Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Leslie Joy Coleman
Email southwestrtp@gmail.com
Phone 505/315-0858
Office Phone 505/407-5393
Address 115 Mt. Carmel Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87113
Biographical Info Leslie Joy Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and a Master of Arts in Speech, Communication, and Theatre from Austin Peay State University (APSU). She was the facilities manager for Ilfeld Auditorium (Las Vegas N.M.), and responsible for facilities maintenance and rental of the Hiland Theater (Albuquerque N.M.). She was Technical Director at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas N.M. where she designed a Theatre space in a lecture hall. She designed another theater space during her time as Technical Director for Musical Theatre Southwest (MTS) in Albuquerque, N.M. In the academic arena she held the position of Instructor of Theatre at NMHU where she taught the technical portion of the theatre minor. Her design portfolio includes multiple set designs for more than five different Theatre companies, as well as several costume and light designs. Her directing credits include varied classics in multiple venues.
Character Name Martha Cannary, aka Calamity Jane
Program Description Martha Cannary, aka Calamity Jane was a well-known and significant historical figure who came to fame (or infamy) during the transition from the 'old west' to a more civilized time. She deeply resented the constraints that society placed on women. "Men had the power and they wanted control, but I wanted to control myself..." Judgmental writers have enjoyed casting stones, describing her as a drunken harridan, a disgrace to womankind. Defenders cite her kindness and maintain she managed to stay sober for periods of time when volunteering her services as an unpaid nurse. Even her most severe critics credit her with caring for miners quarantined during a Deadwood smallpox epidemic and for children or adults stricken with diphtheria, mountain fever and other diseases. Calamity was a product of the wild and wooly west. She was not immoral; but unmoral. With her upbringing, how could she be anything but unmoral. Only the old days could have produced her. She belonged to a time and a class that was fast disappearing. Calamity had nearly all the rough virtues of the old West as well as many of the vices. She was one of the frontier types and she had all the merits and most of their faults.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; American Icons
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