Co-Founder, President and Artistic Director
Daniel Sullivan, BA, MFA
A collegiate All-American in the pole vault, one day on the track Sullivan met William Shephard once of The Performance Group (Pentheus et. al. in Dionysus in ‘69), became intrigued, and thereafter devoted a year studying performance with Shephard. While teaching in Los Angeles and through his social circles, he befriended and studied theater and writing with John Steppling, Murray Mednick, Irene Fornes, Noah Ford, Rachel Rosenthal, and Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson. He lived in Piura, Peru studying Cesar Vallejo’s poetry, and for five years he performed with the Augustino Dance Theater in Oakland California with Slobodan Dan Paich directing. He studied with playwright Dare Clubb for three years in the early 2000s. Recent works include commissioned translations of Lorca Al Vacio for Spanish director, producer Sonia Sebastian and with the guidance of scholars Jim Whitta and Elizabeth Ditmars a new translation of Sophocles’ Antigone, developed at The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland with Teatr Zar and directed by Paige Rogers at San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater. Transient Theater of San Francisco toured his play Owners of Nothing through fourteen cities including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Other plays have been staged via Aurora Theater’s (GAP) Project, Great Plains Theater Conference, and the San Francisco Playwrights Festival. Recently he directed Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at San Juan College in northern New Mexico and as a guest artist taught a play writing workshop at Fort Lewis College in Durango. He earned an MFA from the University of Iowa in Theater Arts and a BA in Political Science where his focus concerned the Frankfurt School theorists.
Charmain Howington, BA, MFA
While pursuing a BA degree in English at Alabama State University, Charmain discovered her love for theatre after taking a Theatre Appreciation class. There was no turning back as she went on to obtain her BA in Theatre from University of Florida and her MFA from University of Iowa (UI). At UI, she met the inspiration for the Theatre Mine, Mollie Mook-Fiddler.
Charmain shares a deep love for arts and creativity with Mollie and the other members of the board. She has recently relocated from Los Angeles where she completed a number of independent films, print jobs and commercials. She is now transitioning into the theatre scene in her new home of Atlanta.
Judith Graham, BS, MFA
Judith Graham has an MFA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Wisconsin. She also studied at New York University, School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. She is a life-long painter/visual artist, participating in various one-person and group shows, installations and commissions. She passionately supports several nonprofits as co-founder, a founding member and/or board member of of twelve organizations including The Theatre Mine. These other Boards delve into the arts and creativity or other issues related to community, human development or the sciences.
Her many weeklong walking meditations above timberline and her interest in genius loci, spirit of place inspire the imagery and subjects of her paintings.
Co-Founder, Secretary and Treasurer
Matthew Vire, BA, MFA
Matthew dreamed up the idea of a "Theatre Mine" as a way to continue and expand upon the work of close friend Mollie Mook-Fiddler, and shared the vision with his co-founders, Judy Graham and Daniel Sullivan on a visit to Silverton in late Spring of 2017.
Matthew completed a BA in Theatre from the University of Maine, where he graduated co-valedictorian in 1999, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa in 2003. While at UI, he met Mollie, whose legacy in Silverton and the region inspired the creation of The Theatre Mine. Matthew has worked as a professional actor in regional theatres, and now serves as Program Director for his husband, motivational comedian and professional speaker Kevin Wanzer.
Cokie Berenyi, BS
Lover of the arts, mother, author, business owner, financial “samurai” and Perfect Day engineer, Cokie loves food, wine, travel, stray dogs, goat cheese, tennis, and alpine mountaineering.
Founder of Alphavest, an industry pioneer that is right- sizing Wall Street one client at a time, Cokie inspires investors and entrepreneurs at-large with her vision and storytelling of her many experiences leading clients through the nancial and work-life-balance maze.
Author of the Liberated Investor, a 40 under 40 recipient and Woman CEO of the Year 2012, Cokie is currently climbing the 7 Summits of the world and beat Stephen Colbert in the Charleston to Bermuda race in 2011. Founder of non-profits Rein & Shine and She CLIMBS, Cokie’s passion for entrepreneurship spans for-profit and not-for profit arenas, alike.
Peter Gil-Sheridan, BA, MFA
Peter Gil-Sheridan, was recently in residence at San Juan College in Farmington, NM writing a new play called Courtney and Caroline, a piece written with Native and non-Native community members about religious and cultural tradition in the area. His play Ritu Comes Home, originally commissioned by InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia was selected as part of their 20/20 Commission program and had its world premiere there. Other plays include Cockfight, written at the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and further developed by PlayPenn under the direction of Anna Brenner, and What May Fall, commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and performed there. Topsy Turvy Mouse was produced by the Cherry Lane and Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was the winner of The Smith Prize awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. Residencies include the Jerome Fellowship in Minneapolis, The Sundance Institute, The Millay Colony, The Ucross Foundation, Tofte Lake and A Theatre Group in Silverton. Peter serves as Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, and also taught at Fordham University in New York and as a LEAP teaching artist in New York City Public Schools.
Leigh Meigs, JD, MSW
Leigh discovered while raising children that community theatre brings joy and enrichment to an audience, and also builds creativity and confidence in children’s lives. Leigh enjoys the helping professions, practicing as both a Clinical Social Worker and a Legal Mediator. She and her husband, Steve, have made Durango their home for 30 years, and she is a former Mayor of Durango. As a new playwright, Leigh contributed a new play, Waterfall, to A Theatre Group’s New Artists Series in May 2017. She directed Good Times in October 2017 in Durango for the 10 Minute Play Festival. Small town life is of particular interest to Leigh, and she loves the way organizations like The Theatre Mine and A Theatre Group provide Silverton and the region with natural opportunities that inspire theatre enthusiasts like herself.
Ted Pope, BA, MFA
Ted has enjoyed living in Silverton, Colorado for many years, where he feels the great presence of nature sustains his creativity as an artist. His involvement with TSTM developed from his earlier participation with A Theatre Group in Silverton and from his belief that TSTM can be the catalyst and focus for a vital creativity within the community.
Ted was Professor of Art at Arizona International College, Univ. of Arizona (1999-2005) and at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1979-1998). He was a visiting professor in Qingdao, P.R.China (1990-91) and Finland (2006-2015). He has published numerous articles on contemporary art, and his paintings, prints, and interactive multimedia works have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. including the Manhattan Graphics Center (New York, USA); Museum of Art, University of Oregon (USA); White Mountain Academy of the Arts Gallery (Ontario, Canada); Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria); and Eurographics ’87 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Beloved Friend and Inspiration for The Theatre Mine
Mollie Mook-Fiddler, BA, MFA
Mollie first experienced Silverton during a summer internship under Mary Ann Fearn, the founder of A Theatre Group (ATG). She fell in love with the town, returning for many summers to work closely with Mary Ann and ATG. Mollie eventually succeeded Mary Ann as Artistic Director of ATG, serving for several years until her passing in late 2016.
Mollie earned a BA in Acting and Directing from the University of Colorado-Denver, and an MFA in Acting from The University of Iowa. While at UI, she met, befriended, and collaborated extensively with fellow MFA candidates Daniel Sullivan and Matthew Vire as well as TSTM board members, Charmain Howington and Peter Gil-Sheridan. In 2017, Daniel, Matthew, and Judy Graham co-founded The Silverton Theatre Mine (TSTM) as a living memorial to honor Mollie's memory and extend her loving artistic legacy by advancing joyful creative collaboration in Silverton and beyond.