Originally from Minnesota and now based out of Denver, Christy Montour-Larson has directed over 75 productions from Shakespeare to Pinter to musicals to the newest works in America. She was recently named Top Director in Colorado by both 5280 Magazine and CBS4 Denver.
Christy first joined Seven Devils Playwright Conference and id Theater in 2009 and has since directed the readings of: No More Sad Things by Hansol Jung, The Skinwalkers by Jennifer Rumberger, For the Loyal by Lee Blessing, Fata Morgana by Jeni Mahoney, The Humming by Rita Kneiss Barkey, General Store by Brian Watkins, Kingdoms of Rot by Tom Newby, Whales by Bob Bartlett, Peaceful Men by Megan Thorton, Authentic by Jacob Coakley, The Custodian by Gloria Kohl and Suicide, Incorporated by Andrew Hinderacker.
A member of the Artistic Company at Curious Theatre in Denver since 2002, her directing credits include Good People, Time Stands Still, Red, Nine Circles, A Number, Rabbit Hole, I Am My Own Wife, Trumbo, Proof and Fuddy Meers. Christy's work has also been seen in Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Shadowlands, The Giver, Well) the Arvada Center (Cabaret, All Shook Up), Creede Repertory (Last Romance, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Town Hall Arts Center (Always, Patsy Cline, Crimes of the Heart, Sylvia and Phamaly), Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Theatreworks.
Nationally, Christy has directed at New American Theatre, the Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse Theatre and Rochester Civic Theatre, where she served as Executive/Artistic Director. Her work has been recognized with multiple awards and honors from the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, Denver Post Ovation Awards, Marlowe Awards, Denver Examiner Awards and True West Awards.
For 15 years, she has been an Affiliate Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University of Denver and often teaches at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Christy earned her BFA in Theatre from University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she was recently awarded the Promethean Award for outstanding alumni and her MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
She is looking forward to directing Charles Ives Take Me Home at Curious, a new musical set during the Armenian genocide and August: Osage County for Creede Repertory’s 50th Anniversary Season.
Danette Baker has performed in NY and regionally at Lark Play Development Center, American Globe Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, Monomoy Theatre & Wichita Center for the Arts among others. She is an adjunct Theatre faculty member for Wichita State University’s School of Performing Arts in KS and is the owner of her own Fight Choreography business: Fightinfierce LLC.
Jeni Mahoney In addition to her duties at id, Jeni is a playwright, teacher, producer and all around development geek. Her plays including The Feast of the Flying Cow... and Other Stories of War, Mercy Falls, The Martyrdom of Washington Booth, Running in Circles Screaming, Come Rain or Come Shine, Kandahar, Light and Gogli Mogli have been presented at the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center, InterAct Theater (Philly), Source Theater Festival (D.C.), L.A. Theater Center, MidWest New Play Festival (Chicago), Lark Theater's Playwrights Week, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYU's hotINK Festival, And Toto Too (Denver), Circus Theatricals (L.A.) and London's Greenwich Playhouse among others. Published plays include: Come Rain or Come Shine (Applause); Throw of the Moon (written with Ben Sahl) and American Eyes (NYTE); Light (Playscripts & Applause) and Running in Circles Screaming (Applause). Jeni writes and speaks on the subject of play development whenever she can find a platform to do so, and has been featured in articles in Stage Directions Magazine, The Dramatists and The Loop. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, and The National Theater Conference where she also serves as Secretary of the Board, and was recently selected as one of Indie Theater Now's 2014 People of the Year.
Tira Palmquist's plays include Overburden, Two Degrees (Denver Center), Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell (Brimmer Street, New York Film Academy), and others. Two Degrees has been featured in numerous festivals (including the 11th Annual Denver Center New Play Summit, the New American Voices festival in the UK, the Caltech 2014 Mach 33 Festival and the 2014 Great Plains Theater Conference) and will have its World Premiere in the Denver Center’s 2016/17 Season. Two Degrees was also listed in the Honorable Mention list for the 2016 Kilroys. And Then They Fell was workshopped by Brimmer Street (Los Angeles, 2015) and the UMass New Play Lab (2014), and premiered at Brimmer Street in Los Angeles in September 2016. Ten Mile Lake, which premiered in 2014 at Serenbe Playhouse just outside of Atlanta, GA, was developed and workshopped in 2012 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and was a finalist for the 2015 Primus Prize. Age of Bees premiered at MadLab Theater in 2012 (and was named Best Original Work by the Other Papers "Best of 2012” list), and was subsequently produced in 2015 at the Tesseract Theater in St. Louis. Age of Bees is now available through Original Works Publishing. Her work has been developed by Seven Devils, Inkwell, 9Thirty Theater, The Road Theater, EST-LA and the Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings program. Tira teaches creative writing at the Orange County School of the Arts. She is a member of the Playwrights Union, the Anteaus Theater’s Playrights Lab and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her work as a director and dramaturg includes several seasons at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the New Territories Playwriting Residency, a program she developed with Brian Clowdus at Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia. More info at www.tirapalmquist.com.
Bernadine Cockey is a theater artisan and playwright living in Boise, Idaho. She is extremely proud of her involvement through the years with id Theater. She has been part of the Seven Devils Playwright Conference almost since its inception, serving most often as a stage manager or theater technician. She has twice been selected as a featured playwright.
Her play, A Little Time in the Fall was presented at the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region, in Denver. Night Among the Hunters placed in the Writer’s Digest Playwriting Competition.
She was a founding member of the Payette Lakes Writers Conference, where she taught playwriting workshops. Her play, A Question of Grace, was produced at Boise State University, where she received a degree in theatre, with options in directing, design and performance.
She has worked in many aspects of professional theatre, including theatre carpenter, electrician, props master and stage manager. She has worked as a technician or artisan for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, Zoo Boise, New Heritage Theatre, Bishop Kelly High School, Alpine Playhouse, Daisy’s Madhouse and Opera Idaho.
She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, the Idaho Writers Guild, and the Idaho Songwriters Association.
Charlie and Bev Nightengale
Charlie and Bev live in McCall, Idaho and have enjoyed attending the readings put on by Seven Devils Playwrights Conference from its inception. They have housed participants of the conference for several years and enjoy supporting the arts. Both Charlie and Bev are mathematicians by education.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Montana and holds an MFA in theater from UCLA. She is a proud member of the board of directors for both the Alpine Playhouse and id Theater. As an actor some of her favorite roles include Isabella in Il Gelosi, Roberta in Danny in the Deep Blue Sea, and Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine. Her very favorite role is Lila & Sebastian's mom.
Simon Brooking is co-founder of id Theater. He is a graduate of the University of Washington’s prestigious Professional Actor Training Program. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Simon’s theatre credits include Broadway: The Judas Kiss with Liam Neeson; Candida with Mary Steenburgen. International: The Hard Man at the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland. Off-Broadway: Blue Light Theater/Hartford Stage, The Clearing; The Roundabout Theater, King Lear; Primary Stages, Don Juan in Chicago (title role); Soho Rep, American Bagpipes; The Public Theater, Hamlet. Simon is the U.S. brand ambassador for Ardmore & Laphroaig single malt Scotch whiskies. Slainte!
Sheila McDevitt A native Idahoan, is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of id Theater. She co-founded id's Seven Devils Playwrights Conference of which she is the Director of the Playwrights Intensive. Also, for id, Sheila is the Artistic Director of their NYC Sit In
! and Bridgeworks projects. Directing: Multiple season's at Manhattan Class Company's "Summer Play Party", featuring plays written by New York City high school students; Yorkshire Faerie Tale (now The Faerie Hoax) by Tom Diggs and Jay D'Amico at Mind-the-Art Entertainment, NYC, Knuckleheads by James McLindon at the Samuel French OOB Short Play Fest - numerous Seven Devils and NYC Sit In! readings including John Olive's A Slaying Song Tonight and Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn. Acting: Sheila's first professional acting job was when she was 15 as an Irish maid for a filmstrip by "Parents Magazine" - shot in Teddy Roosevelt's birthplace in Manhattan. NE tour of Dancing at Lughnasa/Weston Playhouse, Jupiter Theater, American Shakespeare Company, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theater, Lewis and Clark Repertory Theater, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, id Theater and numerous showcases. Sheila also had the pleasure of Understudying Ms. Carol Kane in In Betweens by Bryan Goluboff, off Broadway!!
Christopher (Kit) Worthington is the creator and owner of the Bistro 45, a successful wine bar and icon in McCall, ID. Through his business, Mr. Worthington has developed many connections within the community and supported the arts at many levels.
The famous annual Seven Devil’s Playwrights Conference would not miss spending hours before and after performances in the Bistro.
Mr. Worthington is well-liked, respected and trusted across every spectrum of the community and is therefore able to successfully elicit both funds and volunteers. Mr. Worthington is the founder of the Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts and is passionate about making a difference to young people and arts in the community.