The Millibo Art Theatre (originally the Manitou Art Theatre) was founded in 2001 by Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree to provide new and original live performances in an intimate, accessible theatre for audiences of all ages in the Pikes Peak region. Having performed extensively internationally and throughout the U.S., Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree had experienced many successful theatre models in action. They recognized the powerful impact new work can have on a community as it engages audiences in relevant dialogue, challenges and supports artists in the creation of new work and invites audience participation and community participation in entirely fresh and dynamic ways.
Recognized as an arts leader in the community, with numerous award-winning shows and exciting community collaborations, the MAT fills a unique niche in the Pikes Peak region as it explores new avenues for empowering and engaging artists, audiences and the community in the creation and appreciation of new theatre. For the past thirteen years the MAT has presented adventurous theatre productions that impact the imagination, widen the world view and reveal our common humanity.
The MAT offers the community a unique opportunity to experience the best new theatre from around the nation; provides Colorado artists with a home where they are encouraged and challenged to create new work; welcomes children and adults into the creative process through dynamic workshops with professional performing artists and brings the work outside the theatre’s walls through extensive touring and arts residencies.
- Best Performing Arts Center – Colorado Springs Independent – ‘Best Of The Springs’ 2015
- Best Theatre Company – Gazette ‘Best Of The Springs’ – Silver Medal 2012 & 13, Bronze 2015
- Bee An Arts Champion Award – Bee Vradenburg Foundation – 2010
- Courage, Vision & Achievement In The Arts Award – Pikes Peak Arts Council – 2006
- Community/Professional Theatre Award – Alliance For Colorado Theatre – 2005
- Best Actress – Gazette ‘Best Of The Springs’ – Voters Choice – Gold Medal 2013, 2014, 2015
- Best Actor – Gazette ‘Best Of The Springs’ – Voters Choice – Gold Medal 2013
- Best Original Production – Pikes Peak Arts Council – (Signature) – 2008
- Best Local Actor & Actress – Gazette ‘Best Of The Springs’ – Gold Medal 2008
- Best New Play – Gazette ‘Best Of The Springs’ (Hut) – Gold Medal 2007
Birgitta De Pree –
Birgitta De Pree received her MFA in performance from the National Theater Conservatory and has spent the last two decades working throughout Colorado as a performer, director and educator. Fourteen years after founding the MAT, Birgitta still believes that theatre is one of those magical places where we “wake-up and remember why we’re here”. Birgitta enjoys performing both at the MAT and throughout the community. She was recently seen at the Fine Art Center in “Love Loss & What I Wore”, “Noises Off” and “Other Desert Cities.” In 2008, she and husband Jim Jackson won the PPAC award for Best Original Production (“Signature”) and she received the People’s Choice for ‘Best Actress” from the Gazette’s “Best of the Springs” in 2012 and “Best Actress” in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She is thrilled to be sharing this adventure with her very funny, smart and loving family!
Jim Jackson –
Jim Jackson has been adventuring in circus and theatre since 1976. Along the way he has had a great deal of fun directing, creating and performing in over thirty original productions for children and adults. He is an acclaimed clown who has toured extensively with his award-winning solo shows Mimic Sole, Impossible Balance and Art Guffaw. Jim has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Royal Festival Hall , the Edinburgh Fringe, a food court in Singapore and at thirty five International Children’s Festivals throughout the world. His writing credits include “Gods, Guns and Pancakes”, The Canon City Trilogy (“Stick Guns”, “Royal Buckskin” and “HUT”), Rubes and Luddites and The Hats of Mr. Zenobe. Known for his collaborative work as a director and writer, Jim has created national touring shows with Tomas Kubinek, Robert Astle and Rebecca Buric. He wishes to thank Birgitta De Pree and his three daughters for his best comic material.
Tim Kranz – Board President – is a graduate of the University of California San Diego in Mechanical Engineering. After two years working abroad in Spain he came to Colorado to further pursue his engineering career and his passion for the outdoors. In parallel he and his partners also started CityROCK Climbing Center in downtown Colorado Springs and Tim worked there as a staff member, manager/owner, and climbing instructor and guide. He currently works at the Colorado Springs Independent. Tim has volunteered extensively in the arts for the Manitou Arts Center, Concrete Couch, and has served on the Give Steering Committee for a number of years. He also frequently does volunteer trail work and has helped coordinate many fundraisers for TOSC, RMFI, Medicine Wheel, the Palmer Land Trust and the MAT. He believes strongly in giving back to the community.
Sol Chavez- Board Treasurer – has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1970. He is the CEO of Chavez Tiffany & Ayers Engineering Corporation (formerly Sol Chavez and Associates, Inc.), which he started in 1979. Sol has served as a member of the City of Colorado Springs Planning Commission and presided over three local engineering organizations. He served as president of The Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors, and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department Board of Review and Advisory Board. He also served on the boards of the Star Bar Players and the Pikes Peak Flyfishers and was board president of the Colorado Springs Civic Theater. Sol is married to artist, director, actress, Eve Tilley. He is honored to have been appointed to the MAT Board of Directors.
Jonathan Berry – Board Trustee – a native of Oklahoma, came to Colorado Springs after spending five years in Dallas. There he completed Leadership Arts, a program designed to expose community members to the arts and to non-profit and their boards. He has been a commercial relationship manager with BBVA Compass in Colorado Springs for four years. A recent devotee of Disney Cruises, he enjoys traveling with his wife and two young sons.
Lauren Ciborowski – Board Secretary – graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College in 2004 with a BA in Southwest Studies and a minor in German. In 2009, she opened the award-winning Modbo gallery in downtown Colorado Springs, which is home to monthly art shows, musical cabarets, and many other eclectic events. In addition to being a gallerist, Lauren has worked as a professional pianist for nearly a decade, and is an accomplished ballet accompanist, solo pianist, and chamber musician with an active teaching studio. Along with the Millibo Board, she is proud to serve on the DDA’s Business Improvement District board as
Stacy Poore – Board Trustee – is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She came to Colorado Springs as a teacher at Wasson High School. After completing her MBA at UCCS, she worked for Current, Inc. in operations and customer service. She has worked for the global headquarters of Junior Achievement and served as the executive director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She currently serves as the chief development officer at Care and Share Food Bank where she is part of the team responsible for raising food, funds, and friends to feed people in Southern Colorado. Stacy’s greatest joy has been raising her two sons, Christopher and Parker, who are now grown and shining their light in the world. She volunteers for Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute, and is graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs Leadership Institute. Her life has been influenced greatly by her mother, Pat, who taught her the value of hard work and giving.
Bill Bowers – Honorary Board Trustee – is an award-winning actor, and has performed in all 50 United States and Puerto Rico appearing on the stages of Broadway, The Kennedy Center, The White House, Steppenwolf, LaMaMa, Theatre for a New Audience, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Urban Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Radio City Music Hall, HERE, and the New York International Fringe Festival. His Broadway credits include Zazu in The Lion King and Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He has also portrayed the great silent clowns: Charlie Chaplin in the world premiere of Little Tramp, Pierrot in the world premiere of Beethoven N Pierrot, and Petruchka with The Colorado Symphony. A passionate student and educator, Bowers studied with the legendary Marcel Marceau and currently serves on the faculties of New York University, Neighborhood Playhouse, Stella Adler Conservatory, and William Esper Studios. He holds an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from Rocky Mountain College.