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Posted: 10/25/2015 09:24 PM

Gerardo (Ezra Colon), Paulina (Amelia Ampuero) and Roberto (John Hardy)

Reviews for my latest directing project, Death and the Maiden. We opened Duke City Rep's sixth season (and my third as a full-time company member) with this dynamic and challenging play.

"The Duke City Rep staging, directed by Katie Becker-Colón, heightens [the] lack of comfort by presenting a tight psychological space... Becker-Colón has wisely chosen a minimalist approach, downplaying action and instead letting the actors’ expressions provide whatever clues the audience receives." (Grace Labatt, The Alibi)

Roberto (John Hardy) and Paulina (Amelia Ampuero)

"...thanks to the sturdy direction of Katie Becker Colón and the honest performances of the three actors, the production is a success." (Matthew Yde, Albuquerque Journal)

Roberto (John Hardy) and Paulina (Amelia Ampuero)

"The Duke City Repertory Theatre production at The Cell is bold and timely... the drama maintains its power." (Barry Gaines, barryreviews.wordpress.com)

Gerardo (Ezra Colon), Paulina (Amelia Ampuero) and Roberto (John Hardy)

"Director Katie Becker Colón takes a sensible approach to Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman’s disconcerting material, allowing for maximum awareness of the gripping dialog among the story’s three principals." (Jain Lemos, ABQ To Do)


Posted: 05/15/2015 01:35 PM

My latest directing project, ANIMAL FARM, ran at The Cell Theatre in March.

Review highlights from Talkin' Broadway's Rob Spiegel:
Director Katie Becker Colon keeps the action at a high pitch...
The rough and tumble of Colon's production is like a raucous ballet. Animals battle humans, animals battle each other, and the precision of the mayhem is impressive. 

Review highlights from Alibi's Blake Driver:
This play is a must-see for its original take on a timeless tale that has been done by much bigger companies with much smaller ambitions. 

Posted: 02/19/2015 10:03 PM

This is my second full season as a company member with Duke City Rep. This past Fall/Winter, I was in two shows.

Show Number One...

Play: The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic, & Charlie Tomlinson
Role: Bessie (Pictured with Amelia Ampuero as Alice and Lauren Myers as Margaret)

Show Number Two...

Play: All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Catherine Bush
Role: Lucy Lesprit (Pictured with Ezra Colon as Gus, Evening Star Barron as Mena, Amelia Ampuero as Anna-Lori, Josh Heard as Joel, and Willis Miller as Sister Susie)

I'm in the midst of directing Animal Farm, which we toured into schools in Central New Mexico. I'll share pictures very soon!

Posted: 02/19/2015 09:34 PM

A recent video audition...

Desdemona from Shakespeare's "Othello"

Posted: 02/19/2015 06:38 PM

Photos of my latest projects and a much-needed update - coming soon!

Posted: 05/19/2014 12:30 PM

We are one weekend into our last show of the season, These Shining Lives, over at Duke City Repertory Theatre.

Here's a quick look at the three amazing roles I've played this season:

Play: Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton
Role: Elizabeth (Pictured with Frank Taylor Green as Mr. Manningham)

Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare; Adapted by Dr. John Hardy
Role: Helena, Snug the Joiner, Peaseblossom (Pictured with Josh Heard as Demetrius)

Play: These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich
Role: Charlotte (Pictured with Amelia Ampuero as Catherine)

Posted: 01/16/2013 01:09 PM

We (meaning me and the fine folk of DCRT) are a week and a half into rehearsals for POE and there has been a lot of discussion about the inherent difficulty of creating art.  There are infinite obstacles that come between us and the creative impulse.

Top of the list (for me, at least) is distraction.  There is no disputing that it is easier to scroll through Pinterest for an hour than to rehearse alone in a room with a script in hand.

Then there is the pull of fame, which is rooted in the idea that, if we create a product that people like, we will become rich (!) and famous (!) and we will automatically be creatively fulfilled.  Because we are rich (!) and famous (!).  But often our creative impulse is vastly different from what is currently popular.

And then there is the difficulty of creation within the rehearsal room.  Every play is built upon unfamiliar circumstances.  Every character is confronted with unfamiliar and often uncomfortable situations.  Our instinct as human beings is to ease all of that tension, to do everything in our power to make the world easier to navigate.  But our challenge as artists is to allow every moment to be difficult.

That takes an enormous amount of concentration.

What I'm finding in rehearsal is a lesson that I thankfully learn over and over again - overcoming the obstacle, however difficult, is ALWAYS better than giving into the obstacle and giving up.

Most Recently:
Duke City Rep's first production of our sixth season has come and gone. Next up: The Nutcracker, December 3rd - 20th, at The Cell Theatre. I'm playing Clara!