STAFF

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STUART HANDLOFF

Founder + Producer

Stuart Handloff is a theatre artist with over 50 years of theatrical and administrative experience, including a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver and a Master’s degree in Theatre Directing from the New Zealand National Drama School, Toi Whakaari. He has produced the Piknik Theatre summer repertory outdoor theatre program in the Yampa River Botanic Park, the Bud Werner Memorial Library, and other outdoor locations in Steamboat Springs, CO since 2008. In 2021, Piknik Theatre expanded to offer educational theatre and musical theatre to local students in the Yampa Valley. Mr. Handloff is currently leading efforts to construct a 200-seat outdoor amphitheater in collaboration with the Steamboat Springs school district with construction planned for 2022 and occupancy in 2023.

VIVIENNE CLAIRE LUTHIN

Director of Educational Outreach

Director of A Year with Frog and Toad

Vivienne Claire Luthin is a professional actor and teaching artist based in New York City. A 2019 graduate from Webster University with departmental honors, a BFA in Acting, and a Minor in Music, Vivienne has worked with the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Piknik Theatre. In addition to performing, Vivienne has 9 years of teaching experience as a director, designer, teacher, and coach of educational theatre. In 2021, Vivienne was appointed Director of Educational Outreach for Piknik Theatre and created theatrical curricula specific to the needs of Steamboat Springs’ high school, middle school, and Montessori school. Under Vivienne’s direction, Piknik Theatre is offering programs for all ages this summer through a variety of summer camps, workshops, and intensives. Vivienne is currently working as a teaching artist of TADA! Youth Theater, a drama desk award-winning non-profit youth theater, bringing musical theater to NYC public schools. Vivienne believes educational theater and the performing arts are vital to the human experience and inspire empathy, teamwork, imagination, self-expression, organization, and the joy of what it means to be alive. 

LANCE RASMUSSEN

Director of Twelfth Night

Lance Rasmussen is back to direct again with Piknik theater this summer. He previously directed Paper Bag Princess, and has appeared in shows every year of the past 5. He has acted on companies all over the intermountain west, including the Arvada Center Black Box, Breckenridge Backstage, Catamounts, The Lyric Repertory Company, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has a BFA in acting from Utah State University, and an MFA in acting from Louisiana State University. 

JEREMY JACOBS

Music Director of A Year with Frog and Toad

A Kansas City native, Jeremy Jacobs is a NYC-based music director and pianist. Selected regional credits include JERSEY BOYS, ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE (STAGES St. Louis), the world premiere of NOISE (Emerging Actor’s Theatre), URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, A NEW BRAIN (The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University), BIG FISH, FALSETTOS (Faust Theatre), and JOHN & JEN (The Culture House). Alongside music directing, Jeremy is an active teaching artist at various youth and educational theatre programs across the country like TADA! Youth Theatre and STAGES Performing Arts Academy. BM: Music Direction for Musical Theatre (Webster University).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stuart Handloff, Board Chair and Executive Director

Celina Taylor

Michael Martinez

Don Moss

ADVISORY BOARD

Sarah Jones

Katherine George

Suzi Mitchell