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Past company info:
Amanda Berg Wilson
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Amanda is a native Texan, a Kenyon College alumna, a former Chicagoan, and the founder and Artistic Director of The Catamounts, for whom she has directed all six full-length productions, including Mr. Spacky…, God’s Ear, and Failure: A Love Story. Prior to The Catamounts, she co-founded and served as Artistic Director of Striding Lion, a Chicago performance group now in its thirteenth season. Under her direction, The Catamounts have been the recipients of a 2013 Best of Denver award from Westword Magazine, six 2011 Daily Camera Eye Awards, and were nominees for three 2012 True West awards. Amanda was recently named one of 100 Colorado Creatives, is the recipient of the 2011 Boulder Daily Camera Eye Award for Best Director, and the 1998 Memphis Theatre award for Best Actress. This season, she will make her Catamounts’ full-length production debut in There Is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher.
McPherson was invited to join The Catamounts when it was just a glimmer in its founder’s eye. She has produced the first three productions, Mr. Spacky……, God’s Ear, and Three Faces of Dr. Crippen. She returned to the stage as Queen Clytemnestra/Athena/The Furies in Messenger #1, and went back to producing for the Cats fifth and sixth shows, Jon and Failure, A Love Story. She is the recipient of the Marlowe Award for Best Supporting Actress as Sister Acacius in Divine Sister at the Avenue Theater, and also received a nomination from the Denver Post for the same role. Her BA is in Acting and MA in Producing Film and Theater from New York University, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Founder’s Day Award, as well as the Artist’s and Scholar’s award. She has no idea how many plays she has produced, directed or acted in – but she can’t wait for the next one.
Ben Berg Wilson
Co-founder and Music Director
Ben has been in the music and theater worlds for nearly twenty years, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist and singer with such notables as Max Roach, Bobby McFerrin, Seal, Jack Straw, Dylan Rice, and members of the Grateful Dead, Umphrey’s McGee, the Freddy Jones Band, and moe. Before moving to Boulder in 2009, Ben studied music at Northwestern University, and was a longtime company member and Music Director of Striding Lion, receiving two ASCAPlus Awards for his work as a composer in 2009 and 2010. Ben’s Catamounts credits include the regional premiere of Mr. Spacky, the Man Who Was Continuously Followed by Wolves; the regional premiere of Jon; and each and every one of The Catamounts singular FEED events. When he’s not Catamounting, Ben practices law at the Boulder law firm Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, and would be delighted to assist you in that regard.
Associate Artistic Director
Lauren has been pairing food and performance since her undergraduate Dramatic Art Honors Thesis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Food, Feminism, and Footlights: A study of food and dining on stage in the works of American women playwrights”, for which she also directed a sold-out production of The Art of Dining in a local cooking school. She has since produced and directed Ground to Plate, a collaborative food theatre event in a sustainable restaurant in Chicago; curated and hosted food and performance potlucks with Chicago performing artists; and worked as an Assistant Director at regional theaters across the South and Midwest, such as Milwaukee Repertory, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, Playmaker’s Repertory, and American Players Theater. In addition to serving as The Catamounts Associate Artistic Director, she works as Regional Manager for Shelton Brothers Importers, the foremost US importer of handmade artisanal beer and cider.
Joan received her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theater Wing. She is currently faculty in the MFA in Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University. She has appeared in four of the six past Catamount productions, including as Mrs. Dumont in Mr. Spacky…, the Tooth Fairy in God’s Ear, and as Marietta, Moses, and the Counter Clock in Failure: A Love Story. A performer, director, choreographer, and performance maker, her work was selected as Pick of the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2005 and 2006, and Best of Venue in 2008. She is the recipient of a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Lydia in the Band of Tough’s Big Love, and of the Daily Camera Eye Award for Best Choreographer for her original piece with WreckingBall Theater Lab, Good Girls Don’t, But I Do!
Meridith C. Grundei
Meridith holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has performed with numerous companies throughout the United States including the American Conservatory Theatre, iO Chicago, Baby Wants Candy, Sprung Movement Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, The Evergreen Players, square product theatre, WreckingBall Theater Lab, and Playback Theatre West. Recent non-Catamounts endeavors include performing for the second annual Local Lab with Local Theatre Company and co-creating and performing with the Denver Center’s Off-Center production of SWEAT at The Jones. With The Catamounts, she has been seen in Mr. Spacky….The Man Who Was Continuously Followed by Wolves as Edwina, God’s Ear as Mel (Recipient of the 2011 Camera Eye Award for Best Actress in a Drama), The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen as Cora and Messenger #1 as Messenger #3 (Nominated as Best Actress in a Comedy for the 2012 Culture West, True West Awards). As a director, Meridith’s credits include Moulin Scrooge for WreckingBall Theater Lab and the Band of Toughs, One Act a fully improvised play, and the upcoming There is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher for The Catamounts.
Sonia began performing as a child by recording cartoon voiceovers in her native country Brazil. Since then has since acquired her BA in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University and went on to study Shakespeare at Oxford University. A proud Catamounts company member, Sonia has been in five Catamounts mainstage shows, playing Elizabeth in The Catamounts’ inaugural show, Mr. Spacky…, Lenora in God’s Ear (2011 Boulder Daily Camera’s Eye Best Supporting Actress Award), Ethel in The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen, Electra in Messenger #1, and Carolyn in Jon. Sonia has also been a teaching artist for The Catamounts, and played the role of the “Sea” in The Catamounts’ children’s production of Why the Sun and Moon. She has performed around the world in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) and in Colorado has performed at the Denver Center, Arvada Center, Curious Theatre, Buntport Theatre, and more. Sonia received acclaim from the Washington Post as “a joy to watch,” and she continuously appears in national commercials. She currently resides in New York with her husband, Ian.
Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting/Directing from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2006. He received a Marlow Award for Best Actor in a Comedy in 2010 for his portrayal of Jazzbo Heywood in Miner’s Alley Playhouses production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A 1940s Radio Play. A Telly Award was recently given to a commercial he starred in (the exhausted man) for Galles Chevy, in Albuquerque, NM. Catamount credits include the roles of the Flight Attendant/G.I. Joe in God’s Ear, Public Crippen in The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, Messenger #2 in Messenger #1, Slippen in Jon, and John N. in Failure: A Love Story. He looks forward to all the great things the future holds for The Catamounts.