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 Theater Company, Pesha directed the world premiere productions of Elijah: An Adventure by Michael Mitnick (Colorado Theater Guild Nomination), Faith by James McLindon (Colorado Theater Guild nomination)) The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman (Colorado Theater Guild nomination) and Paper Cut by Andrew Rosendorf. Pesha also curates the annual new play festival, Local Lab.
Pesha was recently featured in Westward Magazine’s “100 Colorado Creatives.”
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.
Want to know more about Pesha’s passion for live theater? Watch her TEDx talk on “The Danger of Live Theater.”
Two-time Emmy nominated producer Alison Palmer started her career as vice president of documentaries and features at IFC. During this time, she executive produced critically acclaimed non-fiction features including THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, an expose on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings system from Academy Award® nominated director Kirby Dick and producer Eddie Schmidt and A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, directed by Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and won the National Board of Review William K. Everson Award for Film History. Alison also developed and executive produced IFC’s Emmy-nominated series DINNER FOR FIVE, created and hosted by director/writer Jon Favreau.
In 2007, Alison worked with producer Lemore Syvan on a variety of films, including writer/director Rebecca Miller’s THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, with Robin Wright, Alan Arkin and Keanu Reeves leading an all-star cast; COACH from director Will Frears starring Hugh Dancy; and HENRY’S CRIME, starring Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan. In 2011 Alison produced GENERATION UM… alongside Syvan and Caroline Kaplan, starring Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic and Adelaide Clemens.
Alison went west to become Executive Producer at Los Angeles based Slasher Films, a horror label conceived by legendary guitarist Slash and Michael Williams and Rob Eric, co-creators of QUEER EYE. Slasher’s first film, NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR, spearheaded the shingle’s focus on edgy, contemporary high-brow horror/thrillers. She also produced the award winning film MISSED CONNECTIONS starring Mickey Sumner, which became the number one independent film on iTunes for three consecutive weeks upon it’s release.
Alison moved to Denver, CO in the spring of 2017 and is thrilled to return to her theatrical roots and to work alongside the talented artists, performers, directors and writers at LOCAL THEATER COMPANY.
Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator
Jessica Kahkoska is a NYC/Colorado-based writer, performer, and dramaturg. Her writing has been developed and presented by Village Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Drama League, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova's ANT FEST, American Music Theatre Project (AMTP), Barn Arts Collective, Chautauqua Institution, and the UCROSS Foundation. Dramaturgical work includes new play development at Local Theater Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, and research for Bungalow Media and Entertainment and AMC/Sundance. Favorite acting includes National Sawdust, New York Theatre Barn, Bushwick Starr, Theatre Aspen, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Henry Award Nomination), Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Notre Dame Shakespeare, American Stage Theatre, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Currently: Regional Vice President, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA). Graduate of Northwestern University.
Nick Chase is a writer/director who began his career at twenty-one, staging productions at a number of celebrated downtown New York venues including The Ohio, Galapagos, Fez and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Following this, he was awarded a yearlong residency at the Tony Award/Pulitzer Prize-winning Public Theater/Joe’s Pub for his critically acclaimed theatrical series, SHELLS. During his tenure, Nick wrote and directed twenty-seven “episodes” of the live series and was featured in The New York Times. In the fall of 2014, Neil Patrick Harris tapped Nick to write the book for BURTKA, DAVID, Broadway star David Burtka’s solo performance at 54 Below. Impressed with the results, Mr. Harris invited Nick to serve as his Associate Director, working on a team that included veteran Broadway music director, Seth Rudetsky. In the spring of 2015, director Chiemi Karasawa (Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me) commissioned Nick to script her premier feature narrative film, DRAKE. In addition to this screenplay, Nick has completed work on two new screenplays. The first, BLUE, concerns the events that launched Picasso into the Blue Period. Karen Tenkhoff (Producer, The Motorcycle Diaries) is attached to produce. The second project, LAST FERRY OUT, is a feature-length horror film set on Fire Island which he created alongside Emmy Award-winning writer/director, Doug Shultz. JASH/Group Nine Media is attached to produce.
Misha S. Zimmerman
Production Stage Manager / Assoc. Producer
Misha S. Zimmerman has served as stage manager, associate producer, company manager and associate artist at Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO and has worked on their award winning productions including Paper Cut, Wisdom from Everything and The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias. She is currently producing their 2019 Local Lab New Play Festival. She has also served as stage manager at the Steamboat Opera for two operas, Florencia en el Amazonas and The Enchanted Pig. In her spare time, Misha is a committed volunteer and has worked at The Mission homeless shelter in Fort Collins for over 15 years, preparing meals and coordinating holiday gifts for families. A Colorado native, Misha loves to travel and is always planning her next trip. Misha recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and Literature from the University of Colorado. During college, she participated in the Semester at Sea program, in which she took a 100-day voyage on a shipboard campus, learning in a global setting.
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.