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Staff

Christopher Alleman – Artistic Director

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Chris has served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company since 2002. Since that time the organization has grown from a $140,000 annual budget to just over $1,700,000. He has received numerous directing awards for his productions from the Denver Post Ovation Awards, Colorado Theatre Guild, CultureWest, and has been honored with "Outstanding Nonprofit Professional Philanthropy Award." He is a former board member of the Colorado Theatre Guild, is a member of America for the Arts and currently serves on the musical selection committee for the 2017 Fall National Alliance for Musical Theatre Fall Conference and Festival. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society. Chris holds an M.A. from Texas A&M, Commerce and was a Graduate Fellow at Texas Tech University.

Joshua Blanchard – Executive Director

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Since 2010, Josh has overseen the organization’s implementation of the 2012 strategic plan and organizational vision. He has overseen the administrative and fundraising efforts to grow the organization to its status today. He has served in the lead management role of the LDTC capital campaign and project. An administrator, artist, and educator, Josh is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Nonprofit Professional Philanthropy Award from The Summit Foundation. Josh holds membership in Americans for the Arts and Actors Equity Association. A multiple Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominee, Josh was honored with the 2013 Henry Award for “Best Lead Actor in a Musical.” He was honored with the 2017-18 “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award” at Colorado Mountain College Summit Campus where he teaches courses in Theater and Communication. Josh graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Texas Dallas and holds a Master of Humanities from University of Colorado Denver.

Shawnna Dodd – Director of Development

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Shawnna has been Director of Development for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company since 2014. For the seven years prior she was a key member of the Denver Film Society team, producers of the Denver Film Festival and Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. She was integral in developing such programmatic collaborations as the Sci-Fi Film Series with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Tattered Cover Classic with KUNC, and DocNight, which explored diverse issues through documentary feature film and discussion. Shawnna was a part of the capital campaign for the Sie FilmCenter and the transition to the new theater space. When she moved back up to the mountains, she again found herself in a multi-million dollar capital campaign for the new Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. She graduated with a degree in Theatre from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Ben Whitmore – Technical Director

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Ben has been in his current role at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company since 2010. Ben originally hails from the Southern US (born in Memphis, TN and growing up in Orlando, FL) but immediately felt at home in the Rocky Mountains as an actor in the 2006 LDTC Summer Season Company. Previously, Ben has worked in the publicity and advertising departments for Broadway’s SHREK! The Musical and The Seagull and he spent some time on the road as a Touring Crew Manager for the internationally-acclaimed David Dorfman Dance Company. An award-nominated Sound Designer, Ben designs many of the main season shows. Ben directed LDTC productions of Little Shop of Horrors and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as well as Youth Theatre Workshop productions of Stuart Little, Aesop’s Fable Redux, Ugly Duckling. Ben holds his BFA from University of Florida.

Wendy Fellner - Bookkeeper/Office Manager

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Wendy Fellner is employed as Bookkeeper/Office Manager for the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts since March 2011 and also employed part-time as Bookkeeper/Administration for Imagine That Creative, Inc. since 2007. Wendy is from upper Michigan and holds an Associate Degree in Marketing Communications from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI. She has worked for the Summit County of Chamber of Commerce and US Bank in Dillon, CO. and through previous work experience has a strong background in Graphics and Printing and customer service.

Colt Neidhardt - Director of Education & Community Outreach

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Colt Neidhardt is an educator, actor, and director who has worked regionally with Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare, Utah Festival Opera, Swine Palace, and others. He holds an MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University as well as an MA in Theatre from The University of Nebraska. On stage, Colt has been proud to work in world premiere and developmental processes with playwrights such as Caridad Svich, Carlos Murillo, Leigh Fondakowski, and others. Colt is the former Artistic Director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge, a professional theatre for families and young audiences that annually reaches over 20,000 young people across south Louisiana. Colt has also served as Camp Director for Hearts to Art, a Chicago based performing arts camp that pairs young people who have experienced the death of a parent with artists and mental health professionals to explore the healing power of the arts. In his free time, Colt likes to read new plays, cook, garden, hike, pet dogs, and watch basketball. 

Nina Waters – Patron Services Manager

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Nina Waters is elated to be joining the Lake Dillon Theatre full time staff. Originally hailing for the sunshine filled state of Florida, she turned in her flip-flops and tank-tops, for ski boots and snow-pants after an amazing summer as a company member with LDTC. She is now a proud Summit County resident. Nina received her BFA in Musical Theater from Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, Florida. Shortly after that, she traveled to Seoul, South Korea to write and perform in English Musicals at an English emersion theme park. When Nina returned to the states, she traveled and performed regionally throughout the US. Nina has worked previously for the Sundance Theatre Program, Mass MoCA, Lost Nation Theater, and Circa’ 21 Playhouse. When Nina is not at the theater, she likes to spend her time hanging out in her dogs, playing on mountain tops, and flopping around in rivers.

Kevin Carson - Production Manager/Company Manager

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Kevin is absolutely ecstatic to join the Lake Dillon team! Originally born and raised on the salty air of Tampa Bay, he traded foam crested waves for snow capped peaks after first visiting Colorado a decade ago. Kevin studied stage management at Indiana University and holds a BA in Theatre from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Having spent the last four years freelancing throughout the state of Colorado, he is happy to have a new home in Summit County. Kevin has worked previously for Theatre Aspen, Central City Opera, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Bucks County Playhouse. When not at the theatre, Kevin can almost always be found outdoors hiking, scrambling, riding, fishing, or just exploring the wonderful opportunities Summit County has to offer with his canine companion, Bacchus.

Jennifer Schwartz - Business Manager

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Jennifer, a city girl through and through, moved to Breckenridge about six years ago and has never looked back.   Her career highlights began working for her father in their family owned and operated industrial hardware store on the south side of Chicago.  A degree in Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatics Academy landed her in New York City where she strived to be on Broadway, coming close performing in Off-Broadway and Cabaret shows.  After NYC, she moved back to Chicago where she took on the role of choreographer for a local Children’s Theatre, also becoming fluent in American Sign Language turning this newly found education into working as a case manager for mentally ill deaf adults.  In May, 2000 she found herself in Denver where she began working for Wells Fargo in their Commercial Banking IT Department.  This role afforded her to move to Breckenridge which brought her to Vail Resorts as their Payroll and Purchasing Supervisor for the Breckenridge Ski School.  In her spare time, Jen enjoys long hikes with her dogs, open water swimming, kickboxing, and cooking for family and friends.   Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company Team, getting back to her roots within the Arts. She is excited to see where this role takes her and is eager to contribute where she can to make the LDTC all it can be.

 

Anne Orban - Marketing & Sales Manager

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Anne Orban is thrilled to be joining the Lake Dillon Theatre! After growing up in the Paha Sapa, Black Hills of South Dakota, she is ready for a new adventure in the mountains. Anne earned her BS in Journalism and Theatre at Black Hills State University and completed her MS in Marketing at Walden University this past December. Before her time at the LDTC, Anne was the Social Media and Content Developer at Visit Rapid City, and was crucial in the growth and development of their social media marketing strategy. Anne loves getting lost in analytics and using numbers to create new strategies for the growth and success of companies. When she is not working, she can most likely be found at a coffee shop or running a trail with her Beagle Honey.