Kirsten Wilson, Artistic Director (email@example.com)
Kirsten Wilson is the founder and artistic director of Motus Theater, an organization whose mission is to use original theater to support community conversation on critical issues. Wilson founded Motus Theater in Boulder, Colorado in 2011. As the director of Motus, she has created several award-winning pieces: “Rocks Karma Arrows” (RKA), a multimedia performance exploring Boulder history through the lens of race and class; “Do You Know Who I Am?,” in which she collaborated with young undocumented immigrant leaders to help them perform their own stories; “SALSA Lotería,” a bilingual production in which Latina immigrants perform stories of challenge, resilience, and courage; “Law Enforcement Leaders Read DREAMER Stories” in which four police chiefs, a sheriff, and the Boulder County DA read autobiographical monologues of undocumented youth leaders.
Kirsten is currently working on a multimedia performance trilogy on immigration history. Part 1 of this trilogy, “It is Only a Paper Moon Hanging Over Immigration History” was presented as a work-in-progress in August of 2017. Wilson is also the visionary behind the One Action projects: two year-long, large-scale arts-centric collaborative projects designed to inspire conversation, learning and action. 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’s recent awards include: the Multicultural Action Award from Boulder County Community Action Project, Person of the Year Award from the Boulder Weekly, Peacemaker of the Year Award from Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice; Artistic Innovator award from the Alliance for Technology Learning and Society at CU Boulder, and the Square Nail Award from the Boulder Heritage Roundtable. Her work has been supported by several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rita M. Rufino Valente-Quinn, Producing Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 completed her Ph.D. in Culture and Performance Studies at WAC/D on June 2017, and in July she joined Motus as full-time staff. We are delighted to welcome Rita to Motus Theater, and we believe the Producing 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.