I graduated from the MFA: Contemporary Performance program in 2007. After graduation I stayed in the area and worked with local alumni and other companies on shows and taught at Naropa, UNC Greeley, and Community College of Aurora. I started Public Works Theatre Company in 2013 several years after my daughter was born. I remember seeing excellent theatre as a child and it obviously shaped my future. I want to make new work for young audiences that sparks wonder and curiosity, and stimulates the imagination. This not only serves to cultivate the next generation of theatre patrons but it helps build community and increases the art offerings in East Boulder County.
Our first show was the original work of puppetry Wanda & the Wave in 2013. Based on the children’s story The Old Woman and the Wave by Shelley Jackson, our show received a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant for further development and played to sold-out houses at the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2014. We are now touring Wanda in schools and theatres along the Front Range. Upcoming venues include Chautauqua and the Broomfield Auditorium. We have also been offering community workshops and residencies in schools in clown, the art of puppetry, and shadow puppet creation. Our primary offering is a clown camp offered each summer for children ages 5-12 in which kids learn traditional clown routines and make up their own. It has a strong vaudevillian flair!
Coming right up we are premiering a new work of clown theatre, Nosy Neighbors, on April 18 & 19 at 11 AM and 2 PM at the historic Mary Miller Theater in Old Town Lafayette. Mary Miller is a sweet, intimate theatre that used to be a church, and we are blessed to premiere our new work here.
And of course you won’t want to miss our show in December, Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Traveling Flea Circus.
Yup, it’s a flea circus.
Written by Sondra Blanchard
Naropa MFA Graduate 2007