Nancy Hasty

Although this year's Chautauqua will be held in a different venue, our 20-year relationship with Desi Arnaz Jr. and the Historic Boulder Theatre continues.

Built in 1933 by Fox Theatres, the Historic Boulder Theatre was the heartbeat of Boulder City for nearly 60 years. Because it was the only air-conditioned building in town, workers from Hoover Dam would pay $.25 for a movie ticket just so they could sleep for a few hours in the cool theatre to escape the scorching heat in Black Canyon.

As the years passed, hundreds of movies were shown on the screen, Will Rogers performed on a small stage in front of the screen, bands played, speeches were given and many couples shared their first kiss during a movie.

Nancy Hasty is an actress, writer, and award winning artist. Nancy Hasty's plays have been produced in New York, internationally, regionally, and on tour. Striking the hearts and minds of her audiences, and inspiring at-risk youth throughout her playwriting career. Her work consists of plays including The Director, starring John Shea, which ran off-Broadway for six months and sparked the testimonial “Recommended Play” from The New York Times. Her most recent work is The Flight of Jackie Cochran, featuring in theaters across New England and the Southeast. Her new play was showcased in New York City in January and February of 2018. Sparking an enthusiastic response from her audience, her story of the first woman to break the sound barrier is being told in upcoming performances in New York and various Floridian theaters. Nancy has starred off-Broadway in her own plays. In addition to three original one-woman shows, she has also performed as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth (William Redfield Theater), and starring roles in September Woods (Primary Stages) and The Botticelli Game (American Renaissance Theater). Nancy was the first place winner for the Jerry Kaufman Playwriting Award in New York for her play, Lawnchairs. She was also a top finalist at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Festival, first place winner in the James Dickey Poetry Competition and “Artist of the Year” in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nancy's work has been published by Smith & Krauss and Broadway Play Publishing. She is a professional member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association and is former artistic director of The American Renaissance Theater in New York City.

About Boulder City Chautauqua

About the Historic Boulder Theatre

About the Chautauquans

Education

Doug Mishler

Boulder City Chautauqua

Opening Acts

Dr. Doug Mishler holds a PhD in History and has years of theatrical training, as well as 20 years teaching history and 15 years directing and acting, Doug is nationally renowned for bringing history to vibrant life, and he has performed over 600 one-man shows in the last 25 years at educational venues, theaters, museums, corporate meetings as well as motivational seminars, bringing to life a wide variety of "real" historical characters, who cover all aspects of our history: politics, business, the military, the environment, science, as well as entertainment and art; and span every era from the 1600s to the 1980s! No matter which character is experienced, every one of them helps us understand our culture and our humanity.

Carol Starre-Kmiecik

Amy and Desi Arnaz, Jr. purchased the Boulder Theatre in 1997 and brought it back to life after being on the brink of extinction. 

Carol Starre-Kmiecik has been performing on stage for over 35 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Theatre Arts from Baldwin-Wallace College and studied improvisational Theatre at Chicago's Second City for two years. She has appeared in over 60 plays, several films, television shows and commercials and has been a spokesperson at hundreds of trade shows, conventions, and seminars throughout the country. She has worked as a makeup artist, taught children's theatre classes and has directed plays. She has portrayed historical characters for schools, libraries, historical societies, women's organizations, senior citizens groups, churches, synagogues, theatres, social service organizations, literary groups, scouting troops and has done Civil War re-enactments. A

Steve Cottrell and The Lenoras are local Boulder City residents. Steve started out performing in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco in the 60's and has been performing in various venues ever since. He has been a favorite for Boulder City fundraisers and past Chatauquas. The Lenoras are singers and acoustical guitarists as well and have played at many local venues. 

Chautauqua began as an educational gathering, originating as an American movement in the late 1800s, providing public lectures, religious programs and concerts during the summer months. It was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."


Chautauqua in Boulder City, Nevada, began in 1992, and continues today as an exploration and enrichment of life through three pillars of programming:  education, cultural arts, and recreation.


​Boulder City Chautauqua is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization. All donations are  tax deductible to the extent permissible under law.