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In honor of Mollie Mook Fiddler and Marianne Fearn’s vision to promote the theater arts, on April 5, 2022, The Silverton Theatre Mine (TSTM) gifted just over $4,000 to A Theatre Group (ATG). These funds were donated to TSTM by supporters seeking to promote the theater arts through experimental, new plays for both young audiences and the general public of the Silverton community. We trust that ATG will use them well in their artistic and community endeavors.


For decades, theatre arts have played an enormous role in the lives of Silverton‘s children and adults, in large part thanks to the creative efforts and dedication of Mollie and Marianne, as well as the performing artists who brought words to life. Besides being involved in plays and other dramatic activities, Silverton‘s kids have had the opportunity to build confidence, empathy and appreciation not only of other’s creative work, but their own. The theater arts, like all arts, deepen our lives and enrich the culture of our community in the moment, and throughout the life of each individual touched and changed by it.  

As TSTM takes its final bow, the co-founders of TSTM, Matthew Vire, Daniel Sullivan and Judy Graham, wish to thank the TSTM Board Members: President Gigi Benson, Lauren Berkman, Delena Britnell, Peter Gil-Sheridan and Charmain Howington. They thank the many other people, such as Dave Fiddler, Theresa Carson, Ted Pope, Leigh Meigs and Cokie (Berenyi) Cox who worked to expand the theater arts for Silvertonians. 

 

Warm regards,

 

Gigi Benson

President, The Silverton Theatre Mine 

In April 2022, after a pandemic-induced hiatus, we at The Silverton Theatre Mine elected to donate our assets to A Theatre Group (ATG) in Silverton, Colorado. We are extremely pleased with the work we were able to accomplish in the short time "the mine" was operational before the pandemic arrived and stopped our momentum. But two years after the virtual festival we presented in 2020, we felt we owed it to our generous donors to put their dollars to use for their intended purpose: to support theatre arts in Silverton and the region. Therefore, on April 5, our treasurer, Dave Fiddler, delivered a check for just over $4,000 to longtime ATG board member and treasurer, Lou King.

We began our existence not to compete with other organizations but with a desire to collaborate with them in our specific focus on new theatrical work. While we feel disappointed that we did not get to collaborate directly with ATG, we are nonetheless gratified that we can now, through our dissolution, provide them with some tangible support.

To the donors who supported us: Thank you! Your gifts are now in the hands of ATG, a dedicated organization that will work hard to put them to good use supporting theatre arts in Silverton.

All the best,

Matthew Vire, MFA, MS

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

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Artwork by Delena Britnell

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Alice in Wonderland

Reimagined & adapted 

by Mollie Mook-Fiddler

Directed by Delena Britnell

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The Deadly Belles 

by Peter Gil-Sheridan

Directed by Nina Morrison

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The Serendipity
of Flowers

by Christin Eve Cato

Directed by Lauren Berkman

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The Serendipity of Flowers
Written by Christin Eve Cato
Directed by Lauren Berkman
Featuring:
Gigi Benson, Delena Britnell, Charmain Howington, and Marley Roberts

The Falcon
Written by Rosanna Staffa
Directed by Matthew Vire
Featuring:
Randy Noojin, Matthew Vire, Julian Roberts, Elizabeth Zeff, and Daniel Sullivan

Alice in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Reimagined and Adapted by Mollie Mook-Fiddler
Featuring:
Raelen Barr, Gigi Benson, Maddie Benson, Lauren Berkman, Steph Braun, Pam Breithaupt, Hannah Dekay, Charmain Howington, Joy Kilpatrick, Grant Langdon, Jason Lythgoe, Felicia Marti, Ben Mattson, Julian Roberts, Marley Roberts, Elizabeth Zeff


The Deadly Belles
Written by Peter Gil-Sheridan
Directed by Nina Miller
Featuring: 
Dot Adams, Nat Cassidy, Ron Clark, Nik Foley, Ben Mattson, and Kelley Rae O’Donnell

 

Our Origin

The Theatre Mine (TTM) was founded in May 2017 amid the dark timbers above a favored waterfall just north of Silverton, Colorado. Theatre artists Daniel Sullivan and Matthew Vire, and Silverton artist Judy Graham gathered to ponder possibilities about how they and other artists might work together to continue and further the work of friend and artistic collaborator, Mollie Mook-Fiddler.

TTM’s founding emerged in response to many questions about theatre and dreams and theatre-making. One particular question was paramount: how can we further the vision Mollie had shared for joyous, collaborative new works development in Silverton and beyond? After much digging into possibilities, the idea of a “theatre mine” was uncovered.

Extending Mollie’s ideas, The Theatre Mine intends to bring playwrights and theatre practitioners of all ways of theatre-making into collaboration and to foster regional theatre collaboration. Through TTM, artists will work in dynamic relationship with local children, youths, and adults, other theatre companies, and other arts organizations in Silverton and throughout the region to develop, create, and stage new works.

 

Mission and Vision

The Theatre Mine builds collaborative, creative, inter-mountain and regional relationships to enhance our communities though the advancement of the performing arts and theatre.

The Theatre Mine is committed to developing new theatrical works and producing existing work in a joyful spirit of collaboration with artists from all directions offering audiences ways of considering the human experience. We do this by bringing playwrights and other theater artists from local, regional, national, and international communities into San Juan County to develop theatre with local youths and adults and perform the work in the region and beyond.