The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) presents profound theatrical stories that inspire our audiences and enrich our community.
BETC is a resident company at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, founded in 2006. 2020-21 will be our fifteenth season. The company has presented five world premieres and over 30 regional premieres to date, demonstrating our commitment to bring the best of contemporary theatre to Colorado audiences. BETC's successful Generations new play development program is unique in the country for its focus on parent playwrights, and we are expanding it in 2020 to serve high school students and older adults as well.
BETC's organizational structure includes a board of directors, three full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, and the artistic ensemble. The BETC Ensemble is composed of local artists from all theatrical disciplines. Some are Equity members, while others have terminal degrees and professional experience in their areas of expertise. Ensemble members' voices help to shape the direction and vision of BETC's artistic work through ongoing conversations around production quality and through the annual play selection process. These artists represent BETC within the larger metropolitan community, and are highly visible, positive advocates for our work. Ensemble members are selected by the Producing Artistic Director based on the quality of their work with BETC and in other professional and academic theatres across the Denver metropolitan area.
BETC has been awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sustainable Arts Foundation, EST/ Sloan Foundation, TCG, TDF, SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, Boulder Arts Commission, and many other generous supporters. In the past few seasons, we've been recognized by area critics and judges with numerous nominations and awards, including "Best Theater for Adults" from Westword Magazine in 2019 and 2017, "Winner, Best Theatre Production, Westword's Best of Denver 2016", "Winner, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Westword's Best of Denver 2016", 2015 Award recipient for the National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards), and the 2016 Emerging Professional Award from the National Theatre Conference for Managing Director Rebecca Remaly.
"Top notch productions that cement BETC's reputation as one of the best theatre companies in not just Boulder but all of Colorado." (Gary Zeidner, for Boulder Weekly)
"This is a hell of a show, an enormously well-done production by BETC that features an extraordinary cast with a compelling story based on the best-selling novel of the same name and adapted for stage by Simon Stephens." (Review of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Alex Miller, for Onstage Colorado)
"BETC continues to add to its reputation as the theatre to have on your resume if you want to be taken seriously as a Colorado actor with this well constructed and excellently acted production." (Review of "Curious Incident" by Beki Pineda, for Colorado Magazine)
"Rebecca Remaly's direction is brilliant, subtle and flawless; she has found actors athletic enough for the roles, and their work is beautifully integrated to create a strong ensemble. 'The Wolves" may withhold information, avoid the obvious, come at important topics sideways, yet it's profoundly satisfying. You're never bored while you watch, and the experience creeps up on you afterward, when you realize you were privileged to enter a world that seemed quite ordinary and then see it quietly illuminated." (Juliet Wittman, for Westword Magazine)
"Season after season BETC productions are consistently smart, beautifully-crafted shows written by some of the most up-and-coming playwrights in the country and staged by the most nuanced actors, designers, and directors Colorado has to offer. Sometimes I leave a show laughing, sometimes crying, but always enriched by the experience. I'm proud to be a BETC subscriber and a supporter of such a creative, talented group of artists." -Marla Corwin, Subscriber
"In October I drove a dozen students from Ouray to Denver for our annual theater field trip. When my students heard that we were returning to BETC, they were excited: those who came last year well remembered the hilarity of their experience with Ripcord. At the end of Birds of North America, half of my students (and I!) were weeping. All of us identified deeply with the relationship portrayed in the play. So typical of BETC's work to give such sincere, heartfelt communication that we are moved, even transformed. This emotional generosity grows out of the artistic commitment and vision of the directors and ensemble. This is why I trust BETC with my students, why I bring them every year to meet these artists that I so admire. I am so grateful to BETC for the work it's doing in this world." -John Kissingford, Ouray High School teacher
"We 'discovered' BETC five years ago and have been avid fans ever since. As a member of the arts community, I can testify to the superb quality of BETC's productions. Although the theatre space is small, the work is professional and intimate. The lighting, set design, costumes, and excellent acting...an evening at BETC is truly a wonderful experience. We give to BETC because we believe in the work and the commitment to theatre that BETC represents." -Noel & Terry Hefty, Season 14 Benefactors