Jennifer Johnson graduated from Northern Michigan University in Michigan's Upper Penninsula with a BFA in Performance Theatre. After 12 years of working as a professional entertainer in over 10 states and two countries, Jennifer moved to the Roaring Fork Valley, which she has made her home. Working at the Crystal Palace Dinner Theatre, as well as Aspen Community Theatre, and most recently Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale, Jennifer has been an active member of the RFV Theatre Community for over 15 years. In addition, she received her Graphic Design Professional Certification from Colorado Mountain College, which is coming in handy designing all of the marketing and online materials for SoL.
With Sol, Jennifer co-directed and produced A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Little Star, produced Free to be...you and me, Into the Woods (in which she played the role of The Witch), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rent, and A Christmas Story, and directed and produced James and the Giant Peach, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Charlotte's Web, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Annie Jr, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Elf, Anne of Green Gables, Godspell, Annie Get Your Gun! and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. In 2015, Jennifer wrote, directed and produced the original musical The Giving Tree, based on the Shel Silverstein story of the same name, with Carbondale recording artist Matt Haslett.
Summer Lee Thomas
As a timid young person, Summer contends that theater and dance changed her young life!
Painfully shy as a kid, she discovered dance as child which helped her become more poised, disciplined and self confident! In her teens, she auditioned for her first play, and she went on to get her BA degree in Theatre form Principia College.
After graduation, Summer headed to Los Angeles to try her hand at the “big time” and worked as an actress in film, television and commercials and studying with various acting teachers and coaches. As part of a small theatre company, she participated in whatever she could get her hands on- improv, scene study, show cases, and original plays. She found this theater experience and ensemble of players to be a virtual nucleus for growth, stability, and artistic freedom in the rather hectic and superficial world of Hollywood.
After having her children, she closed her Hollywood chapter of her life to raise and nurture her family. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley where she began to direct plays and teach drama at a couple of schools, completed Graduate work in Waldorf education at Antioch University, and began teaching at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.
Summer has been thrilled to step joyously into teaching and directing at SoL Theater!