Board of Directors
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 Playwrights 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 Thomas 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, and 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.
Jere Hodgin is an MFA graduate in Acting and Directing from the University of Georgia with over 30 years’ experience in professional theatre and fifteen years’ experience in academic theatre. He has produced numerous productions, many of which were new and premiere works, and his directing career includes more than 250 plays, operas, and musicals. Scripts he has written and adapted include Castlewalk (selected as a featured part of NY Musical Theatre Festival), A Christmas Carol (three versions—musical and non-musical), The Shiniest Rock of All, and The Christmas Cup. For 20 years, Jere was the Producing Artistic Director of Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia, where he founded the nationally recognized Norfolk Southern New Play Festival. Jere also served as Artistic Director for Idaho Repertory Theatre and Co-Producer/Artistic Director of Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina and has directed at numerous theatres including The Fulton Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, The Barter Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Theatre Artists Studio, Phoenix Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre (where he directed the national tours of All My Sons and Bus Stop) and Wayside Theatre. He has been a dramaturg and directed at Shenandoah Playwright’s Retreat, Montana Rep’s Missoula Writer’s Colony, NW Playwright’s Alliance/Seattle Repertory Theatre, Native Voices- La Jolla Playhouse and Los Angeles, Theatre Work’s New Works WESTIVAL, Perseverance Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre New Play Festival. He served as a National Endowment for the Arts site visitor and was a member of the NEA Creativity Panel for multiple years. He has also been a regional panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, as well as theatre panelist for the Nevada, Idaho, South Carolina and North Carolina Arts Councils. Jere is a past president of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, where he also chaired the Playwriting Committee. He served as Vice President of the board of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, serving as co-chair of New Works and member of the Festival of New Works committees. He has been a reader and judge for numerous national new-play contests and competitions. Jere consults with national and regional theatre boards and management teams. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actor’s Equity Association, Theatre Communications Group, and the National Theatre Conference. Jere has been a consultant to non-profit theatres across the country and works regularly with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. He received the Perry F. Kendig Award in recognition of his efforts to champion the arts in Southwestern Virginia and was named the 1999 Citizen of the Year in Roanoke, Virginia.
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.
John M. BAKER
John M. Baker is a NYC-based new play dramaturg and the Director of Artistic Programs at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a non-profit residency program for artists and activists housed on a 222-year-old working organic farm in Brewster, NY. John is the former Artistic Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Literary Manager at Woolly Mammoth, and interim Literary Manager at Long Wharf. For Seven Devils, he has dramaturged new works by James Still, Jen Silverman, Duane Kelly, and Jim Price. He has spent nine summers as a dramaturg for The O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, where he has worked with playwrights Christina Anderson, Stephen Belber, Julia Cho, Jason Grote, Samuel D. Hunter, Martyna Majok, and Steven Sater, among others. He has also developed new plays at Clubbed Thumb, Dallas Theatre Center, The Lark, Ma-Yi, New Harmony Project, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, Page 73, PlayPenn, Rattlestick, Seattle Rep, and South Coast Rep, among others. He was a recipient of a Leadership U: One-on-One Fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG. John holds a B.A. in English from Boston University and an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from The University of Iowa.
Carol was a food editor by profession, but a fiction writer by nature. She has written a novel, three novellas, and numerous short stories. As creative writing instructor in the GED program at Columbia University, she put out an annual booklet of her students' writing: Straight From the Heart. She has been an editor at Doubleday, Sterling, Western, Butterick, Goldfinch, as well as a columnist and non-fiction writer (Cosmopolitan, Travel & Leisure, House Beautiful, Town & Country, Vista, Antique Monthly, Early American Life). Carol was on Board of Music-Theatre Group, a company with a long and hallowed history in off-Broadway/West Village/World Theater for many years and served as its President. Now retired, she is on the board of Raritan Headwaters Association (conservation organization), the Jacobus Vanderveer House (historic house in NJ), and volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, NJ. Carol lives in New Jersey.