Christopher Alleman – Artistic Director
Chris has served as the Artistic Director for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company since 2002. Since that time he has grown the organization from a $140,000 annual budget to just over $1,000,000. 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 Professional in a not-for-profit from the Summit Foundation. He is a former board member of the Colorado Theatre Guild and currently sits on the Dillon Business Association board of directors and is a member of America for the Arts. He holds a M.A. from Texas A&M, Commerce and was a Graduate Fellow at Texas Tech University.
Joshua Blanchard – Executive Director
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Joshua Blanchard served as the Lake Dillon Theatre Company Education Director from 2003-2004, and returned in the role of Executive Director in 2010. A Dallas native, Josh holds a Bachelors of Arts in Performance from University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Humanities from University of Colorado at Denver. Additionally, Josh is a published playwright and teaches courses in theatre and communication at Colorado Mountain College. Josh is the 2012 recipient of the “Outstanding Non-Profit Professional Award” from the Summit Foundation and is a member of Americans for the Arts.
Shawnna Dodd – Director of Development
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Shawnna Dodd spent the past seven years as Project Manager for the Denver Film Society, the non-profit organization responsible for producing Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Starz Denver Film Festival every November and year-round programming at the Sie FilmCenter. Before moving down to the Front Range, she was self-employed in the construction industry in Summit County and served as the Special Events Director for the Breckenridge Resort Chamber prior to that. Shawnna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Ben Whitmore – Production Manager
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Ben Whitmore has been the Production Manager 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 in 2006, when he travelled to join the then-called Mountain Summer Stock at LDTC as a performer. After graduating from the University of Florida, Ben returned for another summer with Lake Dillon in 2007, this time as a performer and Company Manager, which led him to stay on as a Company Member for the following season in 2007 and 2008. His skills in technical theatre and production quickly got him involved with design, construction, and the occasional performance. In 2008, Ben headed East once again, this time to New York City to further develop his skills as an actor and producer. After several months working in publicity and advertising for Broadway shows SHREK! The Musical and The Seagull, he spent some time on the road as a Touring Crew Manager for the internationally acclaimed David Dorfman Dance Company. Ben eventually began to miss the Mountains and his home in Colorado, and left the big city to join LDTC for another summer in 2009, this time as an Associate Artistic Director of Summer Programs. Ben joined the company full time in 2010 as the Managing Director, and the following year with the addition of Executive Director Josh Blanchard, Ben moved readily into the role of Production Manager. Ben is also an award-nominated Sound Designer, and designs many of the main season shows along with his duties as Production Manager. He has directed several other shows for LDTC's Youth Theatre Workshops Stuart Little-2008, Aesop's Fable Redux-2009, Ugly Duckling-2010, as well as several Summer Season productions (Little Shop of Horrors-2008, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change... 2009). Ben's true passion is to further the mission of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, but nothing he does would be possible without the incredible community and dedicated patrons he has found here in Summit County, Colorado. Thank you all for supporting what we do.
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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.
Tim D. O’Donnell – Director of Education
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Tim D. O’Donnell has taught at such institutions as The North Shore Music Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He was a Director/Teach at Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts and was a two time State Finalist for the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild’s annual Dramafest. He also served as an evaluator for the Papermill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards celebrating High School Theatre in New Jersey. As a director, he has run his own youth theatre company in Boston, where he hails from. He directed everything under the sun from Seussical to Hair, and in infamous production of The Rocky Horror Show. In New York, he has directed for Adam Roebuck Productions, The Gallery Players, The Stella Adler School for Acting, and the Puzzle Festival. As a Company Manager, he has worked at the North Shore Music Theatre and on tour with the Rockettes in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tim holds a B.F.A from Adelphi University. www.timdodonnell.com.
Mike Jones - Production Stage Manager/Company Manager
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Mike Jones has worked as a Stage Manager for the past 18 years on over 80 productions. His career has spanned from Off-Broadway shows including MERCY KILLERS, LA RUTA, SILENCE THE MUSICAL, to multiple years of work in the regional theatre world. Those companies include The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, & The Clarence Brown Theatre. He spent 6 Christmas seasons on the road with the Rockettes & THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR where he worked both as a Stage Manager and in Company Management. He earned his M.F.A. in Stage Management from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and his B.A. from the University of Tennessee. www.themikejones.com
Debbie Whitmore – Patron Services Coordinator
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Debbie Whitmore is a native of Summit County and an alumna of the Lake Dillon Youth Theatre Workshops. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Since returning to the county, Debbie has been involved onstage and backstage at the Lake Dillon Theatre, has been a dance instructor with Summit School of Dance and the Silverthorne Recreation Center, and has coached community celebrities for the past seven years for Dancing with the Mountain Stars. She has worked as office manager for the UH Student Life Center, Katrina Activewear, and Avalanche Physical Therapy in Silverthorne. Debbie is excited to merge her passion for the arts, professional experience, and love for this community at the Lake Dillon Theatre.