The Denver Center for the Performing Arts


Lester L. Ward has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) since 1988.

A lawyer by profession, he was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and is a graduate of its public schools. He received an AB degree cum laude from Harvard College and an LLB degree from Harvard Law School.

Following two years in the United States Army he began the practice of law in Pueblo in 1957. He was a partner in the law firm of Predovich, Ward & Banner. He is a member of the Pueblo County, Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations, and is a past president (1983-84) of the Colorado Bar Association.

He serves on the boards of Denver Civic Ventures, the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has been a long-time member of the board of the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation as well as the DCPA. Mr. Ward is currently serving as the Chairman of the Performing Arts Centers Consortium, a group of the nation's largest performing arts centers.

He was a founder of the Broadway Theatre League of Pueblo and has served on numerous civic and charitable boards both locally and statewide. Governor Richard Lamm appointed him as one of nine members of the Colorado Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.

He and his wife Rosalind reside in downtown Denver and have three grown children.