Aspen Community Theatre is governed by a volunteer board of directors that oversees all aspects of the business and production of live, non-profit 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!

Board of Directors

ACT BOARD 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.

TRAVIS MCDIFFETT

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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. 

TAMMY BAAR

A Colorado native, Jason moved to Aspen in 2006 and owns the event planning company, Burns & Madsen, based at Aspen Highlands.  Appearing onstage in the ACT productions of “Chicago,” “Evita,” and “40 Years of Laughter & Tears,” Jason immersed himself in the study of Theatre from adolescence through college.  This pursuit has now evolved into a fulfilling pastime.  He and his partner of 19 years, Sean Madsen, love to spend time in the out-of-doors around Aspen and traveling to warmer climates as their schedules allow.

JASON BURNS

Christy has grown up with ACT: Mom Rita is famed ACT Producer. She's performed in 9 ACT shows - the first in 1988, and most recently The Producers. Christy cherishes ACT for giving our community a reason to act, dance, sing, laugh and work together to achieve tremendous artistic excellence. She works for Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company in Basalt, lives in Missouri Heights with her wonderful husband, daughter (future 3rd generation ACT board member??) and dog.

CHRISTY GARFIELD

Bryan is a high school teacher in the Roaring Fork School District. He has served on the ACT Board since the late 1990s, and has been onstage several times, but prefers to work behind-the-scenes. He likes foreign travel, cooking, reading, hiking, playing hockey and tennis. It’s Aspen Community Theatre that has given him much joy throughout his tenure in the Roaring Fork Valley.

BRYAN GONZALES

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.

ANTHONY B. HALL

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.

RITA HUNTER

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 Amy has been part of the ACT community since 2015 having performed in Beauty and the Beast, the 40th Anniversary, Spamalot and backstage on Big River. 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.  

AMY LAHA

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.

BRAD MOORE

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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. 

GABRIELLE RAFELSON

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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.

LYNETTE SCHLEPP

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.

TAYLOR SCHLEPP

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.

JODY HECHT

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BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS 

NANCY ODÉN

CONTACT US

PO Box 743, Aspen, CO 81612 | (970) 923-3327

info@aspencommunitytheatre.org
 

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