The 22-year-old REP, known for community productions of existing texts, and 5-year-old SquidShow, producing company-based original work, will each retain their unique brands, and continue to offer separate programs under the new company.
Telluride Theatre is slated to offer 10 programs and productions for their inaugural 2012 season, including REP, with its community productions of existing texts; SquidShow, with its company-based original work and the ACTions Education Program, with educational theatrical programming for all ages.
“Our donors have been clamoring for fewer, stronger nonprofits,” said Telluride Theatre Chairman, Dylan Brooks, a reprise of his chairmanship of the former Telluride Repertory Theatre, “especially when organizations have such complementary missions as the REP and SquidShow did. We are thrilled to be streamlining and strengthening the theatre community, by lowering costs and increasing our activity.
SquidShow Managing Director Colin Sullivan has been named Telluride Theatre’s executive director; SquidShow Founder Sasha Cucciniello will be its artistic director.
“Sasha and I met in January, 2007, on the set of Suddenly Last Summer,” said Brooks, who had a part in that production, “and I’ve been a fan or her energy and artistic vision ever since. Colin is a great actor, and is a fabulous children’s theatre instructor, as I saw firsthand last summer during his debut collaboration with the Telluride Academy.
“Colin and Sasha at the head of Telluride Theatre make up a dream team. ”
The tradition established by both Telluride Repertory Theatre and SquidShow of championing community education programs will continue in Telluride Theatre’s new subset of year-round theatre education, ACTion’s Education, offering dynamic, affordable, programs for adults and children throughout southwest Colorado and beyond.
Sullivan holds a B.A. in theatre arts and a Master’s Degree in teaching; he trained with the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s professional apprenticeship program, and worked as an actor in New York City. Moving to Telluride in 2008, he soon was working with SquidShow as an actor and in the position of managing director; he will continue to work as a professional company actor and instructor in Telluride Theatre’s education programs. Cucciniello moved to Telluride from New York City, where she worked for Performance Space 122, was a founding member of CuriousNoise Theatre and was Red Metal Mailbox company actor. Prior to that, Cucciniello studied at Bennington College, trained extensively with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and worked with Philip Arnoult’s The Center for International Theatre Development. She founded SquidShow Theatre in the summer of 2007, putting up its first show for just $68. Since then, Cucciniello has led the company on a successful five-year run, producing 14 full-length productions and countless collaborations, as a writer, actor and director.
“It’s a beautiful marriage,” said Brooks, of the new organization that takes as its mission to create “ a thriving theatrical presence in the region by producing original company-driven professional work, culturally relevant community theatre, and year-round education programs.”
“We’re all so excited to combine our energies and to bring more theatre to more people,” said Brooks.
Telluride Theatre’s 2012 Season
February – Alice Underground, Original Production
March – Community Musical
March 30-31 – Burlesque Fundraiser
April – ACTion’s Education School Tour – Southwestern Colorado
June – Summer Training Intensive
July– Cabaret Fundraiser
July – Original Summer Production – TBA
July – August: ACTion’s Education: Squid Academy
August –Shakespeare in the Park
Sept-Oct – ACTion’s Education: Shakespeare in the Schools
December – Original Children’s Show – TBA