TRTC's Mission

To better understand the human experience, Thunder River Theatre Company creates professional and stimulating programming for the Roaring Fork Valley. Through live theatre, educational outreach, our Latino Theatre Initiative and our Theatre for Young People Conservatory, TRTC participates in an ongoing dialogue with our audience and community on theatre's uniquely immediate terms.


Inspired Theatre, Innovative Artistry

Driven by a passion to explore and illuminate the genuine heart of the human condition, for over two decades Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) has staged works ranging from the most beloved theatre classics to the most current and cutting edge playwrights. We seek to elucidate the unspeakable, to reimagine the familiar, and to awaken the ancient bond between storyteller and tribe, actor and audience.

TRTC's audience comes from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and points beyond. Each visit promises something special, daring and a little unexpected. Theatre that reinvigorates your spirit. We invite you to join us for an upcoming production, event or class.


Our History

Inspired by the well-established model of resident theatre companies, as well as the creative ensemble work of Peter Brook, Jersey Grotowski, and other leaders of the physical and experimental theatre genres, Lon Winston founded the not-for-profit Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) in 1995. Together with founding member, Valerie Haugen, the two began to assemble a talented group of Roaring Fork Valley actors to present works ranging from the famous classical playwrights to edgy and contemporary work. Lugging sets, lights, costumes and props in a beloved 18-wheeler, the company performed in venues from Aspen to Glenwood Springs for 11 years. When the need for a permanent artistic home finally became a necessity, in a burst of community support, local philanthropists, businesses and individuals enthusiastically contributed the funds to construct a facility, and on New Years Eve of 2005, TRTC opened the doors of a stunning new facility in the heart of downtown Carbondale, Colorado with the cost of the building paid in full. More than twenty years and 65 productions since the organization's founding, TRTC continues to meet its mission of offering professional-quality theatre productions and education, as well as a host of expanded programs ranging from comedy improv to musical cabaret to development of new work.