Board of Directors
President - Harmony Dawson
Harmony Dawson moved to Crested Butte after traveling the world for twenty years while enlisted in the US Army in the Military Police Corps. While living in Germany, Harmony found Crested Butte and her partner online and couldn't believe either were so beautiful in real life. Harmony had some minor acting roles in school, but the acting bug didn't bite until she discovered improvisational theater. She has appeared on the CBMT stage as Madge in Christmas Thieves, Oiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias, several roles in Pippin, Clown 2 in 39 Steps, and with 'Subject to Change' Improv Troupe.
Vice President - Malia Jones
Malia Jones grew up in the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre. An active member of Teens on Stage productions during her years at CBCS, Jones won her first (and only) Marmot at 16 for playing opposite Tom Mallardi himself in Pinocchio. She continued her love affair with theatre at Tulane University where she was involved in post-Katrina Theatre for Social Change. Malia returned to the Gunnison valley to start a family and has 3 young children.
Malia's entire family is involved in CBMT and she believes the arts to be central to community and a life well lived. Malia is a professional makeup artist and owner of Crested Beauty Queen; you can also find her bartending at The Brick Oven.
Secretary - Jesse Buchanan
Jesse Buchanan is going on her 3rd year here in Crested Butte. Jesse has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Northern Illinois University. She has danced professionally with Northern Dance Theatre, Charleston Ballet Theatre and Gateway Contemporary Ballet company. She has pursued her dance training in New York City and Chicago. She has worked with Trumpet In The Land Theatre in Ohio and CPCC Theatre in North Carolina. Jesse also has a Graduate Certificate in Birth-Kindergarten Education and enjoys working at Paradise Place Preschool when she’s not at the theatre or the dance studio!
Treasurer - Kim Aronson
Kim Aronson has been a part of the Mountain Theatre for over 20 years. Her first production was Feathertop when she auditioned at the urging of the Davids - Owen & Russell. Kim was an accomplished seamstress, but had to learn the art of theatre costumes. She went on to design costumes for more than 30 productions, occasionally playing small roles on stage as well. She has won 4 Marmots for her costumes -- most notable was Rocky Horror. Kim was honored as Volunteer of the Year when Shobie Partos was the Artistic Director. She worked with Harry Woods and was responsible for accounting, the costume shop and the bar. Additionally, Kim has served as Board President and is newly on the board as Treasurer. Kim is very excited about being back on the Board and looks forward to working with her fellow Board members, staff and all you thespians out there!
Member - Alissa Laney
Alissa Laney, on the advice of her brother, moved to Crested Butte in 2007. Shortly after moving to CB Alissa was in the production of Reefer Madness, the musical, and she has been involved with CBMT off and on ever since. Alissa has done everything from acting to stage manage and even on occasion ran lights. When not at the theatre Alissa works at Stepping Stones Children’s Center in the infant toddler classes. She also does some freelance graphic design and baking in her free time.
Member at Large - Paul Roggenbuck
About 1971, Right out of another time my wife and I drove to the end of 135 and stepped into a Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland "Hey gang, let's start a theatre!!!" group. At the same time we also stepped out of "Lost Horizon" and into Shangri La.
The previous year I had been Master Carpenter at a new Ford Foundation regional theatre in Oklahoma City. My wife (an actress/director) became a member of the other theatre group in OKC, the avant garde, radical one. In OKC??? Anyway, have you been in OKC in the summer? Beyond dreadful. What do OKC'ns do in the summer? Go to the Rockies. So we did.
The "Hey Gang" bunch were a curious outfit. Made up of theatre enthusiasts already in the Butte, recent arrivals, and a clutch of seven or eight strange people who said they were from the Goodman School of Drama of the Chicago Art Institute. I think they had been lured here by a tall man who lived in the mountains in winter and wrote books. Mythical. But said to be real.
So, somehow we got to know the "theatre" people. My wife (Peggy) and I were young, foolish, and way into theatre, both of us. Peggy had graduated with a theatre degree from one of those seven sister schools. Intellectual. Serious. Theatre to change the world. So we got swept up in it all. What great, great times.
Don't get the wrong idea. We were serious about doing good theatre. We were serious about doing serious theatre. The times were about change, and we all thought theatre was the best change agent.
I left CB in about 1976. Went to college for a year, went into business, sold the business, bought a 44' Sloop, sailed for a year in the Carribbean with my wife and two sons, then 1.5 yrs. and 5. Then continued University and finished a degree in that most useful of majors. Guess. Needing to bring in a couple bucks I answered an add in "help wanted" for a yacht broker. Well, I showed well then and got the job. Many years of expensive boats, hotels, restaurants up and down the Eastern Seaboard, Maine to Florida. And I still have a liver.
Jo Ann Macy
Jo Ann and her husband retired to the Crested Butte area in 1998 after having spent the mid-90’s skiing the slopes at Mt. Crested Butte. Prior to retirement, she worked in New York City for a high tech corporation specializing in PC software and consulting services on Strategic and Tactical Planning for Fortune 500 companies. Her work was in the consulting area addressing and troubleshooting software applications in the user departments. Taking a sabbatical from work, she became involved in her neighborhood and community which led to her being appointed by the Manhattan Borough President to serve on Manhattan Community Board 4 (a liaison board between the Community and City Hall) which covers the Midtown West side of Manhattan. She chaired the Quality of Life and then Clinton Area Zoning Committees; she then served two years as Chair of Community Board 4. After retiring to the Crested Butte area, she served on the Board of Crested Butte Music Festival where she chaired the Marketing and then Education Committees. She joined the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre Board in June 2010. Leisure activities include gardening at 9600 feet altitude, hiking, skiing and the arts.
Larry rejoined the CBMT board in November 2007 after a 21-year absence. For twelve years from 1974 to 1986 he had been very active with CBMT. Larry continues to offer service to the Theatre through Advisory Council participation. Larry has participated in many of CBMT’s most memorable productions, from building sets, to playing piano for Summer Shakespeare, to acting and directing. He was the President of the CBMT board in 1986 when the theatre was the springboard for initiating the Center for the Arts. For the next two decades he built and directed a high tech computer systems company that eventually encompassed the globe. Returning to Crested Butte, Larry led the first-ever capital fundraiser to upgrade the technical and lighting capabilities of CBMT’s theatre. With work completed in 2009, the jewel box Victorian building houses a modern theatre space. In August of 2008 Larry directed the hit bedroom farce Run For Your Wife.
Kristi moved to Crested Butte in 1993 with her husband, Scott and their four amazing children. A partner in Hargrove Construction Co., Inc. she has held the position of office manager, finance manager and bookkeeper for the past 20 years. Prior to that, she worked as a systems analyst for a major Southern California Savings & Loan. Kristi has served on many community boards including Paradise Preschool (treasurer and chair); Crested Butte Community School PTA (treasurer); District Accountability Advisory Committee (chair); CBCS Site Accountability Advisory Committee; Colorado PTA and Great Education Colorado. She is passionate about education and fiscal policy issues and works with several state and national level organizations in this pursuit. Kristi speaks around the country on how TABOR has impacted Colorado and why no other state should pass similar measures. Kristi became involved with the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre to give back for all of the amazing experiences the Community theatre afforded her children, Kelli and Jeffrey – both of whom fell in love with the stage. Kristi joined the CBMT board in May of 2009.