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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September

Mouth Breather Broadcasting System

Mouth Breather Broadcasting Systems

Ryan Wurst

September 1 – 28, 2019

For the month of September, Understudy will be the home for the first ever infinite television network, Mouth Breather Broadcasting Systems (MBBS). MBBS will feature three generative, AI driven shows: Oh, Mouth Breathers!, MBPD: Special Investigation Unit, and Love at the Lake. Each show will broadcast, or stream for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which allows people to watch the shows anywhere in the world by visiting themouthbreathers.com. Denver area residents will also have the chance to visit the MBBS headquarters, where they can take selfies with the Mouth Breathers, buy exclusive Mouth Breather merchandise, take a Mouth Breather Zumba class, and watch MBBS forever.

An infinite TV show is where characters are given a single narrative scenario, like catch a murderer on the lam. Then the characters, the Mouth Breathers, improvise within the bounds of the scene forever. To accomplish this, each character has a custom built artificial intelligence, which is trained in theories and practices of dramatic improvisation. Ultimately, each show is like a video game that plays itself.

The 3 Shows:

Oh, Mouth Breathers!

Oh, Mouth Breathers! is an infinite TV show that is based on various sitcoms like: Seinfeld, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. In the show, Alex is getting ready for the first party in his new apartment. Little does he know, Alex’s new, hard-nosed boss Terri has decided to attend the party. Watch as Alex scrambles to get his apartment clean, all while his good friends, annoying neighbors, and love interest distract him from the most important party Alex has ever thrown. Enjoy appearances from various Mouth Breathers: Terri the terrifying boss, Nat the quirky annoying neighbor, Jerri the bad boy, Chris the best friend in the world, Lou the love interest who is uninterested in love, and Charli the smart yet quiet one. Oh, Mouth Breathers! will make you fall in love with sitcoms all over again.

Mouth Breather Police Department: Special Investigation Unit

Mouth Breather Police Department: Special Investigation Unit is an infinite TV show in the style of: Law and Order, Blue Bloods, and Chicago PD. There is a serial-killer on the loose in the gritty city of Despair. The only chance the city has to catch the killer are detectives Alex and Chris. Alex has been on the force for years and has nearly lost hope in the good of Mouth Breather kind. Chris has just been promoted to detective and wants to prove himself to the brass and help his fellow Mouth Breathers. They might seem like an implausible pairing, but they are the only hope for the city to find the killer. Watch as Alex and Chris search for clues, talk to witnesses, and bend the rules when necessary. MBPD: SIU will strike you to your core.

Love at the Lake

Love at the Lake is an infinite made-for-TV-movie in the style of many Lifetime Original Movies. Alex and Chris are finally able to get away from the stress and demands of their normal lives and unfulfilling relationships so they can spend an eternity at their at their favorite spot: The Lake. Alex, who is married to Lou, has been indulging in an affair with Chris, who is a single barista at Mouthbucks. The two have been looking for a way to leave the world behind and give into their love for each other. Watch as they fall in love over and over and over. Their love is truly, the love that will never end… or will it?

Public Hours: Open Thursdays through Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Supernova Weekend Party: Saturday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. featuring a public reception with the artist and Always Human Tapes DJing all day.

Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all.

Biography

Ryan Wurst is a transmedia artist, who builds worlds that are informed by technology. He tells “infinite stories” that are ambient and circular rather than linear and often finds himself exploring concepts of the absurd, stupidity, and popular culture. His project based art takes form in many mediums like: animation, music, books, code, performance, and video. In addition to his many personal projects, Wurst is an avid organizer and curator who has run galleries, produced many events, and continues to run the record label Always Human Tapes. Wurst has a  PhD in Intermedia Arts Writing and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MFA in Experimental and Media Arts from the University of Minnesota, and a BM in music composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Wurst consistently performs and shows work nationally and internationally including: Beijing, New York, Zagreb, Belgrade, Minneapolis, and Boulder. He is currently a professor at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida.

Watch Online via themouthbreathers.com or follow on Instagram  @mouth.breather.bs

Artist’s Website: ryanwurst.com & find him on Instagram @wurstryan

 

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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