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 have Rita as part of the Motus Theater team, 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.
Laura Peniche, Project & Engagement Manager (email@example.com)
Laura Gabriela Peniche Rosales, aka Laura Peniche, was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. At age 13, she migrated with her family to Denver Colorado, a place she’s called home for the last 21 years. Laura’s passion for being a filmmaker led her to enroll in a Digital Film Production program in High School, which she joined since 10th grade. Her interest in writing/directing motivated her to eventually obtain an Associates of Applied Science Degree on Writing/Directing for Film & Video from the Colorado Film School. During her film school years, she worked as a producer on other student films, as a writer/director/producer on some of some of her own, but most importantly, she became inspired to pursue documentary filmmaking.
Her documentary film debut: “No One Shall Be Called Illegal” was showcased at the 2011 Denver Stars Film Festival. After DACA was rescinded in 2017, being a recipient herself, Laura teamed up with Colorado documentarian Dick Alweis, to create a project on DACA recipients: “Dreamers”. This film has been broadcasted on RMPBS and is still being screened around the community. Laura is currently working with Motus Theater as a Project & Engagement Manager, for the UndocuAmerica Performance & Media Project.
Laura’s dream is to further her education in the near future to better continue to tell stories that create a positive impact in the community.