Janice Sinden, President/CEO
Start Date: 2016
Janice Sinden joined the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as President & CEO in 2016. This fourth-generation Coloradan has had her eye on the
future of her state for decades and now leads the 300 artisans and administrators of one of the nation's largest non-profit theatre organizations.
The diversity of Janice's career path has allowed her to support her personal passions of rich cultural experiences, access to education, and giving back
to her community through her interest in politics. Before the DCPA, she served as Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for five years
where she managed 60 appointees, 26 departments and the day-to-day complexities that come with running a major metropolitan city.
Her previous experience includes serving as the Executive Director of Colorado Concern, Manager of Community Relations/Corporate Communications for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego and working in both Washington, DC and Colorado for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard.
Janice has been recognized by 5280 magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Denver, by the Colorado Women's Foundation as one of the 25 most influential women in Colorado, by the Girl Scouts of Colorado as a Woman of Distinction, and by the University of Northern Colorado Department of Political Science and International Affairs as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. She currently serves on the boards of Citizens for Arts to Zoo, University of Northern Colorado, VISIT Denver, American Transplant Foundation and Denver Preschool Program. She is also a member of the Performing Arts Centers Consortium, Independent Presenters Network, Theatre Communications Group, National Western Stock Show and Colorado Concern. Previously, she was appointed by Governors Owens and Ritter to serve on the Colorado Creative Industries Council.
Martin Semple, Chairman
Start Date: 2017
Martin Semple is the third Chairman in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' nearly 40-year history. He and his wife, Jo, have been patrons and donors of the DCPA since the 1980s. Semple, a partner with the Denver law firm of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C., served as the DCPA's legal counsel for more than three decades. He joined both the DCPA Board of Trustees and the Helen Bonfils Foundation Board of Trustees in July 2007.
Semple has specialized in public and private sector labor and employment law and represents nonprofit organizations, school districts and cities among other client groups. Additionally, Mr. Semple has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Denver College of Law and the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Semple graduated from St. Patrick's College, Ireland, and earned doctorates in law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Catholic University of America. His current Board memberships include the DCPA and National Jewish Health. Past Board affiliations include Colorado Children's Hospital Foundation (1985-1995; Chairman 1990-1992); National School Boards Association (2000-2001), Common Good Colorado (2009-2011), National Council of School Attorneys (Chairman 2000-2001) and Colorado School Attorneys Council.
Semple also has served as President of the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation since 2015, an endowment fund established to support the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Denver Post Chairman William Dean Singleton will succeed Semple as President of the Bonfils Foundation. Singleton, who was co-founder of the Denver-based newspaper chain MediaNews Group (now known as Digital First Media), has been served on both the DCPA and Bonfils boards since March 2001.
Chris Coleman, Artistic Director, Theatre Company
Start Date: 2018
Chris Coleman is the Artistic Director of Denver Center Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning production arm of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Chris oversees programming of the Theatre Company's 8-10 play season of classic, contemporary and new works; its annual Colorado New Play Summit, and the innovative and experimental works of Off-Center. Additionally, the Theatre Company provides artistic and production support for select productions by DCPA Cabaret and DCPA Education.
Previously he served as Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage (PCS) for 17 years. During his tenure at PCS, he developed programming with roots in the Pacific Northwest complemented by classic productions and many world premieres, 52 of which went on to productions across the country and abroad.
In 2015, he directed the Off-Broadway debut of Threesome at 59E59 Theaters following its world premiere at PCS. He also directed many PCS productions, including Othello, Anna Karenina, Three Days of Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Much Ado About Nothing, Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Beard of Avon, Cabaret, King Lear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dreamgirls, Man and Superman, Outrage, Flesh and Blood and The Devils. He also adapted and directed Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline, Astoria: Part One and Astoria: Party Two.
Prior to his work in Portland, Chris was artistic director at Actor's Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in 1988.
Chris has directed at Actor's Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT-Seattle, The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore.
A native Atlantan, Chris holds a BFA from Baylor University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon.
John Ekeberg, Executive Director - Broadway
John began his employment with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 1992. He has served as the General Manager for the following Denver Center Attractions productions: I Love A Piano; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Heaven Help Us!; Always...Patsy Cline; My Way; The Taffetas and The Last Five Years. John also is proud to have participated in Center Attractions' partnership with The Second City on Red Scare and How I Lost My Denverginity. He is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Luther College.
Lydia Garcia, Executive Director Equity and Organization Culture
Start Date: 2019
Lydia Garcia is the Executive Director of Equity and Organization Culture at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Throughout her multi-faceted career, she has been a dramaturg, educator and facilitator.
She was a founding member of artEquity under the leadership of Founder and Director Carmen Morgan, where she was a core facilitator and trainer working with individual artists, theatre institutions, and arts service organizations to build analytical skills and implement equity and inclusion practices.
She has served as the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company as well as the Resident Dramaturg at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At OSF, she co-adapted and translated the bilingual La Comedia of Errors with Artistic Director Bill Rauch and dramaturged more than 25 productions, including the world premieres of Sean Graney's The Yeomen of the Guard, Alexa Junge's Fingersmith, Tracy Young and Oded Gross's The Imaginary Invalid and The Servant of Two Masters, and Octavio Solis's Quixote. She has also dramaturged at Center Theatre Group, Native Voices at the Autry, the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work, Play On Shakespeare, The Playwrights' Center, the University of Southern California, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
She has taught and lectured at CalArts, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Puget Sound, the University of Oregon, and the Siskiyou Center.
She was educated at Harvard University (English and American Literature and Language) and the Yale School of Drama (Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism), and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).
Gretchen Hollrah, Chief Operating Officer
Start Date: 2019
Gretchen Hollrah is the Chief Operating Officer of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where she oversees Facilities, Event Services, Finance, Information Technology, Capital Projects, Human Resources and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Gretchen joined the Denver Center following 17 years of service at the City of Denver. Most recently, she has served as the Executive Director for the National Western Center, which is a reimagined master-planned campus nearly doubling the grounds which have housed the National Western Stock Show for more than 110 years. In this capacity, she has overseen campus strategic master planning and development, including operations planning and construction activities for the redevelopment of the Center in coordination with partners and their construction plans.
Previously, she served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Project Officer simultaneously for the City of Denver, where she reviewed development proposals and recommended public financing opportunities to maximize efficient use of City resources. Her project work has included the continued redevelopment of the Stapleton and Lowry neighborhoods as well as other major infill and infrastructure reinvestment projects. Additionally, Gretchen managed Denver's Capital Improvement Program, overseeing appropriations for the City's streets, bridges, parks, buildings and arts facilities.
Gretchen began her career as a city planner for the City of New York and continued in the private sector at Wilbur Smith Associates in San Francisco, CA, before her career in Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.
Lisa Mallory, Vice President of Marketing & Sales
Start Date: 2018
Lisa Mallory is the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where she oversees an 80-person team that promotes the organization's six pillars - Broadway, Theatre Company, Off-Center, Cabaret, Education and Event Services. In this role, Lisa manages Audience Development, the Box Office, Communications, Community Engagement, Creative Services, Cultural Affairs, Group Sales, Marketing and Patron Services for the $57 million nonprofit organization.
Prior to the DCPA, Lisa worked with Bravo! Vail as Vice President of Marketing & Executive Vice President where she was responsible for marketing, press, and IT.
The majority of her career was spent in New York where she served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Metropolitan Opera, leading marketing, publicity, editorial, digital media, customer service, sales, and merchandising/retail store departments for the country's largest performing arts center, with distribution in movie theaters in more than 60 countries, as well as on PBS, public radio, its own Sirius XM channel, and its own streaming content service. Lisa led a staff of 110 and had revenue responsibility of more than $120 million.
Prior to the Met, Lisa worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) serving first as Director of Marketing and then as Vice President of Marketing & Communications, leading all aspects of marketing, communications, and ticket sales at a time of profound growth and transformation.
Prior to BAM, Lisa held various marketing positions in the technology sector, most recently as Senior Manager of Market Strategy in the internet solutions division of Qwest Communications. She holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Northern Colorado.
Victoria M. Miles, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2001
Colorado native Vicky Miles joined The Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2002. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Pennsylvania's Lehigh University in 1994 and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995. Her previous business experience includes four years with Ernst & Young LLP, one year with a local real estate developer and two years in Antarctica working for National Science Foundation subcontractors. Her love of the theatre initially drew her to join The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Vera Morales, Vice President Human Resources
Start Date: 2019
Vera Morales is the Vice President of Human Resources at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has more than 20 years of Human Resources leadership experience with an array of large-scale corporate-sector organizations.
Her areas of expertise include executive HR strategic planning, leadership development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, bilingual training, and high-level project management.
Vera is responsible for leading all human resource functions, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, learning and development, and employee engagement.
Before joining the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, she held several corporate Human Resources leadership positions with FORTUNE 500 organizations, including Walmart Stores, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Conifer Health Solutions and Cabela's, Inc.
While in the corporate sector, Vera served as corporate liaison to national organizations such as The Hispana Leadership Institute, Latina Style Magazine, The National Black MBA Association, and Prospanica The Association of Hispanic Professionals. She is an avid volunteer for youth education programs and serves as a volunteer for Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver; a college preparatory school for young men and women.
She holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Human Resources Management and Development from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor's of Science in Hospitality Administration from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, OK.
Yovani Pina, Vice President of Information Technology
Start Date: 2016
Yovani Pina is the Vice President of Information Technology at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He leads a seven-person team that oversees all IT support for the organization's annual $43 million in ticket sales plus provides operational support for up to 1,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.
As Vice President of IT, Yovani provides leadership to build a robust foundation of stable and secure technologies to advance the organization's ability to best serve the growing technological needs of the Center and the community.
With more than 20 years of experience, Yovani most recently served as the Senior Director of Information Technology at DaVita Healthcare Partners where he was the primary point of contact for all internal business units. Prior to that, he served in various senior management positions at Level 3 Communications from Senior Engineer to develop new applications and improve workflows to Director of IT where he was responsible for maintaining the relationship between IT and all of the company's business units.
Yovani holds an Associate's Degree in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services from the Denver Technical College. He previously served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Early College of Arvada.
Shelley Thompson, Vice President of Development
Start Date: 2018
Shelley Thompson is the Vice President of Development for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Thompson leads an eight-person team that focuses on individual donor relations, sponsorship procurement, and foundation grants to support the $57 million organization - the nation's largest nonprofit theatre organization, which welcomes 1.1 million patrons and educates nearly 106,000 students each year.
Thompson has 18 years of experience building relationships and raising money for a broad variety of organizations both locally and nationally. She has worked at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Women's Foundation of Colorado, Outward Bound USA, and Colorado Community College System. She has raised millions in support of education and other causes and was most recently the Group Chief Development Officer in the Mountains and North Denver Operating Group of Centura Health where she was responsible for fundraising and community health for a six-hospital region.
Thompson's volunteer efforts include serving on the boards of Red Rocks Community College Foundation, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Mi Casa Resource Center. She also is a member of the President's Leadership Council at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Thompson served on the Englewood School Board, Englewood Housing Authority Board and was a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Leadership Denver Class of 2015.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics & Government from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado. Thompson resides in Littleton with her two children and two dogs.
Charles Varin, Managing Director, Theatre Company
Start Date: 2006
Charles Varin is the Managing Director for the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning production arm of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Charles oversees administrative, financial and business operations for Theatre Company productions and other artistic initiatives such as new play development, Off-Center programming and the Colorado New Play Summit.
Since joining the Theatre Company in 2006, he has played a major role in executing the artistic vision of the organization. He served as Executive Producer for the wildly successful and innovative Off-Center production of Sweet & Lucky. He regularly negotiates licensing and production agreements for large scale shows such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, The 12, Sweeney Todd with DeVotchKa and many more.
Charles began his career as a Stage Manager at Florida Studio Theatre. He continued his work within stage management for 12 years at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera and Geva Theatre Center before transitioning to general management and producing. Prior to the DCPA, he served as General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York where he oversaw administrative and operational functions for contracting, front of house, facilities and IT.
He is an active committee member of the League of Resident Theatres. He also serves on the finance committee for the Mile High Freedom Band where he plays tuba. Charles received a degree in Theatre Arts and Stage Management/Production at Texas Wesleyan University.
Allison Watrous, Executive Director of Education
Start Date: 2014
Allison Watrous is the Executive Director of Education at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, which has been her artistic home for the past 20 years as an educator, actor and director. Allison and her team manage a wide variety of educational programing, which serves more than 142,000 students per year.
Allison is a collaborative leader of artists, teaching artists, actors, and educators and an innovative teacher who is passionate about working with students of all ages. She is an artful developer of new curriculum that explores using theatre as a springboard to teach various subjects. Allison has taught at The New Victory Theatre, The New York Film Academy, TADA!, The Buckley School, University of Northern Colorado, the National Theatre Conservatory, The International College of Beijing and the University of Denver. She is currently on faculty of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Colorado Denver.
Acting work includes Kelly Young in Just Like Us, A Christmas Carol, John Brown's Body and Scapin (Denver Center Theatre Company); Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women (DCPA Cabaret); Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company), and Savage in Limbo, Crimes of the Heart, American Notes, Talley's Folly and Gidion's Knot (Sis Tryst Productions)
Directing work includes Bus Stop (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), The Revolutionists (BETC), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Miners Alley Playhouse), Big Love (University of Denver), and Failure: A Love Story, The Laramie Project, Eurydice, Wintertime, Arcadia and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Denver School of the Arts).
Allison studied at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Theatre Institute, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at Drake University and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.
Jane Williams, Vice President of Finance
Start Date: 2019
Jane has enjoyed an extensive career in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she has served as the CFO of Clayton Early Learning where she provided executive leadership and strategic management for Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities and Operations. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, she worked for the college for the first eight years of her career before moving to Williams Law, PLLX and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
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