Founding Artistic Director
Pesha Rudnick is the founding artistic director of Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO, where she pursues the company’s mission to discover and develop new American plays. For Local, Pesha directed the world premiere of Michael Mitnick’s Elijah: An Adventure (Colorado Theater Guild Nomination), Faith by James McLindon (Colorado Theater Guild nomination)) and The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman (CTG nomination). Pesha also curates and produces the annual new play festival, Local Lab.
Nationally, Pesha has directed over 30 new works including the world premiere of O.P.C. by Eve Ensler at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. She previously collaborated with Ensler as associate director of the world premiere of Emotional Creature at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Signature Theatre Center. She has also worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theater, Curious Theater Company, Florida Stage and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Pesha is the former associate artistic director of Theater Master's National MFA Playwright's Festival (59E59, Atlantic Stage 2, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Wild Project, Theatre Row, and the Aspen Institute). For six years, she served as the associate director of education at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from New York University. Pesha is Drama League Directing Fellow and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Megan Mathews was born and raised in Venice, CA, graduated from Harvard University, and received post-graduate training in educational theatre from NYU. She has worked in film and television production for Paramount, Castlerock, Gracie Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation on such projects as "Clueless" (TV series), Mission Hill, The Critic, The Sam Simon Project, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, and Kung Fu Panda. She served as director of education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and as a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute®. In 2013, Megan directed the premiere of Hang-Ups: An Evening of Phone Calls in Los Angeles.
Currently, Megan is a freelance writer specializing in Youth Outreach and Education materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Over the past five years, her study guides have been used by over 400 teachers and 10,000 students, including the materials for Clybourne Park, which the production took with them to Broadway.
Associate Artistic Director
Mare Trevathan has narrated over 250 audiobooks for the Library of Congress. She co-wrote and directs an anti-bullying show funded by Kaiser Permanente which has toured continuously for 6 years in elementary schools all throughout Colorado. With Stories on Stage, Mare tours Boulder area middle and high schools with a teen suicide prevention program. A Teaching Artist with Think360 Arts, Mare works with teachers and students to integrate theater with STEM and Language curriculum. Former administrative roles include Marketing Director of Curious Theatre Company, Executive Director of Stories on Stage and Neighborhood Outreach for the Denver Center of the Performing Arts. She regularly performs at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Local Theater Company.
Rachel Fowler's Colorado stage credits include Elijah with Local; All My Sons (Denver Post Ovation Award), The Miracle Worker and Well at the Denver Center; Rabbit Hole (Denver Post Ovation Award) and Becky Shaw at Curious Theatre; A Man for All Seasons, The Lion in Winter and Twelfth Night at the Arvada Center; Noises Off and Twelfth Night at Colorado Shakespeare Company; and Tomorrow in the Battle and The Mysterious Mr. Love at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, which she also produced. New York credits include The Triangle Factory Fire Project, An Oak Tree, Treason, and The Sea. Rachel has worked at many other regional theaters including Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Playmakers Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and The Old Globe. She has produced two off-Broadway plays--Cloud 9 and The Pagans in New York City-- and co-founded The Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Rachel received the 2012 Culture West "Best Season by An Actress" Award as well as the 2013 Culture West "Best Supporting Actress" Award.
Alison Palmer Bourke
Emmy-nominated producer Alison Palmer Bourke has happily worked in film, television and theater for nearly half her life. Her award-winning documentaries, narrative features and series have premiered at film festivals all over the world including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and SXSW, and are available via Netflix, IFC and HBO. She is thrilled to return to her theatrical roots and to work alongside the talented artists, performers, directors and writers at Local Theater Company.
Steve San Luis
Although raised in southern Georgia, Steve San Luis is a college graduate of Boulder's own Naropa University. He completed the course study of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in May of 2017. Consequently, his plays have a distinct poetic quality. His most recent accomplishment was writing and directing the The Dream/Death Experiment, a play set in the Old Boulder Hospital. He is currently at work on a piece that examines the social narratives revolving around the removal of Confederate general statues in the south.
Larkin Barron is a Colorado native who made her theater debut playing a rock in the garden scene of Twelfth Night. Since then she has pursued theater at Interlochen Arts Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Middlebury College. As an actor she has had lead roles in productions including Hamlet, The Grapes of Wrath, The Matchmaker, and The Shape of Things. Currently working on a degree from Naropa University in psychology and music, Larkin is passionate for the creative power of live storytelling. She loves building community through theater and believes in using the stage to heal and challenge. She is still pinching herself at being counted among the number of the amazing group of people that is Local, and looks forward to every day on the job.
Lisa Glickman McDonough
Lisa has worked in many capacities with a range of small businesses for over 25 years. Raised in the Philadelphia area, as a child, she lived with her family in Israel, Tanzania, Aruba and South Africa. Having travelled Europe & Mexico many times as an adult, she recently visited Morocco with other 7 other artists to work in a ceramic studio, sightsee, & drink up another culture.
Her professional career has included Bookkeeper, Financial Manager, Store Manager, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, and Event Planning for a variety of arts industries. Currently, she works as a Bookkeeper and Financial Consultant for individual artists & arts organizations. Having been a Board Member for The Boulder Fringe, she currently serves as Treasurer to The Boulder County Arts Alliance. She owns and operates Backyard Bistro, a crepe & smoothie booth that travels around CO to arts & music festivals during the summer.
Lisa is a trained Ceramic Artist, is a mixed-media painter, tassel maker, & handmade book binder. She has shown her art in the Philadelphia area & up & down the CO Front Range.