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.
Emmy-nominated producer Alison Palmer has worked in film, television and theater for nearly half her life. Her award-winning documentaries, narrative features and series have premiered at festivals all over the world including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and SXSW, and are available via iTunes, Netflix, IFC and other outlets. She is thrilled to return to her theatrical roots and to work alongside the talented artists, performers, directors and writers at Local Theater Company.
Artistic and Outreach Coordinator
Jessica Kahkoska is an NYC- and Colorado-based writer, dramaturg and performer. Her writing has been developed and presented by Village Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Musical Theatre Factory, Ars Nova, Drama League, and SUNY Fredonia. She is the recipient of residencies at the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, the Barn Arts Collective, and Chautauqua Institution. Dramaturgical work includes Local Theater Company, Creede Repertory Theatre’s Headwaters New Play Festival, and research for Bungalow Media and Entertainment and AMC/Sundance. In New York, she has performed at New York Theatre Barn, Le Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, the Bushwick Starr, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), among others, and regionally at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Theatre Aspen, American Stage Theatre, U at Buffalo Performing Arts, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Lake Dillon Theatre Company and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Graduate of Northwestern University.
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 performed Inupiat folktales in Barrow, Alaska; stage managed dance-theatre in Tokyo; and studied Chekhov in Vladivostok, Russia. Colorado tamed her wanderlust and has been her home since 2001. She is an audio book narrator with over 500 titles recorded for the National Library Service and Audible. Mare also teaches at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and acts and directs around the state.
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.