The Millibo Art Theatre
Courtesy Millibo Art Theatre
Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree, founders and artistic directors of The MAT
, a mainstay in the local theater community, has been awarded a prestigious grant from The American Theatre Wing, the very same group that founded the Tony Awards 70 years ago.
The American Theatre Wing’s 2017 National Theatre Company Grants
went to only nine theaters nationwide, in the amount of $10,000 each, and are meant to offer general support to operations. Other winners of the 2017 grants hail from such theatrical bastions as Chicago and New York City, among others.
Since its inception in 2002, The Millibo has committed to bringing new and original theater
to the Pikes Peak Region. With a “Premieres” series for adults and a “Kids First” series for families, as well as educational opportunities, yearly summer cabarets and more special events, the MAT has gained plentiful local recognition. This significant nod from a national organization speaks well of its continued growth.
In its official announcement, The MAT writes:
“The recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor,” said Birgitta De Pree Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Millibo Art Theatre affectionately known as the MAT. “We have worked very hard to provide a home in Colorado Springs for new, original theatre for audiences of all ages. To be recognized on the national level with this award is a wonderful note of encouragement to our artists, staff, students, volunteers, and audiences. We believe that Colorado Springs is approaching a modern Arts Renaissance with amazing potential. The MAT is proud to be an integral part of that.”