Phamaly Theatre Company

A nonprofit organization

Transforming Stories | Deconstructing Barriers | Elevating Disability

Phamaly Theatre Company is the foremost disability-affirmative, nonprofit theatre company in the country. Now in its fourth decade as a homegrown, award-winning Denver arts organization, Phamaly produces professional plays, musicals, and original work cast entirely of performers with all nature of disabilities: physical, emotional, intellectual, and cognitive. 

Phamaly’s success has been the result of heart, perseverance, and the resilience of its actors, board, volunteers, staff, and community members who have transformed Phamaly from a small, amateur troupe into a professional powerhouse. Phamaly is the longest-running theatre in the country that exclusively features actors with disabilities of all kinds; producing a repertoire of musicals, plays, and original work. Phamaly continues to forge a path as a company where artists with disabilities of all kinds are welcomed, and their uniqueness is approached through a lens of creativity and possibility. 

Phamaly's Values


Phamaly is passionate about creating and supporting all members of its community – on stage and off.


Phamaly celebrates the unconventional and uplifts human uniqueness.


Phamaly has pride in the disability identity and believes in a non-hierarchical view of disability. 

Artistic Excellence

Phamaly believes diverse voices and experiences are essential to the creative process and the most effective artistic endeavors stem from a people-first approach.


Phamaly is fiercely committed to deconstructing barriers so theatre artists with disabilities can work freely and productively and do their best work. 


Phamaly believes in disability as a creative asset and artistic aesthetic that can transform conventional stories and unlock creative potential.


Phamaly is bold, courageous, and irreverent, creates creating a safe space to allow for laughter, vulnerability, and fearlessness.

Phamaly's Commitment to Justice, Equity, and Access

Phamaly acknowledges the presence and pervasive history of racism, ableism, sexism, ethnocentrism, gender bias, ageism, and economic inequity that filters through the arts and greater society. We strive to actively dismantle these and other forms of inequity and inequality in every aspect of our work. We believe the inclusion of all community members makes our art stronger.

Phamaly's mission-driven focus is to engage people with disabilities. In addition, we commit to intentionally creating a safe and welcoming space for people of all social identities, including the Deaf community, people of color, Native American and Indigenous and First Nations, women, non-binary and gender non-confirming, and LGBTQIA2+.

We believe that everyone deserves comprehensive access to transformative artistic experiences, and it is the responsibility of everyone who engages with the arts - appreciators, supporters, participants, creators - to make this a reality.


To be a creative home for theatre artists with disabilities; to model a disability-affirmative theatrical process; and to upend conventional narratives by transforming individuals, audiences, and the world.

Background Statement

Founded in 1989, Phamaly Theatre Company was created when five students from the Boettcher School in Denver, all living with disabilities, grew frustrated with the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities. The group decided to create a theatre company that would provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to perform.

Phamaly's founders were ahead of their time in building an inclusive organization that directly served disenfranchised individuals with disabilities from all racial, ethnic, gender, and class identities. Phamaly continues to give individuals a supportive space to achieve their full potential and provides Colorado with an expansive artistic experience that cannot be found anywhere else.

Throughout its 30-year history, Phamaly has maintained its dedication to the founding principle of inclusion while developing artistic craft, enhancing professional opportunities, and employing new methods of access, all while stunning audiences with award-winning theatre. Through its innovative productions, Phamaly advances the social narrative of disability to effect greater inclusion, participation, and respect for people with disabilities in all facets of society.

Organization Data


Organization name

Phamaly Theatre Company

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Large Organization


3532 Franklin Street Unit T2
Denver, CO 80205

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US



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