To create diverse and professional quality theatre in the Yampa Valley of Northwestern Colorado
Originally founded in 1971 as the Great American Laughing Stock Company, Piknik Theatre has become Northwest Colorado's only professional theatre company producing free outdoor performances since 2008. Each year we currently reach out to over 1500 live audience members and thousands more via our audio theatre productions broadcast on local radio and the internet. Concurrent with the summer Festival performances, our guest professional artists offer an affordable Youth Theatre Workshop for 15-20 young artists ages 11-18. In 2018, Piknik Theatre expanded to add indoor productions of the classic Shakespeare tragedies at the local Episcopal Church. Future capital campaigns include development of an outdoor amphitheater in collaboration with the City of Steamboat Springs and numerous other local performing arts organizations; and the potential to remodel the interior of the Old Stone Church at St. Paul's that could turn this underutilized facility into a small scale "black box" theatre.
"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