Art for Everyone

The Denver Theatre District enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental arts and culture events and experiences. We provide creatives with a platform and financial support for sharing their work.

Many of our events and programs, such as Supernova and Understudy, become woven into the fabric of downtown or spark ideas and trends in other cities.

We formed the Denver Theatre District to bring light, art and activity to the streets of downtown Denver. The DTD launched as a public-private partnership backing the idea that managed outdoor media could support downtown activity and bring exciting unique urban experiences to the public. Over the years the DTD became a key participant in the downtown environment and a force in Denver’s artistic community.

we give people a reason to come downtown, be part of the city and have fun.

Impact

The DTD leaves a lasting impact on the Denver and artistic community through a revenue share model that is the first of its kind in the nation. Our media companies sell corporate advertising on the static and LED screens located throughout the district. We take a revenue share from those sales to fund art and cultural activities for the public. Recently, we worked with Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to determine our actual impact:

$1,000,000+

SPENT on District art and cultural activation

$250,000+

in DONATED LED screen time and billboard space to nonprofit arts organizations

160+

experience-based events LAUNCHED OR SUPPORTED

370,000+

visitors DRAWN downtown for unique cultural experiences

What’s Next

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June

Instinct

Instinct

Featuring Kayla Marque, Lisa Engelken & Zoid Ham

in·stinct: an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to a certain stimuli.

Welcome to Instinct, an immersive experience of sound, design & movement. These three elements collide inside Denver’s art incubator, Understudy, with local artists Kayla Marque, Lisa Engelken & Zoid Ham, to be performed live on Sunday, June 30th. Observers are welcome throughout the process to participate in open rehearsals of creating original music, choreography and costuming under one mission; to trust one’s gut instinct and follow first ideas without question.

“Instinct” will take over Understudy for the entire month of June 2019, culminating with a final event on June 30th from 2:00pm – 7:00pm. 

You are welcome and encouraged to join the artists for any of the following times:

Open Rehearsals for the Public:
June 5th 2:00pm –  5:00pm
June 14th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
June 20th 11:00am – 2:00pm
June 25th 11:00am – 2:00pm
Movement with Live Music Workshops, open to the public:
June 8th 1:30pm – 2:30pm
June 15th 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Final Open House & Sharing:
June 30th
2:00 – 5:00pm, with sharing scheduled for 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm
DJ/Social Dance 5:00pm – 7:00pm, with refreshments
Understudy is free-to-visit.

Biography

Kayla Marque is a successful Denver singer/songwriter who has kickstarted an astonishing career. Her soul, R&B, and funk roots run deep with a musical family pedigree that stretches back to legendary supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. In 2018, Marque was voted Best Singer/Songwriter in Denver Westword and is working on her second studio album “Brain Chemistry.”

Lisa Engelken is a dancer, choreographer and producer from Denver. Her work has been shown at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Buell Theatre in Denver. She is faculty to the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, The BBoy Factory and Denver School of the Arts. She is also the founder and producer of the Hip Hop theatre show Breaking Barriers.

Instagram: @iamkaylamarque, @lisaengelken, @breakingbarriersdenver

https://www.reverbnation.com/kaylamarque

Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.

Board and Executives

Randy NicholsDTD Committee Chair

Lance ZanettAssistant General Manager, Colorado Convention Center

Tami DoorPresident/CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership Inc

Ginger White-BrunettiExecutive Director, Denver Arts and Venues

Brian KittsDirector, Marketing & Communications, Denver Arts & Venues

Jayne BuckVice President of Tourism, Visit Denver

Tim VaccaDirector of Programs, Museum of Outdoor Art

Mark CallaghanBroker Associate, Coldwell Banker Devonshire

Margaret HuntDirector Public Policy and Creative Districts, Colorado Creative Industries

David EhrlichExecutive Director

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