ASPEN COMMUNITY THEATRE
A.C.T. offers an opportunity to participate in, learn from and experience live theatre
Aspen Community Theatre was founded in 1975 and is one of the longest-running companies still doing live theatre in Aspen, Colorado. A.C.T. 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.
A.C.T. 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, A.C.T. 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.
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. A.C.T. 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 A.C.T. 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!
TRAVIS MCDIFFETT, president
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.
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.
ANTHONY B. HALL
Anthony Bonea’Tai Hall started performing at a very young age, with his first performance at Thompson’s Corral in Cameo Colorado, at age 4 he recited Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to a group of Truck drivers who were stranded at his families restaurant over Christmas. From that moment on he knew that he had a great love for the Performing Arts and theater. Anthony has been an active member in the Aspen Community for 18 years and has performed in 7 ACT productions. As one of the newest board members Anthony looks forward to bringing some fresh energy to the Aspen valley.
Amy has been part of the ACT community since 2015 having performed in Beauty and the Beast, the 40th Anniversary, Spamalot, backstage on Big River and 9 to 5. She is so grateful to the Aspen community and their support of local theatre! Amy works for The Aspen Times and also sings for the Aspen Choral Society.
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.
Gabrielle Rafelson received her bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in Theatre Arts & Film. She worked in film marketing and publicity, then as a script reader, helping to find projects for various movie production companies. While in Los Angeles, Gabrielle also acted in stage plays, and received small roles in several films. She then moved to Aspen to raise a family. Gabrielle danced her way into the ensemble casts of A.C.T. productions of Evita; Beauty and the Beast; and Spamalot. She now happily serves on the board of Aspen Community Theatre and on the screening committee for the Aspen Film Festival.
TAYLOR SCHLEPP, treasurer
Taylor is a true Colorado native, born and raised in the Aspen area. While she tends to stay away from the spotlight, ACT has always been a big part of her life; spending lots of time backstage as a child while her parents, Jeff and Lynnette, performed. Taylor is currently the Assistant Vice President of Accounting for Alpine Bank, and joined the ACT Board as Treasurer in February 2018.
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.