Public Works Theatre Company creates new and exuberant theatre for families to engage our wonder, delight, and curiosity. Our education programs nurture creativity, self-awareness, and ensemble play.
Sondra Blanchard has been performing, teaching, and making new theatre for 25 years. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and holds an MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Sondra has worked in regional theatre including People’s Light and Theatre Co., 1812 Productions, Mum Puppettheatre, Santa Monica Shakespeare, Westport Free Shakespeare, and Bloomsburg Ensemble Theatre Co. She toured nationally with Enchantment Theatre Company, and has worked internationally as a choreographer and acting coach. Locally, Sondra has performed with Band of Toughs, the Catamounts, Zen Cabaret, Theatre V, and at the Civic Theatre. She has taught at the Arvada Center, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, The Art Underground, Coal Creek Elementary, Mountain Vista High School, Community College of Aurora, and was adjunct faculty at Naropa University and UNC Greeley. Sondra was a Fulbright Fellow – Greece in 2014, teaching collaborative playwriting at Aristotle University.
Claire Patton is a performer, teacher, and director of Lecoq-based physical theatre. She graduated from Kiklos International School of Theatre Creation in Padua, Italy, where she studied under Giovanni Fusetti. She also completed his course in the pedagogy of movement theatre in 2009. Claire is the Artistic Director of Quake Theater. She has created and directed numerous original and touring productions, including the mask comedy Woe to the Conquered and Shana Cordon’s Dancing with Demons. Claire has served as a guest artist at the University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance, specializing in Commedia dell’Arte, and has collaborated as a movement coach on several of the university’s productions. In 2014, Claire toured with The Awkward Art of Flying, a physical comedy she co-created and performed with Lucia Rich. Claire lives in Boulder, Colorado but is currently touring her original comedy A Girl’s Guide to War in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.clairepatton.com.
If it goes “twang,” Paul probably knows how to play it. Paul has been plucking strings, singing songs, and spreading his love for making music since 1975. He holds a degree and teaching certification in art education, and has been a professional musician and teacher at Woodsongs since 1986. He currently leads the “Woodsongs Ukulele Hootenanny!” monthly workshop and jam, and has also taught group classes at Swallow Hill in Denver, where he was a founding member of the Swallow Hill Traveling Troupe. Paul has appeared at the Walnut Valley Folk & Bluegrass Festival (“Winfield”) with the band Safe Harbor, in addition to countless solo performances locally and on tour. Paul plays and teaches banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki, harmonica, and hammered and mountain dulcimer.
A veteran journalist, Shawn earned a degree in English and communications at Rutgers University before going on to work as a newspaper editor in New Jersey. He moved on to become a communications specialist on the political campaign circuit, but now dedicates his public relations expertise to the performing arts realm. He also works as a freelance musician, leading the local blues/rock band Hotfoot, in addition to working in music sales, promotion, and education at Woodsongs in Boulder, Colorado. Though he works behind the scenes at Public Works, he previously taught and performed at The Growing Stage, the Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.