Meet DCPA Charge Scenic Artist Jana Mitchell. Photo by John Moore.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours Return to the DCPA

The technical crew works onstage for Jackie & Me

The DCPA Production team works on the set for Jackie & Me

There is more than meets the eye in the art of theatre. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes magic at the Denver Center that brings each play to life. The DCPA Theatre Company features an in-house production team, including costume designers, set builders, propmakers, technical specialists, and more. A behind-the-scenes tour program was introduced to offer the public an opportunity to explore the theatres and learn more about the production process.

In 2020, the DCPA temporarily closed its doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The behind-the-scenes touring program was also put on hiatus. Although the DCPA reopened in 2021, COVID protocols were still enforced for the health and safety of the casts and crew, which prevented tours from resuming. 

The fabric strips came from the DCPA Costume shop. Photo by Jan MacLeod

Fabric strips being prepared into masks in the DCPA Costume Shop. Photo by Jan MacLeod

Now, the DCPA is pleased to announce the return of the program. In a change to the program, the DCPA will now offer two different tours on a weekly basis beginning March 4. 

The Venues Tour will take guests through a 90-minute, in-depth look at the Performing Arts Complex venues. This expertly guided tour will explore public art pieces, the newly renovated spaces in the Bonfils Theatre Complex, Actor’s Alley filled with Broadway history in the Buell Theatre, and more. The Venues Tours will take place on Mondays at 10am.  

Meet DCPA Charge Scenic Artist Jana Mitchell. Photo by John Moore.

DCPA Charge Scenic Artist Jana Mitchell. Photo by John Moore.

The Studio Tour gives guests an insider’s look at the processes that bring theatre to life. This 90-minute guided tour through the DCPA Theatre Company production shops will feature set model miniatures and costumes from past local, hand-crafted productions as well as an up-close look at in-progress set pieces, props, and costumes. The Studio Tours will take place on Saturdays at 10am.

Tickets are $12 per person and must be reserved online in advance. Tickets are on sale now, though tours will begin March 4. As the DCPA continues to develop the program in the coming months, additional opportunities will be explored, including Spanish-language tours, sensory-friendly options, and more. Stay in the loop for these updates and learn more about the tours at