BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ABOUT

Bart Garton, President

Bart was raised in the Vail Valley, moved to Aspen while in high school and grew to love theater and film production during those years. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University for no apparent reason save for a love of math and lack of any serious film options. He started Garton Video Productions in 1988 and continues to produce television and web based programs both locally and nationally. He’s passionate about theater in the valley and joined the board in ~2009 (Kaylee?) in hopes of helping to create more awareness, accessibility, and quality of local productions. Married with three children, Bart can usually be found on a mountain bike trail or competing in the latest stupid adventure race. He’ll ski and snowboard in the winter too, if pushed.

Connie Kincaid, President

A performing Board member of the Vail Valley Theatre Company having joined in 2006 for the wildly popular and successful An Evening on Broadway productions which played at the Vilar Performing Arts Center each winter season for many years. You may have most recently seen her as Columbia in VVTC’s October production of The Rocky Horror Show, dancing while Judy Collins sang her infamous tune, Both Sides Now during The Youth Foundation’s 2010 Star Dancing Gala, or in the 2009 production of Godspell with The Porchlight Players. During daylight hours she is a REALTOR® /co-owner of Vail Property Brokerage, Inc. and has proudly served on the Board of Education with Eagle County Schools for ten years. Dancing and performing since the age of three; beginning her professional career at age sixteen, Connie is reliving her first career and true passion. Hailing from Los Angeles, she can be seen in the films, Grease 2 and Pennies From Heaven, as well as touring with Columbia Artists and the Danny Daniels Dance America Tap Dance Company. In fact, if you come across any of those tour videos – let her know, as tap dancing on Pointe is truly a lost vaudevillian art! She would like to extend a special thanks to her family for accepting the “theatre life” and understanding how important dancing, performing, and entertaining is to living for her.

Kaylee Brennand, Treasurer

Kaylee’s first community theatre experience was performing with both her parents when she was nine. She has been passionate about live theatre since. A production stage manager and event manager she has been a part of the Vail theater “scene” for 30 years. She added the title of Director to her resume and in addition to the VVTC productions of “Picasso at the Lapine Agile” and “Art,” she has been working with the students at Battle Mountain High School for the last three years helping them develop their own passion

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David Mayer, Set Design

David is excited to be newly elected to the Board for the Vail Valley Theatre Company.  His introduction to live theatre began at an early age as his mom would bring him along when she volunteered at their local community theatre, The Players Guild of Dearborn.  It wasn’t long before he was helping out with the scenic painting and set design for their youth productions.  He continued developing his interest in set design by working on productions in High School and taking stage design courses in college at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.  After graduation he moved to New York City where he worked in visual merchandising, retail window display and industrial design and also was stage manager and technical designer for the off-off Broadway musical “The Last American”.  After moving to the Vail Valley with his wife and son in 2001 he found an outlet for his passion in helping out with various school and youth theatre productions.  He feels that providing a creative outlet for students in the form of a theatre production is extremely important as it teaches teamwork, perseverance, and self-confidence in a fun and accepting environment.  David has been a member of the VVTC since 2012 and is honored to have been involved in the design and creation of the sets and props for several of their productions since joining.

The yeti of the backstage, David is rarely seen performing but has had roles in “Heaven Can Wait” for The Players Guild of Dearborn, The Cincinnati Opera’s production of “Carmen” and “The Donner Party Dead of Winter” for the Weather Channel.  He will serve as a non performing Board Member with a focus on production design.  He would like to thank his family for their support and for dealing with the crazy hours as he continues to pursue his passion.

Charis Patterson

Charis has been a performer since a child, whether singing in the bathrooms of local restaurants (great acoustics), in high school and college, or during her stints with the Missoula Community Theater and American Cabaret Theater. Charis has performed with the Vail Valley Theatre Company for ten years now, performing most recently in The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum (Geminie), Man of La Mancha (Dulcinea/Aldonza) and Annie Get Your Gun (Annie).  Charis is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Theatre Company, in case you need someone at whom to direct your complaints about the content of this show. Charis would like to express her thanks and love to her wonderful children for happily living without her for the past few weeks, her father for watching them, and to her amazing husband for his support, and for wearing a blindfold during the show.  Please LIKE us at Facebook.com/VailTheatre.

John Tedstrom

John has been playing in the theater for more than 10 years in the Vail Valley. Next to family, his passion is storytelling and bringing it to life on stage.  Since performing as Captain Hook in Peter Pan with his daughter Anna, John has been in every production in the valley he can. Favorites roles include Captain Hook, Bellomy in the Fantasticks, Marcus Lycus in Forum, I Love you You're Perfect Now Change, and most recently as Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. By day John is an executive with a global marketing agency. After watching three kids grow up with the benefits of a love for theater, John is excited to be on the board of the Vail Valley Theater Company to help bring more world class theater opportunities to the valley.

Diana Honey Kiss

Diana Honey Kiss has lived in the Vail Valley since 1984 and has been a Board Member of the Vail Valley Theatre Company for 12 years.  After 20 years as a Radio Personality, she brings her knowledge in performing and marketing to the Company.  She believes Theatre is a team sport where you never get hurt except to break a leg.

Heather Lemon

Heather has lived in the Vail Valley since 1994 after 9 years in Hong Kong. She raised three children here who were all active in speech and theatre on the local stages including Evening on Broadway productions. Now that the kids have flown the nest, it is her turn to enjoy her passion. Active in theatre during high school and college, she acted in commercials during her Hong Kong days. Now a local Realtor for Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate, she practices law in her free time and serves on the theatre BoardShe manages to squeeze in skiing, hiking and travel and enjoying the Vail Valley.

Donna Troiani

Donna has lived in this beautiful Valley for longer than I've lived anywhere else throughout my life. Prior to laying down roots here, I had lived and performed in the Northeast and the Southeast appearing in theater, film and TV productions. I have been playing with the Vail Valley Theater Company since the late 90s (that's 1990s, not 1890s!) and I have recently experienced the privilege of being elected to the board of the Vail Valley Theatre Company. Between performances, I continue acquiring skills and experience as a practicing Nationally Certified, Licensed and Insured Bodywork & Massage Therapist working in conjunction with local Physicians and other Medical Professionals.

Jena Skinner

Jena befriended the VVTC back in 2007? 2008? Ok - for over 10 years, anyway. Jena has a passion for singing and music in general and loves this bunch of folks tremendously. Tasked with the graphic design function for this non-profit, Jena is occasionally found onstage alongside her wonderful VVTC castmates. While she is oft found hanging in the back, she loves every minute of the final production she is blessed to be a part of. Help support local theatre. Donate to the VVTC today!

Johnette Toye

Beth Swearingen

Michele LaVire

Doug Butler, Secretary

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Vail Valley Theatre Company is located in the Vail Valley of Colorado