Art is essential.
Art gives people a sense of possibility.
Art enlivens the spirit of the community.
Art broadens our thinking and perspective.
Art feeds the imagination and is what makes us human.
To attract nationally known and emerging artists to Durango, to engage and educate the community while bolstering economic vitality through the development of new works in an intimate and collaborative forum. We strive to make professional artistic expertise and experience accessible to students, educators and community members in the Four Corners region and provide a nurturing environment for playwrights to develop their new work.
Professional playwrights, actors and directors from New York, Los Angeles and regional theaters will spend one week in Durango rehearsing exciting new plays, culminating in performances for a ticketed audience.
Board of Directors
Felicia Lansbury Meyer
Felicia has oversight of programming, events, workshops, artist management, and contracts with Actors Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She also serves as producer of the annual festival. Felicia is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Fort Lewis College, where she has been teaching, mentoring students and directing since 2007. Prior to joining FLC, Felicia worked extensively in theatre and television. She holds an MFA in directing from the American Film Institute and a BFA in theatre arts from New York University.
Mandy’s duties include day-to-day management of the nonprofit including board support, budget management, grant writing, donor relations, public relations, media relations, social media outreach and strategic planning. She holds a BS in journalism, and has worked in a variety of national communications and publishing roles in the nonprofit sector for almost 35 years. Mandy is also an author of historical and young adult fiction.
Vanessa supports PlayFest in a variety of ways including dramaturgy, volunteer management, social media updates, transportation management, post-event surveys, ticket sales and more. A Durango-based teaching artist and administrator, Vanessa also teaches snow sports for the Adaptive Sports Association. She has taught and devised theatre with collaborators in Tanzania, Vietnam, and Ecuador. Vanessa received her BFA in drama from Carnegie Mellon University.