Tam Dalrymple Frye, left, and Allison Watrous, right, with statewide high-school playwriting finalist Jack Fletcher at a reading of his play in February. Photo by John Moore.
Allison Watrous has been named the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Director of Education, it was announced today.
Watrous, previously the DCPA’s Associate Director of Education, has been serving as Interim Director of Education since longtime Director Tam Dalrymple Frye, who helped found the Education Division in 1992, decided to step aside — but not away — from the DCPA.
“Tam built a nationally acclaimed series of programs as Director of Education, and will continue teaching and advocating for our Education programs,” Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director of the DCPA Theatre Company, said.
Watrous is a Colorado native who graduated from Wheat Ridge High School, Drake University and the DCPA’s former master’s program, the National Theatre Conservatory.
“Allison brings considerable experience, talent and commitment to Education and to the DCPA,” Thompson said. “In addition, Allison brings an impressive background and deep experience in Arts in Education as a faculty member and teaching artist, and as a professional actress.”
Watrous has been a teaching artist at the DCPA for 16 years and is a co-founder of a local theatre company called Sis Tryst Productions.
She recently played Kelly Young in Just Like Us for the DCPA Theatre Company. Other credits include DCPA Cabaret’s Girls Only!, Curious Theatre Company’s Astronomical Sunset and, for Sis Tryst, Sally in Talley’s Folly, Karen in American Notes, Linda in Savage in Limbo, and Meg in Crimes of the Heart.
Recent directing credits include Cult Following (Off-Center), Big Love (University of Denver), Failure: A Love Story and Bus Stop (Denver School of the Arts).
Watrous also is a faculty member at the Denver School of the Arts and the University of Northern Colorado. She taught at the New York Film Academy and the New Victory Theatre in New York.
Frye has managed, created and taught theatre programs for more than 25 years. Her tenure at DCPA began in 1992 when she was hired to establish DCPA Education and develop in-school drama programming.
In 1995, the education team created “Dramatic Learning,” an arts-integrated curriculum that tailors classroom teachers’ lesson plans to help students understand principals in language arts, social studies, science and math through theatre activities. Dramatic Learning serves more than 13,000 students annually in the metro Denver area.
Before coming to the DCPA, Frye was an instructor of acting at the University of Oklahoma, University of Arts and Science of Oklahoma, University of Wyoming, and New York University. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and will complete her Masters in Arts Management and Program Development from the University of Denver in 2015.
In 2008, Frye received the Distinguished Services Award from the Alliance of Colorado Theatre for her work in educational theater. Past board occupancies include the Alliance for Colorado Theatre, Colorado Alliance for Arts Education, and Denver Public Schools Arts Resource Council. She currently sits on the steering committee of the Education Directors for the Alliance Project and the Scientific and Cultural Collaborative, and is honored to be the Chair of the First Lady of Denver’s Bringing Back the Arts Foundation.