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Jessica Robblee, Mark Ragan to Lead Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado

Robblee and Ragan will take over from the theatre’s founding leadership team, Stephen Weitz and Rebecca Remaly.

Jessica Roblee and Mark Ragan.

BOULDER, COLO.: Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado (BETC) has named Jessica Robblee to be their new artistic director and Mark Ragan their new managing director. Robblee and Ragan will take over from Rebecca Remaly and Stephen Weitz, BETC’s co-founders, in June.

“The BETC board of directors is committed to continuing the history of excellence in theatre that the
company has embodied for the past 17 years,” BETC board chair Lauri McNown said in a statement. “We remain so very thankful to Rebecca and Stephen for their significant contributions, and we are excited for Jessica’s and Mark’s experience and enthusiasm to now lead BETC forward.”

Both Robblee and Ragan have been involved with BETC prior to their appointments. Robblee appeared in BETC’s production of This, and the duo also founded the Denver-based theatre company Clover & Bee Productions. Robblee and Ragan will announce BETC’s 2023-24 season at a later date.

“From the start, this has felt like a wildly lucky confluence of intentions,” Robblee said in a statement. “BETC has created beautiful productions and a supportive community, and I feel honored to continue working at doing the same.”

“I am humbled by the task before us,” Ragan added in a statement. “Following in the footsteps of Rebecca and Stephen will be a huge undertaking, but I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.”

BETC’s final production under the helm of Weitz and Remaly, a married artistic duo, will be Mat Smart’s Eden Prairie, 1971, which opens on April 6 in a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.

Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado, formerly Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, creates powerful and engaging performances and programs with meaningful impacts beyond the stage. As of 2022, the theatre had a budget of approximately $720,900.

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