Kirsten Wilson, Artistic Director
Director, founder and visionary of Motus Theater, Kirsten is a narrative artist, editor and master teacher in the field of autobiographical monologue work. She has created several award-winning multi-media performance pieces. She excels in supporting individuals in writing compelling narratives aimed at opening hearts and minds. She has been collaborating with undocumented leaders since 2013 and known for creating safe places of civic hospitality where the stories of Motus Theater’s undocumented writers are paired with law enforcement, national artists, and Colorado State House Representatives who read their stories. She has won multiple regional awards for leadership, as well as her artistic works. She has received funds and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts for numerous projects. Her work has been featured in media as diverse as Theater Magazine, NPR, FAST Company Magazine, Ms. Magazine, and USA Today.
Rita M. Rufino Valente-Quinn, Producing Director
Rita brings to Motus Theater over a decade of experience as an arts administrator and curator. She has led and collaborated with professional teams around the world to bring theater and dance projects to fruition for audiences in diverse contexts: the plains and villages of rural Portugal, the city theaters and slums of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Fowler Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Department of World Arts and Cultures (WAC/D) at UCLA. Rita completed her Ph.D. in Culture and Performance Studies at WAC/D. Rita is responsible for oversight of Motus funding, staff, operations and assuring Motus can continue to offer innovative theatrical programming for years to come.
Michelle Maughan, Director of Development & Communications
Michelle comes to Motus with a background in documentary film production, non-profit management, educational outreach campaigns, large scale event production, fundraising and marketing. Michelle is responsible for developing and implementing Motus’ messaging strategy to successfully continue this important work. Producer for the films Bag It and Uranium Drive-In, she believes in the power of storytelling as one of the best mediums for changing hearts and minds. She also believes in the grassroots power of small community organizations to inspire powerful global change.
Kiara Chavez, Community Development & Marketing Coordinator
Kiara came to Motus after graduating from CU Boulder’s Business School with a degree in Marketing. While at CU, she helped found Latin Arts Society, whose mission is to celebrate Latin heritage through art, in order to lessen the impact of culture shock often experienced by students of color entering CU’s environment. Her experience as an immigrant with DACA has fueled her passion for social justice. Kiara also shares her story as a monologuist for Motus’ UndocuMonologues performance. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Arthur Figel, Board Chair
Art is the Assistant Director of Student IT Services at CU System. He was the Board Vice-Chair of the Boulder County Community Action Programs and he also served on the Board of the Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance, which he co-founded in 1994. He currently serves as a City of Boulder Human Relations Commissioner.
Audrey Fishman Franklin, Vice-Chair
Audrey is a long time community volunteer advocating for social, economic and educational justice. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Boulder County during the last 40 years, including Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence, Boulder Community United (co-Chair), Intercambio Uniting Communities (Chair), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Trustee), and The Mountain States Anti-Defamation League. Audrey holds a B.A. from Simmons College, Boston, MA.
Lauren Click, Treasurer
Lauren manages the grants program for the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture. Previously the Director of Community and Public Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2005 to 2007. She currently serves on the Boulder County Arts Leadership Forum and is a photographer. Lauren has undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
David Ensign, Secretary
David is retired from a telecommunication engineering and program management career. He has thirteen years of nonprofit experience in various board roles at OUT Boulder and BCAP, Boulder County AIDS Project. He currently serves on the City of Boulder Planning Board. Being on the board of Motus Theater has allowed David to follow his passion of working toward social justice, and his leisure time pursuits include running and cross-country ski racing.
Alexis is a founding board member and was board chair from 2011-14. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources employed by GE and has a long history of board service at the local and state levels. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation and is the Workforce Readiness & Diversity Director for the Boulder Area HR Association. She played the role of Dr. Modupe Labode in Motus’ premiere production, Rocks Karma Arrows.
Juan Ignacio Stewart
Juan is a media professional who has worked as a freelance producer in Boulder for many years. He teaches media literacy, video and radio production at many local high schools. He is one of the producers of the Media Gardens program at KGNU, Boulder's community radio station. He is a bicultural and bilingual Guatemalan immigrant with family ties to Boulder that go back three generations. He is also an entrepreneur and owner of Green Belly Foods, a Guatemalan hot sauce company.
Lorenzo has been a theatre performer, director and an educator for the last twenty years. He is currently an Associate Professor at Naropa University and head of the BFA in Performance. Among the various theatres he has worked are: The RED CAT and The Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., San Jose Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, El Teatro Campesino, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Brooke Jordan was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in International and intercultural studies. After college she attended a three-year program in movement based theater at Helikos international school of theater creation in Florence, Italy. For the past 13 years, Brooke has served on the board of the Cricket Island Foundation that funds youth led social change work. She is deeply passionate about engaging in conversations and actions related to social equity and creative self expression.
David serves and advocates for LGBTQIA+ youth from Boulder County through OASOS, a program of Boulder County Public Health. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Theatre with an emphasis in performance. He is a bilingual, Peruvian immigrant who has worked in the areas of mental health, immigrant rights and LGBTQIA+ issues.
Margi is a retired nonprofit administrator who worked primarily in the arts and transportation. She has volunteered for many local, state, and national nonprofits and is particularly passionate about immigrant rights and social justice. Her past volunteer work has been with International Peace Initiatives, Intercambio, and Boulder County Circles. In addition to MOTUS, she currently volunteers for Boulder Food Rescue, Boulder International Film Festival, and Chautauqua.
Héctor Ramírez is a Xicano writer and educator. He is currently the Assistant Director of the CU Boulder Upward Bound program, which serves indigenous communities and prepares students for the transition to college. He also serves on the Board of Directors at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-curates the radical poetry anthology series, Bettering American Poetry. Héctor is dedicated to uplifting marginalized students and resisting oppressive systems in higher education and beyond through art, service, advocacy and partnership.