Backstage tours of the performing arts complex

Arts Complex and Resident Companies produce $300 million in Economic Activity

In 1908, the Denver Auditorium (now home to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Studio Loft) hosted Colorado’s first Democratic National Convention. Sixty years later, an Arts Complex was built on the surrounding site, over time becoming one of the largest and most active cultural centers in the nation. Four primary resident companies — Colorado […]

An illustration of a yellow cat with a hat that says "Alice", surrounded by the the bold text "in Wonderland".

Phamaly Theatre Company’s New Take on Wonderland

By Madison Stout, cast member and former DCPA Communications Coordinator After over a year of virtual programming, Phamaly Theatre Company returns to the stage with a world premiere adaptation of the beloved classic, Alice in Wonderland adapted by David Jacobi from the Lewis Carroll classic novel, featuring an original music soundtrack by Denver’s own experimental […]

New seasons for the performing arts in Colorado

It feels a bit like Spring in Colorado’s cultural community. The performing arts have largely been dormant for the last 16 months. “Normal” became online, outdoor and original programming. But suddenly, live, in-person performances are reemerging. As you’ve seen from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ recent season announcement, theatre is coming back in […]

Former DCPA Arts Journalist John Moore directs The Treasurer at Miners Alley Playhouse

When former DCPA Sr. Arts Journalist John Moore was forced to vacate his position and exit stage right due to COVID, little did he imagine that he would be directing a play on which he previously reported. But Miners Alley Playhouse wisely decided to put all of that theatre expertise into action by tapping Moore […]

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance presents the world premiere of The Four Journeys

Depicting the confluence of Indigenous, European, African and Asian cultures focused on Mexican folk icon Catarina de San Juan’s global journey from India to 17th-century Mexico  By Patricia Smith The Four Journeys is a new ballet conceived by Maestra Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez, Artistic Director of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, that examines the confluence of culture in Mexico from its diverse Indigenous heritage to the historic influences of European, African and Asian […]

Su Teatro celebrates silver anniversary of its annual Chicano Music Festival and Auction

The 2021/22 season is one of pure celebration for Su Teatro and Colorado. Not only will the company celebrate its 25th annual Chicano Music Festival (CMF25) with a five-day community event including an induction ceremony for its Chicano Music Hall of Fame, but its 50th season announcement is literally waiting in the wings. Held July […]

Denver Fall Theatre Preview – Celebrating the Revival of Our Local Arts Community

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ top artistic leaders look at today’s eagerly awaited season announcement as something of a completion of the broader Colorado performing arts community’s return from the isolation and economic devastation of the pandemic. Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg likes to think of the Denver Center, its resident company partners […]

What’s on the Docket, Denver? A Guide to the City’s Juneteenth Celebrations

Earlier this year, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Councilman Christopher Herndon announced the official adoption of a proposal establishing Juneteenth as an official commemorative holiday in Denver. “I’m proud to have helped make Juneteenth a citywide, commemorative holiday to elevate the experience of the African Americans in our city and across the country,” Mayor […]