Board of Directors


Members of the Wheeler Opera House Board of Directors are appointed by Aspen City Council for three year terms.

  • Chip Fuller, Chairperson
  • Seat Vacant, Vice Chairperson
  • Christine Benedetti, Secretary
  • Keith Elder, ex officio
  • Ziska Childs
  • Nina Gabianelli
  • Peter Greeney
  • Dr. Tom Kurt
  • Amy Mountjoy
  • Richard Stettner

In Memoriam, Richie Cohen:
Former Wheeler Board Vice Chairperson Richie Cohen died on July 3, 2017.  Richie was a member of the Wheeler board from the mid 1980’s until his death. His contributions to the Wheeler Opera House and the arts community of Aspen were innumerable, including his support of the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax creation and subsequent renewals, which will continue to support the arts community long into the future.

All meetings of the Board are open to the public. Upcoming meetings are published on the calendar.

For more information on how to apply for consideration as a Wheeler board member, please contact Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning by email.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Wheeler Opera House is to monitor and ensure the preservation and viability of the historic venue and its property through exceptional performance experiences for residents, guests and performers, and to support the cultural assets of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Goals Statement

The goals of the Wheeler Opera House are to provide appropriate facilities and resources in order to:

  • Assist user groups in the successful presentation of rental and community events, series, and festivals;
  • Foster and advocate artistic expression within the Roaring Fork Valley community;
  • Present world-class arts experiences to Aspen, through the production, co-production, or creation of individual events, series, and festivals;
  • Provide opportunities for educational experiences for students of all ages throughout the Roaring Fork Valley;
  • Provide a public gathering place for the use of area groups, residents, governments, and guests;
  • Preserve and enhance Aspen’s reputation as a premiere resort destination with a dedication to arts and humanities; and
  • Ensure the long-term viability of the facility through responsible fiscal management.