Dulcie Willis holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College along with BA degrees in Theatre Arts Education from the University of Northern Colorado and Musical Theatre from Mesa State College. Dulcie has taught Arts Event Management, drama, speech, film, dance, and English in Taiwan, South Korea, Arizona, and Colorado. Dulcie has directed, choreographed, and produced over 40 productions for high school and community theatre, with award-winning work featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She most recently directed OpenStage Theatre & Company’s production of August: Osage County, receiving the 2017 Henry Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play from the Colorado Theatre Guild.  Dulcie's extensive work includes: theatre and dance teacher at Poudre High School, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Greeley, Project Manager for Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre, Operations Manager for the Grand Junction Family Theatre Company/DooZoo Children’s Museum, Executive Director at Bas Bleu Theatre Company, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, and Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Coordinator for the CSU LEAP Institute for the Arts. Dulcie currently serves as President with The Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek  and Treasurer for the Lincoln Center Support League. She previously served on the Curriculum Committee for the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, and on the Dance Standards Curriculum Subcommittee for the State of Colorado. Together with Heather Johnson, she now owns and operates La-De-Da Performing Arts, a local theatre school for children and adults, and produces the annual Fort Collins Fringe Festival, now in its 6th year.  

Education

Goucher College  2010  

Master of ArtsArts Administration 

Baltimore, Maryland                                                                                                                    
Jean Wilhelm Award for Best Major Paper, 2010                                                                            
Thesis: Dying and Flying with the Phoenix: Burnout and Recovery in Theatre Teachers                                       
Internship: Public Art Plan Proposal for the Town of Windsor, Colorado, 2010                   

University of Northern Colorado     2001

Bachelor of Arts: Theatre Arts Education; Speech Communication      

Greeley, Colorado     Cum Laude                                                                                                   
Phi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Assoc. in Education, 2000                
Theatre Arts Departmental Scholar, 1999                                                                                                                    

Mesa State College    1995

Bachelor of Arts: Music Theatre/Dance 

Grand Junction, Colorado       Magna Cum Laude
Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1995
Presidential Scholar, 1995

Professional Experience

La-De-Da Performing Arts     March 2017-present

Owner/Director/Instructor  

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Instructor: “Triple Threat” Adult Musical Theatre
  • Instructor: “Acting and Scene Study” Adult Acting
  • Instructor: "Advanced Acting: The Audition
  • Special workshop and day camp developer and instructor
  • Small business entrepreneur

Willis Productions     June 2013-present

Owner/Operator; Independent Contractor                                                     

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • City of Fort Collins Lincoln Center for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Lincoln Center Support League
  • Goucher College
  • Poudre School District
  • Fort Collins Fringe Festival
  • Beet Street

Colorado State University LEAP Institute for the Arts 2015-2017

Graduate Coordinator/Adjunct Faculty                                                           

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Instructor: “Arts Event Management”, Spring 2016
  • Workshop and module instructor
  • Coordinate and review all admissions applications to LEAP
  • Assist in the management of program marketing and recruiting
  • Supervise student employees and independent contractors
  • Oversee special event planning and hosting of visiting scholars

Bas Bleu Theatre Company    2010-2013                             

Executive Director                                                                                            

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Administered all operations of the theatre including executive leadership, fundraising, marketing, financial management, building maintenance, artistic programming, volunteer programs, human resources, box office, customer service and community rentals
  • Initiated, developed and implemented annual budget, operational policies, strategic plan
  • Represented the company at community events and public appearances

Poudre High School/Poudre School District     2002-2009

Theatre and Dance Teacher/Theatre Manager/Director                         

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Prepared, taught and assessed International Baccalaureate World School students in advanced world theatre studies
  • Scheduled and managed all activities in the Poudre High School auditorium, including community rentals and school events
  • Produced, directed and choreographed stage productions
  • Nominee, Promising Teacher Award, PSD Foundation, 2007

Gila Bend High School/Unified School District     2001-2002

Drama, Dance, Speech and Film Studies Teacher

Gila Bend, Arizona

  • Initiated and developed performing arts program and taught all performing arts curriculum in low-income school district, including dance and drama classes for the community
  • Produced, directed and choreographed K-12 theatrical productions

City of Greeley Planning Department     1999-2000

Poudre River Trail Volunteer Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Greeley, Colorado                                                                                                                               

  • Coordinated all volunteer programs and activities on the Poudre River Trail
  • Developed and maintained communication between multiple departments
  • Represented the Poudre River Trail project at Board Meetings

Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre/Blue Creek Productions     1997-1998

Children’s Museum Project Manager

Vail, Colorado                                                                                                                                  

  • Created, designed and managed seasonal children’s museum in Beaver Creek Resort
  • Performed as counselor and actor in children’s day camps and storytelling activities

Directing and Choreography Experience

A Musical Christmas Carol, Director/Choreographer, La-De-Da Performing Arts, 2017

A Musical Midsummer, Director, Fort Collins Fringe Festival, 2017

August: Osage County, Director, OpenStage Theatre & Company, 2017

Beauty & the Beast, Director, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, 2016

Shrek the Musical, Director/Choreographer, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, 2015

The Servant of Two Masters, Director, OpenStage Theatre & Company, 2015

Seussical the Musical, Director/Choreographer, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, 2014

The News, Director, Fort Collins Fringe Festival, 2014

 I, Claudia, Director, Bas Bleu Theatre Company, 2014

Car Plays, Director, Fort Collins Fringe Festival, 2013

Almost, Maine, Director, Bas Bleu Theatre Company, 2012

Quilters, Choreographer, Bas Bleu Theatre Company, 2011

Seussical the Musical Jr.,Choreographer, Poudre Academy of Performing Arts, 2011

CATS, Director/Choreographer, Poudre High School, 2010

The Servant of Two Masters,  Director, Poudre High School, 2010

Hello Dolly!, Choreographer, Poudre High School, 2009

Romeo y Julieta, Technical Director, Poudre High School, 2009

Seussical the Musical, Director/Choreographer, Poudre High School, 2008

43 Plays for 43 Presidents, Technical Director, Poudre High School, 2008

Under the Gaslight, Director, Poudre High School, 2008

Oklahoma!, Choreographer, Poudre High School, 2007 

Caucasian Chalk Circle, Director, Poudre High School, 2007

Our Town, Director, Poudre High School, 2006

42nd Street, Choreographer, Poudre High School, 2005

Aristophanes' The Birds, Director, Poudre High School, 2005

Cyrano, Director, Poudre High School, 2003

All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Director, Poudre High School, 2002

Guys and Dolls, Choreographer, Poudre High School, 2002 

The Jungle Book, Director/Choreographer, Gila Bend High School, 2002

Once Upon a Mattress, Choreographer, Greeley West High School, 2001

Forever Plaid, Director, Greeley West High School, 2000

Anything Goes, Choreographer, Greeley West High School, 1999


Producing Experience

A Musical Christmas Carol, Co-Producer, La-De-Da Performing Arts, 2017

Fort Collins Fringe Festival, Co-Producer, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2017

Fort Collins Fringe Festival, Co-Producer, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2016

Fort Collins Fringe Festival, Co-Producer, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2015

Fort Collins Fringe Festival, Co-Producer, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2014

Poudre School District Theatre Festival, Producer, Poudre School District, 2008

Shakespeare Abridged, Producer, Poudre High School, 2006

Shakespeare Abridged, Producer, Bas Bleu Theatre Company, 2006

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Producer, Poudre School District Shakespeare Program, 2005

Once Upon a Mattress, Producer, Poudre High School2004          


Community Service

Treasurer, Lincoln Center Support League, 2014 to present

President, Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2010 to present

Producer/Event Planner, The Umbrella Project Fundraising for Flood Victims, Beet Street, 2013

Curriculum Committee, Arts Incubator of the Rockies, Fort Collins, CO, 2012

Adjudicator, Educational Theatre Association, 2008 to 2010

Research Specialist and Writer, Public Art Plan, Town of Windsor, Colorado, 2010

Grant Writer, Poudre School District Theatre Festival, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2009 to 2010

Sub-Committee Member, State Dance Standards, Colorado Department of Education, 2009


Accolades/Honors         

Outstanding Director, August: Osage County, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award, 2017

Outstanding Director, August: Osage County, OpenStage Theatre & Company, 2017

Outstanding Play, August: Osage County, OpenStage Theatre & Company, 2017

Certified Change Leader, Colorado Creative Industries, 2016

Jean Wilhelm Award for Best Major Paper, Goucher College, 2010

Nominee, Promising Teacher Award, Poudre School District Foundation, 2007


Affiliations

Colorado Theatre Guild, 2010 to present

Americans for the Arts, Washington D.C., 2008 to present

Educational Theatre Association, 2002 to present