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Two-Time Win for the Walker Family in DCPA’s Playwriting Competition

If sibling rivalry isn’t enough of a motivator, a little cash might do. Or so it seems on the surface when you talk to 2022 and 2023 Middle School Playwriting winners, Wilson and Liesel Walker (ages 13 and 11 respectively). But if you dig just a little deeper, expressing themselves creatively plus the encouragement of […]

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Finalists and Winners Announced for the 2023 Student Playwriting Competition

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce the winning plays as part of its tenth annual Middle School & High School Playwriting Competition, which has impacted more than 25,000 students since its inception in 2013. This year, the DCPA received 179 total submissions from 22 counties across Colorado. After careful […]

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Unleash Your Inner Playwright

Imagine two characters meeting on the street. One sincerely believes they know each other, while the other insists they have never met. How would their interaction go? If this prompt got your creative engine running, consider taking a playwriting class from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Education Department. Since 2012, DCPA Education […]

The Impact of DCPA Education

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education offers year-round classes for all ages at all skill levels. Whether your child is looking to try something new, or you would like to develop your interpersonal skills for your career, or you’re a young actor looking to build your skill set, or a professional wanting to switch […]

Flexible Schedules Boost Enrollment for DCPA Education

A study by Pew Research Center shows that a majority of Americans were able to find a personal silver lining in the pandemic. Many people noted that having more flexibility in their working schedules, remote or hybrid work environments, and the implementation of video meetings has allowed them to dedicate more time to personal activities. […]

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Local Artist Highlight: Ryan Omar Stack

Over the last few years, students from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ (DCPA) Adult Education program have emerged on professional stages across the Denver metro area. “It’s exciting to see several students step into professional theatre,” Head of Acting Tim McCraken shared. “There are real theatrical opportunities around town for these students because […]

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The Art of the Audition: Learn how to nail that callback and what directors want

All the books, lessons and performances in the world won’t guarantee an actor a leading role, but mastering the art of the audition just might. That’s why for the past five years Grady Soapes, the DCPA Theatre Company’s Director of Casting, has long taught classes on how to perfect the art of the audition. And, […]

A young Erik Peterson as Gavroche in Les Mis

Bobby G Winner is Broadway Bound: Erik C. Peterson, 2013 Bobby G Award Winner

In 2013, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) launched The Bobby G High School Musical Theatre Awards to celebrate achievements in Colorado high school theatre. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the ceremony includes performances from nominees and award presentations. Nearly all award winners are high school students or faculty, but in its inaugural […]

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Art Activity with LITTLE RED

The original versions of Little Red Riding Hood have been in print since 1697 and 1812 with storytelling traditions of the tale as early as the Middle Ages — more than 1,000 years ago! A study in 2013 tracked 58 versions of Little Red Riding Hood worldwide. Some of the versions are 1,000 years older […]

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One of the Three Threats: Dance

You’ve probably heard the term “triple threat” before, but in the arts, what exactly does it mean? It’s the highly coveted skill set for performers: someone who can sing, act, and dance.   For many actors, the dancing can seem the most daunting. Let’s take a closer look at how taking dance lessons can bulk up […]