The Venue Theatre exists to provide an accepting and enriching environment for greater Denver and Foothills youth to discover, explore, and celebrate their unique and extraordinary abilities.
The Venue Theatre Company began in August 2013 when Founder Nelson Conway brought together a talented group of adult instructors dedicated to teaching important life skills to children and youth in the foothills communities through theater arts training.
In just three months, over five thousand hours of labor and $50,000 in construction materials were donated by two dozen volunteers to transform an open space into a theater while the first cast rehearsed in parks and churches. The Venue's High School program performed its first production in November 2013, followed in the spring by Middle and Elementary Program productions and another High School production.
In 2020, under the direction of new Artistic Director, Amy Fletcher, and with live productions on hiatus due to COVID-19, The Venue has pivoted to an education-based model by offering intimate dance, voice, music, scene study, and technical theatre classes. These safety aware, in-person classes encourage students to learn communication skills through physical and emotional expression as well as coping mechanisms during this unprecedented time. Students have looked to The Venue as a refuge during a time when in-person congregation opportunities are minimal, all while making attention to safety a top priority.
In 2020, the majority of live theatre, performing arts, and in-person community events were placed on hiatus due to COVID-19. Yet, children in the Foothills and Denver area community still crave the enrichment and socialization that live artmaking offers. The Venue Theatre Company has continued to offer children in its community performing arts programs to benefit their physical and mental well-being. Testimonials from 2020 include:
"In a time where theater is closed all over the country, and where connecting & growing opportunities in person are few and far between -The Venue Theatre Company and Amy Dolan Fletcher have risen to the challenge of providing not just Covid safe musical and theatrical opportunities- They have committed to the true artistic and emotional process, providing the foundation and tools to expand technical skill, to stretch beyond limitations, to truly connect with our authentic self in order to tell a story, and to express deeply from the heart - all while creating a set of needed skills in full productions taught by those who have experience on Broadway-who are bright and shining examples of entrepreneurship and expression. No one else in Colorado is offering anything close to this experience. I truly hope people will financially support The Venue now and for years to come as they rebuild the idea of how a community theater can bring people together when they need it most."- Emery Archer, Parent
"The students this semester have had a place to call their second home once more, have increased their skill sets in monologues and music, and have learned new dance techniques to get ready for the upcoming year. Just because we are not seeing planned musical theater shows, does not mean our community is not existing and thriving."- Anonymous, Parent
"My daughter loves the Venue Theatre! Thanks to Amy Dolan Fletcher for her hard work and dedication to keep this open for the kids. The Venue has been such a great place to enhance my daughter's confidence and give her the social/emotional support she needs during these isolating times. She learns more than just theatre!"- Stephanie, Parent
"Under the fearless and creative leadership of Amy and the Board, The Venue is providing a nurturing and empowering place for our kids to express themselves and continue to build upon their dreams. The kids have demonstrated resilience and positive motivation that as an adult, has been truly inspiring. The Venue has overcome incredible odds to keep the doors open and will continue to safely push forward for a bright and innovative future."- Stephanie, Parent