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 $1,900,000. 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 2019 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.
Shawnna Gauss – 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 – Director of Production
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Ben served as Production Manager from 2010 to 2017. He moved into the role of Technical Director in 2018. 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 graduated with a BFA from the 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.
Nick Hale – Patron Services Manager
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Nick Hale joined the staff of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company in 2019 as Patron Services Manager. He has lived in Summit County since 2015, originally hailing from Flint, Michigan. Nick’s first visit to Summit County included a visit to the old Dillon Theatre, and he is thrilled to be working alongside the talented company that kept him coming back for years. Prior to his time with LDTC, he has worked with the Flint Repertory Theatre and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Nick graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a BFA in Theatre and holds an award from the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy.
Melissa Livingston - Associate Artistic Director
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Melissa is excited to be working with LDTC. She directed The Cake in March of 2019 and The Roommate in March of 2020, and Co-directed Madagascar Jr. in fall 2018 and Frozen Jr in fall 2019 for LDTC. Before moving to Summit County, Melissa co-founded a chick & a dude productions, a non-profit theatre company in Austin, and served as Co-Artistic Director for 13 years. She has directed over 30 professional productions and garnered several accolades, including Austin's B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama in 2003, and the 2013 Austin Lifestyle Magazine pick for Best Production of the Year. About a decade ago, she became aware of the severe lack of exposure to theatre for young children in Austin and developed a theater curriculum for children ages 3 to 8 years old. Melissa taught this curriculum for 7 years, sharing the joy of theatre with over 450 children. Melissa holds a BA in Theatre from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and an MFA in Directing from The University of California, Irvine. Melissa specializes in new plays and approaches her work with enthusiasm, passion, and an openness to learn from the process. She believes organization, collaboration, communication, respect, and the desire to “play” create the best art and strives to embody these qualities as a director and an artistic leader. Her artistic focus is on using theatre to facilitate change by amplifying awareness of social issues affecting American women.