OUR HARD-WORKING BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board is a hard WORKING BOARD – each has a specific job to do in order to make it all happen.
Valerie Lee, Board President, Artistic Director – Val has lived her music for over 50 years as a performer, musical director, conductor and composer/arranger. From soloing with her church choir in a live radio broadcast in Rock Springs, Wyoming at age 10 to standing on the stage in the PHS Auditorium introducing the inaugural performance of Pinedale Theatre Company’s (PTC) Sound of Music in 2008, Val’s musical life is rich and diverse in it’s scope. It’s reported Val sang before she talked and even today singing takes precedence. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of PTC, Director of Sisters of the Heart, a women’s threshold choir, founder and Director of Voices 8, and Managing Director of Pinedale Festival Choir that partners with Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir in Jackson every 2 years in support of Val’s outreach program “Arts Supporting Arts in Wyoming”. Professional credits include soloing with Aspen Music Festival Opera program and Opera Colorado in Denver. Val worked as a performer, dancer, and manager at the Crystal Palace Dinner Theatre for 10 years in Aspen. In her spare time Val travels the world with her sweetheart Dr. Edwin Vodak.
Jo Crandall, Development Director – Long time Pinedale resident, business owner, and parent, Jo’s involvement in the arts covers a lifetime. A fondness for cartwheels as a child eventually morphed into studying ballet at the U of Utah along with sociology and psychology. Soon after she and her husband, Craig, returned to Pinedale she started teaching ballet in Big Piney and Pinedale, an exciting time of growth that she treasurers. In 1976 she and Arlinda McLaughlin co-founded the Pinedale Fine Arts Council. She has served PFAC in many different capacities ever since. Because of her work with PFAC, she received the Governor’s Arts Award for “Individual Leadership in the Arts” in 2002 Following her award, she was honored to serve two terms on the Wyoming Arts Council Board an appointed board which sets goals and planning for the state arts council. She has also been a member of the Wyoming Arts Alliance (WyAA) for many years and served as co-chair for the last eight. This statewide non-profit provides professional development for artists, organizations, and government bodies regarding the key role the arts play in education, health, and economic and community development and also advocates for funding support. Jo and Valerie Lee started the Pinedale Community Theatre (now the Pinedale Theatre Company) in 2007. Jo works on development, production, and costumes for PTC and is so proud of this organization and the standard it has set. Jo finds working with people to build sustainable organizations that are inclusive and strengthen our communities very rewarding. She is grateful to all the people she has been privileged to meet and work with over the years. In her spare time she loves keeping track of her grandchildren’s escapades and reading cookbooks.
Sue Holz, Orchestra Manager – Sue grew up in a musical family playing the piano and flute and singing in numerous choirs with her family. She has been active in the Pinedale music scene as a member of Sweet Harmony, Community Choir, Festival Choir, her church choir, and playing the piano and flute for many occasions. She continues to be active in music as a member of Voices 8 and Sisters of the Heart, a hospice choir. Sue has been honored to be a member of the Pinedale Theater Board since its inception in 2008 with “Sound Of Music” production and has participated in all of the productions singing or playing her flute in the orchestra. Professionally, Sue obtained a BA in Zoology at The University of Wyoming, a BS in Physical Therapy at The University of Colorado Health Science Center, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University. She founded Proactive Rehabilitation & Fitness in 1989 and is currently celebrating her 30th year in business in Sublette County health care. Sue enjoys being a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and is currently Race Director for the Pinedale Half Marathon. Sue is very grateful for her full life in Sublette County and relishes the full outdoor life speckled with incredible music opportunities.
Madeleine Murdock, Set Designer, Scenic Artist – A beloved and well-respected Sublette County rancher and retired Language Arts and Fine Arts teacher, Madeleine has played a critical role designing, building, and painting scenery for nearly every theatre show in this town for decades – from modest school productions and various community groups, to her amazing work on all of our productions from day one. Madeleine’s artistic abilities include drawing, painting, writing, and singing in the Community Choir. Nobody knows how she can find time to do all of this while operating a huge ranch, but we simply couldn’t put on our shows without her. Madeleine’s keen eye and artistic skills never fail to assist the director in making the production seamless and the sets beautiful.
Kari DeWitt, Producing Director – Kari DeWitt has worked backstage in theaters since high school. Originally, from Colorado Springs, she went to college in Ohio majoring in Theatre Production and Design. After graduation she moved to New York City where she worked off-Broadway for 5 years. She did the majority of her work in stage lighting at The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons. Her very first job in New York was to spotlight Christopher Walken in the musical The Dead. After 5 very exciting years in New York, she moved back home to Colorado Springs in 2003. There she worked for 8 years at Theatreworks, a professional theatre company based out of the University of Colorado. At Theatreworks she stage managed productions and taught backstage theatre practicums for the theatre department. Her final two years there she was promoted to Producing Director, managing a season of 8 shows a year. She moved to Pinedale in 2011 with her husband (who went to high school in Pinedale) and their baby daughter, and now has three wonderful children. She currently works as the Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) Executive Director and is thrilled to join such a dynamic group on the Pinedale Theatre Company Board.
Curt Haws, Resident Actor, Actors’ Ensemble – Curt is a Circuit Court Judge in Wyoming’s Ninth Judicial District. He sits on the Board of Judicial Policy and Administration and is a member of the Wyoming Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. Curt and his family split their time between Pinedale (Curt’s professional life) and Jackson (Charisse’s professional life). Curt and his wife, Charisse, are highly involved in the area’s performing arts community including the Offsquare Theater Company, Pinedale Community Theater, Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir, Jackson Community Theater, and the Riot Act Theater Company. Together, they work closely with a variety of non-profit organizations and are the parents of two amazing daughters, Madison and Mia, who are also very active in theater and performance.
Barbara Burrough, Costume Designer – Barbara was born in Lakehurst, New Jersey the oldest of four siblings, into a Navy family. Although her family moved quite a bit during her younger years, Barbara spent the majority of those years at NAS Millington, a small town just outside Memphis, Tenn. She attended Tennessee Technological University graduating with a degree in Home Economics Vocational Education, as it was known back then. Barbara’s major field was Early Childhood Development with a minor in General Science. She continued her studies receiving an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Wyoming, and graduate level courses in Family Studies at Utah State University. Barbara spent her career teaching high school Home Economics in Pinedale and in Big Piney. She served as the Director of Pinedale Preschool, and then later Program Manager for The Learning Center’s Sublette County Programs in Pinedale and Big Piney. Barb met her husband, Les, in college and they moved to Pinedale in 1973. Their two sons, Ben and John, were raised in Pinedale. They now have two daughter-in-laws and 4 wonderful grandchildren! Barbara has enjoyed attending plays and music concerts all her life. Now retired, Barbara has helped with costumes in several Pinedale Theater Company productions, the King and I, Oklahoma, and Oliver! She has been a member of the Board for 4 years, and is excited to lead the Costuming Department. Barb also enjoys hiking, birding, and traveling.
Sharron Ziegler, Set Designer, Scenic Artist, Graphic Designer – After 31 years, Sharron recently retired as the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board for Sublette County School District #1. She studied Communications and Art at BYU and currently runs her own business as a Faux Finish artist. Sharron was one of the first females in the mountain west to obtain a FCC Radio Operators License when she was 15 and worked as a radio announcer and DJ for her Dad at his radio station KMER in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Sharron is married to Alan and they have four children and 14 grandchildren. Sharron is a founding member of Sweet Harmony, sings in her church choir, sings with the Pinedale Community Choir, Festival Choir, Sisters of the Heart, and Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir in Jackson. Sharron has fulfilled various assignments in her church, including Music Chairman, Historian, Sunday School Teacher, and Self Reliance Specialist. She has worked on the design and painting of stage sets since the beginning of PTC in 2008, starting with The Sound of Music. Sharron has enjoyed raising her children and living her life in Pinedale.