Students stand in a circle onstage in the Weeks Conservatory Theatre

High School Playwriting: The promising future ahead

The future of creative writing in Colorado would appear to be bright: The winners of the DCPA’s high school playwriting competition have diverse styles and interests, resulting in three very different one-act plays: from madcap comedy to politically tinged fantastical drama to a somber meditation on the teen mental health crisis. Now in its ninth […]

A young student in a DCPA Dramatic Learning workshop lays on the floor with a piece of paper

Arts Exposure = Academic Excellence

Students involved in the arts are 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 more likely to win an award for attendance. Children need a solid foundation to thrive, but not every child has the same building blocks. Whether it’s poverty or access or cost or simply a parent who is stretched […]

Children in acting class stand in a line, smiling

Why Take a Class Now

The last two years have taken a toll on our youth. Remote learning, mask mandates, the attrition of teachers…. Study after study shows that student’s fell behind while mental health challenges grew exponentially. While there are many ways to address these concerns, one proven way to boost academic achievement and stimulate confidence is exposure to […]

actor stands on pickup truck during Shakespeare in the Parking Lot performance

“Something [fantastic] this way comes”; Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns with Macbeth and More!

DCPA Education’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot program is returning for its seventh season. This spring, three Shakespeare productions will go on tour throughout the community and visit area schools. And these aren’t your typical performances. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is exactly what it sounds like — stripped-down, abridged versions of Romeo and Juliet, […]

Payton Reilly as Sandy Lester in the National Tour of TOOTSIE

Laugh For Your Health

By: Linnea Covington Laughing isn’t just a sign of feeling good; laughing is actually good for you too. “We’ve all heard some version of the expression, ‘Laughter is the best medicine,’ and intuitively we know this makes sense,” says Dr. Justin Ross, a clinical psychologist at UCHealth. “Laughing really is one of the best mind-body-social […]

Break into voice over work by taking a class

If you are a podcast fan, you know a great podcast when you hear it, right? Or audiobook, video game, or even that voice telling you to get on the RTD Train before the doors close. A good voice over is, well, good. A great voice over is one you tell your friends about. A […]

2022 Student Playwriting Competition Finalists and Winners

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce the winning plays as part of its annual High School and Middle School Playwriting Competition, which has impacted more than 25,000 students since its inception in 2013. The DCPA’s Education & Community Engagement Department launched the playwriting program to spark interest in the […]

Complementing Curriculum through Dramatic Learning

By: Megan Fevurly As schools limit the number of days per week of instruction or issue snow days due to “continued staffing shortages,” it causes families to ask: Is there a teacher supply chain crisis in Colorado? While the supply chain crisis affecting the availability of goods don’t reflect the number of teachers in schools […]

Make the Most of That New Year’s Resolution With a Class

By: Linnea Covington The new year has come and with it, a lot of us have made promises to be better, do more and stay present. But sometimes one needs a little push to achieve these goals. That’s where education comes in, and there are plenty of classes around town that can help one succeed. […]

Bonfils Matching Gift

 Helen Bonfils loved the theatre. While a stage career was frowned upon by her father and Denver Post co-founder Frederick Bonfils, following his passing she put her considerable resources and passion into making sure Colorado residents had access to the performing arts. Consider that she created the former Bonfils Memorial Theatre on Colfax (now Tattered […]