(credit: Town Hall Arts Center)
Do you have the acting bug? Have you always wanted to get involved in the local theater community, but you weren’t sure where to start? There are several ways to get involved, depending on what type of commitment you are looking for. Budding actors, directors and theater technicians in Denver all rely on the Colorado Theatre Guild to learn about upcoming opportunities. You can find out which companies are currently holding auditions, you can learn about arts and theater-related jobs and you can find out all about the many companies that are actively presenting shows throughout Colorado. If you want to get involved, here are a few great places to start.
Colorado Theatre Guild
Denver, CO 80214
The Colorado Theatre Guild is the primary organization in Colorado dedicated to promoting artists, theaters and patrons in Colorado. The Guild helps different companies and artists connect with each other, share resources and spread the word about all of the amazing work being done in the community. The Colorado Theatre Guild is also the host of the annual Henry Awards, the largest celebration and award ceremony for local theater. If you are looking for auditions or jobs in the theater community, the Colorado Theatre Guild website is the best place to start. You’ll find the most comprehensive list available plus a full calendar of all of the opening nights for every theatre in the state. You can ejoin the Colorado Theatre Guild as a member, and you’ll get invitations to workshops, discounts on theater at companies all over the state and many other great benefits. When it comes to getting involved in the Denver Theatre Community, this is the place to start.
Colorado Community Theatre Coalition 2014 Festival
Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Date: Aug. 13-16, 2014
The Colorado Community Theatre Coalition is another fantastic organization dedicated to promoting and enriching community theatre in Colorado. Its annual theatre festival offers a huge variety of workshops, performances and networking opportunities for anyone looking to learn more about their craft, explore their abilities and check out other professionals in the community. The lineups of workshops for 2014 includes vocal performance, costume design, directing, improvisation, auditioning, marketing and much more. Plus there is a huge performance schedule bringing selected works from nine different companies all competing for a variety of honors. If you want to get involved, meet some great people or just learn more about the art of theater, then this is a wonderful festival to visit.
Volunteer with Phamaly
Aurora, CO 80010
Phamaly is the only arts organization of its kind in Colorado, providing opportunities for actors and artists with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. This amazing arts organization relies on volunteers to help each production happen and you can apply to get involved. There are often positions for working backstage, helping the actors during performances, working as an usher for performances or even administrative duties like data entry or fundraising. There is an application process, but if you are selected, you’ll be able to work with one of the most amazing and powerful theater companies in the country.
Volunteer at Town Hall Arts Center
2450 W. Main St.
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 794-2787 Ext. 213
Town Hall Arts Center is another fabulous company located in Littleton. Just like every major arts organization, it relies on volunteers to help make things run smoothly. Town Hall is often seeking volunteers for office work, bartending, concessions, ticket taking, ice cream vending or ushering for productions. If you are interested in volunteering at Town Hall Arts Center, then visit the website and submit your email today. Before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by brilliant artists, helping to keep live theater happening in the Denver area.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.