Our Board of Directors:
Valerie Lee, Co-Producer, Managing Director
Val grew up on a ranch south of Pinedale, and has been active in the arts her entire life. She graduated from Monmouth College in Illinois with a degree in Music Education. College years included traveling to England as a soloist and touring the United States in the pop ensemble “The Sound of Five”. Moving to Aspen Colorado in 1973, she lived her music as a singer, dancer and manager at the Crystal Palace Dinner Theater where she worked for 10 years. Among her classical pursuits Val soloed with the Aspen Music Festival Opera Program and with Opera Colorado in Denver. She moved back to Pinedale in 2007 has been one of the driving forces in our theatre group.
Jo Crandall, Co-Producer, Development
Long-time Pinedale resident, parent, and business owner, Jo’s involvement in the arts is almost too extensive to list. She was one the original co-founders the award-winning Pinedale Fine Arts Council in 1976, and has served on the PFAC board in different capacities ever since. In 2002 she received the Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Leadership in the arts. Jo served two terms on the Wyoming Arts Council Board. She is currently co-chair of the Wyoming Arts Alliance, (WyAA) a state wide non-profit education and advocacy organization that supports the arts in Wyoming. Jo and Valerie Lee started the Pinedale Community Theatre in 2007. She finds working with people to build sustainable community organizations rewarding and enjoys all of the friends she has made throughout her years in Pinedale.
Sue Holz, Secretary, PR and Volunteer Coordinator
Sue grew up in a musical family playing the piano and flute and singing in the church and high school choirs. Her family was active in music, frequently attending music performances of any kind. Her mom, a piano teacher, even took her to David Cassidy at age 11 – her first rock concert. Sue continues the family tradition with her two children Morgan and Gus, who are both active in music and theatre. She majored in zoology at The University of Wyoming, and physical therapy at The University of Colorado Health Science Center. In 1989 she moved to Sublette County and started Proactive Rehabilitation and Fitness. Currently Sue is active in the vocal group Sweet Harmony and plays piano and flute for occasional community events.
Madeleine Murdock, Design
A beloved and well-respected Sublette County rancher, Madeleine has played a critical role designing, building and painting scenery for almost 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 1. 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 – whenever something’s not getting done fast enough on the set, she pulls an all-nighter (sometimes 2 or more in a row) and always gets everything looking beautiful.
Kari DeWitt, Stage Manager, Technical 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 has since had another baby daughter. She is thrilled to join such a dynamic group as the Pinedale Community Theatre Board.
Candy Herda-Scott, Assistant Stage Manager, Musical Advisor
Born in Great Falls, MT, Candy’s love of music began early. She studied at Whitworth College in Spokane and continued on at the University of Montana-Missoula, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and met her husband Tim. After graduation Candy taught instrumental music in Missoula. This took them to California where she had a piano studio, then to Northern Maine, where she taught K-12 vocal music and choir, and on to Fairbanks, Alaska where she spent 25 years teaching K-6 general music and choir. During that time she enrolled in the University of Alaska Fairbanks for a K-8 elementary education endorsement and entered the Northern Studies Masters program, specializing in the song and dance of indigenous Alaska Natives. Candy has been with our group since 2009, handling a variety of duties and we would be in chaos without her.
Curt Haws, Board Member
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). They are actively involved in the area’s performing arts community including the Offsquare Theater Company, Pinedale Community Theater, Cathedral Voices, Jackson Community Theater, and the Riot Act Theater Company. They also work closely with a variety of non-profit organizations and are the parents of two amazing daughters, Madison and Mia.
Barbara Burrough, Board Member
The Pinedale Community Theatre is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to providing quality theatre experiences for audiences and participants of all ages. We currently operate under the administrative umbrella of the Pinedale Fine Arts Council, with funding from the Wyoming Arts Council, the Sublette County Recreation Board, the Wyoming Arts Council, Linn Energy, and the Wyoming Community Foundation, and YOU the donor!
We are grateful to acknowledge the wonderful coverage our shows have received from the Sublette Examiner, Pinedale Online, and the Pinedale Roundup, among others. We would especially like to thank Nikki Mann and Dawn Ballou of Pinedale Online for the use of graphic images on the top banner of this website; also Janet Montgomery of the Sublette Examiner and Tim Ruland, of the Pinedale Fine Arts Council, for their fine photos and artwork as well!
factoid: “theatre” is the artform…the “theater” is where it is performed…
Thank you for your support!