September 9 – October 14

Season Sponsors
Dr. Jan Kennaugh & Chip Horne
Diana & Mike Kinsey
Susan & Jeremy Shamos
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

Alyssa Williams

Judy Cadwallader

Note from Leadership & Director

Welcome to Season 26! 

As we curated Season 26, we asked ourselves:  What makes a play “Curious”?

As one way to answer, we challenged ourselves to choose plays that would amaze, delight, and invigorate our audiences and artists alike. Curious believes in stepping into uncharted territory, and we are so happy you are joining us as we start the journey with The Minutes.

This play is a standout script straight from Broadway by one of America’s best playwrights, Tracy Letts. He’s an actor and writer with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and is known for his writing for that ensemble. And we knew his latest show was ideal for showcasing our own ensemble here at Curious. Never before have we presented a cast this large comprised completely of Artistic Company Members, with several more working behind the scenes as designers. 

We couldn’t be more proud to bring this exciting and challenging work to Denver; there’s been a special spirit and camaraderie in the rehearsal room that we know you’ll also feel on the stage today.

And The Minutes is just the beginning; we’re breaking new ground with each play this season. 

Don’t miss a moment! We encourage you to join us as a subscriber (and offer a heartfelt thank you if you already are.)  The adventure that awaits at Curious is only possible through the gathering of committed, enthusiastic theatre-goers like you. Your ongoing support ensures we’ll continue to travel together on this art-filled adventure through the best of contemporary theatre.

With gratitude and excitement for the road ahead,

                                                                               Jada Suzanne Dixon                                               Jeannene Bragg
                                                                                  Artistic Director                                                 Managing Director

Experiencing a Tracy Letts play often feels akin to reading a Cormac McCarthy novel, watching a Cohen Brother’s film, and seeing an episode of Breaking Bad at the same time.”
– Thomas Fahy, author of Understanding Tracy Letts

Political in nature and provocative by choice, The Minutes is a satire of American governance that examines the secret at the heart of regional and national identity.

Tracy Letts was first inspired to write The Minutes while watching an old Frankenstein movie. It wasn’t the monster or its creator that drew his attention. It was the single-mindedness of the town’s angry villagers. “The villagers always appear with their pitchforks and torches and they’re completely unified. That really struck me.” And he began to wonder if there had been a meeting where one of the villagers voiced dissent and said, “No, I think this is the wrong idea for us to form a vigilante mob and kill the monster.”

Through Lett’s trademark humor and wit, what emerges in The Minutes is a sobering portrait of political power – stemming not from the truth, but from the power to shape and control historical narrative. How do we write and pass along our history? Which stories get told? Whose tragedy gets forgotten and erased? What kind of community do we want to live in? When I consider what is happening in local city councils, school boards, libraries and state legislatures – the book banning, curriculum censorship, voter suppression, bad faith attacks on critical race theory – current events have made Letts’ play feel less like allegory and more like a prescient dramatization.

Ultimately, Letts invites us to look out at the social and cultural context that has shaped the citizens of Big Cherry. He asks us to consider the ways their lives reveal greater truths of American life. And he implicates all of us in this quest for achieving a society defined by dialogue, community and shared responsibility. He challenges us to consider our own role in shaping the America of tomorrow.

As soon as I read The Minutes, I knew this is a play that belongs on the Curious stage. It feels right that we start our 26 th season with such a gusty script that showcases the talents, heart and artistry of 17 Artistic Company members – including the largest all Company cast in our history.

It is an honor to give this play to you.

Christy Montour-Larson

Curious Theatre Company Presents

The Minutes

by Tracy Letts  |  Directed by Christy Montour-Larson


A city council meeting room, present day


(in Alphabetical Order)

Brian Landis Folkins as Mr. Hanratty
Ilasiea Gray* as Ms. Johnson
Kathryn Gray as Ms. Innes
William Hahn* as Mr. Assalone
Jim Hunt as Mr. Oldfield
Cajardo Lindsey* as Mr. Blake
Michael McNeill* as Mayor Superba
Michael Morgan* as Mr. Breeding
Josh Robsinson* Mr. Peel
Erik Sandvold* as Mr. Carp
Karen Slack as Ms. Matz

Production Team

Set Design by Markas Henry**
Costume Design by Brynn Starr Sater
Lighting Design by Richard Devin**
Sound Design by Jason Ducat**
Props Design by Annette Westerby
Assistant Props Design by Todd Webster
Stage Manager, Wayne Breyer*
Assistant Stage Manager, Krystyna Pinel*
Assistant Director, Evette Srouji
Scenic Coordinator, Steven McDonald
Cultural Consultant, Joshua Danger Emerson

Curious Collaborators

PJ Bergin in support of Erik Sandvold, Actor
Jean Hodges in support of Jim Hunt & Erik Sandvold, Actors
Lynne & Jon C. Montague-Clouse in support of Karen Slack & Cajardo Lindsey, Actors
Sheri Raders in support of Ilasiea Gray, Actor
Janny & Mark Tansil in support of Richard Devin, Lighting Design

Special Thanks

Thomas Fahny, Randy Reinholz, and The University of Denver Department of Theatre Tech Intern Program for set construction

Board of Directors

Rehan Hasan, President
John Flanigan, Treasurer

Marike Fitzgerald
Chip Horne
Michael Hughes
Michael Potts
Sheri Raders
Jamie White
Alyssa Williams

*Jeremy Shamos, Honorary Lifetime President
*Roscoe Hill, Board Member Emeritus
*Cajardo Lindsey, Artistic Company Member
*Erik Sandvold, Artistic Company Member
*Jeannene Bragg, Managing Director
*Jada Suzanne Dixon, Artistic Director

*non-voting members

Curious Staff


Jada Suzanne Dixon, Artistic Director
Wayne Breyer, Production Manager & Resident Stage Manager
Christy Montour-Larson, Artistic Producer
Piper Stormes, Technical Coordinator
Laura Chavez, Education Associate


Jeannene Bragg, Managing Director
Camdon Presley, Marketing & Development Manager
Katelyn Sauer, Operations & Patron Services Manager
CeCe Smith, Finance Manager

Front of House

Clove Love, Lead Front of House Representative
Aidan Blank, Front of House Representative
Aidan Dick, Front of House Representative
Evy DiPasquantonio, Front of House Representative
Odalíz Meraz, Front of House Representative
Evette Srouji, Front of House Representative

2023–24 Curious Bridge Apprentices 

Sydnee Glassier, Directorial Focus
Jordyn Good, Stage Management Focus
Clove Love, Directorial Focus
Odalíz Meraz, Stage Management Focus
Evette Srouji, Directorial Focus

Curious Artistic Company

Lisa Boehm
Kevin Brainerd (In Memoriam)
Anastasia Davidson
Richard Devin
Jada Suzanne Dixon
Jason Ducat
Brian Landis Folkins
Ilasiea Gray
Kathryn Gray
William Hahn
Josh Hartwell
Markas Henry
GerRee Hinshaw
Jim Hunt
Cajardo Lindsey
Sheryll McCallum
Shannon McKinney
Michael McNeill
Christy Montour-Larson
Michael Morgan
Josh Robinson
Erik Sandvold
Sean Scrutchins
Karen Slack
Todd Webster
Annette Westerby

Artistic Company Emeriti

Thank you to our founding Artistic Company Members whose dedication, hard work and artistic vision has helped make Curious the amazing theatre it is today.

Dee Covington
Chip Walton

Discussion Questions (Contains Spoilers)

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever been involved in a public process before? (Worked for the government, went to a city council meeting, or even just watched CSPAN procedures?) How does the way the Big Cherry City Council members behave relate to your own experiences?
  2. In what way to the names of the characters increase your understanding of who they are?  What does your name say about you?
  3. Why do you think the lights in the city council meeting room kept flickering and buzzing?  Why was Mr. Peel the only one to really acknowledge this phenomenon? And what was up with those ants?
  4. The town of Big Cherry is experiencing a lot of rain. What did it mean to you?
  5. How does the name of the town and its original origins relate to your own experience? What other stories of erased history are you familiar with?
  6. The play has been called “funny, until it isn’t”.  When was it funny for you? When was it not?
  7. How did you feel the set, lights, costumes and sound added to your experience of the play? 
  8. Lett’s has said he has used  Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” (1948) as a reference point. Where do you see the connection?
  9. What do you think of Mr. Peel’s decisions at the end?  What do you hope he would do?  What would you do?

Bonus Discussion Questions:

  1. In addition to Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”, Letts has also referenced Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968)  Where do you see the connection?
  2. What do you think of Tracy Lett’s quote above about the expressionist moments in his work?  How did the ending make you feel?
  3. Want to see the last page of the script?  Click HERE!  How does this inform your understanding of the play?

Run Time: 90 minutes

THE MINUTES will be performed without an intermission.

THE MINUTES is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

The World Premiere of THE MINUTES was produced and presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL; Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Executive Director.

BOLD = Curious Artistic Company Member
* Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Curious Theatre Company, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
** Member of the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
† Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Bios: Playwright & Director

Tracy Letts, he/him (Playwright) has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 2002. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County, which played on Broadway for over a year, following a sold-out run at Steppenwolf in 2007. August also enjoyed a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre and a U.S. National Tour in summer 2009. Other accolades include five Tony Awards (including Best Play), an Olivier Award and six Jeff Awards (including Best Play). Mr. Letts is also the author of Superior Donuts, which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf in 2008 and opened on Broadway in 2009; Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London. He has appeared at Steppenwolf in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie. Other Chicago stage credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid Theatre), Conquest of the South Pole (Famous Door), Bouncers (the Next Lab) and his directorial debut at the Lookingglass Theatre with Great Men of Science Nos. 21 and 22. He also appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton. Television credits include: The District, Profiler, Prison Break, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld, and Home Improvement. Film appearances include Guinevere, U.S. Marshals, and Chicago Cab.

Christy Montour-Larson, she/her (Director) has been a member of the Artistic Company for over 20 years, and her recent directing credits at Curious include The Lifespan of a Fact and The Secretary. Christy’s work has also been seen in Colorado at the Denver Center (Shadowlands, The Giver) the Arvada Center (The Diary of Anne Frank, Cabaret), Creede Repertory (August: Osage County) Local Theatre, Town Hall Arts Center, Phamaly, BETC, Theatreworks, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Theatre SilCo and the Aurora Fox. Nationally, Christy has directed at Pioneer Theatre, Tent Theatre, New American Theatre, Rochester Civic Theatre, the Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse Theatre and for Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. A passionate supporter of new work, she has directed many staged readings and world premieres, including;  Two Degrees by Tira Palmquist, General Store by Brian Watkins, The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Mathias by Michael Yates Crowley and You Will Get Sick by Noah Diaz. Christy’s accolades include four Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, out of 14 nominations. She has also been named Top Director by the Denver Post, Westword, 5280 Magazine and CBS4 Denver. MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.

Bios: Cast

Brian Landis Folkins, he/him (Mr. Hanratty) has been a proud Artistic Company Member for  over 10 years. He was last seen on the Curious stage as Poot in Amerikin. Other Curious credits include: Lorrin in Gloria; Adam in iHo; Lefty in The Happiest Song Plays Last; CW in Dust (Wonderbound Collaboration); Kenny in Detroit; Jim in Astronomical Sunset; and Philippe Petit in Up. Brian won the Henry Award for Best Actor in 2019 for his portrayal of Charles Whitmore in Church and State at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs. In late 2020, The BLF received critical acclaim for the lead in the Feature Film RENT-A-PAL alongside Wil Wheaton. Brian also made his Network Television debut last year with a three episode arc on ABC’s Big Sky, both of which you can find on HULU.

Ilasiea Gray, she/her (Ms. Johnson) is excited to return to the Curious mainstage in The Minutes. Previous Curious credits include Detroit ’67, Sanctions, Black. With a Capital B. (tour), and other CNV and Curious projects. She does stage and on-camera work and made history in Colorado playing the title role in Sleeping Beauty (Denver Children’s Theatre) as a Black actress. Her latest production was the world premiere of Calamitous Affair (VF Productions) in Washington D.C., and she has been seen on many stages across Colorado. In addition to performing, Ilasiea is a multi-hyphenate social practice artist who has been featured in many publications and panels discussing the intersection of arts, activism, and youth advocacy. She works as a performing arts educator in several capacities nationwide as well as speaks at conferences nationwide about her internationally published essay on inequities in the arts for kids of color (including South by Southwest Education Conference). She was also the first Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access Coordinator at Arvada Center. Ilasiea has an MFA in Social & Environmental Arts Practice from an inaugural program led by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

Kathryn Gray, she/her (Ms. Innes) has been working in Denver theatre since 1978, acting at: Denver Center Theatre Company, Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre, Paragon Theatre, Denver Civic Theatre, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, HorseChart Theatre Company, University of Denver Theatre Program, and BETC.  An Artistic Company Member at Curious Theatre since 2003 she has appeared as “Miss K” in Praying For Rain, “Gert” in Fuddy Meers, “Nancy Shirley” in Frozen, numerous roles, including “Bix Beaver,” in Bright Ideas, “Nat” in Rabbit Hole, “Mrs. Gottlieb” in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, “Dottie” in Good People, “Momo” in The Humans, and “Roberta” in Admissions.

William Hahn, he/him (Mr. Assalone) is appearing in his eighth production at Curious Theatre Company. Previous productions include Frozen, Opus, Deadman’s Cell Phone, Becky Shaw, Rancho Mirage, Water by the Spoonful, and Lifespan of a Fact. His most recent performances in other area theaters were in Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune and Zen and the Art of Profit.

Jim HuntJim Hunt, he/him (Mr. Oldfield) is an Artistic Company Member at Curious Theatre Company. He has worked in Denver theatre as actor and director for over 45 years. On the Curious stage, he played Charles Ives in CHARLES IVES TAKE ME HOME, Morty in AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the Father in EURYDICE and Serge in ART. He directed DENVER STORIES in 2014, honoring Paula Herzmark. Jim is also an Ensemble Member at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) where he has performed as Dr. Yahuda in HYSTERIA, Copernicus in the World Premiere of AND THE SUN STOOD STILL, Herr Kaufmann in BACH AT LEIPZIG, Franklin Woolsey in GHOST-WRITER, various roles in GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, and Sterling in MAURITIUS. Most recently, he created the roles of Judge/Amy in The Edge Theatre’s CASA VALENTINA. For Lake Dillon Theatre Company he played Al in THE SUNSHINE BOYS, Greg in SYLVIA, and Charlie in SEASCAPE. At Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, he co-starred with Josh Hartwell as Kipps in THE WOMAN IN BLACK and tackled the role of Scrooge in Hartwell’s A PUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. For the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, he played Selsdon in NOISES OFF. At Creede Repertory Theatre he played Beverly Weston in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and understudied the role of Ralph in THE LAST ROMANCE when it transferred to the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Jim has directed the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Award Ceremony for ten years, and in 2012 received their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is thrilled to be a part of the Curious family of artists and looks forward to a future filled with cutting-edge productions, phenomenal building improvements, and noteworthy collaborations with other arts organizations.

CajardoCajardo Lindsey, he/him (Mr. Blake)  is an actor, screenwriter, and director. Some of his theatre credits include: Curious Theatre Company: Amerikin, Fireflies,  Hillary and Clinton (zoom), Skeleton Crew,  Detroit ’67, The Brother Sister Plays, Fences; The Whipping Man; Denver Center Theatre Company: ALL THE WAY, Just Like us, A Raisin in the Sun; Arvada Center: To Kill a Mockingbird, Wait Until Dark, A Raisin in the Sun; Local Theatre Company: The Rape of the Sabine Women; Cherry Creek Theatre: Visiting Mr. Greene, Driving Ms. Daisy;  The Aurora Fox: Crumbs from the Table of Joy;  Shadow Theatre Company: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blood Knot; Miner’s Alley Playhouse: The Night of the Iguana, Lobby Hero and Misery. He is a Denver Post Ovation, Best of Westward, and multiple Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award-winning actor. Some of his film credits include, Shot Caller, Infinity Chamber, MacGruber, and Silver City.

Michael McNeill, he/him (Mayor Superba) is an Artistic Company Member at Curious Theatre Company, where he has been seen most recently in Amerikin. Other favorites include; Hand to God, Bug, Curse of the Starving Class, Home By Dark, 9 Circles, and Good People. Locally with Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Aurora Fox Arts Center, Denver Center Theatre Academy, and Cherry Creek Theatre. He has appeared with both the Colorado and Littleton Symphonies. Regional credits include Michigan’s Birmingham Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia, and Dorset Theatre Festival, Vermont. He has performed internationally with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Killer Ink Productions. Michael is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Michael Morgan, he/him (Mr. Breeding) was most recently seen at BETC as Moriarty/Lestrade in Ms. Holmes and Ms. Watson, Apt 2B. Previous Curious credits include Tim in The Cake and James in Time Stands Still. Other local credits include Tartuffe in Tartuffe (Arvada Center); Edward in 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products (Buntport Theatre); Shag in Equivocation (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); and Midas in Metamorphoses and Remnar in Escanaba in da Moonlight (Aurora Fox). Awards include: Denver Post’s 2011 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor as Quango Twistleton in Curious’ Homebody/Kabul; Best Year For an Actor, 2018, Westword; and the 2018 True West award for his performance in Benchmark’s The Arsonists.

Josh Robinson, he/him (Mr. Peel) is an Artistic Company Member and who has been seen in American Son, Maple and Vine, Opus, Curse of the Starving Class, Aphrodisiac, Take Me Out and The Long Christmas Ride Home. He has also had roles in Treasure Island, Richard III, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Picnic and Slabtown (Denver Center Theatre Company), The Lion in Winter, The Second Tosca, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), 39 Steps (TheatreWorks) and Macbeth (Listen Productions). Robinson is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Drama. He was the 2010 Denver Post Ovation recipient for Best Year by an Actor.

Erik Sandvold, he/him (Mr. Carp) along with appearances in many readings, Curious New Voices plays, and Denver Stories, has been featured in more than 20 full productions over Curious’ 24 years including: Franklinland, Refuge, Pass Over, Your Best One, Appropriate, The Luckiest People, Lucky Me (Best Of Westword: Best Actor in a Comedy), Clybourne Park, Homebody/Kabul, Opus, Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, Closer, Take Me Out (The Denver Post Ovation Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedic Role) and I Am My Own Wife (The Denver Post Ovation Award, Best Solo Performance). Erik has worked often with other leading theatre companies in Colorado, in productions such as Plainsong, When We Are Married, Well, A Flea in Her Ear (Denver Center Theatre Company); Arsenic and Old Lace, 1940’s Radio Hour (Arvada Center); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Rivals (Colorado Shakespeare Festival);  The Explorers’ Club (Lone Tree Performing Arts Center); and The Rembrandt (BETC). Erik performed the one-actor musical Bubs (The Denver Post Ovation Award, Best Solo Performance) and narrated all the Harry Potter books for The Library of Congress. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University.

Karen Slack, she/her (Ms. Matz) is a Denver native and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio in New York. Karen is honored to have worked at Curious Theatre Company for the better part of 19 years and is a proud Artistic Company Member. Some favorite productions at Curious include: The Long Christmas Ride Home, 9 Parts of Desire, Eurydice, God of Carnage, and Venus in Fur. Other favorite roles include: Medea in Medea, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Frida Kahlo in Painted Bread, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and the one woman show The Syringa Tree. Slack has worked with various theaters throughout Colorado receiving awards and accolades for her work. 

Bios: Production Team

Markas HenryMarkas Henry, he/him (Scenic Design) is honored to be an Artistic Company Member and he has designed scenery for On the Exhale, Amerikin, Alma, Franklinland, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Refuge, American Son, Sanctions, The Humans, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, Appropriate, the three-part Elliot Plays, Lucky Me, All the Rage, The Whipping Man (Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award), After the Revolution, God of Carnage, Maple and Vine, and Opus; as well as costumes for On the Exhale, Franklinland, White Guy on the Bus, The Whipping Man, Time Stands Still, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Mall*Mart. His selected regional credits include Theatre Aspen, BETC, Opera Colorado and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award), The Life (Tony nomination) and Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award). His film work includes Leading Ladies and the holiday classic Elf, and he was Costume Producer for Britney Spears’ 2001 and 2004 US and World tours. Markas is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder.  

Brynn Starr Sater, she/her (Costume Design) has designed costumes for the past 4 DENVER STORIES for Curious Theatre Company, in addition to FROZEN and FOR BETTER. Brynn has previously designed costumes for the Aurora Fox Arts Center, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, The Town Hall Arts Center, The Edge Theatre and was the Resident Costume Designer for Paragon Theatre for 9 seasons. Brynn has worked in various roles for the Colorado Shakespeare, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Colorado and Lees McRae Summer Theatre.

Richard DevinRichard Devin, he/him (Lighting Design) has designed lighting for many Curious productions including Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Refuge, American Son, Passover, Skeleton Crew, The Cake, Appropriate, 9 Circles, A Number, Opus, Yankee Tavern, How I Learned to Drive, and scene and lighting design for Speech and Debate and Aphrodisiac. He recently designed Disgraced, Fade, and The Christians for the Denver Center Theatre. Dick also worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for 17 years as Producing Artistic Director, and 26 years as designer. He has designed for 260 productions at 36 of America’s regional theatres, as well as designing Off-Broadway and in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Cairo. He was Managing Director and Designer with The Williamstown Theatre Festival for eight years and is past president of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Dick taught for 40 years in the Theatre Departments of Temple University, University of Washington and University of Colorado. He is honored to be a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Dick received his BA in Drama from the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is a Member of the United Scenic Artists of America.

Jason Ducat, he/him (Sound Design) has designed many shows at Curious including Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Pass Over, Gloria, The Humans, Your Best One, Detroit ’67, Appropriate, The Luckiest People, Venus in Fur, Good People, The Brothers Size, and Maple and Vine. Jason worked as a resident sound designer at Denver Center Theatre Company where he designed Glengarry Glen Ross, When Tang Met Laika, The House of the Spirits, Lord of the Flies, Shadowlands, Reckless, Superior Donuts, Heartbreak House, and Othello. Other designs include Henry IV, The Tempest, I Hate Hamlet, Macbeth, and Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Marat/Sade, The Winter’s Tale (Purdue University); Lab Coats on Clouds (Prague Quadrennial); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Elemental Theatre Company); Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); and Tribulation and the Demolition Squad (Chicago Dance Crash). Jason received his MFA in sound design from Purdue University.

Annette Westerby, she/her (Props Design) has contributed to over 25 Curious Theatre Company productions. Annette returned to Denver in 2021 after five years living in New York, where she designed costumes for several Off-Off-Broadway productions and small films and was a studio sewing assistant to artist Marie Watt. Recent Curious productions include: Fireflies, Franklinland, and Amerikin

Wayne BreyerWayne Breyer, he/him (Stage Manager) is the Production Manager and Resident Stage Manager for Curious. Previously with Curious, he was the stage manager for On the Exhale, Amerikin, Franklinland, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, and the world premiere of Refuge. He has also stage managed for The Catamounts, The Aurora Fox Arts Center, Phamaly Theatre Company, Theater Artibus, and the Colorado New Play Festival. As a properties designer Wayne has designed for Curious, The Catamounts, Phamaly Theatre Company, Thunder River Theatre Company, and Vintage Theatre. Wayne trained as an apprentice stage manager with the Denver Center Theatre Company and is an associate company member of The Catamounts.

Krystyna Pinel, she/her (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working at Curious again this time as an ASM.  She has previously worked with Curious on Heroes of the Fourth Turning, The Catamounts (Small Ball), Wheatridge Theatre Company, Happy Dagger, and Aspen Music Festival & School. She is currently applying for Graduate Schools and is looking forward to the future.

Evette Srouji, she/they (Assistant Director) is an emerging Arab-American theatre director and producer hoping to strengthen Arab voices in theatre. She will be graduating from University of Northern Colorado this December with a double major in Theatre Education and Theatre Studies with a Directing Emphasis.

Steven McDonald, he/him (Scenic Coordinator) is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver, where he serves as the Chair & Technical Director for the Department of Theatre. He has worked for a variety of performing arts organizations as a Sound and Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and TD, including the Seattle Rep, Single Carrot Theatre, Athena Project, Butterfly Effect Theatre Colorado, Little Theatre of the Rockies, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Phamaly, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. At DU, Steven teaches Stage Management, Sound Design, Properties, and Stage Technology.

University of Denver Theatre School Technical Internship provides students with paid opportunities to work with professional companies and designers preparing them for work in the industry. During the build process, students are engaged in the construction shop, and then experience moving the show elements to a professional venue & working with the theatre’s team to install them. Previous projects: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Phamaly Theatre Company, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE and FOOTLOOSE for Give5/ParkerArts, SOUND OF MUSIC, FULL MONTY and MATILDA for Parker Arts/Sasquatch Productions, AMERICAN SON, HEROES OF THE 4TH TURNING, ALMA and ON THE EXHALE at Curious, REUNION for NYC-based Creative Endeavor, 3 full production for Lamont Opera Theatre, and projects for BETC and Theatre Or.

Actors’ Equity Association (“AEA” or “Actors’ Equity”), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.