Amelia Ampuero is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Duke City Repertory Theatre and an Albuquerque native. In addition to receiving her BFA from Texas State University, Amelia also spent time studying abroad with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England and stateside with Shakespeare & Co. in Lennox, MA. Amelia also worked professionally with the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA., first as a Barter Player and later as a member of the Resident Acting Company. It was while at Barter Theatre that Amelia met her mentor, Dr. John Hardy and was introduced to an idea: Serve the Audience. This idea would inspire Amelia, with the aid of original Co-Founder Kristi Wiley and Associate Artistic Director Frank Green and under the guidance of Dr. Hardy, to dream up the idea of Duke City Repertory Theatre. Amelia dreamt of a theatre company where the work would always come first; where the engagement, satisfaction, and investment of the audience would matter most; where artists would strive to be better today than they were the day before and would work tirelessly to ensure the art was always worth the audiences' hard earned time and money. Lastly, Amelia wanted for New Mexico what so many other states had: a professional company where theatre artists could earn a living wage. That dream began to become a reality on August 19th, 2010 with DCRT's inaugural production, "Trust" by Steven Dietz.
In her career, Amelia has been a duck, a princess, an orphan, a charlatan, and element, an ablutophobe, a mathematical genius, a mouse, a star-cross'd lover, a fairy king, a rock star's fiance, a demon, a klutzy lesbian, an incestous mother and a cynical nurse, to name just a few. At the heart of each and every varied role has been Duke City Repertory Theatre's mission to Serve the Audience. Amelia looks forward to discovering new and better ways to serve the audiences and artists of this great city, state and region for many years to come.
Katie Becker Colón is Director of Education for DCRT, as well as a director and a member of the Resident Acting Company. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Katie was first introduced to the theatre through a three-week outdoor summer camp, in which her acting debut was the coveted role of Defense Attorney in "The Trial of Goldilocks."
Katie graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Theatre Arts from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, she appeared around the country in "The Merry Wives of Windsor "(Anne Page), the world premieres of "Heat Wave" (Denise/Bonnie) and "Showtime" at First Baptist (Annie), as well as a slew of TYA productions including "Tuck Everlasting" (Winnie Foster), "A Year with Frog and Toad" (Lady Bird), and "The Borrowers" (Homily Clock).
Katie is the Director of Imagine Action Conservatory, DCRT's two-week summer theatre conservatory for 3rd-12th graders. She also coordinates the schedule for Classrooms Alive, DCRT's annual tour of professional theatre into New Mexico schools. Katie has taught students around ABQ and across the country, including four summers at the WildCat Theatre Conservatory in Lynchburg, VA.
Favorite DCRT roles include Bessie in "The Drowning Girls," Charlotte in "These Shining Lives," and Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Her first directing production for DCRT was in 2011; recent directing projects include "Death and the Maiden" and "Animal Farm."
Katie moved to Albuquerque (by way of Chicago) in September 2013 and is married to fellow company member Ezra Colón.
Ezra Colón serves as Production Manager as well as a resident actor for Duke City Repertory Theatre. Ezra has a BFA from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. During his college career he worked as a Lighting Intern for Mount Holyoke Summer Theatre, an Acting Apprentice at Berkshire Theatre Festival, and a Penguin Player at Dollywood.
After graduating college, he worked for Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, starting as a Barter Player and becoming a member of the Resident Acting Company. Ezra acted in over 40 shows over five years, both at the theatre and on tour throughout Appalachia and the East Coast.
In most recent years, Ezra has been working as a teaching artist as well. He taught Voice and Movement at the Springer Theatre Academy and Acting at the Wildcat Theatre Conservatory to students, 11-17 years old.
After living in Chicago and working with the company Theatre Y, Ezra's newly married path leads him to Duke City Repertory Theatre where he has been seen on stage in "Oedipus The King" (Oedipus), "Poe" (William Wilson), "Gaslight" (Sergeant Rough), "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Bottom/Lysander), "These Shining Lives," "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," "Animal Farm," "The 39 Steps" (Clown 1), and "Death and the Maiden" (Gerardo Escobar). He is excited to continue serving the vast audiences of the South West with this amazing theatre in Albuquerque.
Ashley is the Director of Marketing for Duke City Repertory Theatre and a Resident Company Member. She started performing with DCRT as a guest artist in 2015-2016 season as Hugo in "The Nutcracker" and as Melissa in "The Drunken City." She also came on as technical director for "The Drunken City" and has been a teaching assistant for the Imagine Action Conservatory since it's conception. As a brand new company member, Ashley is SUPER excited to to be on board with such an amazing company!
Ashley graduated with her BA in technical theatre from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. During her time in Nebraska, she acted in multiple plays and worked as a stage manager and properties manager for the theatre department. She also worked as the production stage manager at The Post Playhouse in Fort Robinson, NE.
Shortly after graduating, the winds brought Ashley to Albuquerque. She immediately began working as a stand in on several movie and television sets in the New Mexico area. One year later, she became a member of the IATSE Local 480 as a rigging grip and electrician. Her time on set taught her a lot about the inner workings of film, teamwork, and ultimately led her to DCRT!
Her career as an actor has included being a robot, a swamp princess, a dog, a gambler, an Irish maid, a traveler, a soldier, and a lusty grandma to name a few. She is so excited to start her journey with Duke City Rep and make magic happen every day!
Alicia Webb originally hails from Southeast Missouri. Her first signs of bossy-Stage Manager-like attributes showed themselves on the banks of the Big Muddy, at Southeast Missouri State University where she graduated with a B.F.A in Theatre/Design and an emphasis in Stage Management. She tried out a few states and companies before landing here in Enchanting New Mexico. She has worked in the East with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; the North with The Huron Playhouse in Huron, OH; the Midwest with her Alma Mater; and now the beautiful Southwest is getting her presence.
An avid theatre lover her whole life, Alicia started as an actor playing a pink crayon in her second grade play. Deciding back-stage life is where the real action is, Alicia gravitated to the dark recess of the Stage Manager booth where she loves playing the puppeteer and pulling the strings the make a successful show run. Night after night, she sits in the booth, making a smooth running show happen with the knowledge that, like the black-clad Ninja, no one should ever know she was there!