Meet the Team Behind the Athena Awesomeness
Our Board of Directors
Founder | Executive Producer
Angela Astle is the proud creator and producer of Athena Project and is continually excited by the synergy it creates. Angela is a Colorado native, with a degree in Business and Theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver. She made her New York directorial debut in 2008 with Retro Productions’ Mill Fire (nominated for five NYITA awards). A year later, she directed Flux Theatre Ensemble’s highly acclaimed Pretty Theft, by Adam Szymkowicz, and went on to direct and produce many new plays at New York venues and festivals over several years. Angela’s favorite Denver directing credits include The Laramie Project (Evergreen Players), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Edge Theatre) for which she won an Edgy and Marlowe Best Director award. She is mom to two beautiful and smart children, Brooklyn and Jonathan, and the wife of Jason Astle, the most supportive husband ever!
Anne Myers counts herself as an ‘almost’ native to Colorado, having lived in Denver since she was six years old. She graduated from South High School where Joyce Hettler, the drama teacher there, ignited her passion for acting. With an eye toward the practical, Anne graduated from the University of Wyoming with a major in French and a minor in theatre. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and practiced law for many years with the firm of Nathan, Bremer, Dumm and Myers. She retired in order to pursue her interest in the arts. Since then, she has been active in the vibrant Denver theater scene, working as an actor. Anne is honored to serve as the President of Athena Project. Other hats she wears within the organization include Mentor Coordinator and Production Coordinator for Athena’s annual visual arts show.
President of the Board | Mentor Coordinator
Vice President of the Board | Board Development Coordinator
Lindsay Taylor, originally from Wilmington, DE, graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 with degrees in Theatre Production and Spanish. She then taught high school Drama and Spanish for four years, before relocating to Denver in 2008, and discovering its robust nonprofit community. She started work for Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Wonderbound and Colorado Conservatory of Dance), and quickly became an integral part of the organization’s promotional team. From 2011 to 2014, Lindsay returned to teaching part time at Englewood Middle School, and was part of a crucial team designing a new campus for grades 7–12, focusing on multiple strategic details from architecture to curriculum design. Now at Swallow Hill Music, Lindsay combines her passion for folk music and arts administration. As Director of Marketing, Lindsay manages a team working to raise brand awareness and ensure success of the organization’s programs and fulfil its mission and vision.
Amelia Retureta was born in Colorado, and in 2005 she graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology focusing on stage management and production technology. She spent several years in Virginia as a stage manager and assistant company manager for the Richmond Ballet. Since returning to Colorado she has stage managed for several companies including The University of Denver, the Edge Theater, and Athena Project. As a member of the Board of Directors, she is delighted to be able to help Athena Project as it continues to grow and advance female voices in the arts. In her role as Production Coordinator for Athena Project, Amelia oversees all production elements and needs for the organization’s many and varied events, a role which puts her multitasking ability to good use.
Secretary | Production Coordinator
Dominique Flores is also native to Colorado, and has a BA in Performance Theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is passionate about finding incredible sponsors and amazing venues for Athena Project events, and loves creating fun and memorable experiences. Dominique also enjoys working throughout Athena Project as a mentor and actress.
Courtney Cauthon is forward-thinking researcher, educator, and artist. She is a lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Denver and a communications specialist at ARTiculate: Real and Clear. As Special Projects Coordinator for Athena Project, Courtney is the lead researcher for an annual survey of gender parity in theatres across the Rocky Mountain Region. Courtney has gathered experience in theatre, higher education, and publishing in her work with The Denver Centre Theatre Academy, The Community College of Aurora, The Aurora Fox, Theatre Research in Canada, Toronto’s Summerworks Festival, and The University of Toronto. Courtney holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in Performance Studies for New York University. Courtney is driven by projects that bring together her love of theatre and communication with her desire for creating a more equitable world.
Special Projects Coordinator
ART DIRECTOR | DESIGN COORDINATOR
Charlotte Bassin is a fabulous individual with extraordinary talents. She likes maps. And hiking. And she knows the woman who owns the company that makes those “YAY” fridge magnets. Probably lots of other famous people too. She met her husband when he commented (favorably) on her using a graphic tablet and stylus instead of a mouse. On a plane. Pretty sure that happened on a plane.
Celeste Ricco has found herself surrounded by music, painting, writing and creative expression since childhood. Seeking an opportunity empower women and invoke change, she joined Athena Project as a Board Member and Marketing Coordinator in December 2015. Celeste moved from Cleveland to Denver after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from John Carroll University in Business Administration. Her career has taken her from personnel management, to hospital administration, to project management and marketing – all of which contribute to implementing a sustainable strategy to grow Athena!
REBECCA GORMAN O’NEILL
Member at Large
Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, an Ohio native, started writing plays at Dartmouth College, after earning her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Rebecca’s original plays have been produced across the United States and in Canada, and her plays Tell-Tale and The Greater Good are published through Eldridge Publishing and Next Stage Press, respectively. Rebecca is a Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel.
Our Supporting Cast
Without these amazing people nothing could happen.