Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions highlight areas of interest that the Lake Dillon Theatre confronts throughout our programming. The Lake Dillon Theatre Company embraces this opportunity to collaborate with other organizations, both locally and beyond. Panel discussions allow and encourage dialogue between all members of our community, including patrons and guests.

Past Panels

March 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Just Desserts: The Intersection of Law and Art

Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake is partially inspired by the recent denial of bakers to create cakes for events that defy their religious beliefs. The panel will feature Sarah Neel of the ACLU, one of the lawyers involved in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case, and Daniel Ramos, the Executive Director of One Colorado, the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans. The panelists will explore the ways artistic expression and public policy inform one another.

Sara Neel

Sara Neel

Sara Neel was hired as staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado in October 2011. A 2005 graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Sara began her legal career at KILLMER, LANE & NEWMAN, LLP. At the firm, she represented clients in civil rights cases involving constitutional law, federal civil rights statutes and Colorado State law. At the ACLU, Sara’s practice continues to focus on fighting for the underdog against government overreach. The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association twice recognized Sara’s work at the firm, including as a co-recipient of the Access to Justice Award for her work defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sara is a former President of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association and a former Vice-Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Colorado Bar Association.

Daniel Ramos

Sara Neel

Daniel Ramos is the Executive Director at One Colorado, the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families. Daniel had previously served as Deputy Director, Director of Safe & Inclusive Schools, and Political & Organizing Director for One Colorado. In these roles, he’s led One Colorado’s work to mobilize, educate, and engage the LGBTQ community. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs.

August 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Venue: Henry Studio Theatre  – Summit Speaks: Suicide as a Social Contagion

Duncan MacMillan’s Every Brilliant Thing is a play about depression and the lengths we will go to for the people we love. Join us as our panel of experts and advocates explore the state of mental health in Summit County. Presented in partnership with Building Hope.

  • About Building Hope: Building Hope Summit County is a community-wide initiative designed to create a more coordinated effective and responsive mental health system that promotes emotional health, reduces stigma and improves access to care and support for everyone in Summit County.

Katie Schmidt

Katie Schmidt

Katie Schmidt is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She currently serves as the Comprehensive DBT Program Coordinator at the Summit Community Care Clinic School Based Health Centers. She specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for adolescents that have experienced traumatic events and suicidal ideation. She also specializes in early childhood psychotherapy and child centered play therapy with elementary students. She is trained in Comprehensive DBT, DBT for adolescents, DBT-PE and EMDR trauma modalities as well as substance use disorder treatments. Katie has been with the clinic since 2014 providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy and parent coaching. She also works with FIRC to facilitate parent and family enrichment classes.

Jennifer McAtamney

Jennifer McAtamney

Jennifer McAtamney, moved to civilized slopes of Summit County from the wilds of New York City in 1999. She has loved the community and ability to get involved and make an impact since her first volunteer gig with the BOEC her first winter of ‘99. Since that time, she has put her talents in marketing, fundraising, convening, creating programs and partnerships to work on behalf of the residents of Summit County. Whether on the Breckenridge Town Council where she served 2 terms or as a Board member for a local non-profit, or working on behalf of families in the community through our local schools or county-wide child care program Jennifer brings problem solving, strong communication and a down to earth approach to creating solutions that to make our community a better place to live, work and play. Recently hired by Building Hope Summit County as their Executive Director, Jennifer is turning her attention and passion to destigmatizing mental health and working to provide access for all to this vital health service

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