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Our Recipe

Everything we do is guided by the five ingredients below, mixed to taste:


  • Extending the experience before, during and after the show and beyond the traditional performance space
  • Audiences influence and interact, they don’t just watch


  • Incorporating a variety of art forms
  • New and unexpected uses of technology to engage (not isolate) the audience


  • Building community
  • Collaborating with and fostering local talent


  • A lab to test new forms, ideas and technologies
  • Challenging the rules, formalities and definitions of theatre


  • In conversation with pop and Internet culture
  • Centered around the work of current artists
The Off-Center story begins in 2010. Searching for opportunities to experiment with new kinds of work, different kinds of artists, and new ways to engage with audiences, the DCPA applied to participate in the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts. Following an eight-month process that included an intensive retreat and awesome opportunities to connect with and learn from other adventurous minds in the theatre field, we knew we were on to something.

We laid out a vision for the types of new theatrical experiences we wanted to create and articulated it in the form of a Recipe  – our guiding principles for what makes a show “Off-Center.” Not long afterward, Off-Center hosted our first prototype public performances in 2011, led by co-founders Charlie Miller and Emily Tarquin. View full production history.

Since then, Off-Center’s role at the DCPA has expanded from a small theatrical test kitchen to a fully-fledged, signature line of programming. We now produce and present several Off-Center shows a year, from one-night-only, once-in-a-lifetime events to long-running shows both in and out of the theatre. Our team has been recognized as national leaders, and we have presented at numerous conferences across the US and Canada including the National Innovation Summit for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference, TCG Audience (R)Evolution, National Arts Marketing Project, and Denver’s Imagine 2020 Speaker Series.

Off-Center is curated by Charlie Miller, Associate Artistic Director for Strategy and Innovation. The Recipe was created by Amy Allison, Laurence Curry, Melissa Dibble, Seth Holt, Douglas Langworthy, Samantha Long, Cara Miale, Charlie Miller, Rick Noble, Emily Tarquin, and Kent Thompson.

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DCPA is the nation’s largest not-for-profit theatre organization dedicated to creating unforgettable shared experiences through beloved Broadway musicals, world-class plays, educational programs and inspired events. We think of theatre as a spark of life — a special occasion that’s exciting, powerful and fun. Join us today and we promise an experience you won't soon forget.