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Gary Ketzenbarger

Gary Ketzenbarger is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech at the Roaring Fork Campus, Colorado Mountain College. He is also the Program Director/Artistic Director for the Sopris Theatre Company which is located at the Spring Valley residential site.

Gary holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Denver, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Colorado/Boulder, and is a dissertation shy of attaining his Ph.D. in Theatre from that same institution.

He was recently awarded “Faculty of the Year” (2013-2014) at the Roaring Fork Campus where he teaches.

He has a long history of involvement in the theatre, both academically and professionally. In addition to being a professor of Theatre, he is a playwright (Half and Half and Confession of Faith), an actor, and a director.

He is the winner of two Best Actor awards (CCTC) and has performed at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He has been a long-time company member of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (a professional organization) where he has been both an actor and director.

Some of his favorite roles include “Lt. Colonel Vershinin” in Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, “Duke Orsino” in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “Jean” in August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, “George” in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, “Dr. Dysart” in Peter Shaffer’s Equus, “Johnnypateenmike” in Martin McDonaugh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, “John Honeyman” in Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods, “Henry Drummond” in Lawrence and Lee’s Inherit the Wind, “Charles Smith” in David Mamet’s November, and most recently, “Salieri” in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus (also performed at The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado).

His directing credits include The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, Rumors by Neil Simon, The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel, Oleanna by David Mamet (in which he also performed), The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, by Sundheim, Shevelove, and Gelbart.

Gary has a wife, Kelly, and three children: Kara, Luke and Gabrielle.

In a varied and interesting life he has also worked as a merchant seaman, an underground miner, a dog sledding guide, a white-water rafting guide, amongst other non-theatrical occupations.

He is very excited to be presiding over Colorado Mountain College’s AA with an emphasis in Theatre degree and looks forward to continued success with the program in the future.

Send him an email at: gketzenbarger@coloradomtn.edu

Call him at: 970 947-8252 or 800 621-8559, Ext. 8252