Merely Players is a locally acclaimed non-profit theatre company, founded by Mona Wood-Patterson and Charles Ford in 1994. Formerly the theatre directors at Durango High School, Mona and Charles built a program that garnered local, statewide, and national recognition before moving their talents full time to Merely Players.


*To enrich the cultural life of our community by consistently providing quality theatre, as we broaden the range of theatrical experiences available to local theatergoers through relevant, exciting productions

*To nurture and provide opportunity for community and homegrown artists, as we celebrate imagination, innovation, and creativity in every aspect of our productions

*To foster collaborations with other local artists and groups

*To offer dynamic educational and outreach programs


COMMUNITY – We believe that a vibrant artistic scene enhances a community and that the performing arts are vital.

INTEGRITY – We are committed to being fair, trustworthy, respectful, kind, and honest.

ARTISTRY – We are passionate about creating theatrical excellence.

INCLUSION – Embracing diversity as a key element of a vibrant society, we value all humans and the unique spirit, ability, and talent of each person who comes our way. We are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming space for all.

RESPONSIBILITY – As a non-profit organization and business, we are committed to sound financial practices and sustainability. We will foster an environment of communication, respect, accountability, health, and safety.

To find out more about our directors, our team, and our Board, click the link below.

All performances are held at our performance venue:

Merely Underground

789 Tech Center Drive

In Durango, Colorado

We do not receive mail there.

Mailing address:

49 Wedgewood Circle

Durango, CO  81301