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.
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. Sixteen 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 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.