As a director, Pesha Rudnick has directed over 20 new works nationally, including the recent world premiere of O.P.C. by Eve Ensler at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. She previously collaborated with Ensler as associate director of the world premiere of Emotional Creature at Berkley Repertory Theatre and Signature Theatre Center. Rudnick assistant directed the world premiere of American Night by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up at Florida Stage’s 1st Phase Festival, and directed the National New Play Network world premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ 26 Miles at Curious Theatre Company.
As co-founder and artistic director of Local Theater Company, Pesha directed the world premiere of Michael Mitnick’s Elijah: An Adventure. With Local, she produces the annual new play festival Local Lab, developing new work by writers across the country. She is currently directing the world premiere of The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman.
Pesha is the former associate artistic director of Theater Master's National MFA Playwright's Festival (59E59, Atlantic Stage 2, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Wild Project, Theatre Row, and the Aspen Institute). Additional selected directing credits include The Glass Menagerie at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, The Hairy Ape and Tartuffe at Hangar Theatre, and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros at the Kennedy Center.
For six years, she served as the associate director of education at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from New York University. Pesha is a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab in New York City, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
Megan Mathews was born and raised in Venice, CA, graduated from Harvard University, and received post-graduate training in educational theatre from NYU. She has worked in film and television production for Paramount, Castlerock, Gracie Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation on such projects as "Clueless" (TV series), Mission Hill, The Critic, The Sam Simon Project, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, and Kung Fu Panda. She served as director of education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and as a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute®. In 2013, Megan directed the premiere of Hang-Ups: An Evening of Phone Calls in Los Angeles.
Currently, Megan is a freelance writer specializing in Youth Outreach and Education materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Over the past five years, her study guides have been used by over 400 teachers and 10,000 students, including the materials for Clybourne Park, which the production took with them to Broadway.
Associate Artistic Director
Mare Trevathan has narrated over 250 audiobooks for the Library of Congress. She co-wrote and directs an anti-bullying show funded by Kaiser Permanente which has toured continuously for 6 years in elementary schools all throughout Colorado. With Stories on Stage, Mare tours Boulder area middle and high schools with a teen suicide prevention program. A Teaching Artist with Think360 Arts, Mare works with teachers and students to integrate theater with STEM and Language curriculum. Former administrative roles include Marketing Director of Curious Theatre Company, Executive Director of Stories on Stage and Neighborhood Outreach for the Denver Center of the Performing Arts. She regularly performs at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Local Theater Company.
Rachel Fowler's Colorado stage credits include Elijah with Local; All My Sons (Denver Post Ovation Award), The Miracle Worker and Well at the Denver Center; Rabbit Hole (Denver Post Ovation Award) and Becky Shaw at Curious Theatre; A Man for All Seasons, The Lion in Winter and Twelfth Night at the Arvada Center; Noises Off and Twelfth Night at Colorado Shakespeare Company; and Tomorrow in the Battle and The Mysterious Mr. Love at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, which she also produced. New York credits include The Triangle Factory Fire Project, An Oak Tree, Treason, and The Sea. Rachel has worked at many other regional theaters including Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Playmakers Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and The Old Globe. She has produced two off-Broadway plays--Cloud 9 and The Pagans in New York City-- and co-founded The Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Rachel received the 2012 Culture West "Best Season by An Actress" Award as well as the 2013 Culture West "Best Supporting Actress" Award.
Sophie Hernando Kofman
Sophie Hernando Kofman grew up in Boulder, but then went off to school at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She reveled in studying every aspect of theater that she could find the time for, including acting, stage management, costume design and construction, scenic construction, stage crew, and singing, to name a few. She found that no matter what which department she was working in, her goal was always to tell the story of the productions they would put on. She was also lucky enough to be able to participate in the yearly operas thanks to Lawrence's prestigious music conservatory which taught her the differences in the two styles of storytelling. And as if that wasn't enough, she became the Empress of the Lawrence Society of Drama which lent assistance to student productions and put on a 24-Hour Play Festival every three months. In 2014, she graduated with a magna cum laude GPA, theater honors, and a thirst for more theater.
Since graduating, Sophie has worked with a few professional companies including Peninsula Players and Third Avenue Playhouse which both reside in Door County, WI. With both companies she worked hard on costumes, stage management, scenic building and painting, box office relations, and running the shows. When she moved back to Boulder she was off-handedly recommended to Local by her neighbor, and from the first coffee meeting it was love at first sight. Local is theater company that is passionate about telling stories with new plays and making theater accessible to anyone and everyone, and that was exactly what Sophie was looking for. Since joining Local, Sophie has been a costume designer (Peter and the Wolf with the Colorado Music Festival), a props designer (Faith), and a proud member of this company.