Heidi Wong — Entertainment Empress
Heidi is the Owner and Inspiration Powerhouse behind this new version of the Historic Ute Theatre. Having donned hats as a Mandarin Chinese teacher, gerontological social worker, and hospice chaplain and having lived in Taiwan and Hawaii for 21 of her 54 years, Heidi brings both a multicultural perspective and community service orientation to her life work. She also has a somewhat closeted creative side; Heidi has dabbled in stand-up comedy, clowning, improv, and puppetry.
Heidi knows that good times are precious; she is excited to have the opportunity to focus on her passion for the humorous, theatrical and playful aspects of life! Besides looking forward to getting her okole back on stage, she looks forward to hosting live performances, films, and special events that Uplift, Transform, and Engage. She hopes the theatre can serve as both a significant resource for the community as well as a unique tourist destination, with a view to bringing together diverse communities from within and beyond the San Luis Valley.
Macon Terry — prince of programming
Macon’s proudest accomplishment is praying every night from the ages of three to six for a baby sister. He didn’t stop until he became an older brother.
He had an early introduction into the performing arts when, from the ages of 8 to 14, he was a professional ventriloquist and puppeteer. A member of not one, but two, bands — Clouds and Mountains, and The River Arkansas — Macon plays the upright bass and guitar, dabbling in piano and drums.
As a child and teen, he loved having his hands in the dirt — “what kid doesn’t?” — and has since transitioned into an adult who plays in the dirt. Macon is an organic farmer at the Orient Land Trust. He is also a carpenter who both builds and destroys houses.
Macon hopes that Theatre can be a place for Saguache and all the surrounding communities to come together for the sake of joy and compassion and is proud to be a member of the Team.
Herb Stratford — Historic Theatre Hero
Herb Stratford has devoted the last 20+ years of his professional career to the preservation efforts of historic theatres across the country. Stratford is the Founder and Principal of a national consulting firm focused exclusively on the historic preservation and operation of our country’s historic theatres.
He is passionate about the role that historic theatres play in our communities and has worked with theatres in 15 states (Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Louisiana, California, Ohio, Kansas, New York, Wisconsin, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona) to help them reclaim their past and bring their theatres back to public use. Stratford is a past member of the national Board of Directors of the League of Historic American Theatres, and he holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Phoenix Film Critics Society. Stratford previously held the title of Director of Programming at the Napa Valley Film Festival and created and currently manages Film Fest Tucson, a destination film festival in Southern Arizona. He watches 300+ films a year, just don’t ask him what his favorite one is.
Marcia Zina Mager — Countess of Creativity
International best-selling author, award-winning playwright/poet/artist, and wisdom teacher, Marcia brings decades of wildly diverse writing, publishing, and performing experience to the Theatre’s programming and mission with her out-of-the-box ideas, laser focus, and inspired global perspective. An audacious New Yorker who moved to Hawaii in 1992, she decided at age 50 to expand her world by studying with two iconic teachers: Improvisation with Academy award-winning actor, Alan Arkin, and Breakthrough Performance with rock musician Mick Pulver - both helped launch her stage and television career.
Marcia loves the connection and intimacy of rural communities and is thrilled to help Saguache make its unique mark in the 21st century.
Audrey Smith — Marketing Maven
Audrey Z Smith is an artist and creative professional who's worked in media and marketing for the past 14 years. Her background in film and media arts started in Philadelphia where she created one of the first ever paid video blogs, which won an Bronze Anvil Award in Creative Marketing.
From branding, developing and running her own successful e-commerce business to editing BBC newsreels for T3 Media, to selling and marketing fine art, to building websites and designing marketing and SEO strategies for small business owners; her love and expansive background in arts, marketing and film (and her undying love for the town of Saguache), made her gravitate towards our amazing theatre.
Hayla Wong — Operations Oracle
From graphic design, to website management, to everyday operations, Hayla supports the Theatre in many ways. Originally from Hawaii, Hayla comes to Saguache with a background in Sociology, Philosophy, Journalism, and Education. She became a leader for social justice in her campus community, and in her work in schools she co-developed and implemented a framework for Family Engagement to elevate the voices of marginalized families in local elementary and middle schools.
As a member of The Historic Ute Theatre team, she hopes to contribute her knowledge about connecting and strengthening diverse communities through education, and promote the empowerment of women.