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Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company

BETC presents challenging, surprising, and entertaining theatre that delights our audiences and enhances Colorado's cultural landscape. Our locally based ensemble, working with outstanding guest artists, creates engaging productions and innovative collaborations. BETC: This is what theatre can do.

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BETC's Mainstage Season

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Deaf & Hearing Impaired

Description

We produce an annual season of plays at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. In 2019-20, we will produce four regional premieres (starred) and one world premiere adaptation:
• *"Tiny Beautiful Things", an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling book by Nia Vardalos;
• *"The Realistic Joneses," by Will Eno;
• *"A Christmas Carol," adapted from the Dickens classic by Rebecca Remaly;
• *"Bloomsday" by Stephen Dietz;
• *"Oslo," by J.T. Rogers.

BETC is committed to making contemporary theatre accessible and affordable for all audiences, including neurodiverse and disabled populations. Season 14 will include a relaxed performance of "A Christmas Carol" for people on the autism spectrum and other members of the neurodiverse community. Thanks to support from TDF, we will offer open-captioned performances at the first Saturday matinee of each production to serve deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. Our new "BETC Buffs" program, sponsored by the Boulder Arts Commission, will help us welcome CU Boulder students to the theatre and also provide pop-up events on the CU campus to inspire students to take part in Boulder's cultural conversations.







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Evidence of Program's Success

BETC was named "Best Theatre for Adults" by Westword Magazine in 2017 and again in 2019. Our 2018-19 season received seven Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominations. Our managing director, Rebecca Remaly, received the Emerging Professional Artist award from the 2016 National Theatre Conference, as well as a 2016 True West Award for "The Women Running Theatre in Boulder." We won a 2015 National Theatre Company award from the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. We've 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.

Generations new play development program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
Parents

Description

"Generations" is BETC's new play development program. For the past seven years, we have run an annual national competition for playwrights who are parents of children under 18. The winner receives a cash prize and childcare stipend, and a weeklong summer residency in Boulder with members of our ensemble, culminating in a staged reading of the winning work by a professional cast. Winning plays are considered for full production in future seasons.

In 2018, we expanded the Generations program to include periodic commissions of parent playwrights. Our 2018-19 commission went to playwright, rapper, poet, and essayist Idris Goodwin, who created a new play about American public education. Our 2020-21 commission is to playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger, for a new play about the uses of virtual reality therapies to treat veterans with PTSD.

In 2020, we will further expand the Generations program to create a new playwriting program for high school students and older adults 55+. (Inter)Generations will bring these people together to interview one another and write plays based on one another's life experiences. BETC won a national grant from the Theatre Communications Group's Audience (R)Evolution program in support of this program expansion. We are thrilled for the opportunity to connect generations through the arts, right here in Colorado.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Two of our Generations new play competition winners, David Valdes' "Full Code" and Anna Moench's "Birds of North America," have gone on to world premieres at BETC. Two other competition winners have gone on to productions elsewhere: both Jacqueline Goldfinger's "Babel" (upcoming) and Stephanie Alison Walker's "The Madres" (2018) have received NNPN Rolling World Premieres.

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