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.
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 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.
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. 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, and hike.
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.
Production Manager - Rachel Dilliplane
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Rachel Dilliplane traded the Appalachians for the Rockies to join LDTC in mid-2019. (Her cat has almost forgiven her for the drive). Rachel holds degrees in Drama and Behavioral Neuroscience from Washington College where she directed Middletown for her Honors Senior Directing Thesis and was a Mary Martin Prize recipient for achievements in theatre. Following graduation, Rachel spent four years with Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond, VA working first as the Education Apprentice before being promoted to Artistic Assistant. She has also studied theatre in Canada, Scotland, Italy, and South Africa as a member of the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows. She is an enthusiastic promoter of new works, as well as a passionate performer, director, and administrator.
Company Manager - Melissa Livingston
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Melissa is excited to be working with LDTC again. She directed The Cake in March and Co-directed Madagascar Jr. last fall 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.
Jennifer Svingos - Business Manager
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Jennifer, a city girl through and through, moved to Colorado in May, 2000 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. After moving to Colorado, 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, trail running, 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.
Anne Orban - Marketing & Sales Manager
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Hailing from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Anne is thrilled to be in Colorado promoting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Anne has a strong background in journalism, and social media, but has recently discovered her love for website and graphic design. She loves both theatre and marketing and is pleased to be able to marry her passions. Anne earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a minor in Theatre from Black Hills State University. She may avoid the spotlight now, but her favorite college memory is her role as Agnes in She Kills Monsters. Anne also holds a Master’s of Marketing from Walden University. When she is not at the theatre she is romping around the mountains with her lemon beagle, Honey.