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ASPEN COMMUNITY THEATRE

offers an opportunity to participate in, learn from and experience live theatre

ABOUT

Aspen Community Theatre was founded in 1975 and is one of the longest-running companies still doing live theatre in Aspen, Colorado. ACT seeks to enrich the lives of Roaring Fork valley residents, as both audience members and participants on both sides of the proscenium arch. We are also proud to participate in the vibrant local theater community alongside other arts organizations such as Theatre Aspen, Theater Masters, the Aspen Fringe Festival, Hudson Reed Ensemble, Thunder River Theater Company, the Glenwood Vaudeville Review, Defiance Community Players, and SOL Theatre among many others.

 

ACT is governed by a volunteer board of directors (see below) that oversees all aspects of our nonprofit’s business and productions. We have no paid officers nor staff. Each year we offer a variety of classes and workshops ranging from acting, voice, dance, and technical arts to audition skills. We produce an annual musical in the fall.

Valley schools benefit from our programs through guest artists, instructors and reduced ticket prices as well as student participation in our productions. And each year our Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school students who plan to continue with involvement in the performing arts.

 

Although small honorariums are paid to a few of our professionals and orchestra members, the cast and crew are all volunteer. We believe that participation by thousands of locals over the years has met our goal of continued growth in providing educational enrichment of theatre arts and cultural awareness.

 

As a service to other local area theaters, ACT also loans costumes, props and set pieces. In the past, we have participated in the annual Colorado Community Theatre Coalition, an annual statewide theatre competition and festival for community theater companies from all over Colorado.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Aspen Community Theatre is governed by a volunteer board of directors that oversee all aspects of the business and production of live, nonprofit theater. ACT has zero paid staff. We are an eclectic mix of locals from all corners of life in the Roaring Fork Valley who endeavor to further the mission of ACT  We’re always looking to grow our ranks. If joining our board is something that may interest you, please reach out to any of us!

BRAD MOORE, president

Brad is the Theatre Operations Manager and an Adjunct Professor for Colorado Mountain College. Brad played the Tin Man in ACT’s very first production. Since then he has directed eight productions, acted in nine, and has been involved in nearly every aspect of ACT. Brad also serves on the boards of Aspen Stage, Aspen Fringe Festival, Dance Initiative, and the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition. Additionally, he is the Colorado State Representative and is on the Festival Commission for the American Association of Community Theatre.

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KATRIONA HEMBURY, vice president 

COMING SOON

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CHARLIE FIELDS, secretary 

Ever since he was plucked out of his second grade class to play a supporting role in the third grade operetta, Charlie has had a love for musical theater and performing. He has played in many musicals since then, but being on the ACT board is the first time he has worked behind the scenes in a theater company. His board duties include writing email newsletters, creating promotional content for social media, and taking minutes at meetings. He loves how ACT brings the town together, from the cast and crew to the audience and supporters.

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HENSLEY FRADKIN, treasurer 

COMING SOON

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TAMMY BAAR

Tammy Baar is an Aspen native, born and bred. She appeared in the first ever ACT production a LONG time ago and has enjoyed participating in many since. Favorite ACT roles include Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. Her passion has been working with children throughout her life. Tammy directs countless productions with local children in the Aspen area. She clowns around locally as Buttons the Clown and other characters through her company, Kidtoons Productions, and also teaches children’s music classes with Aspen Music Together. 

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LAUREL CARINI FOX

After graduating from Aspen High School and being a part of ACT since she was fourteen years old —Laurel has ventured her way back to the valley after spending thirty two years in Los Angeles. She works as a SAG Voice-Over Actor, sometimes commuting back and forth; and is thrilled to be involved in ACT productions while being on the board.

RITA HUNTER

Rita has been a volunteer ACT board member since 1980 producing more than twenty-seven shows. Her day job of twenty-three years is retail sales at Pitkin County Dry Goods. Her interests include reading, cooking, sewing costumes, theater and time spent with her family.

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AMY LAHA

Amy has been part of the ACT community since 2015 performing and assisting backstage. She has been on the board since 2017. Amy is grateful to the Aspen community and their support of local theatre! 

TRAVIS McDIFFETT

Travis Lane came to the RFV to work for the Crystal Palace in 2002, but quickly got involved with ACT during his first off-season. Upon his return to the valley in 2014 to join the program team at the Aspen Historical society, he jumped at the chance to join the ACT board and help behind the scenes, as well as on stage, to bring the high quality, professional caliber performances to which the patrons have become accustomed. He feels truly lucky to have the opportunity to spend so much of his free time performing, both for ACT and for several of the professional theater companies in the area.

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HANNAH RITTER

Hannah graduated from Piedmont College in 2018 after studying Theatre Arts & Business Administration. She's worked at a variety of different theatres, ranging from Georgia to Massachusetts - and now Colorado! When she's not on stage, Hannah likes to work in the box office, and she's the current Ticketing Supervisor at the Wheeler Opera House here in Aspen. She had the pleasure of joining Aspen Community Theatre in their production of Company in 2021, and she's thrilled to be a part of the ACT Board of Directors!

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LYNETTE SCHLEPP

Lynnette was cast in her first ACT show one week after she moved here in 1988 with her husband, Jeff. She started working at Maroon Creek Club that same week and is still there. She and Jeff have four children and four grandchildren.

JODY HECHT

BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS 

Having lived in Aspen since 1968, Jody has a long list of past occupations and interests, has served on various boards and committees, and been involved in countless volunteer activities. ACT was the heart of her outside interests for many, many years. These days you can find Jody on the golf course, or hiking, and most importantly, spending as much time with her seven grandkids as possible.

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NANCY ODÉN

BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS 

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