Meet the Board

It was on Bastille Day in 1992 that we began the journey that continues today, welcoming seasoned theater-goers and curious newcomers alike to share experiences through a wide array of theatre, music, and art – and discussing important issues of the day in a friendly setting. Hundreds of award-winning performances, readings, concerts, improv, art exhibits and talkbacks later, we find ourselves the owners of a beautiful theatre, home of the Tom Sutherland Stage and the Gallery Bleu, in a cherished historic building located at the heart of the burgeoning Fort Collins River District.

We extend a warm welcome to our expanding audience of friends old and new and invite you to experience all that goes on at Bas Bleu – five Mainstage shows, as well as five Readers’ Theatre plays, art in the Gallery Bleu, Comedy Brewers, and special events that owning our venue allows and more. Thank you for 28 great years. We look forward to bringing more benefits to the performing arts lovers in our community for years to come!

Wendy Ishii

Wendy Ishii

Founder, Artistic Director

Wendy Ishii is the founding artistic director of Bas Bleu Theatre and taught acting at Colorado State University. Her resume encompasses over 175 roles from the classical and contemporary repertories. Among many other awards, in 2018 Wendy Ishii accepted the 2018 Henry Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theater. By invitation, performances at festivals and conferences have taken her to Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Israel, and South Africa.

Jane Spencer

Jane Spencer

Board President

Board President, Jane Spencer

Jane is a Realtor with RE/MAX Alliance. In her former career, she was a professional lighting designer working in regional theatre, museums and once ran away with (and from) the circus.  A lifelong lover of the arts, her first gig was carrying her Dad’s drumstick bag. Jane loves Bas Bleu and the contribution it makes to the theatre scene in Northern Colorado. Go Bleus!! 

Jeffrey Bigger

Jeffrey Bigger

Vice President

Jeffrey Bigger comes to the Bas Bleu Board with many years of experience of arts boards in the Atlanta Area. Prior to his move to Colorado, he served as the Artistic Director for CenterStage North Theatre in Marietta, GA and also was Treasurer of The Mountainview Arts Alliance. In addition to his board word he has an extensive performing background and continues to appear on stage as an actor and also taking hold of the directing reins when something catches his eye. He is looking forward to serving the Bas Bleu family for many years to come.

Frank Boring

Frank Boring

Board Member

Frank Boring, Board Member, is a documentary film Producer/Writer/ /Actor/Interviewer. Credits include National and International PBS, Discovery Wings, History Channel and The Library of Congress Veterans History Project. He is currently the Colorado State University Documentary Filmmaker producing the CSU 150-year sesquicentennial for Rocky Mountain PBS.