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Denver Center for the Performing Arts

DCPA exists to engage and inspire through the transformative power of live theatre. But now, our theatres are empty. Live performance venues were the first to close and will likely be the last to reopen. Gifts to our Recovery Fund will help us rehire artists, reopen theatres and revive programming!

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts​​​​​​​
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1101 13th Street
Denver, CO 80204
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1101 13th Street
Denver, CO 80204
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Mission Statement

We engage and inspire through the transformative power of live theatre.

Organization History

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit organization, and is comprised of: the Tony award-winning Theatre Company, the largest resident professional theatre company between Chicago and the West Coast, producing an 8-play mainstage season which includes classic, contemporary and new work; the Broadway division, bringing the best touring Broadway shows to Denver year after year; Off-Center, producing unexpected theatrical experiences that put the audience at the center of the story; and DCPA Education, home to our arts in education activities.

Denver Center Education provides extensive arts education programs which are unique, innovative and standards-based for over 151,000 students each year. Current programs include Student Matinees, Book Starts, Theatre for Young Audiences, Dramatic Learning workshops and residencies, family productions, professional development for teachers, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, and eShakespeare - an online classroom dedicated to Denver Public School teacher and student training for the annual DPS Shakespeare Festival.


"What you get in Denver is a town that actually knows what going to the theatre is." - Thomas Schumacher, President, Disney Theatricals

"Our daughter has really enjoyed her acting classes at the DCPA. To help you reach your fundraising goal, Jackie has agreed to give up $1 per week of her allowance for the next 50 weeks. Thank you for providing great acting experiences for kids of all ages." - Michelle, parent of DCPA Academy student.

"...the fact that plays from the [Colorado New Play summit] have gone on to have future lives is an indication of the festival's increasingly solid reputation, both locally and nationally." - American Theatre Magazine

"The theatre touched my heart and inspired me." - Malia - 6th grade student who attended a student matinee performance

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