List of Members
The Downtown Dance Collective in Missoula is a multi-functional art space for visual and performing artists to teach, perform and exhibit. Their programs and services reach everyone, and serves every ability in the Missoula community.
The non-profit Experimental Theatre Cooperative (ETC) supports the development of regional theatre artists, playwrights, and their work, producing an annual Play Fest in Helena, MT, called the Last Chance New Play Festival.
The Montana Actors’ Theatre (MAT) is a regional, non-profit theatre company operating in North Central Montana. Mainstage shows, children’s and youth programs, regional collaboration and educational outreach are all part of MAT’s identity. MAT strives to provide cultural opportunities to a large, rural, underserved region comprised of an extremely diverse population. Our aim is to create inclusive experiences through theatre, while partnering with and supporting other disciplines. Currently, MAT produces a nine-month, eight-show mainstage season. From large-scale musicals to cutting-edge dramas to original works, we offer something for everyone. Education and enlightenment, through entertainment, is our ultimate goal.
Judith Mountain Players is a non-profit, community theatre organization that aims to educate, entertain, and engage our fellow citizens in the performing arts.
Located in Butte, Orphan Girl Children's Theatre is the only sustaining, operating theatre in Butte. Providing both children’s and community theatre, OGCT produces everything from new work to Disney musicals.
The Rocky Mountain College Theatre Arts Department provides student-motivated performance and design opportunities and experiences. Smaller cohorts offer deeper exploration into any and all aspects of performative art, from acting to story creation to puppetry to all forms of design to stage combat and everything in between. The Department produces two mainstage shows each year along with student directed projects, community collaborations, and original works festival. rocky.edu/theatre and RMC Theatre Arts on Facebook.
Pearl M. Allen
Pearl Allen graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Business – Accounting Emphasis in 1980. She performed financial-compliance audits of state agencies and universities for the Montana Legislative Auditor from 1980 to 2011. She has been treasurer for two nonprofits and performed bookkeeping duties for a nonprofit dance company. Pearl presently serves as MPN’s Treasurer.
Rita is an award-winning playwright living in Missoula. To date, more than a dozen of her plays have been produced around the country.
Op-ed columnist and author of The Huckleberry Book and Wolf: The Journey Home. Asta thinks live theatre is the real "social media."
A retired orthopedic surgeon, Cathy has been an active participant in Colony since the summer of 2007, when she established a playwriting endowment in her mother's name. She has been a member of Zoola Playwrights since that time, participating in many group self-produced play festivals and individual new works. Most recently, Cathy has been frequently chosen to have her work read at the MT Rep's 4x4 and 5x5 Play Slams.
Ryan is an actor and writer currently living in Helena.
Mrs. Frank staunchly supports Arts and Cultural events in the United States; and two of her family members have successful careers in the arts.
Joanne Morris Gores
Once I discovered the relationship between mental strength and writing, my focus on dialogue seemed unstoppable. I have grown to love playwriting. It is a great combination of movement, voice and word that is accessible to all.
Jayme C. Green
Jayme is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Certified Teacher/Certified Theatrical Firearms Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a Level 1 Curling Instructor with USA Curling. He has been involved in numerous productions locally, regionally, and nationally as an actor, director, writer, fight choreographer, stunt performer, designer and instructor. He is also a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his mystery. And an accomplished parallel parker.
Deb is a community builder, writer, artist and Tantric yogini based in Helena, MT. Deb works with communities to harness the creative spirit of groups who want to explore how, working together, we can have an impact on the communities we live in and the lives we share. She blogs at www.debhalliday.com.
Rob L. Holter
Robert has taught for the last 26 years at Helena High School. He has a BA in Theater, a BA in English Literature and Education, and a MA in Theater and an AA with certificate in Energy Technology from the University of Montana. Mr. Holter Has taught many theater industry workshops in performing, lighting and sound, and is a current member of USITT, and IATSE Local 389, Great Falls Montana. His screen credits include, PBS’ “Meet Christopher Parkening” and the feature film Amazing Grace and Chuck.” Robert currently serves as the Vice President for MPN.
Janice A. Jamruszka-Wilson
Janice always appreciates a good story whether reading, writing or living them. Her entire life has been driven by story. Growing up on the Pine Ridge and Blackfeet Indian Reservations and her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in French, Spanish, and Elementary and Secondary Education have fueled her adult curiosity and passions in pursuit of story as traveler, teacher, editor and playwright. Janice currently serves as the Secretary for MPN.
”An Unrelenting Force You Cannot Ignore.” Once decided, a freight train couldn’t stop her! She defines “persistence” because SHE WILL ACHIEVE! Breaking athletic records in school, collecting debts no one else could, number reconciliation beyond question, out-performing people 35 years younger at Crossfit, and finding solutions where there are none. She will organize your personal life, save your small company, and dare to do many things you won’t.
Leah is an actor, writer and director. She has extensively taught in prison and was profiled in The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine and The LA Weekly. Credits include writing and performing PRISON BOXING, nominated for best Solo Performance in Los Angeles; her memoir, Juilliard to Jail, is in development with Joe Manganiello’s company; and plays include The Year of Baldwin, Sheets, The Poppovichs, The Big Picture and Time Will Tell. Recently she devised and directed the play FATHERS AND SONS with inmates in a maximum-security prison.
Jay is a native Montanan living in Missoula. His three-part radio series, "Notes From The Huntley Project," was produced by Montana Public Radio. To date, he has written four plays for the Montana Repertory Theatre’s Educational Outreach Tour, including "Raised in the Saddle: The Phantasmagorical Journey of a Future Rodeo Queen" in 2017. Samples of Jay’s work can be found at jaykettering.com.
Chantal Marie has written, directed and produced commercials, short films, a web series for children, and educational films. She began as a script supervisor, worked as a producer’s assistant and transitioned into development. Chantal teamed up with filmmaker Victoria Rose Sampson and produced, wrote and directed a variety of projects. Chantal’s favorite genre is comedy and her black-and-white, 35-mm short film, Kartenspieler, toured the festival circuit and aired on Public Television in San Diego and San Francisco. She has written and directed commercials that received national broadcast as well. Ms. Marie is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors..
Brian Massman has worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright, videographer, film editor, and video projection designer. Brian is a native Montanan who has recently come home after working and lecturing in all of these fields in New York State.
"Been onstage a lot in plays and as a cowboy poet. Have written over 150 poems. Am working on writing my first play."
Joan Melcher has written more than a dozen plays and screenplays. She has had many staged readings and two plays produced, in Butte and NYC.
Jordan R. Mencher
Jordan is a retired microbiologist, musician, composer/lyricist, storyteller, poet and playwright. His creative works have been performed in Washington, DC, Colorado and Montana. He also served as Colorado State Representative, Vice President and President of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association and as Producing Director of the Roving Stage Theatre Company.
Pamela Jamruszka Mencher
Pamela returns to Big Sky Country after working as a college professor and arts advocate in Colorado. She is an actor, director, producer, costume designer and playwright, with twenty-six of her plays performed throughout the United States; and has received many awards recognizing her playwriting, teaching and professional theatre careers. Pamela currently serves as MPN’s President.
Ross Peter Nelson
Ross Peter Nelson’s most recent productions are a New Orleans premier of Becoming Number Six and the Montana production of Colter's Hell, an ecological Montana fable. His one-act, Zoloft Tango, won the Audience Favorite award at the Spokane Playwrights Forum. Ross's work has been produced in the US and overseas. Some of his ten-minute works are available from Heartland Plays. Ross is also the author of prize-winning short fiction and two technical books. He taught undergraduate playwriting in New Orleans, and he is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Ross served as playwright-in-residence at the Can Serrat artist’s colony in Spain during October 2017.
Jane earned a BA in Interpersonal Communication and an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Montana. She has taught classes in communication, genealogy, and public speaking; and is a writer in several genres. She now funds a scholarship in the University of Montana’s Communication Studies program for graduate students, and also volunteers for the League of Women Voters.
Steve is a performer/writer born and raised in Helena and one of the chief organizers of the Last Chance New Play Fest, now in its fifth year.
The history of Bernadette's family is entwined with the history of Montana, from the arrival of her mother’s grandparents in Virginia City in 1864 and the immigration of her father’s parents from Ireland to work in the Butte mines to current family members living all across the state. She is a retired Social Worker, so now she can spend her time pursuing her first love, Montana history.
Glade loves to write screenplays for a hobby (completed six so far) and is now venturing into playwriting. She resides in Helena and also enjoys painting.
DeLaney Hardy Ray
DeLaney Hardy Ray is a native Montanan. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a BA in Theatre Performance. Since graduating she has worked with the Virginia City Players, Yellowstone Repertory Theatre, NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, and the Seattle Children's Theatre as actor, director, writer and teacher. https://delaneyhardy.wixsite.com/website
Jackie is a Theatre/Film Actor and Theatre Director based in Anaconda, Montana. Connecting through new works and storytelling is a passion of Jackie’s. www.jackiefreemanvetter.com.
Cynthia M. Webb
Cynthia is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, former professional photographer, avid drone pilot and wannabe bluegrass ukulele player.
Gillian is a retired RN who worked in the operating room in Vermont for 20 years before moving to Helena in the past 3 years. Since retiring, she has volunteered at the Senior Center and Library and also is active in a reading club and as a member of the Top Hat Players. Gillian enjoys yoga and volunteering with different groups.
Greg Younger's plays have had productions throughout the country. Awards include Best Play for Chrysalis at the 2021 Last Chance New Play Fest.