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Doron Mitchell '14

Currently a graduate student at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, he recently emailed the department:

"…I can say that a day hasn't gone by that I haven't been grateful for all that you guys did for me! From challenging me, allowing me to flourish, arguing with me, telling me "my life is trash" to letting me cry when I needed to cry, to sharing a story or even a beer, to beating me at FIFA every once in a while (haha) to trusting me with tasks and giving me responsibility, to showing me that I was capable of much more than I could ever have imagined. Words cannot describe how blessed I was receiving the training, experiences, guidance and care that I did from you all. And for that I am entirely grateful. 

Your departments have are truly special. You all present an environment that nurtures creativity and passion but also (and what I am learning is equally significant) curiosity and a drive for excelling expectations. It's that combination of rigor and passion that separates CC from not only other Liberal Arts but the best Conservatories out there! I hope CC continues to inspire individuals as you all did for me and I know there are so many great things in store, I'm just blessed to have gotten a chance to say I experienced some of them! Miss you guys bunches and sending my love to you working and you who are "relaxing" I hope to keep you updated (or as updated as I can) and  look forward to seeing each and everyone of you soon and as professors here say, "save it for when you send the comp tix!".  ;) 

Sincerely your student, crew member, "son",  headcase, "little pupil" or simply friend,

Doron Mitchell"

Jim Lewis '79

The college will present an honorary doctoral degree to Jim Lewis during Convocation 2012.  Also a Colorado native, Jim Lewis is a dramaturg, writer, and librettist in New York City and Minneapolis whose current musical “Fela!” about Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti has received acclaim. Lewis has held recent positions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Second Stage in NYC, and INTAR Hispanic America Theater. He contributes to CC theatre and dance department courses in Manhattan.  

Thaddeus Phillips ’94

Capsule 33 is the new work from C.C. graduate Thaddeus Phillips (94) which is coming to TheatreWorks directly from a 4 week Off-Broadway run in New York. Capsule 33 tells the story of Milo, an unhappy astrophysicist living in a Tokyo tower slated for destruction. Milo plans on going down with the tower until he meets a rubber duck that changes his mind. This play will also be completely powered by clean energy.

Marc Acito ’90

Marc is “finally” a full-time writer. Contact Marc at

Casey Avaunt “06

Casey was featured in the Taipei Times for the piece “Electron,” in which she was co-choreographer with 8213 Physical Dance Theater. The piece was performed with Yogi Chan and Sun Chuo-Tai (artistic director). Both were previous exchange teachers at CC from Taiwan Yogi Chan and Sun Chuo-Tai.

Ryan Banagale

Ryan is an assistant professor in the music department at Colorado College.  He remains close to the theatre and dance department, offering cross-listed courses and composing the occasional score.

Lauren Bicknell

Lauren Bicknell is living in Valley Village, California, which is near Studio City in San Fernando Valley. She is rooming with two mates, Danielle and Erica who are both involved in theatre. Danielle is an actress and Erica is a stage manager and sometimes a director. Lauren is currently working for Access Hollywood. You may contact Lauren

Michael Broh ’90

Michael received his MFA from Yale School of Drama in Technical Design and Production in 2000. He is currently the Production Manager for the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. He is happily married to Stacy Wood (fellow CC alum) and they have 2 children. Contact Michael at

Jeremiah Brophy ’98

Jeremiah is currently the Production Manager/Fringe Coordinator for Live Arts in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In August, he will lead a team of 11 volunteers and 45 schools to the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland for 4 weeks of crazy live theater.  He misses the snow and can't wait to start a theater festival that takes him into the Rockies or even the Alps where he can put his skis back to use.  He can be contacted at or via one of many social networks that permeate our world these days. These are the latest updates.  


Rob Burke ’92

Look for Rob in the ABC movie The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life as Rose Red. In between appearing in local theatre productions he passes the time practicing as and attorney in Seattle and writing screenplays. Contact Rob

Misha Calvert ’04

Misha is well-situated in New York’s West Village, she is studying acting part-time and working on several original scripts. Since moving to NYC, she has held internships at Telsey + Co. Casting and KSA Talent Agency and recently adapted and directed a series of Chekhov scenes set in a 1980′s high school. In 2006 she and CC friends Ben Solomon, Josh Higgason, Lizzie Larson, Dan Joeck and Renzo Ampuero produced an Off-Broadway adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray. To get in touch via email or in person, please contact her assistant:

Liza Canale ’97

Liza is currently living outside of Knoxville, TN. She and her husband are finishing graduate school in business. Contact Liza at

Lisa Chilberg Rasmussen ’98

Lisa got married in 2001 in Shove Chapel and has been living in Colorado Springs ever since. She is working as a graphic designer and illustrator for a local Colorado Springs company. Contact Lisa at

Tom Dadourian

Tom is in Denver and applying to Daniel’s business school, “whether I end up in business or in the arts I know it will come in handy.” You may contact Tom at

Nicky Damania ’04

Nicky is attending graduate school in Bowling Green, Ohio, and says he loves it, but misses the Mountains. Nicky would love to hear from you: or

Caryn Daus Flanagan ’89

Caryn Daus Flanagan is a resident artist with Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the early 90s she made some Coors commercials, did some ski modeling, and directed a high school musical. Contact Caryn

Kate Frieze ’03

Kate graduated with a degree in Dance. She is now living in Kansas City and working for a CPA firm. She hasn’t forgotten movement – she is a certified yoga instructor and does community service classes in rehabilitation hospitals. Contact Kate at

John Gillis ’89

John did some improvisation street theatre at Epcot Center during the early 1990s. He also picked up his second degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and is married to fellow alum, Cathy Taylor. They have 2 children and live in Cortez, CO where John is a practicing family physician. Contact John at

Tamara Gower ’95

Tamara teaching Dance and Spanish at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington, and can be reached at

Scott Heron ’83

Most recently Scott received a 2003 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for his body of work as a performer. His work has been influenced by ongoing study and collaboration with Deborah Hay and is featured in her books “Lamb at the Altar”, and “My Body the Buddhist.” In recent years he has toured the U.S. and Eastern Europe as a dancer/collaborator in Cathy Weis Projects. He has recently moved to New Orleans where he is now director of SideArm Gallery, a home-based gallery and performance space.

Sarah Hoeynck

My new job as Assistant Technical Director at my high school’s brand new theatre is really great (the name is Nerinx Hall High School). We are doing Aida the musical right now. I will be doing the lighting design as well as heading up all the scene painting. I just wanted to affirm to the department that I haven’t forgotten about my theatrical heart. I plan to come visit sometime later this year, so be expecting me. You can contact Sarah at:

Sara Joel ’93

Sara graduated with a degree in Dance and is currently performing with the Cirque du Soleil. Her co-choreographed piece debuted in Las Vegas this past July. She also performs in Zumanity in Las Vegas. Contact Sara at

Kevin Michael Johnson ’01

Kevin is now in NYC and is continuing is pursuit of the dramatic arts. He is considering the graduate acting program at Yale this coming year, and plans to apply for the MFA program at NYU, Tisch, and Columbia while applying for an outside scholarship through the Harvey Fellows program. Kevin tell us that the more he experiences outside of school, the more he realizes that the Drama program at CC is so powerful, unique, and wonderful. You may email Kevin at

Katie Kaufmann ’00

Katie is back from England where she was on tour with the Minnesota playwright and storyteller, Kevin Kling. She is currently in rehearsals for “Green Gables” at Stages Theatre and began rehearsals this January for a much more exciting and a much less paying mask show based on the work of the Norwegian graphic novelist Jason. She is teaching a workshop on clowns this January for local actors and dancers and giving massages out of her home to help pay her rent. Ahh the life of an artist! you may contact Katie at:

Erin Kennedy ’92

Last summer Erin directed “The Sound of Music” in Ouray, CO. Erin works full-time for the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. Contact Erin at

Angela LaBorde (now Morris) ’03

Married on June 24th 2006 to Chris Morris (finally!) We just moved to Boulder after having lived in Durango for the past two years. Chris finished his music degree and is now going for a master’s in electrical engineering (thus the move to Boulder). Angela left a great job as the director of ballet at a Durango dance studio to waitress at the Sunflower restaurant in Boulder. Someone has to make the money right?? She is looking for some great yoga classes in Boulder and possible a certification course. Please let her know if you have any suggestions!!! You can contact Angela at:

Leah Lawrence (formerly Foulke) ’96

Acting roles in theater include Drusilla in “I Claudius Live” (Theatre Askew, off- Broadway), Lead in “Please Stop Talking” (Cherry Lane Theatre, Off-Broadway), Hamlet in “Hamlet” (dir. John Gould Rubin of LAByrinth Theater Company) Film: Featured in various award winning indie films TV: “All My Children” Voice-Over: commercial and animation- most recently the voice of a penguin named Rosie Music: debut album “Folk by Foulke” available on MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Leah lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, Oliver Henzler. For more info and contact:

Katie Ledbetter

Katie just finished hiking the entire Appalachian Trail! You may contact Katie at

Mandy Lehinger ’02

LaJolla Playhouse is where Mandy is working as an Assistant Company Manager. She also does some independent work at theatres in California and Minneapolis. She has stage managed a theatre festival at San Diego Repertory theatre. Mandy has worked with Billy Crystal and Amanda Plummer. Contact Mandy at

Abigail MacLaren ’05

After graduating in ’05 Abigail spent the summer working with Ben Solomon ’05, Josh Higgason ’05, and Professor Genny Love performing Edward II at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She then spent a year with the Whitefish Theatre Company in Whitefish, MT as the creator and director of the Young Actors Program. She has now moved to Minneapolis, MN and is working at the Children’s Theatre Company as assistant director for the production of The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963, directed by CC professor Clinton Turner Davis, and costumed by CC professor Gypsy Ames. Abigail’s email address is:

Megan Milner ’00

Megan has been living in NY for over a year. She was working doing PR/Publicity for actions, films and shows. Last word was that she had resigned and I’m not sure what she is doing now.

Leigh Miller ’00

Leigh just married Kate Frueh, finally, in Denver on Sept. 4th. They are planning to live in either Denver or Seattle, depending on where Kate is placed after medical school. Leigh is currently auditioning for theatre and just completed shooting his first lead role in a film in Los Angeles. Contact Leigh at:

Caroline Moore

Caroline is in Omaha, NE at Creighton University and continues to dance with two modern dance companies and performs in community theater, while working on an MBA with an emphasis in arts administration. Connect with Caroline:,,,

Kirk Mortensen ’04

Kirk Mortensen has just recently married, Kaija Wycisk ’04 who is CC alum and they are living in San Jose, CA. Kaija is attending UC Santa Cruz for her PhD in Philosophy. Kirk is looking for a job in San Jose and his prospects are good. They are very happy and living their dream.

You may contact Kirk:

Cricket Myers ’99

Cricket is living in Los Angeles and working as a freelance sound designer for theatre. She will be receiving her MFA in Sound Design from the California Institute of the Arts. This summer she will be traveling to France to put on one of the largest site-specific projects from the USA. She has also received the Clear Com award from USITT. Contact Cricket at

Margaret Reid ’00

Margaret is living in Minneapolis and a manager of a women’s health club. She is contemplating going back to school to get her MBA. Contact Margaret at

Jamie Roberts ’96

Jamie has taken a opportunity to return to Washington D.C. and serve as Director of Programs for Chorus America, the association for independent choruses across North America. She also continues her work in the CS/MD/VA region as a freelance stage director and acting teacher for the Washington National Opera Domingo/Cafritz Young Artists Program. You can reach Jamie at

Jamie Roberts Rasch ’96

Jamie drove from Denver to see the production of Threepenny Opera, partially because he loves the show and partially from nostalgia because his first Brecht musical was with Tom and Geoffrey Reeves back in 1992. He told us every time he teaches or works on Brecht pieces he thinks of us, and although he has tried with great fervor to get his MFA Directing program to do THREEPENNY as his thesis, they didn’t feel they had the resources to do the show. So it is still very much his directing TO DO list, and definitely on his favorite shows list. Also, on a different note, Jamie offers everyone to come and see the operas with Opera Colorado, he can either arrange for comp or discounted tickets. You may contact Jamie at:

Tamara Roberts ’00

Tamara is a PhD student at Northwestern University studying Performance Studies. She would love to hear from you. Contact Tamara at

David Saphier

David received his MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State in 2001; He is employed as a teaching artist and registrar for the Denver Center Theatre Academy, part of the Education Department of the Denver Center of Performing Arts. He last appeared on stage as Siward and Murderer II in “Macbeth” for Shadow Theatre Company, the African-American theatre company in Denver. They have asked him to return to play a role this spring. He was also a guest artist as William H. Gallagher in “Light Up the Sky” for the National Theatre Conservatory. David has written a short play, “The Little Things,” which was selected for a staged reading at The Western Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region at the Arvada Center. Go Tiger Hockey! You may contact David at

Daisy Simmons ’99

Currently living in San Francisco and working as an events coordinator in a non-profit organization. Daisy says she is using her theatrical training everyday in dealing with the many and varied people in her job and in her travels. Contact Daisy at

Jon Sloven ’05 (Economics and Business, double minor music and dance)

Jon received his MFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography and performance from the University of Arizona in 2008. He then danced as a guest for the summer with Kim Robards Dance (KRD) in Denver, which gave him the amazing opportunity to travel to Beijing, China to dance in the “booking DANCE FESTIVAL Beijing 2008″ coinciding with the 2008 Summer Olympics. While in China, KRD shared the stage with Odyssey Dance Theatre from Utah, and three Beijing based companies including National Ballet of China and Beijing Modern Dance Company. Immediately after the tour, Jon moved to Chicago where he accepted a contract with Same Planet Different World (SPDW), a contemporary dance company. In addition to performing with SPDW, Jon teaches modern dance, ballet, and jazz dance in the Chicago area. Having won awards for his unique choreography while pursuing his master’s degree, Jon continues to create dances which are performed in the Chicago area.

Sheldon Smith ’86

Professor Smith is a graduate of Colorado College and the first dance major to graduate from our program. Sheldon has been performing in Chicago since 1986. Sheldon is the recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Cultural Affairs Office for Chicago. He has danced with the Omaha Ballet, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hedwig Dances and Bob Eisen Dance.

Molly Stewart ’96

Molly is living back home in NYC and is in an Off Off Broadway production of Hamlet. Molly would love to hear from you:

MacArthur Stine ’01

Mac is living and surviving in Chicago. He is currently starring in a family theatre piece at the Loop Theatre. He will be appearing at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells Street in Chicago on April 14th starting at 8:30 p.m. If you are in or happen to be in Chicago, check Mac out! He would love to see you. Contact Mac at

Adam Stone

Adam makes music, dance, theatre and some art that doesn’t move or make any noise. Upcoming work for Fall 2007 includes direction and design of “La Dispute” by Marivaux, and the creation and design of an original collaborative dance work entitled “Plug In The Mains…(you get my Heart started)”, as well as the Winter 2007 iTunes release of his latest album “Wings, Death & The Whale”. Spring 2008 projects include a new dance work entitled “Those Flowers Were Not Meant For You, and I sure would like them back…” as well as direction and design of a theatre production which is yet to be announced. For past productions, visit:

Coree Thompson ’02

As of July 11, Coree temporarily left her career as a Stage Manager. Happily, she has managed to achieve all of her short term goals: joined the union (Actors’ Equity Association), traveled abroad for work, helped develop at least five new theatrical pieces, worked in NY, and had a blast doing it all. Why did she leave? She will be starting law school on August 11. She wants to find a way to marry the law and the theater. She will be attend the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson. Coree would love to hear from you:

K.C. Dupps Tucker ’98

K.C is married to Joe Tucker ’98 and has finished her first year in law school. Her new email address is

Jonathan Udewitz ’04

Jonathan is finishing his first year of law school in San Diego, California. He is going into production on two separate solo performances before the end of the year, opening April ’05. He hopes to find a better paying job than “In and Out” for the summer. He currently spends his free time working on state civil rights legislation in California and Texas. He willing accepts donations.

Kristin Van Loon ’93

Kristen is a 2002-03 Bush Fellow and this year she has taught and/or performed Hijack in Russia, El Salvador, Honduras, Chicago and Japan. This spring Kristin will be performing 3 Minutes of Pork and Shoving with Bessie Award winning dancer and former CC student, Scotty Heron. Contact Kristin at

Scott Weddell ’00

Scott has traveled all over the country for the last four years, working for theatres in Oregon, Florida, New York, Atlanta and is now the new Production Manager at the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. The job overlaps into Company Management and being the Master Electrician. They are finishing a run of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses,” set in a 17,000 gallon sunken pool, and are planning a state-wide tour of the Native Alaskan production of the Scottish play. Scott has a growing internship program, and he would love to send you information. You can contact Scott at:

Brandon Wolcott

Just wanted to give you all a brief update of my life, which still manages to be fairly embedded in the ‘ol wooden O. I have been working a lot as a sound designer and engineer. I am working for Manhattan Theater Club as “sound guy” and assisting a designer on various cool shows around the city and the U.S. (I just got back from doing Pillowman at Berkeley Rep). So I am a year, two months and four days removed from the stage…But acting is like alcoholism. You can only pray it doesn’t come back. Just wanted to let you all know that I’m still using whatever I remember of whatever you taught me…standing ovation,

Matt Wurdeman ’01

Matt’s year in Korea is finished and he is heading back to the states. After his broken hand healed, he resumed the position of goalie for his soccer team and in the last game of the season, suffered a broken collarbone on a dirty challenge from the striker. Fortunately healthcare is cheap in Korea. His theatre company put up their 3rd performance of the year “The Week That Was,” penned by Matt and a friend. It went up to rave reviews and they raised about $600 for the local orphanage; a success all the way around. Matt is moving to Leysin, Switzerland to teach Drama and English at an International Youth Camp. He has been trying to get this job for a couple years and is really excited about it. Then, back to Korea for another tour of duty. You may contact Matt at

Buntport Theater
Erik Edborg ’96, Hannah Duggan ’98, Erin Rollman ’98, Matt Petraglia ’99, Brian Colonna ’00, Samantha Schmitz ’00, Evan Weissman ’01

According to their mission statement, Buntport Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of affordable, innovative and original productions brought about through a collaborative process. We strongly believe in broadening the definitions of theater and visual art and we support creativity and understanding through early and consistent exposure to the arts. Buntport Theater has been creating shows since 1998 and have had their own space in Denver since 2001. Bound by a common interest in collaboration, the members of Buntport have developed 9 original productions and 26 episodes of a live sit-com, Magnets on the Fridge. Their hope is to continue mounting their quirky brand of theater in Denver and beyond, as well as providing a place for other visual and performing artists to do their thing. The theater space is a black box style theater. The seating is modular, allowing for the utmost flexibility of show designs. What excites them most is using the space and equipment in non-traditional ways. The space is available to other theater companies and artists. For more information on Buntport Theater visit their website at or e-mail them at