Mollie Mook-Fiddler, artist and catalyst and friend

As mentioned in my previous blog, the brilliant Mollie Mook-Fiddler is the catalyst for my good fortune in being a part of A Theatre Group. She is a longtime friend of mine, and I have had the absolute pleasure of watching her grow in the theatre arts from a student with a natural gift and a hunger for the stage to a performer, director, teacher and mentor who has made, and continues to make, an indelible mark on the lives of others.

As part of my series on this upcoming week in Silverton, CO, I would like to present the bios of the main players. Naturally, I begin with Mollie because she is the one who brought us all together. And here is her bio. While impressive in its scope, it does not touch the magic that she is. You’ll have to meet her, be in a room with her, experience her work firsthand for that. And there she is, on the left, a shot taken just last March when she flew to Seattle and took me to see a new play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Mollie Mook-Fiddler is a director, actor and producer. She currently serves as the chair of theatre at San Juan College in Northern New Mexico, while concurrently serving as the Artistic Director of Silverton’s A Theatre Group, an organization dedicated to the development of new work by American playwrights.  

Mollie received her BA in theatre from The University of Colorado, and her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, a program that inspired her love of new-play development.  She has directed and performed in regional theaters in the U.S. and Russia.  Favorite projects include acting in The Nina Variations at the Alexandrinski Theatre in Saint Petersburg Russia and Anton Chekhov’s estate in Melikhovo.  Mollie has workshopped and developed numerous new works, including  adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario, adapted for the stage by Anthony Garcia.The play won The Denver Post’s Ovation Award for Best New Work.  She has served on the theatre faculty at San Juan College, Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts, and The University of Colorado at Denver.  Awards include Meritorious Award in Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and The Tarpley Award for Teaching Excellence. 

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