Thin Air Theatre Company
TATC...A Brief History
In 2007 the founders of Thin Air Theatre Company (TATC) were approach by Cripple Creek Mayor Ed Libby to carry on the 60 year tradition of producing theatre, especially the genre of Melodrama, in a facility owned & managed by The City of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Prior to TATC, three generations of the Mackin family had produced a summer melodrama in Cripple Creek...first, beginning in 1947 in the Gold Bar Room Theater at The Imperial Hotel and then at the refurbished Butte Opera House owned & managed by The City of Cripple Creek.
Thin Air Theatre Company eagerly accepted Mayor Libby & The City of Cripple Creek's offer to be the resident professional company at the Butte Opera House with one condition...that they be allowed to produce a full season of shows from June through December. TATC wanted to produce a season that comprised not only classic Victorian Melodrama but that would also include Musicals, contemporary comedies & mysteries as well as original works. Over their 11 year tenure as the resident company for The City of Cripple Creek at the Butte Theater, TATC has produced 55 professional productions (averaging 156 performances annually). While the Mackin Family may hold the longevity record of 50+ years of producing theatre in Cripple Creek it is TATC who now holds the record for producing the most productions in Cripple Creek's 125 year history.
Over the years as the resident professional production company for The City of Cripple Creek, TATC has seen a steady growth in patronage with many shows seeing an average of as much as an 85% capacity sellout ratio and has produced a wide range of shows from melodrama to musicals to revues. In addition to our primary operations in Cripple Creek, CO...TATC has recently branched out into other regions of the country as well.
JAMES MABLIN (Music Supervisor/Casting Director/Music Director) is a music director, composer, orchestrator and arranger originally from London, England. He has musically directed over ninety shows, from large national tours in the UK to shows from London to New York City to Alaska. As an educator, James ran the musical theatre program at a college in London, was a professor & musical theatre specialist at The Yale School of Drama and is the head of the music at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, named one of the top summer theatre programs in the world. James has written the vocal arrangements & musically directed opening and closing numbers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is thrilled to be Casting Director and Music Supervisor for Thin Air Theatre Company, as well as creating Cripple Creek Ragtime Revue with his friend Chris Sorensen. In 2017, James Musically Directed Toxic Avenger and Angel of the Christmas Mine.
JT RIDER (Asst Technical Director) is excited to be back with Thin Air Theatre Company for his fourth season in 2017! You may remember him as Owen Musser in The Foreigner from TATC's 2016 season, as well as many other colorful characters. 2017 saw him on stage in various roles as usual, and in the shop working as the Assistant Technical Director for TATC. He hopes you are all as excited to have him back as he is to be back ("and we were" ~TATC). He would like to thank his family in South Carolina, as well as his theatre family for welcoming him back to his second home.
NANCY HANKIN (Production Designer) Nancy’s life long career in theatre began outside Philadelphia and has taken her from Boston and New York to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver, Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. Celebrating her ninth season designing for the Thin Air Theatre Company she wears many hats. The first six seasons she provided the set and lighting designs for the two summer shows. Costume design was added for the fall and Christmas shows and full production design, sets, lights and costumes, for the 2017 Summer Season. Excited to be a part of such a great theatre company, she has to agree, There’s No Business Like Show Business! Enjoy!
NATALIE DAVIES (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to join the Thin Air Theatre Company team. She studied Theatre Design & Production at The University of Wales in the UK. Natalie has worked in London with multiple Touring Theatre companies touring the UK and Europe. She has designed various Plays, Musicals, Shakespeare, Historical, New Writing and Rock Concerts. In the USA, she has worked at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Centre in New York for 10 years as Lighting Designer and Lighting Team Leader. Most recently she has designed Twelfth Night and Shrek: The Musical at Sweet Briar University in Virginia.
SCOTT SEIDL (Director/Choreographer ~ Annie Get Your Gun) Originally from Los Angeles, Scott taught at the University of Wisconsin. He also works as a playwright / composer and is a member of Dramatists Guild and Society of Directors and Choreographers. His biggest adventure was with Aerosmith as Steven Tyler's Manager / Bodyguard. Favorite credits: The Grinch national tour, Brian Henson's Puppet Up!, The Addams Family, Shrek, Peter Pan 360, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Joseph/Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Noises Off, Into the Woods, Godspell, Pirates Of Penzance, Hello Dolly and award-winning shows for Nickelodeon and GAC TV, among others. He's appeared Off-Broadway and in National Tours. It's a dream come true working all season with his wife, the amazing Ashley Chasteen! Mr. Seidl's play Across The Lines premiered in Nashville, TN in July of 2017 which was Associate Produced by Thin Air Theatre Company.
ED WEATHERS (Director ~ The Nerd) is happily returning for his second production with Thin Air Theatre Company, after The 39 Steps in 2015. Originally from Connecticut where he studied theatre at Southern Connecticut State University, Ed currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. Ed is an aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter who pays his bills freelancing in film, television and commercials. As much as he loves where he lives, he'll take August in Colorado over California anytime!
The producers of TATC have always considered ourselves blessed to have worked with some amazingly talented and wonderfully down to earth and plain ole nice people over the years. We take great pride in producing top quality theatre with exceptionally high production values...and the way we do that is to surround ourselves with the best actors, writers, directors, choreographers, designers, stage managers, technicians & staff the industry has to offer. Our staff shown here is no exception to that philosophy!
CHRIS ARMBRISTER (Artistic Director & Producer) hails from Virginia & his career has taken him from coast to coast working as an actor, director, writer, fight choreographer & producer. In 2007 Chris co-founded Thin Air Theatre Company (TATC) along with Mickey Burdick, Mel Moser and a lot of help from writer & friend of 25+ years Chris Sorensen. As producer, Chris is excited as TATC returns to The Butte in this new venture working with The City of Cripple Creek in the way that grew the professional program to it's best & most memorable seasons ever. When not producing for TATC, Chris freelance directs and is the Director of Theatrical Programming for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor (www.StagedoorManor.com) …where he oversees the selection & casting of 42 full productions each summer as well as a staff of over 150. Chris holds an MFA from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and is a member of East Tennessee State University’s Alumni Hall of Fame for his “Contributions to the Development of Theatre in America”. Chris’ #1 blessing in life is his amazing wife, and TATC Co-Producer, Glenda…like The Good Witch. www.ChrisArmbrister.com
JAMES MABLIN (Co-Producer/Music Supervisor/Casting Director) is a music director, composer, orchestrator and arranger originally from London, England. He has musically directed over ninety shows, from large national tours in the UK to shows from London to New York City to Alaska. As an educator, James ran the musical theatre program at a college in London, was a professor & musical theatre specialist at The Yale School of Drama and is the head of the music at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, named one of the top summer theatre programs in the world. James has written the vocal arrangements & musically directed opening and closing numbers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is thrilled to be Co-Producing and overseeing the Casting as well as the Music Supervisor for Thin Air Theatre Company. In 2017, James Musically Directed Toxic Avenger and Angel of the Christmas Mine...as well as co-created Cripple Creek Ragtime Revue with his long time friend Chris Sorensen.
MACE ARCHER (Associate Producer & Director) is by no means a stranger to the Rocky Mountains having spent two summers in Cripple Creek during the early years of Thin Air Theatre Company, directing Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma in 2007 & 2008 respectively. In Addition to being the Associate Producer for TATC, Mace is the Artistic Director at Mt. Hood Community College where he teaches performance courses. Originally from Billings, MT, Mace founded Venture Theatre, where he served as artistic director for 15 years. Leaving Venture Theatre, Mace went on the road, directing and acting at theatre companies across the country. Favorite acting roles include Captain Walker in Tommy, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, and Hamlet. Favorite directing roles include Spring Awakening, Our Country's Good, and Peter Pan.
CHRIS SORENSEN (Resident Playwright)
Chris Sorensen is an award-winning author, playwright and audiobook narrator. Thin Air Theatre Company has produced seventeen of his full-length plays for a total of 600+ performance seen by more than 70,000 people... including Dr. Jekyll’s Medicine Show, Angel of the Christmas Mine, Haunting at the Old Homestead and Sherlock Holmes and the Cripple Creek Ripper. He has numerous screenplays in development and Intrinsic Value Films recently tapped him to write a horror film. His book, The Nightmare Room, was the winner of the 2018 Best Debut Novel, Indie Horror Book Awards as well as being named one of Inquisitr's Best Horror Books of 2018. He is also the author of The Hungry Ones and The Mad Scientists of New Jersey. As an audiobook narrator, he has recorded over 200 titles. Chris welcomes the opportunity to bring his writing back to the Butte Theater.
TIMOTHY DICKEY (Production Manager & Scenic Designer)
Timothy is excited to be joining Thin Air Theatre Company to head up their production team for the first time this summer. Currently, he spends his winters as the Technical Director for American Heritage School in Plantation, FL (ranked as one of the top performing arts high schools in America). Previously, Timothy spent 6 summers as Production Manager for the internationally recognized Stagedoor Manor in NY. He has many scenic design credits including, Jungle Book Kids, Peter Pan Jr, Lion King Jr., Robin Hood, Into the Woods, and Willy Wonka just to name a few. Timothy has worked with Birmingham Children’s Theater, The Wick, and PPTOPA.
JOHN CLEMO (Director, Under The Colorado Moon) is an actor/director/writer from Detroit, MI, currently living and working as the Artistic Director of The TruNorth Theatre in Bismarck, ND, which he co-founded in 2018. He is beyond thrilled to be working again in Cripple Creek, having played Joe Saunders in the inaugural show, MY PARTNER, at the Butte Opera House in 2000…as well as retuning to the world of melodrama, having spent 4 years with The Great American Melodrama in Oceano, CA. He holds a BA in Theatre from Northern Michigan University and an MFA in Performance Theory from Western Illinois University, and has served on the faculties of both Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. His most recent directorial credits include A WALK IN THE WOODS, GRINDER’S STAND, and JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL. His one-man play, SHERLOCK HOLMES AT TWILIGHT, debuted to positive reviews in Bismarck in February of 2018, and his next writing project, THE FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP is expected to be workshopped in December of 2020