CenterStage Theatre Company (CenterStage) houses both a high-quality educational youth theatre and a unique special needs-focused company that showcases diversity through drama. Based in Boulder County, CenterStage serves students and audiences throughout the greater metro area.
The youth program of CenterStage provides theatre classes, workshops, and productions to a wide array of students from elementary to early college. During our 20+ year history, we have produced over 70 full-scale musical productions, at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, the Louisville Center for the Arts, and since 2018, in our own 70 seat Black Box Theatre at our facility in downtown Louisville.
Tapestry Theatre is our program devoted to the awareness and empowerment of children and young adults with special needs. Tapestry casts actors ages 10-adult with varying special needs (including intellectual, physical, and autism spectrum) in primary roles alongside actors without special needs as peer ensemble. Lead actors and ensemble members are partnered during the rehearsal and performance process. Tapestry's focus is to put special needs students in the forefront, utilizing their gifts to the fullest. In 2015, Tapestry expanded its programming to include performance opportunities for adults with cognitive disabilities by adding a Tapestry All Ages show.
Like many arts organizations, the pandemic was not easy for CenterStage, but buoyed by government grants, successful online and outdoor programs and the unflagging support of our generous donors, CenterStage has survived and thrived.
While Tapestry Theatre was forced to stay shuttered during most of 2021 due to the sensitive health of its population, Tapestry actors were finally able to return to the Dairy Arts Center for sell-out performances of Cinderella in July 2022.
Undaunted by the challenges of the pandemic and galvanized by the success of the spring and summer programs, the board took the unprecedented step of hiring their first FT staff person in veteran arts administrator Steve Wilson. Steve took the helm as Executive Artistic Director in August 2021, bringing 26 years of non-profit experience to the organization. Among other notable credits, Steve ran the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, Phamaly Theatre Company, and was a central figure in the 2016 SCFD reauthorization effort. Steve joined part-time administrator Christina Monsolino, whose tireless dedication to CenterStage throughout the pandemic assisted the organization in navigating difficult and unprecedented times. Both employees and the deeply engaged CSTC Board of Directors have set the stage for an exciting period of growth for CenterStage.