to the Lyric Opera House in Chicago.

Lojo Simon

Author - Seeds of Change Seeds of Change is Lojo Simon’s third production at CRT. Last year, she wrote Albert Porter: Boy Explorer for CRT’s Young Audience Outreach Tour and Mother Mary of the Mournful Heart for CRT’s 10-Minute Play Festival. 2017 also saw productions of Nice and Slow (Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth), One Foot (Minneapolis Fringe, Great Salt Lake Fringe), J’oy Vey (Trinity Street Players), Ginger America (MonoMyth Theatre) and Batshit Crazy (U. of St Thomas). Her solo play Relic premieres in Los Angeles in 2018. When not in Creede, Lojo curates Bare Bones Theatre play reading series in Laguna Beach, CA. More at www.

Neil Simon

Author – Barefoot in the Park American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Sunshine Boys, Fools, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple (female version), Broadway Bound, Rumors, The Goodbye Girl, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Mr. Simon has received more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer. Awards he has received include the Pulitzer Prize for Lost In Yonkers, Tony Awards for The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, Lost In Yonkers and a special Tony Award for Overall Contribution To The Theatre.

Herbert Stothart

Background Music – The Wizard of Oz A composer for the musical stage in the 20s, Herbert Stothart subsequently became a legendary name at MGM Pictures for his work on the background music to numerous Hollywood classics. After studying music in Europe and spending some time teaching in the USA, he made his composing debut on Broadway in 1920

with Always You. His lyricist was Oscar Hammerstein II, who was also making his Broadway bow. Stothart’s composing partners in the late 20s included George Gershwin for Song of The Flame (1925, Harbach-Hammerstein, Cossak Love Song, Far Away, Vodka, Song Of The Flame), and Emmerich Kalman for Golden Dawn (1927, Harbach-Hammerstein, Dawn, When I Crack My Whip, We Two). In 1928, his collaboration with lyricist Bert Kalmar and composer Harry Ruby on Good Boy, produced the catchy I Wanna Be Loved by You, which was memorably revived by Marilyn Monroe in the 1959 Billy Wilder comedy movie, Some Like It Hot.

Christopher M. Walsh

Author – Miss Holmes Christopher M. Walsh has been acting and writing in Chicago for more than 20 years. He is a member of the artistic ensemble at Lifeline Theatre, where his writing credits include the Arthur Conan Doyle pastiche, Miss Holmes, and adaptations of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, China Miéville’s The City & the City and a musical adaptation of Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will Be Invincible, written in collaboration with composer/lyricist Christopher Kriz. He is also a company member and literary manager of WildClaw Theatre. His work has been seen on the stages of Lifeline Theatre, WildClaw Theatre, The House Theatre of Chicago, Steppenwolf ’s 1700 Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, the Factory Theater, Griffin Theatre Company, The Right Brain Project, City Lit, Stoneham Theatre in Boston, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, and Mob Hit Productions in Calgary, Alberta.

Costume Department


Abby Meyer

Costume Director Abby is originally from Watertown, South Dakota. She discovered her love for theatre in high school and went on to teach high school English and theatre for seven years. She has been at the University of South Dakota for the last three years earning her Masters in Fine Arts for technical theatre design with an emphasis in costume design. Abby hopes to teach theatre costume and makeup design at the collegiate level. In her free time she enjoys reading and seeing live music. She is the costume shop manager for this season and is very excited to be a part of this great family.

Maria Albutra

1st Hand/Draper Maria is excited to be back as a 1st Hand/Draper for a 2nd season with CRT. She has worked as the Costume Shop Supervisor at West Texas A&M this past year and she will be pursuing an MFA in Costume Production at Boston University in the fall.

Aurora Kenyon

1st Hand/Draper Aurora has worked in professional theatre for almost 15 years. She grew up in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Two of her favorite activities were drawing and playing dress up, so her mother gave her art supplies and taught her to sew. Aurora tried acting in high


school, but hated it, so she figured theatre was not for her. She went to Hampshire College where she studied art, history, and creative writing–not theatre–but she frequently helped out in the costume shop. Later, as a stay-at-home mother, she sewed Renfair costumes to bring in extra cash. She learned to make her own patterns, because she liked the challenge. When her son started preschool, she got a job stitching at the LA Opera. Two years later, she moved to Houston, where she worked at the Alley Theatre as a tailoring stitcher. She enjoys tailoring but is eager for new creative challenges.

Morgan Severeid

CRT/University of Evansville Costume/ Wardrobe Intern Morgan is delighted to be an intern at Creede Repertory Theatre for the summer of 2018. This is her first time working with a professional theater company. Morgan is a junior pursuing a BS in Theatre Design & Technology with an Associated Study in Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she studies costume design and construction. Her notable positions for the University of Evansville Theatre Department’s 2018-2019 season include: Wardrobe Supervisor for the first collegiate run of Fun Home, Assistant Costume Designer for The Tempest, and Associate Costume Designer for Sense and Sensibility. She also worked as one of two Assistant Costume Shop Managers at the University of Evansville during the Spring of 2018. When she is not in the costume shop, Morgan likes to spend her free time painting, drawing, and doing yoga.

Creative Team Asa Benally

Costume Designer - Barefoot in the Park, The Wizard of Oz M.F.A Yale School of Drama. B.F.A. Parsons School of Design. Credits include Coriolanus and The Seagull (YSD);


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Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater); Tricks the Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Frog and Peach Theater Company); Far Away, Platonov (Columbia University); The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The Secretaries, Roberto Zucco, Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret); The Winters Tale (HERE Arts Center); Father Comes Home…( Juilliard); Peer Gynt, Big Love (Amherst College); The Brobot Johnson Experience (The Bushwick Starr); She Loves Me, The Syringa Tree (Creede Repertory Theater). He is originally from the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.

Dustin Bielich

Scenic Designer - Abandoned Way Out West: The KID Show Stage Supervisor Run Crew Dustin is proud to be working with Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time. Dustin will be heading into his senior year at Oklahoma City University where his previous designs include Three Sisters, Lord of the Flies, Clybourne Park and Miss Nelson Is Missing. Dustin would like to thank Jason Forman and Larry Heyman for their guidance, his dear friends, and his family for their continuous love and support.

John Gary Brown

Company Photographer Brownie has been CRT’s company photographer since 1974. He is proud to have created a voluminous photographic archive of shows and events and wishes he could have started in 1966! Brown received an MFA from The University of Washington and has sold over 500 oil paintings to museums, galleries, corporations and private collectors since 1970. The University of Kansas Press published his photographic history of cemetery art, titled Soul in the Stone in

1993, and it was their best selling book two years in a row. His photographs were used as illustrations in Gardens of Revelation (Abbeville Press, 1995). Brown’s artwork has won numerous prizes in juried exhibitions, including “First Prize, regardless of Medium” at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum. One of his paintings was purchased by the Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. He is happily married to CRT actress Christy Brandt.

Celia Kasberg

Costume Designer - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Stitcher/Wardrobe Celia is a current Junior at Oklahoma City University obtaining a degree in Design and Production with a Costume Emphasis. Her designs with OCU include: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Sister Act, Three Sisters, and The Music Man. Along with designing, Celia also dabbles in wardrobing, having worked for the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Disney’s Touring Broadway shows Newsies and The Lion King. She is very excited to be working her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre and would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support!

Tatyana de Pavloff

Costume Designer - 9 to 5, Miss Holmes This is Tatyana’s 8th season working with Creede Repertory Theatre! How exciting, another wonderful summer in Creede! Born in Moscow, Russia, Tatyana holds a Costume Design degree from the Moscow Theatre Art Institute. She moved to the United States in 1994, first to the San Francisco Bay area and later to Taos, NM where she resides to this day. Tatyana has worked with theatre and film companies as well as freelancing performers in Moscow, Russia, San Francisco, New Orleans, creative groups in Colorado and

company New Mexico doing costume design as well as make up and body painting. Her latest costuming credits with CRT are Talley’s Folly, Private Lives, Ghost Light and The Liar.

Mark Exline

Illustrator & Scenic Designer - Seeds of Change Props Master - 9 to 5, Miss Holmes, Abandoned way out West: The KID Show, Seeds of Change Hailing from central Florida, Mark has been working as an artist and scenic designer for the past 9 years. He holds degrees in scenic design from Florida School of the Arts (A.S.), Greensboro College (B.A.) and is currently living in Kansas City pursuing an MFA in scenic design from the University of MissouriKansas City. He was recently honored with an invitation to present his work at USITT’s Young Designers’ Forum, along with other emerging designers who represent excellence in their fields. His design credits include Marilyn/God at The Fishtank, Desire at UMKC Theatre, Hana’s Suitcase and The Secret of Courage at The Coterie Theatre, I,Mac(kers) at Creede Repertory Theatre, and And Then There Were None at Kansas City Actors Theatre. For more of his theatre and fine art work, please visit

Harry Foster

Light Designer - Abandoned Way Out West: The KID Show, Boomtown Master Electrician - The Ruth Harry is electrified to be back for his third season with CRT! A recent graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, he hopes to continue making theatre happen all over the country. Past credit with CRT include Lighting Designer for Red Hot Patriot. Many thanks to family, friends,

and the Creede community for just being great people.

Elly Hunt

Costume Designer - Abandoned Way Out West: The KID Show Stitcher Elly is a costume designer, craftsperson and stitcher currently working in the Chicago area. She studied theatrical design and technology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Some recent design credits include Red Bowl At the Jeffs with The Sound theatre company, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare, Abridged with Theatre Arlington, and assistant design for Next Stop Broadway, the children’s musical theatre review at Dallas Children’s Theatre. Her craftwork and stitching credits include stitching and dyeing for American Theatre Company’s We’re Gonna Be Okay and Craftwork for the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Music Theatre Wichita, featuring shows like The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, and Oklahoma!. She’s very excited to be working here at Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time. To see more of her work, visit www.ellyhuntcostumes. com.

Elisheba Ittoop

Sound Designer - Barefoot in the Park Elisheba’s designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Two River Theater, Women’s Project, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music

Festival, Okeechobee Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts.

Tristan Jeffers

Scenic Designer - Barefoot in the Park NYC: The Wedge Horse, At The Table, Breathing Time, From White Plains, The Faire, Frogs, Doctor Faustus (Fault Line Theatre); Brack’s Last Bachelor Party, You May Go Now, and Stomp and Shout (an’ Work it All Out) (Babel Theatre Project) LA: The Imposter (New Guard Theatre Co.); Down In The Face of God, Macbeth (The Vagrancy). Regional: Dreams of Antigone (Trinity Repertory Company); From White Plains (Kitchen Theatre Company) In Development: Here We Are Here, by Jiehae Park, developed at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, The Sundance Institute’s Theatre-Makers Residency, and PGF-USA Works in Progress. www.

Dustin Lacy

Sound Designer - 9 to 5, The Wizard of Oz Electrics & Sound Supervisor Dustin served 4 years in the US Navy prior to attending Metro State University of Denver’s Theatre BFA: applied technology and design program with emphasis in Sound Design, Sound Engineering, and Show Control. He was hired out of college by The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Garner Galleria Theatre as Sound Department Chief and House


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company Sound Engineer where he completed 10 productions earning 2 Sound Design credits, including 1 world premiere, prior to gaining employment with IATSE #62, and IATSE #7. Some of his theatrical credits include: Hair, 2nd City: American Mix Tape, Girls Only, Forbidden Broadway, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, and Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull. Some of Dustin’s other interests include world news, international maritime travel, world history, world culture, film, music, design, equality, faith, psychology, peaceful activism, human geography, intelligent empowered women.

Natalie Mayo

Sound Designer - Seeds of Change Education Assistant / Teaching Artist See bio on page 82

Robert Mark Morgan

Scenic Designer - The Wizard of Oz, 9 to 5 Rob is thrilled to be returning to Creede Rep after designing General Store last summer. Prior to that, he designed August: Osage County, Ladies Man, Hay Fever, and The Foreigner (2004). His designs have been seen onstage nationally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena (Buffalo, NY), Childrens Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN), Cleveland Play House, the MUNY - St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. He is a teaching professor at Washington University in St. Louis. www.

Kate Mott

Costume Designer - Seeds of Change Kate earned her BA in Costume Design from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 and her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. Her designs include, Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Edward Stern, Fiddler on the Roof with Spinning Tree Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along and Boeing, Boeing at the Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, The Magic Flute at Colorado State University, and Arsenic and Old Lace at Creede Repertory Theatre. Seeds of Change is Kate’s third costume design at CRT, and her fourth season with the company. She is very excited to be joining this talented group of artists once again.

Anna Paniccia

Puppet Designer - Seeds of Change, Anna is an international puppeteer born in Columbus, Ohio. Her puppet building career began while she was a student at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Since then her puppets have played the world over on stage and screen—from New York City to Las Vegas, Berlin, Prague, and Southeast Asia. Some of her credits include The Muppets and The Muppets: Most Wanted, Terry Fator: Live in Las Vegas, Bookaboo, Glenn Gould vs Glenn Gould, and Das Helmi Puppentheater, as well as many independent productions and projects. Anna is a graduate of Webster University in Theatre Arts. You can check out her webpage at www.annapaniccia. com.

Becca Pearce

Sound Designer - Miss Holmes, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Abandoned Way Out West: The KID Show

Becca is a Denver based sound designer. She has designed ten shows for the last three seasons at Creede Repertory Theatre. Originally from Chicago, she holds two bachelors of arts: one in Theatre Studies and one in Communications: Media Studies from Northern Illinois University. She works at the Denver Center Theatre Company as a stagehand and is a member of IASTE Local #7.

Allison Quiller

Teaching Artist Videographer Allison is a Creede native whose career was effectively spring-loaded by the CRT. She attended the Vancouver Film School in Vancouver and followed it up with two years of professional sketch comedy work in the Canadian city. After that, she moved to Los Angeles and spent several years working in film and television, including two years as Art Department Coordinator for the hit ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars. Other credits include Godzilla (2014) and Disney’s Lone Ranger. She produced her first solo documentary venture Paul Freakin’ Stone: That’s Who in 2015 and continues to explore documentary work. Allison is thrilled to bring her work back to the town she loves and inspire young folk who dream to follow a similar path.

Uldarico Sarmiento

Scenic Designer - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Uldarico is an Assistant Professor of Design and Digital Media at the The University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama. His scenic design credits include: Crowns, Rock of Ages, The Fantasticks (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Cat on the Hot Tin Roof, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Reduxion Theatre); Journey’s End (Kansas City

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Matthew Schlief

Scenic Designer - Miss Holmes Lighting Designer - The Wizard of Oz , 9 to 5, Miss Holmes Matthew is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design and Production coordinator at Texas Tech University. He has designed scenery, lighting, and/or projections for TUTS Underground, Horsehead Theatre Co., Creede Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Flatlands Dance Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, as well as the COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad. In 2012 Matt received the Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and in 2013 received the Broadway World Best of Houston Award for his Lighting Design of Sweeney Todd. He has received three KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Design awards. He has designed, lectured, and provided master classes at The University of Houston, Rice University, and Oklahoma City University, as well as numerous USITT Conventions. Over the past 14 years Matt has designed more than 120 different productions, both nationally and internationally. This is Matt’s third season with CRT.

Mandi Wood

Lighting Designer - Barefoot in the Park, Guadalupe in the Guest Room Mandi is a Lighting Designer currently working out of New Orleans. Mandi received her MFA in Production and Design from Tulane University, and is currently the resident Assistant Lighting Designer for the New Orleans Opera Association. Mandi works extensively as a technician and designer in both film and theatre, and is a member of IATSE Local #39. Mandi was the lighting designer for CRT’s 2017 season on iMac(kers) and Pants on Fire. Her most recent design work has been featured with The Nola Project, Southern Rep Theatre, The Contemporary Arts Center, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The New Orleans Opera Association, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, and The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Mandi is thrilled to be back for her second season with CRT, and hopes you get a chance to enjoy all that this season offers.

Maddy Apple

Choreographer - 9 to 5 Maddy is a director, choreographer, performer, and teaching artist based in NYC. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Performer Credits: Me and My Girl (NY City Center Encores!); Saturday Night Fever (Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Broadway National Tour); Hello, Dolly!, A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed Opera House). Director/Choreographer Credits: She Loves Me (Creede Rep); School of Rock, The Drowsy Chaperone (Northern Stage); Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sister Act (Mac-Haydn); Bernarda Alba (LIU

Post); Broadway by the Year (NYC Town Hall). Insta: @ mappleography

Amanda Berg Wilson

Director - 9 to 5 Amanda is the Artistic Director of the Boulder-based theatre company The Catamounts, for whom she has directed nine productions, including God’s Ear (2011 Camera Eye Award, Best Director) and Failure: A Love Story (2013 True West Nomination, Best Director), and with whom she performed as Ellen in There Is A Happiness That Morning Is (2014 True West Award, 2015 Westword Best of Denver Award), and Warrior #1 in Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage (2017 Colorado Theatre Guild Nomination for Best Choreography.) Elsewhere in Colorado, she performed as Sharon in Detroit with Curious Theatre Company, and as the Woman in Sweet & Lucky with the Denver Center Theater Company. She recently directed an immersive production of The Wild Party for the Denver Center, and co-directed The Catamounts first immersive piece, Rausch, with Control Group Production’s Patrick Mueller.

Melissa Firlit

Director - Seeds of Change Melissa is a New York City based director and teaching artist. She was last at CRT directing Albert Porter: Boy Explorer. She is a 2018 Alan Schneider Director Award Nominee. She recently directed the Ireland National Tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh. Some of her favorite credits: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995, BUBBA, Annabel Lee, Trojan Women: A Love Story, West Side Story, Aida, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Pillowman, The Secret Garden, Red, Dracula, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Under


Construction, Machinal, boom, Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine. To provide up and coming thespians with the same passion she thrives on, Melissa helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose. Training: MFA in Directing Rutgers University, BA in Theater The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. Associate Member SDC. www.

Sara Guerrero

Director - Guadalupe in the Guest Room Sara is a Southern California native. She’s the founding artistic director of the award-winning, Santa Ana-based Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and has been recognized as one of the “People to Watch” by American Theatre magazine, and “Best [Artistic] Director” and “Person of Interest”by OC WEEKLY. A CalArts alum, Guerrero is a professional, versatile theatre artist whose mission is to model, share, and create theatre-making opportunities for and with her community. She served as the community engagement director​ for SCR’s Dialogue/Diálogos Project (two​-year community theatre​-making project) and was producing associate to the project’s production, El Largo Camino de Hoy / The Long Road Today by José Cruz González. Recently, she directed Stephanie Alison Walker’s The Madres, A NNPN Rolling World Premiere first presented at Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. Additional directing credits: Fabulous Monsters (Latinx New Plays Festival/San Diego Repertory), Angel of the Desert (South Coast Repertory’s Studio Series), Real Women Have Curves (Costa Mesa Playhouse). teatroguerrero. com

Jessica Jackson

Director - Miss Holmes See bio on page 82.


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Emily Van Fleet

Director - The Wizard of Oz See bio on page 56

Ian LeRoy

Season Music Director Composer - Seeds of Change Patron Services Associate Ian is so thrilled to join Creede Repertory Theatre for a second summer. He is a music director, pianist, and composer originally from Ohio. He recently finished a Masters of Music at the Dana School of Music, where he studied conducting with a focus on musical theatre and opera. He is a proud alum of the University of Mount Union, having worked with both the music and theatre departments during his time there. Some favorite music direction credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar at Near West Theatre, Avenue Q: School Edition at the Beck Center for the Arts, and West Side Story at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. He will be moving to New York City this fall.

Michael Perlman

Director - Barefoot in the Park Michael’s directing credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Cleveland Play House, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Trinity Repertory Company. Previous shows at CRT include Is He Dead, Language of Trees, Annie Get Your Gun, Our Town, and She Loves Me. As Associate Director, notable credits include Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods (McCarter Theater, The Old Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory and Roundabout Theater Company) and Noises Off (Roundabout Theater Company). Michael’s plays include At The Table ( Jeff Award), From White Plains (GLAAD Media Award) and Flying on the Wing (NYFringe Outstanding Solo Show). Michael is an Associate Artist with both Fiasco Theater, and Fault Line Theatre, proud to be a member of SDC, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and holds a BA from Brown University and

an MFA from Brown/Trinity MFA Programs, where he has also served on faculty. He is currently Artistic Associate at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Bethany Eilean Talley

Choreographer - The Wizard of Oz Teaching Artist Bethany is a Colorado-based actor and choreographer. She is thrilled to help bring The Wizard of Oz to life! Other CRT choreography credits include: The Syringa Tree, Bodyguard: Protector of Anatomy, Reading! And Other Superpowers, and Kind of Red. She also worked as the Assistant Choreographer on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Guys and Dolls, and Annie Get Your Gun. Last season Bethany appeared on the CRT stage as Greta in General Store and in Boomtown.

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Sound Engineer - Ruth Theatre Sky (they/them/theirs) is so excited for their second summer with Creede Rep. In August, they will return to the University of Northern Iowa and complete their last year as an undergraduate. They are a young queer theatre artist, pursuing a thorough and complete education in technical theatre and sound design. Their past work includes various technical positions for 4 different companys, and sound designing A Gulag Mouse by Arthur M Jolly and The Aliens by Annie Baker. They additionally enjoy playwriting and premired an unpublished work at Creede Repertory Theater’s 2017 Ten-Minute Play Festival. They are very gracious for the many opportunities they have earned and are hungry to continue learning & working!

Kristof Janezic

Master Electrician - Mainstage Kristof is a lighting and scenic designer working in and around the Chicago area, and couldn’t be happier to be in Colorado

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for the 2018 summer season. Most recent Chicago Design credits include Mercury Theater Chicago (Lighting Designer for Bunny Bunny), The Roustabouts (Lighting and Scenic Design for Put Your House In Order), Albany Park Theatre Project (Lighting Design for Take Your Place), Theo Ubique (Lighting Design for RENT), and the now closed Redmoon Theater (mid 2014 to early 2016 Lighting Designer for main stage and rented events). Alongside Lighting and Scenic Design he performs as Master Electrician, Lighting Supervisor, and Lighting Director in various environments, from Broadway scale summer stock to storefront theatre communities, from warehouse installations for performance to unique location events (such as The Polar Express Train Ride in Chicago, New Jersey and New Orleans). If you have questions about Kristof or his work, please contact janezic.

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Pre-K to university level. Vita’s passion as a #NeuroDivergent Black Trans artist, activist, and educator, has led to the start of many milestones; from being a finalist in the Capturing Fire Poetry slam in DC, to being a member of the Chicago BTGNC Collective, and playing drums in the Latinx punk band, “Cabrona.” Her response track to Janelle Monae, Hell Y’all Ain’t Talmbout, was cited in The Source’s 10 Songs Soundtracking the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.

McKinley Foster

Musician - Guitar McKinley is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who is excited to performing in Creede this summer. Recent credits include The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH: Rock of Ages, Smokey Joe’s Cafe-featuring performances with the Original Coasters, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, CO: Mamma Mia!, Newsies, West Side Story, Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver and Act Out Theatre Group in Scranton, PA: The Wedding Singer, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Godspell. Holding degrees in Music Education and Guitar Performance from West Chester University, McKinley teaches and performs with the alternative rock group, Strawberry Underground around Philadelphia.

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Musician - Bass Double bassist, Krista has a diverse background of music making. Her experiences have brought her from the pit orchestras of The Wizard of Oz, art operas, and Sondheim musicals, to appearances with the Wichita Symphony, and everything in-between, including performances with The Celtic Women, bluegrass groups, and the rock band Kansas. An avid programmer of new music she has not only performed works by some of the leading twentieth and twentyfirst century composers, she has also commissioned, recorded, and premiered numerous works by living composers both as a soloist and chamber musician. Krista has a bachelor’s degree in music education as well as a double bass performance degree with an emphasis on jazz studies from Wichita State University. She also completed a master’s degree in double bass performance at The Hartt School where she studied with Robert Black.

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Will Sinclair

Patron Services Associate Season Dramaturg Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, William lives in Lubbock, Texas with his wife Britney and is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech University. His research focuses on manifestations of horror and science fiction in modern American theatre, with an emphasis on site-specific and immersive productions. In addition to scholarly pursuits, William is an instructor at Texas Tech and West Texas A&M University and also works as a freelance playwright and dramaturg. William is excited to be a part of CRT’s 2018 season

and is looking forward to spending his summer here in Creede!

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Patron Services Assoicate Rachel Campoli grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a BA Graduate from Texas Tech University, with a focus in stage management. Her most recent work includes stage managing TTU’s Production of Passion Play and Next to Normal.

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Patron Services Associate Katie is a theatre practitioner specializing in directing (musical theatre focus) and voice/speech pedagogy. Katie holds an MFA in Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University and most recently directed a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal for the TTU School of Theatre and Dance’s 2017-2018 season. While at Tech, she also spent time house managing and working in the box office. Additionally, she enjoys dramaturgy and is interested in new musical development, specifically those written by female playwrights and composers. She is thrilled to join CRT for the summer season and can’t wait to

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Rosemary Vigil

Patron Services Associate Rosemary is a Senior at Cornell College, double majoring in Theatre and Personnel Management. Originally from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Rosemary wants to pursue a career in Arts Administration and Stage Management. She has most recently stage managed Cornell College’s production of August: Osage County as well as GREEK by Steven Berkoff. She is excited for her second season with CRT and is very proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.

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with industry professionals at CRT and to spend her summer in Creede. She would like to thank Cornell College and CRT for giving her this amazing opportunity, and her parents and sister for supporting and believing in her.

Scene Shop Colin Shay

Technical Director Colin is grateful to be returning for his second season at Creede Repertory Theatre as the Technical Director! Colin is currently a Technical Production MFA at Florida State University. Originally from Indianapolis, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Prior to working at Florida State, Colin spent five years as the Asst. Production Manager at Butler University. In addition, he has been a designer, engineer, and technician in lights, sound, projections, and scenery for over fifteen years and has worked for companies such as Creede Repertory Theatre, Butler University, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Repertory Theatre, Indiana Festival Theatre, Markey’s Audio/Visual, IATSE Local 618 and 115, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage Company, and many more.

When he is not in a theater, you can find Colin hiking, biking, playing guitar, or walking his dog.

Ryan Ponsell

ATD/Master Carpenter Ryan is currently an MFA Technical Production candidate at Florida State University slated to graduate in May of 2020. Prior to starting graduate school, he spent three years as Assistant Technical Theatre Director at Chipola College in Marianna, FL where, among other responsibilities, he taught safety procedures and building techniques for theatre and helped in the creation of a new Technical Theatre track for their program. He holds a BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Production, from Valdosta State University. Outside of work, Ryan is an amateur Astronomer and Astrophotographer and is looking forward to spending a great summer in the mountains of Colorado. He is excited to start his first season at Creede Repertory Theatre and is honored to be welcomed so warmly.

Carleigh Wagner

Paint Charge Carleigh is a junior Scenic Design and Production student from Oklahoma City University. She has designed and painted

for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, The Oklahoma State Fair, and is really stoked to be joining CRT this summer as the Paint Charge. She grew up vacationing in this beautiful area of Colorado and has pictures of her and her sister as kids feeding chipmunks at the Creede mines. She loves what she does and hopes you enjoy the show!

Sara Sharos

Props Master - Barefoot in the Park, The Wizard of Oz, Guadalupe in the Guest Room Sara is thrilled to be with Creede Rep this season! She recently worked at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival where she worked on Ghost The Musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the 2017 SALT Awards Best Musical, Parade. Previously she was the Prop Master for Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre where they completed Shakespeare’s History Cycle in 2017. She also worked on classics like Raisin in the Sun and Anne Frank. Sara would like to thank her amazing team for their hard work and dedication to making incredible art. She would also like to thank her boyfriend Christian and her family for all their love and support. All you need is love and a little hot glue!

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Heather Brophy

Stage Carpenter / Run Crew Heather is a life-long resident of Creede. After graduating from Creede High School, she went on to study technical theatre at the State University of New York at New Paltz. While there, she worked on shows such as Parade: The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, and Trojan Women. Heather is very excited to get back to her roots and meet all the new faces at CRT this summer. She currently lives in Creede with her main squeeze and their rescue pup, Aspen.

Joshua Philoon

CRT/KU Scene Shop Intern Scenic Carpenter Josh is currently in his fourth year at the University of Kansas, pursuing degrees in both Theatre Performance and Theatre

Design. He is a former NSHI Cherub originally from Wilmette, Illinois. Josh’s most recent credits include Lighting Design for the graduate student art installation Brilliance of Silence at the University of Kansas, Stage Manager for When the Rain Stops Falling at the University Theatre, Berenger in Rhinoceros at the University Theatre, an interdisciplinary internship at the Greenhouse Theatre Complex in Chicago, and the scenography for an independently produced production of A Steady Rain.

Alex Polzin

Shop Swing This is Alex’s fourth season at CRT and he could not be more thrilled to be working with his favorite theatre company again. Alex graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design in 2015. He now works as a freelance carpenter, painter, and scenic designer in the Denver area. Recent designs include Vintage Theatre Company’s Sleuth and Bullets Over Broadway. Alex regularly works with Phamaly Theatre Company, Stage Door Theatre Conifer, and You Want What? Productions. Occasionally he can be scene onstage, particularly if it’s the CRT 10-Minute Play Festival. Alex

would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.

Mark Stargel

CRT/TTU Backstage Operations/Scene Shop Intern Stage Carpenter & Run Crew Mark was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, and currently attending Texas Tech University as an undergraduate theatre arts student. He graduated from Monterey High School in 2006 and from South Plains College in 2008. Interning at CRT is his first introduction into the world of professional theatre.

Stage Management Devon Muko*

Production Stage Manager Stage Manager - The Wizard of Oz , Miss Holmes, Guadalupe in the Guest Room Off Season Production Consultant Devon is excited to return to Creede for her 3rd season as the PSM and her 6th season overall! When not working in Creede, Devon has worked as a Stage Manager at Asolo Repertory Theatre and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, both located in Sarasota, FL. Her other credits include Gulfshore Playhouse, The Santa Fe Opera and Saint Michael’s Playhouse.

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From South Dakota, she would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love, laughter and support. Proud member of AEA.

Nia Sciarretta*

Stage Manager - Barefoot in the Park, 9 to 5, Guadalupe in the Guest Room (Rehearsal) Assistant Stage Manager The Wizard of Oz Nia is excited to return for a second season with Creede Rep! Off-Broadway credits include In the Blood, Jesus Hopped the A Train, and The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre. Nia is also the Production Stage Manager at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. In 6 seasons at Asolo Rep, credits include Shakespeare in Love, Roe, Guys and Dolls, All the Way, South Pacific, Hero: The Musical, and others. Other regional credits include 8 seasons with the Hangar Theatre (Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The 39 Steps, and others), and shows with Penguin Rep (The Fabulous Lipitones) and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth). Ithaca College graduate.

Aaron McEachran

Tour Manager - Seeds of Change (CO, NM, UT, AZ, OK, NV, CA) Aaron is very excited to be returning to Creede Rep after 6 months of working at sea as a Technical Stage Staff with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Aaron is a graduate of Hope College and a Colorado native having grown up in Golden. He loves to hiking, biking, travel, and photography. Last summer he joined the company as an ASM for She Loves Me and General Store, and the SM for Pants on Fire and iMac(kers). This season he is very excited to be the Tour Manager for the Southwest leg of the Young Audience Outreach Tour. He can’t wait to see and be a part of the impact this tour will have on


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Heidi Rothra

Tour Manager - Seeds of Change (CO, OK, KS) Heidi is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Design and Technical Production program. Recent projects include Triad Stage’s Beautiful Star (Production Assistant), UNCG’s As You Like It (Stage Manager), Willy Wonka Jr. and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mill Mountain Theatre, Stage Manager), The Jungle Book (MMT, Stage and Tour Manager), Go, Dog. Go! and From Up Here (UNCG, Stage Manager), and sound engineering UNCG’s production of the world premiere of Jim Wren’s Pinkie and Blue.

Michael George

Assistant Stage Manager – The Wizard of Oz, 9 to 5, Guadalupe in the Guest Room Michael is excited to work his first summer with Creede Rep. Michael studied stage management at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Since his time at WSU, he has spent two years touring the country coast to coast with Cat in the Hat and Rock the Presidents with Childsplay Theatre Company. Aside from tour he has worked in various cities across the country including: Boston (Encore! - Chamber Theatre Productions), Chicago (Sweeney Todd - Porchlight Music Theatre), and New York City (The Light Princess - New Victory Theatre). Most recently he stagemanaged the New Orleans production of The Polar Express onboard a moving Amtrak train.

Alex Skaar

Assistant Stage Manager - Barefoot in the Park, 9 to 5, Miss Holmes, Guadalupe in the Guest Room; Stage Manager: Headwaters New Play Festival Alex is thrilled to be back for her second summer with CRT! Past credits include:

CRT - ASM - She Loves Me, Talley’s Folly, General Store; Arkansas Shakes - ASM Fiddler on the Roof, As You Like It. She’d like to thank her family for all of their support!

Lisa Tinker

Assistant Stage Manager - The Wizard of Oz, Guadalupe in the Guest Room; Stage Manager: Boomtown, Abandoned Way Out West: The KID Show, Headwaters New Play Festival Originally from Wichita, KS, Lisa is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an MFA in Stage Management. Recent work includes the world premiere of Letters from Freedom Summer (SM, UMKC/KCRep), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime (PA, KCRep), and King Lear (ASM, Kansas City Actors Theatre). She spent last summer working at Central City Opera and is excited to be back in the mountains to join Creede Rep for her first season! She’d like to thank her husband Justin for the tremendous love and support!

Alison Letsos

Assistant Production Manager / Event Manager This is Alison’s first summer with Creede Repertory Theatre and she is so excited to be a member of the team! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in Design and Production with an emphasis in Stage and Production Management. Some of her recent/favorite experiences working in the entertainment industry have been with Houston Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and the six months that she spent in London. She wants to thank her family, friends, mentors, and the entire company of CRT for making this possible.

in memory LaFong Rides for Valhalla If you were ever in Creede on Norwegian Independence Day in May, you might have seen a giant, lumbering figure hoisting Norway’s flag in a one-man parade down main street. If you were very fortunate, you would have heard whisperings of a cannon shoot that day, driven to a field on the mountain, and witnessed two men fire a bowling ball straight up into the sky. Parked nearby, you would have seen an old truck plastered with humorous turns of phrase lambasting local politics. These opinions were not subtle, and Bryan “LaFong” Anderson was not a subtle man. Widely regarded as a mechanical genius, his explosive inventions entertained the likes of Alan Ginsberg and William Burroughs. As old men, they watched Bryan shoot a bowling ball through 10 television sets all playing David Letterman. In Creede, he teamed up with local legend Paul Stone to design cannons that launched everything from ham to fluorescent light bulbs. With Paul the bantering Bryan Anderson front man and Bryan the quiet mechanic, the duo delighted lucky crowds who were able to attend 1947-2018 these “explosion therapy” sessions. These antics marked a unique era in Creede, and Bryan was Artist, Builder, Mechanical Genius a very distinct flavor in the dish of this small community. Ride for Valhalla, LaFong, you will be missed. —Allie Quiller Bryan Anderson, like his partner Paul Stone, was a man who defied categorization. He was a cosmopolitan scholar of the politics and the arts, and the ultimate handyman, at home in the great galleries of the world, or in a crawl space beneath the floor of some hapless friend, sorting out plumbing problems. Bryan was a creative genius who produced world class masterpieces of construction such as Creede’s “boathouse”, and Victorian dollhouses that had running water and electrical lighting. He teamed up with Paul Stone for the invention of a bowling ball cannon and staged countless performance art events that delighted and horrified audiences across his sphere of influence. Bryan brightened holidays and celebrations by turning them into kinetic events that would be long remembered. He loved the Creede Theatre, and often had surprising insight into the meaning of the many productions he saw. “LaFong,” a name he used to describe himself, delighted in being the ultimate iconoclast, but he was also a kind of holy man, a guy who existed above, or to the side of normal human concerns. Much of Bryan’s life could be viewed as wasteful and dysfunctional but he was also a pioneer, blazing new trails in artistic expression and philosophical exploration. We are happy and proud to have known him, and our world will be just a bit more ordinary without him. —John Gary Brown and Christine L. Brandt Kenneth Casey Nichols was born to parents Henry and Gaynell Nichols on October 1, 1952 in Flagler, CO. He was the youngest of three and attended Peetz High School. After spending one year at Northeastern Junior College, Casey decided to join the Navy and spent four years perfecting his welding skills as a Hull Technician stationed on a Submarine Tender in Pearl Harbor, HI. He had made the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer when he got out of the Navy. He was a man who enjoyed working with his hands and spent his adult life working as a welder and did maintenance work for the Creede Repertory Theatre and the Creede Community Church. Casey was described by his friends as a kind, caring man with a huge heart always willing to help anyone. —Terry Wetherill, brother

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I remember the first day Casey came to work here at CRT: he was nervous, but warm. Over the first few weeks, we bonded because the Facilities Manager could never remember which of us was Casey and who was Cassie. Casey and I finally started just telling them the wrong name because we found it so funny. That started a sweet friendship. Casey was a loving soul who said yes to just about anything and had a fun sense of humor. His laugh! If you cracked a joke good enough to get to hear it, it brightened up the room. The town of Creede got a bit darker the day he left and I will always miss him. —Cassie Rhafir, CRT Human Resources Specialist

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Melvin Getz 1933-2018

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My father used to tell people, “I’m just an old rancher.” I think he enjoyed playing off of people’s preconceived notions that an “old rancher” would be simple, uniformed, and naïve. And, of course, Dad was anything but. While his grammar was far from perfect, his spelling atrocious and his pronunciations unique, he was intelligent, highly inquisitive, and a sophisticated thinker. And he had a strong sense of community. I would call it a sense of duty but that implies that he saw service to his community as an obligation rather than as a joy. As a speaker at his memorial said, “Mel was a community organizer before we knew that was what it was called.” Dad had two important life partners who helped shape and support his work with his communities. The first was my mother, Alice, who was responsible for introducing my father to the arts. It was largely through her influence that Dad came to appreciate and enjoy art in general and the Creede Repertory Theatre in particular. I think what really attracted him was when he came to understand how the arts could serve a community as a way to bring people together, promote civic pride and engagement, and as a driver for economic development. This led him to become a true supporter of and advocate for CRT and to his membership on the board of trustees. Dad was very proud of his work with CRT. Some of his contributions are highly visible while others were unseen by the public but just as important. He worked on the fundraising and planning of the renovation of the theatre building and paved the way for improved housing for company members. He also helped guide a transition in the role of the board of trustees to better support financial stability. After my mother’s death, Dad found his second partner in Camille and convinced her to move to Colorado from Washington. It is no coincidence that Dad chose to introduce me to Camille with dinner in Creede followed by a play at CRT. It was important to him to introduce Camille to the Theatre because he loved it and felt so much pride in this amazing institution. It meant a great deal to him to see Camille grow to love and appreciate it as much as he did. A visit to CRT was always one of their favorite activities. If there is one thing an old rancher understands, it is the fact that death is part of life. While we mourn his loss, people who knew him should know that when it became obvious that he would not survive his illness, he told us in no uncertain terms that he had had a wonderful life and had no regrets. He laughed and joked to the end, and he exited this world with the same dignity with which he lived. That is reason for celebration. —Amy Getz, daughter and CRT Alum ’88, ’89, ‘97 Growing up, Mike was a champion skeet shooter and spent his childhood summers hunting and fishing in Spar City, Colorado. He served in the United States Coast Guard and took great delight in telling about packing parachutes and then being required to “test” them every month by jumping out of a plane. He attended the University of Colorado-Boulder where he majored in hotel and restaurant management. His love of food and cooking lead him to become a chef at the Creede Hotel and later to create a restaurant at the Old Miner’s Inn. He enjoyed being a chef for several years before purchasing land in the San Luis Valley on the Rio Grande. There he raised alfalfa and hay for the past 20 years. “Greenie” was kindhearted, good humored and had a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He won the Ugly Truck Contest for the Western U.S. The Valley Ford dealer entered his vehicle in the national contest but his win was questioned because it wasn’t a truck at all. After a tree fell on his Bronco, he did a home conversion to a pickup. The ruling stood, and he drove it in the Creede 4th of July parade a “Winner”! —Joan Jeffrey, sister Mike Green was one of the most interesting people I ever met. He was a chef, an explorer, an expert on mushrooms and Indian artifacts, including arrow points. He took us on hair-raising fourwheel outings and never lost his sense of humor, even when the Jeep turned over or was crushed by a falling tree. I remember being in Creede at Christmas, in 1990. We were invited to a white elephant party, where everyone got to give away a present and receive another one from somebody else. Nearly everybody brought some loser gift like a boring candle or a unicorn picture to give away. We gave away a wallet or an address book, or something like that. Greenie drew our names and passed us a package. It was a bone and feather necklace he had acquired in New Guinea. That’s what Greenie was like. —John Gary Brown (Brownie)

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4 10 1 John DiAntonio Executive Director

John has been with CRT since 2011 as an actor, director, playwright, fight director, videographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He’s elated and humbled to take on his new role as Executive Director. Some of his plays for CRT include: Kind of Red, Reading! And Other Superpowers, and Harry the Great. Favorite CRT acting credits include: Kind of Red, Taming of the Shrew, Language of Trees, and Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Other acting credits include: The Game of Love and Chance, The Liar (Theatreworks), Cyrano (BETC), The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), Is He Dead? (Arvada Center), Othello, A Christmas Carol (Denver Center). John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and BA from Case Western Reserve University. John and Caitlin got married in Creede’s little white church on the hill. They are thrilled to make this magical place their home.

2 Jessica Jackson Artistic Director

Artistic Director since 2012, Jess has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she’s directed Talley’s Folly, Private Lives, The Secret Lives of Mildred Wilde, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and several theatre for young audience pieces created with Jeff Carey and Steven Cole Hughes. She founded CRT’s Boomtown Improv in 2007. Original Scores for CRT: The Bad Man, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Swiss Family Robinson, Billy Hell (for which she shares a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Original Music with Ryan Prince & Kendra Kohrt), Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, and Scruff Turbo. MM from Boston Conservatory and BA (Government) from Harvard University. She is on the boards of the Creede Community Foundation, ROCK Coalition, Colorado Preschool Program, and has the greatest muse, her 6-year-old daughter Penelope.

3 Johamy Morales Education Director

Johamy holds an MFA in acting from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in outreach and devising new work. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Prior to working with CRT, Johamy directed the Comparative Arts Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in MI. In 2017, she collaborated with the US State Department, the US Embassy & Consulate, and several NGO’s to promote awareness on gender-based violence in Kolkata and Ranchi, India. As an educator, artist, and director Johamy has worked with Arena Stage, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. She is an alumna of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford,


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England. In 2004, Johamy toured with the Carnaval de Calaveras cast to Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Mexico D.F. and in 2006, she joined the cast of New World Jukebox where she performed in the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, in South Africa.

4 Jenna Jernigan

Marketing and Communications Director

Jenna started at CRT as one of the Patron Services Managers during the 2017 season. She immediately fell in love with CRT and Creede and could not stay away. Jenna graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in Business Management, Business Marketing, and a minor in Theatre Arts. She is also a proud alumnus of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Jenna’s theatre background is on the technical side with a focus in stage management. She’s worked on shows for Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, and Ballet Lubbock. She is a board member of the Creede & Mineral Country Chamber of Commerce and the SLV Tourism Association. She coached the local Pee-Wee basketball team and after an amazing first year being part of Creede’s community, she’s excited to soak in the beauty of another summer at 9000ft.

5 Heather Green Business Manager

Heather joined CRT as Business Manager in 2014 after witnessing the powerful impact theatre can have with children, education and communities. In addition to working with CRT, Heather continues to work as a Certified Professional Midwife attending women and families throughout the San Luis Valley since 2009. When not working, Heather can be found biking, hiking or skiing with her big dog in the glorious surrounding mountains.

6 Rick Reeves Production Manager

Rick is excited to be returning to CRT for his 3rd season! Aside from being CRT’s full time Production Manager, he is a freelance Lighting, Projection, and Scenic Designer and has designed theatre, musical theatre, and opera all around the Southern United States. Last season he designed scenery for CRT’s She Loves Me and lighting for Banner Elk Theatre in North Carolina’s And Then They Came for Me. Rick sits on the Convention Committee for United States Institute for Theatre Technology and volunteers for USITT’s Gateway Program as a mentor to college students from underrepresented populations. He grew up in and around Ft. Worth, TX. He has retired from the US Navy as a Master-at-Arms and received his MFA in Theatrical Design and Production from Texas Tech University. Rick and his wife, Michelle, live in Creede full time.

7 Graham Ward

Development and Fundraising Coordinator

After five seasons as an actor at CRT, Graham couldn’t be happier to widen his reach beyond



acting into development and fundraising. He’s an avid connoisseur of film, TV, and nerd culture– particularly comics and tabletop games–and has an inner mountain man who’s perfectly at home in Creede. Favorite roles at CRT include Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Watson in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, George in Our Town, Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls, and Jeffrey and company in Mrs. Mannerly. Graham has a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University and spends most of his free time as a small-press game designer.

8 Cassie Rhafir Human Resources Specialist

Originally from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, Cassie left to move to Durango, Colorado to attend undergrad in 2008 at Fort Lewis College where she graduated with a BA in Generalized Theatre Studies and Business Administration. She moved to Creede in 2012 to work as CRT’s Company Manager. After a 2-season break she is delighted to return to CRT as the Human Resources Specialist. Last summer, she had the chance to spend 17 days traveling around Europe. She loves traveling! When she is not working hard at CRT, Cassie can often be found on her family’s farm hugging baby pigs, bottle feeding calves or playing ball with her 3 dogs Toby, Penny and Tig.

9 Kate Berry Artistic Associate

This is Kate’s 8th season in the CRT acting company and her 1st as a full-time staff member. She is inspired by new play development and has appeared in several new play festivals around the country. Colorado Credits: The Arvada Center (The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit), Theatreworks (Wild Honey, Psycho Beach Party), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Dancing Lessons), and Curious Theatre Company (Charles Ives Take Me Home). Favorite roles at CRT include Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Eliza in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, and Sally Talley in Talley’s Folly. BA from Knox College. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

10 Natalie Mayo Education Assistant

Natalie was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. She graduated with a BA in Theatre with a Minor in Music at Texas Tech University. During her time at Texas Tech, Natalie’s focus was primarily in sound design and stage management. Since then, Natalie has been an Assistant Audio Engineer at CRT, and she has been heavily involved in the CRT Education Department as a designer, tour manager, and now as the Education Assistant. She has a musical background as an instructor for high school percussion ensembles, private percussion lessons for kids, and has been a musician in several different musical ensembles.

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