Theater of the Mind

Dates announced for immersive experience by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar presented by DCPA Off-Center opening August 2022

Some of the creative team for Off-Center's 'Theater of the Mind,' created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar. Photo by Adams VisCom.

Some of the creative team for Off-Center’s ‘Theater of the Mind,’ created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar. Photo by Adams VisCom.


Postponed world premiere Theater of the Mind rescheduled for 2022 debut in Denver

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Off-Center is excited to announce the rescheduled dates for the world premiere immersive production, Theater of the Mind, co-created by creator of the Broadway hit American Utopia, David Byrne, and writer Mala Gaonkar, and premiering in Denver August 31 through December 18, 2022.

Theater of the Mind will take place in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of York Street Yards in the Clayton neighborhood. Theater of the Mind will take audience members through an immersive journey of self-Theater of the Mind Created by DAVID BYRNE and MALA GAONKARreflection, discovery, and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience. Theater of the Mind is led by a Guide whose stories are inspired by the creators’ lives. Audiences will explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain.

“It is super exciting to premiere this show with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts,” said co-creator David Byrne. “I hope participants will be as surprised by these experiences, just as I have been—it really is a new kind of theater.”

“The DCPA is thrilled to premiere this groundbreaking production, finally! After a long pandemic delay, we can’t wait for Denver audiences to be the first to experience it,” said Charlie Miller, DCPA Off-Center Curator. “Theater of the Mind is a one-of-a-kind production that combines science, design, and storytelling into a mind-altering and entertaining experience.”

Tickets for Theater of the Mind will go on will go on pre-sale to all DCPA subscribers May 6 and on public sale May 20. Theater of the Mind will begin previews on August 31, 2022 and will open on September 13, 2022. Sign up to receive more information and first access to tickets at

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

York Street Yards, 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 Talking Heads frontman and artist David Byrne and writer 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.