With all of the natural beauty that surrounds the Pikes Peak Region, often overlooked is a performing arts scene vast enough to offer a little something for every taste. From headlining acts straight off of Broadway to a community production of an original manuscript, Colorado Springs and its surrounding areas promise to entertain.


1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs CO 80933
(719) 255-3232
Founded in 1975 as an outreach program for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, TheatreWorks has quickly become a key player in the area’s professional theater scene. Located on the UCCS campus, to date, TheatreWorks has produced over 150 plays and performed in front of over a quarter of a million people.

Pikes Peak Center (credit: pikespeakcenter.com)

Pikes Peak Center

190 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs CO 80903
(719) 385-7325
Since its opening nearly 20 years ago, the Pikes Peak Center hosts nearly 200 performances annually. Home to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the center is also the region’s premier destination for marquee touring acts from across the globe, known internationally for its architecture and acoustics.

(credit: The Butte Theater)

The Butte Theater

139 E. Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek CO 80813
(719) 689-6402
Home of the Thin Air Theater Company, the Butte Theater is a classic theater built in the 1890’s that has been refurbished for modern productions. After decades of neglect, the City of Cripple Creek took on the challenge of bringing the Butte back to its former glory, and in 1999 went to work. The theater is adorned with Victoria-era wallpaper and period chandeliers, and houses a 1350 square-foot stage which will seat 199 attendees.

Manitou Arts Theater

1367 Pecan Street
Colorado Springs CO 80904
(719) 685-4729
A small, intimate theater seating 90, Manitou Arts Theater is dedicated to producing new and original performance art for patrons of all ages. A Kids First series is geared towards instilling an appreciation for live theater in tomorrow’s generation of theater-goers. The MAT Premiers series looks to shake-up a more tenured crowd by blurring the roles of writers, actors, and even the audience. The MAT hosts improve on Friday and Saturday evenings, and also houses a wide array of theater classes for budding actors of all ages.

– By Kory Kilmer for CBSDenver.com