About Us

Our History & Mission

The Mariposa Collective was founded in Boulder, CO in 1994 by Diane Butler, Barbara Dilley, Carol McDowell, and Polly Motley as a collaborative space for its members, providing fuel for projects, and helping to inspire and develop work in the presence of others. Other past members include Lucien Wulsin, Cara Reeser, Katherine Kaufman, Christy Harris, Kim Olson, David Ortalano, Paul Temple, Mary Kite, Brigitta Hermann, and Ana Baer. 

We are a performing arts collective dedicated to the service and support of contemporary artists and the creative process. The Mariposa Collective is focused on building community and fostering collaborations between artists from different backgrounds and experiences. We believe this will lead to the creation of innovative and unique performances that reflect the talent and diversity of the community. We believe that providing support and resources to artists is critical for creating a vibrant and diverse arts community in Boulder. 

The Mariposa Collective is helping to promote the value of the arts in society by making the performing arts more accessible to both performers and audiences. We believe the arts are not just a luxury, to be enjoyed by an elite minority, but an essential part of human expression and culture, and should be accessible to all. 

We invite performers of mixed abilities, ages, and body shapes, members of the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities to participate in our classes and performances. Mariposa Collective does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or political affiliation in any of its activities or operations.