Casting Announced for David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar’s World Premiere Immersive Production Theater of the Mind

The DCPA Off-Center is proud to announce the full casting for the world premiere immersive production Theater of the Mind by multi-award-winning artist David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar running August 31 – December 18, 2022.

“I am thrilled that the world premiere of Theater of the Mind will showcase the amazing talent of Denver actors with this all-local cast,” stated DCPA Off-Center Curator Charlie Miller. “Denver is home to a vibrant community of immersive artists and performers, and this stellar group is among the best in the industry.”

Theater of the Mind cast members will each play The Guide and will feature Jessica Austgen (Between Us, DCPA Off-Center), Annie Barbour (Murder on the Orient Express, Arvada Center), donnie l. betts (Between Us, DCPA Off-Center ), James Brunt (Mosque, The Black Actors Guild), Janae Burris (Between Us, DCPA Off-Center), Kristina Fountaine (Stick Fly and Animal Farm, Arvada Center), Lisa Hori Garcia (The Great Leap, A.C.T.), Abner Genece (Stick Fly and Animal Farm, Arvada Center), Steph Holmbo (8 Million Protagonists, 9th Space Theatre), Jenna Moll Reyes (The Wild Party, DCPA Off-Center), Peter Trinh (Everybody, The Catamounts), Maggie Whittum (Into the Woods, Phamaly Theatre Company) and Amanda Berg Wilson (Sweet & Lucky, DCPA Off-Center).

For a list of the creative team, visit

DCPA Off-Center

in association with

Nate Koch, LeeAnn Rossi, and the Arbutus Foundation


Theater of the Mind

Created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar

Directed by Andrew Scoville

August 31 – December 18, 2022

3887 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205


Inspired by both historical and current lab research, Theater of the Mind takes you on an immersive journey inside how we see and create our worlds. Co-created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar, the show uses stories from their own lives to shape a narrative you’ll see, feel, taste and hear.

Witness the wonders of your mind for yourself as you follow The Guide through a spectacular 15,000-square-foot installation with 16 fellow audience members. As you explore intriguing environments, participate in a narrative and try a series of sensory experiments, your Guide will question how beliefs, memories and even our identities are less fixed than we think.

Caution: the brain may wander. Side effects may include a distrust of your own senses, a disorientation of self, and a mild to severely good time. You may not be who you think you are. But we’re all in it together.