Durango PlayFest

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 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. 

MISSION

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.

PROCESS

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.

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by 8 playwrights have been performed since Durango PlayFest’s inception in 2018
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have gone on to or are scheduled for production.
500 Attendees
During 2019, more than 1,000  attended PlayFest readings, parties and panels. After taking a break in 2020 due to COVID, 2021 promises to be our biggest season yet.
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of PlayFest’s programming budget goes back into the community in the form of food, lodging, advertising and event space.

Board of Directors

Staff

Felicia Lansbury Meyer
Artistic Director

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 also 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 has appeared in over a dozen stage productions, acted in television programs such as Murder, She Wrote and Knot’s Landing, and served in various production roles.

Mandy Mikulencak
Managing Director

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 has worked in a variety of national communications and publishing roles in the nonprofit sector for almost 30 years. Mandy is also an author of historical and young adult fiction.