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.
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.
CharLIe & bev nightengale
Charlie and Bev Nightengale 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.
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.
Jenny Sternling is a native Idahoan who has worked in the Northwest for over 35 years as a professional actor, director, writer, and producer in stage, film, voice-over, and television. Her past theatrical adventures include founding a comedy improv troupe; starring in a Marine World TV special alongside a baby tiger; appearing as Lyubov Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, directed by Michael Hoffman at Boise Contemporary Theatre; and writing and producing dozens of custom-tailored corporate theatre productions with her company, Event Entertainment. As a theatre arts teacher for organizations including Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise State University’s MBA program, and Bishop Kelly High School (where teaches and directs theatre,) Jenny has collaborated with students and colleagues to write, produce and present numerous plays and films. After she toured numerous archives conducting research on a forgotten 19th-century form of melodrama called dog dramas, Jenny wrote a unique play: Taking the Seize: A Dog Drama. Selected as a Playwright in Residence, Jenny honed her play and skills at the 2015 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and her play Breathe Me was selected for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in 2016. She has been an actor for “Seven Devils” and a playwright in their “My Own Private Idaho” program. Jenny’s newest play, Madam Euphoria Reveals Your Future, was selected for Boise Contemporary Theater’s 5x5 Reading series in 2019.