Aiden Hurley, Founder and Co-Director
Aiden Hurley is a theatre and film director and stage actor from Durango, Colorado. He was raised in a family immersed in the entertainment industry. He has been involved with theatre productions through Troupe 1096, Mountain Middle School, and Merely Players' youth theatre group.
He directed ThesNerd Productions' Les Misérables and played Jean Valjean. His other recent stage appearances include playing Leeward in Troupe 1096's The Little Mermaid, George Gibbs in Merely Players' youth production of Our Town, and the title character in Mountain Middle School's production of Macbeth. He also directed the short film "18 Frames" which won an award at the Durango Independent Film Festival.
Mady Brand, Co-Director
Mady Brand is a stage actress from Durango, Colorado who has been performing on stage for over a decade. She has been involved with numerous theatre productions through Merely Players and the Durango Arts Center. She has received training in New York and with Ohana Arts in Hawai'i.
In ThesNerd Productions' Les Misérables, she played Madame Thénardier and the Factory Girl. Her other recent stage appearances include playing Lily and Bertha in the Diamond Dust Players' 50th Melodrama Anniversary, Demeter in Cats at the Ohana Arts Festival, and Mrs. Gibbs in Merely Players' youth production of Our Town. She recently choreographed Oliver! and 'Twas the Week After Christmas at the Durango Arts Center.
Outside of acting in theatre productions, she enjoys playing the oboe, traveling, reading, studying history, and being an audience member of the theater. She is very fond of old fashioned musicals and plays.
Helene Brimhall, Co-Director
Helene Brimhall is a theatre and film actress from Folsom, California, who currently attends Durango High School. She has taken part in the world of theatre since she was little and has been involved with a number of shows through Troupe 1096 and the Durango Arts Center.
She played Fantine in ThesNerd Productions’ Les Misérables. Her notable stage appearances include playing Flotsam in The Little Mermaid with Troupe 1096, Grempkin in the same troupe’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher, Lady Macbeth in Mountain Middle School's production of Macbeth, and Grace Farrell in Annie at the Durango Arts Center. Additionally, she played the lead in Aiden Hurley's short film, “18 Frames”.
In her spare time, she likes reading, being outdoors, enjoying the company of her friends, and playing with her dog, Jake. She is very grateful for her friends and family who support her in all that she does.