Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Live theatre is back! Our actors, directors and creative teams are back in rehearsal halls, production shops, and theatres. Students are returning back to our classrooms for in-person learning. Now we're asking for your support to keep our momentum going. Will you continue our story with a gift?

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts​​​​​​​
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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 programs are designed to engage students in theatre-rich classroom learning and provide opportunities to experience live theatre, while fostering the development of literacy skills and enhancing curriculum content. Education programs in the 2019-20 season served more than 135,000 students, even with the disruption caused by COVID-19 in the spring and summer.

Current programs include Student Matinees, Book Stars, Dramatic Learning Arts Integration, the AT&T High School Playwriting Competition, DPS Virtual Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.


"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 Teaching Artists are SO good! "These are some of the best interactions I have witnessed with my class .The DCPA has given students a taste of what the performing arts are and what an important role they play in society and education." - Teacher, Holm Elementary

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