Yampa Valley Performing Arts Council

Support Piknik Theatre for "Shakespeare Everywhere": free outdoor performances during the summer months, indoor productions in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, youth and adult theatre education and counseling programs, and development of an outdoor performance venue.

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General Information

Official Name
Yampa Valley Performing Arts Council​​​​​​​
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Former Name(s)
(2017)The Great American Laughing Stock Company
Piknik Theatre
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
141 9th Street, Suite 102
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Colorado Location
141 9th Street, Suite 102
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Mailing Address
PO Box 770181
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
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Mission Statement

To create diverse and professional quality theatre in the Yampa Valley [northwestern Colorado]

Organization History

Originally founded in 1971 as the Great American Laughing Stock Company, Piknik Theatre has become Steamboat Springs' only professional theatre company producing free outdoor performances of two different shows each summer since 2008 currently reaching to up to 1000 audience members, with locals and tourists evenly mixed. Concurrent with the summer Festival performances, our guest artists offer an affordable Youth Theatre Workshop for 15-20 young artists ages 12-18. In 2018, Piknik Theatre expanded to include indoor Shakespeare productions at the local Episcopal Church, production assistance for the annual ice skating show, and after school theatre education programs. A capital campaign to remodel the interior of the Old Stone Church at St. Paul's will turn this underutilized facility into a small scale performing arts space.


"We enjoy the amazing productions put on every season by Piknik Theater!" - Waldman Family who have lived in Steamboat for decades and whose children have been a part of the theatre education.

"We are so blessed to have this organization in our town" - Rowse Family

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