Kirsten Wilson, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Motus Theater’s executive director has been using original theater to reflect on issues of community concern since 1993. She is the creator of six original theater performances including, Rocks Karma Arrows for which she was designated an “ATLAS Innovator” from the Center for Media, Arts and Performance at the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society at CU-Boulder. For her latest scripted work, Do You Know Who I Am?, she received the ‘Person of the Year’ Award, along with the cast, from the Boulder Weekly and ‘Peacemaker of the Year’ from Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice. She is a master teacher in the form of autobiographical monologue writing and solo performing. She has taught various forms of engaged theater practices both at the university level and privately. Wilson’s dynamic range of training includes an MFA in Contemporary Theater from Naropa University, an M.Div From Union Theological Seminary -with a focus on multicultural education strategies; and studies in visual arts at the Institute for American Indian Arts. Wilson graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Betta Kappa in English literature from Barnard College. She was the recipient of the Multicultural Action Award from Boulder Community Action Project. You can find out more about Kirsten Wilson’s creative work by visiting www.kirstenmwilson.com
Rita brings to Motus Theater over a decade of experience as an arts administrator and curator. She has led and collaborated with teams of 10 to 30 professionals to bring theater and dance projects to fruition for audiences in diverse contexts: the plains and villages of rural Portugal, the city theaters and slums of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Fowler Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Department of World Arts and Cultures (WAC/D) at UCLA.
Rita is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Culture and Performance Studies at WAC/D and will be working part-time until June 2017. In July, she will come on as full-time staff. We are delighted to welcome Valente to Motus Theater, and we believe the Deputy Director role will be key to our plan to diversify our funding and build the staffing necessary to bring resilience to Motus Theater and assure we will be offering innovative theatrical programming for years to come.
Mary studied Mechanical Engineering, earning a BS from the University of Texas-El Paso and then an MS from the University of California-Berkeley.
Mary’s engineering career covered a range of assignments from developing mining instrumentation to designing juvenile products to operations management for a small start-up in Boulder County.
She left engineering in 2008 to pursue a path in the non-profit sector. Since then, she has held positions with various non-profits including Growing Gardens of Boulder County and Via Mobility Services. She has served on the board of eGo CarShare and for three years participated in committees that award grants for the Community Foundation of Boulder County. In 2012, she was chosen for a Rose Community Foundation fellowship to develop a transportation project that focuses on the well-being of Latino elders. She served on the City of Boulder Planning Board for nearly five years until her election to the Boulder City Council. She is currently Mayor Pro Tem.
She is married to Kent Young, an artist and musician.