Here at THEATREWORKS, we like to play. In fact, we take our play very seriously. We've studied it religiously and we practice it daily. The result? Really good plays. Turns out that when you bring a group of highly creative and unbelievably talented dreamers together, they can make magic.
So that's what we do, we play and we make magic.
THEATREWORKS is a professional, regional theatre company dedicated to creating challenging and innovative productions of classic and contemporary theatre for the enjoyment, education and stimulation of our community, including the Pikes Peak Region, the University of Colorado, and, on occasion the larger world.
THEATREWORKS was originally founded in 1975 as an outreach program of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Through the decades it has grown into what is today the region’s premiere professional theatre company, remaining located on the campus in central Colorado Springs.
In 2003, we opened the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, our primary performance space. This flexible space theater typically seats up to 200, and you will rarely ever see it configured the same way twice. We produce about 7 shows a year that range from classic to experimental, and we are constantly trying new things to keep ourselves and our audiences engaged and excited.
Murray Ross, Artistic Director
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Murray Ross is a founding member of THEATREWORKS, where he has been artistic director since 1976. He also teaches in the theatre program at UCCS. He has directed, adapted and created over 100 works for the stage. Original stage plays include Monkey Business, The Last Night of Don Juan, The Lady of the Camellias, Dar-al-Harb and I am Nikola Tesla. He has written stage adaptations of Huckleberry Finn, The Odyssey, Plato’s Symposium, Treasure Island, Venus and Adonis and several versions of A Christmas Carol. He has directed original theatre projects with orchestras in Colorado Springs, New York, San Antonio, Phoenix and Cincinnati. Recent productions include The Seagull, The Merchant of Venice, and The Lost Boys. He is married to the painter and costumer, Elizabeth Ross, and is the father of four splendid sons, two acquired, two sired.
Caitlin Green, Development Director
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Caitlin Green has been at THEATREWORKS since 2011. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2001 with a degree in English literature and art. In 2008 she earned an M.A. in Contemporary Art HIstory from the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado in non-profit management. Prior to working at THEATREWORKS she was the director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs.
Joye Cook-Levy, Education and Outreach Associate
Joye received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University in 1999. She also holds a BA in Communication and Theatre Arts and has been a certified 7-12 school teacher in several states. Previously Joye was the Education Director at Penobscot Theatre in Maine- and before that the Associate Education Director at one the first off-broadway theatres-The American Place Theatre- in New York City. She taught middle school and high school English and Drama for over 10 years. Joye also spent many years as a teaching artist and specializes in Intergenerational Theatre and also working in inpatient psychiatric facilities (Mt. Sinai Hospital) and with children with severe emotional disorders (Henry Ittleson Center in the Bronx.) Joye joined the board of directors for the Millibo Art Theatre and also teaches at UCCS. She frequently directs and acts at the Fine Arts Center. Her favorite role is as a Mama of two- where she gets to play "room mother" for her son's Kdg class.
Randy Dipner, Development Assistant
Randy Dipner is a member of the THEATREWORKS Advisory Board and volunteer development assistant. When not fund-raising, he occasionally picks up a hammer or a paint brush to help finish a set. In 2009, Randy produced Invisible Voices, a chronicle of the lives of six people with disabilities. Randy’s prior theatre experience includes roles as Master Carpenter, Technical Director, and Box Office Manager with Playhouse on the Green in Columbus, Ohio from 1967 through 1972. Randy led the organization of the All Colorado Beer Festival, which has generated over $47,000 for THEATREWORKS. Randy is the co-founder of Meeting the Challenge, a consulting firm that helps organizations implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. He holds degrees in computer science and aerospace engineering from the Ohio State University. He and his wife, Trice, have been active THEATREWORKS patrons since 1976. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
Julie Maykowski, Managing Director
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Dr. Julie Maykowski arrives THEATREWORKS after a decade of working for professional opera companies as an administrator. She was Manager of Education at Kentucky Opera where she also ran the Young Artist Program, Director of Development at Sarasota Opera and Arizona Opera, and Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program and Florida Grand Opera. Most recently she spent a year working as Director of Opera at San Diego State University. Julie has spent years working with young singers and teaching voice both at the university level as well as maintaining a private studio. Julie has a Bachelor of Music degree from Drake University, a Master of Music Degree from Wichita State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas. Julie has developed a wide variety of skill sets that make her a strong arts administrator and having worked on both sides of the footlights, she understands what it takes to produce great art.
Tim Muldrew, Producing Director
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Tim Muldrew started with THEATREWORKS as a Stage Manager for their production of You Can’t Take It With You in December of 2012. Prior to working at THEATREWORKS he was the Audience Service Manager at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Company Manager for the Colorado Festival of World Theatre. Tim is looking forward to continuing his education with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional Union for Actors and Stage Manager for the past 25 years.
Jerry Ditter, Technical Director
Jerry originally hails from Omaha, graduating with a Masters Degree in Direction from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His Masters thesis, "Casting Color or Color Blind Casting", culminated in a final choreography/directing thesis of Once On This Island. He received his Bachelors of Arts double major in Vocal Performance and Theatre, with a minor in Dance. Jerry spent many summers working with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival as the Company Manager and Site Coordinator and Choreographer. He was instrumental in the creation of Stages of Omaha at The Millennium Theatre, a non-profit theatre company and later entered the world of Academia first as an adjunct instructor, then faculty technical director, and finally Assistant Professor of Theatre. Jerry has now given up academia for the professional world.
Stephanie Bradley, Costume Shop Manager
Stephanie Bradley first came to THEATERWORKS in 2014 to stitch for the UCCS/THEATERWORKS student production Woyzeck. She has stitched costumes for over 30 years. She sells screen accurate replicas of Star Wars costumes worldwide, and makes historically correct reproduction pieces for various living history groups. Stephanie has a background in construction, as well as having been a local for Iatse 62 and Rhino Events; serving as stagehand and wardrobe for both companies. She has created costumes for various THEATERWORKS, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Iron Springs Chateau productions. In her free time she enjoys studying historical fashion, minimalist architecture, and participating in a Roman living history organization.
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HOURS DURING A RUN: Tue - Sat 11 - 5 pm
HOURS BETWEEN SHOWS: Mon - Fri 9 - 5 pm
THEATREWORKS is where actors, audiences, scholars, directors and designers come together to think about and create classic and contemporary theatre.
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DUSTY LOO BON VIVANT THEATER STREET ADDRESS
3955 REGENT CIRCLE
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80918
THEATREWORKS MAILING ADDRESS
1420 AUSTIN BLUFFS
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80918
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