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Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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Off-Center

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Off-Center produces unexpected theatrical experiences that put the audience at the center of the story. Among its large-scale productions are: Sweet & Lucky created with New York-based Third Rail Projects, The Last Defender live action game, Perception featuring live music by Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, a 360-degree staging of The Wild Party, and Camp Christmas, the immersive holiday experience attended by nearly 70,000 people in 2019.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Off-Center has been credited with bringing immersive theatre to Colorado and helping establish Denver as a national hub for immersive art. Our immersive productions have garnered local and national attention and critical acclaim. Off-Center has received numerous "Best of Westword" awards and was named Best Theatre Company in 5280 Magazine's Top of the Town 2018 edition.

Theatre Company

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The lifeblood of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the Denver Center Theatre Company, the region's largest resident professional corps of actors, designers, craftsmen and technicians. These artists annually produce a season of classic and contemporary dramas and new works running fall to late spring on the stages of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex: the Stage, Space, Ricketson and Jones theatres.

We have committed ourselves to discover new theatrical voices through the Colorado New Play Summit. Held each February, the Summit convenes some of the nation's brightest writers, directors, actors and critics to hear the readings of commissioned plays and works in development and to see fully-staged world premieres.

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, our production history includes more than 330 productions including 130 new works. In recognition of this achievement, we received the 1998 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

Broadway

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents Broadway tours and produces cabaret shows through our presenting division.

A cornerstone of Denver's thriving arts community, our Broadway division presents the best Broadway has to offer. The Denver Center has become a launching pad for many Broadway tours including Dear Evan Hansen, Disney's Frozen, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Pippin, and Peter and the Starcatcher among others. Our first engagement of The Phantom of the Opera in 1991 brought people from 26 states and generated $40 million into the economy. Just a decade later when we launched Disney's The Lion King, more than $58 million was pumped into Denver's economy, contributing to a $1 billion economic impact from the metro area's cultural attractions.



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Evidence of Program's Success

The Denver Center prides itself on consistently offering professional, passionate and thought-provoking productions for its audiences, whether adults or children. The Denver Center has made a difference as demonstrated in our attendance growth. Further, our Broadway division has:
-presented nearly 600 productions
-produced ten cabaret shows
-launched 11 touring premieres

Denver Center Education

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

A cornerstone of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts' mission is lifelong learning. Each year we serve more than 84,000 students from the curious child to the aspiring professional through our programs, which are tailor-made for students, teachers and business professionals alike.

DCPA Education provides students of all ages with the means to actively explore the beauty, diversity, complexity and challenges of the world around them through the dramatic process, to generate an appreciation of theatre arts as a vital force in their lives and to enable them to develop their own creative voices through an understanding of the art form and its role in society.

We offer:
- Acting instruction
- In-school and on-site programs for schools
- Student matinees that introduce middle and high school students to professional productions.
- Family programs
- Professional development
- Theatre extra enrichment opportunities including:
- Perspectives on the Play allow participants to learn about the play from community experts and the play's creators.
- Talkbacks connect a play's themes with contemporary societal issues
- Symposia deepen experience through discussion with educators and experts
- Theatre & Theology associates themes with issues raised by congregational leaders
- Tours provide a glimpse backstage, onstage and into the creative process
- A high school play-writing workshop and competition
- A high school musical theatre awards program, the Bobby Gs

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Evidence of Program's Success

DCPA Education has made a difference as demonstrated by the demand for educational services. Teacher surveys note that the Arts in Education programs and techniques are effective in teaching a wide range of subjects and that they engendered a greater interest on the part of students to participate and retain what they have learned. Another indicator of success is that despite the fact that our Arts in Education programs continue to grow in size and scope, we cannot keep up with the demand. Our residencies and programs are booked to capacity and teachers are excited about participating in our professional development programs.

We are happy to share that in 2014 we were awarded the Corey Medallion Award by the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.

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