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Mona Wood-Patterson (director) has devoted her professional life to studying, teaching, and making theatre.   She has directed over 100 productions in various venues and presented at educational and theatre conferences both in the United States and abroad. She graduated summa cum laude with an English Education degree from Fort Lewis College in 1982 and earned her Master's degree in Theatre from Florida State University in 1989.   As the theatre director at Durango High School for 20+ years, Mona was the recipient of numerous awards; among them are Colorado Theatre Teacher of the Year, Fort Lewis College Distinguished Alumnus,   Durango School District 9-R's Secondary Educator of the Year, BP Excellence in Teaching Award, and Durango Foundation of Educational Excellence's Outstanding Teacher Award. Mona was recognized as the director of an exemplary theatre program by the International Thespian Society, and was awarded a Fulbright to teach theatre in England. In 2011, she was inducted into the Colorado State Thespian Hall of Fame, and in 2012, she was named as one of Durango's Sweethearts of the Arts.  

Followthis linkfor the most recent Durango Herald article on Mona and her former students.

Follow this link for Mona's resume.

Follow this link for a Durango Downtown article about Mona.


Charles Ford (technical director and designer) is a master backstage technician.   An avid puppeteer, mask-maker, make-up artist, robotics engineer, and special effects designer, he has designed over 60 sets for a variety of theatrical genres. He holds a 1974 Bachelor's degree in English Education from Colorado State University, and a 1993 Master's degree in Middle School Education from Adams State College. Among his many unforgettable creations are a life-size puppeteered elephant for Aladdin and a sixteen-foot long animated dragon head, which towered over Main Street from its perch on the Strater Hotel during the annual Snowdown festival in 2008. Charles was Durango High School's tech director and resident designer for over twenty years. Charles has been the recipient of several awards; among them are Durango Foundation of Educational Excellence's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Technical Theatre Award. He is also the web designer for the Merely Players site.

Follow this link for Charles' resume.

Follow this link for a Durango Herald article about Charles.

Charles's portfolio of set designs.

Charles's portfolio of theatre puppets.

Follow this link for a video of a full-sized elephant puppet he built for Aladdin.

And follow this link for some of Charles's props and robotics interests.

Moving On

Moving On - The Durango Herald article about Mona and Charles's departure from the Durango High School stage to explore other theatre opportunities.

And here is a Durango Herald editorial about our move from the high school to concentrate on Merely Players.

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