Thunder River Theatre Company welcomes actor Michael Miller as newest member
Thunder River Theatre Company welcomes long time, well-known Glenwood Springs actor Michael Miller as the newest member of its resident company.
He is the recipient of this year’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent Locals Choice Best Actor Award. Miller most recently performed in TRTC’s production of “ART” and “Greek Shards.”
Colorado Mountain College audiences will remember Miller in “The Foreigner,” “As You Like It” and “Arcadia.” He was also seen in the TRTC/CMC collaboration of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” He performed with Aspen Theatre in the Park and the Aspen Stage in its productions of “The Water Engine” and “Mr. Bundy,” which was last year’s winner of the Colorado Coalition of Community Theater Competition.
Miller came to the valley from Pittsburgh in 1990, where he performed with the New Kensington Civic Theatre, University of Pennsylvania, Theatre by the Grove, the Fine Line Theatre and the Fort Pitt Dinner Theatre. He worked with Pittsburgh filmmakers on the film “The Blown “Mission.” He performed with Cable Improvisations on local television, as well as doing comedy with Pittsburgh Live on a Saturday Night.
Miller embraced the offer from TRTC to become its newest member. The decision, he said, rested in his belief “that TRTC productions verify the acting process. The company’s exploration into new forms and interpretations of plays is exciting and stimulating.
“When I was asked to join TRTC’s resident company, I considered it recognition of my efforts and commitment to excellence. TRTC provides a nurturing, uninhibited environment that facilitates a play’s organic growth. TRTC’s productions demand a great commitment and energy from the actor. Plays are chosen especially with the talents and abilities of company members in mind,” he said.
TRTC artistic director Lon Winston said, “I had the opportunity to work briefly with Miller when I directed him several years ago in a staged reading of a new play.
“Then I cast him in `The Seagull.’ He did a wonderful job and I admired his work ethic and discipline. When I chose to do our original production of `Greek Shards,’ I asked Miller to be part of the ensemble requiring him to explore ritual work as an actor,” Winston said.
“He worked so hard on that production. It really endeared him to me as a person and as an actor. In `ART’ I had the opportunity to act with Michael. For me, this was proof of the pudding, as they say. He took off in this role,” Winston added.
TRTC was founded seven years ago with the desire to create a resident theatre company in the Roaring Fork Valley.
TRTC is now preparing Shakespeare’s timely classic of greed and evil, “Macbeth,” for its fall collaboration with CMC Theatre. Winston said he plans to bring the full power of the play’s emotions and drama to a very innovative staging. This annual collaborative play will be performed at the New Space Theatre on CMC’s Spring Valley Campus on Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
In March, TRTC continues with its season by offering the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “WIT” by Margaret Edson. This intense, funny and beautifully written theater-of-the-dying drama is a must-see for poets, scholars, doctors and theater-lovers alike.
The season closes out in June, with Noel Coward’s hilarious supernatural fantasy “Blithe Spirit.” The play is peppered with rapid repartee and comedic quips as only Coward can do. For information, go to http://www.carbondale.com/trtc.
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