Valerie Haugen has a passion for expression - a passion for words, poetry, and theatre - all leading to performance.  Valerie is the Associate Artistic Director of Carbondale’s professional theatre Thunder River Theatre Company, and a founding member. She is their lead actress and dramaturg/researcher, and has performed leading roles in most of TRTC's productions since its founding in 1995. Valerie is also the theatre’s resident writer - building outreach program performances for TRTC’s Educational Outreach, Literary Nights, and El Dia de los Muertos.  Valerie also organizes TRTC’s annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival which takes place the last weekend in March.

Valerie’s poetry has appeared in the Mountain Gazette, HARP, and the Telluride Watch.  TRTC recently produced the play “The Tempest of the Mind,” conceived and developed by TRTC’s artistic directors, and scripted by Valerie. Valerie’s one woman show about the power of poetry to save lives “What Drips In Sleep Against the Heart” was the final installation in the month-long Support Women Artists Now celebration in Carbondale. 

Valerie is a seventh-generation Texan, and resides in Marble, Colorado.  Read more about Valerie at Thunder River Theatre Company’s website,