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🎭 Is Denver’s theater scene actually “diverse”?


What Does “Diversity” In Theater Really Mean? 

Hey friends, it’s Bree Davies. I’ve spent close to two decades shouting from the rooftops about how amazing Denver’s art scene is. But I’ll be honest: Sometimes it’s hard to get folks interested in Denver-centric music, theater, or any art labeled “local.”

My friend Ryan Foo is an artist and events and theater producer who’s been behind some of the most fun and interesting arts happenings in Denver over the last 10 years. So today, I invited him onto the podcast to chat local art with me.

He makes a pretty good case for why Denver’s theater scene is just as good as New York or L.A.’s. We talk about diversity in theater spaces and how it’s cool that Denver has hosted “Hamilton” (twice!) — but also how profoundly impactful the millions of dollars Broadway shows bring in could be if that money flowed into local productions.

Today on the pod: Is ‘Diversity’ Just A Buzzword In Denver’s Theater Scene?

If our conversation piques your interest, I’d recommend checking out Ryan’s latest immersive event: IllFooMinati VI. Happening this Friday and Saturday evening at the beautiful Savoy Denver, this part-costume party, part-role-playing experience invites the audience to become the show. Ryan’s specialty is all things interactive, so come dressed in your best 1920s attire, and get ready to be transported back in time to a “Night at Radio City.”

— Bree Davies


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🎭 ICYMI: Preparing for the apocalypse: City Cast Denver’s theater aficionado, Lizzie Goldsmith, recently boarded a bus headed into the future for a journey to post-apocalyptic Denver. It’s all part of this new immersive theater experience from Control Group Productions, and Lizzie detailed the whole thing in this article for our friends at Westword. Check it out! 

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Us too! City Cast Boise debuted in the City of Trees this week. So tell your friends to get to know our friends 🎉

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