Inside the Arvada Center

Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories and in-depth exploration into the Center's productions and programs. 

Meet Suzanna Champion

Despite all these talented legends in the Arvada Center’s current production of Million Dollar Quartet, it’s all eyes on Suzanna Champion every time she is on stage. 

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AAPI Heritage Month: Meet Kazu Oba

If you have ever attended an Arvada Center ceramics sale, you have seen (or even purchased) the ethereal yet organically-grounded artwork of Colorado-based ceramicist Kazu Oba. 

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Danielle Johnson, Conductor

The Front Range Youth Symphony are performing their final concerts of the season on May 4 and 5, and we had a chance to talk to conductor Danielle Johnson about the challenges she faced in keeping her students prepared during the pandemic.

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Remembering John Gratkins

For nearly 30 years John Gratkins watched over the Arvada Center as if it was a work of art itself.  As the Facilities Manager, he brought a matter-of-fact vibe to our creative world that kept us grounded and secure. John passed away unexpectedly in early March 2021.

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'Amplify' comes to powerful conclusion

The second season of the Arvada Center's acclaimed video series concludes with five more Black women from the Colorado theatre community: Jada Suzanne Dixon, Kristina Fountaine, Ilasiea Gray, Mary Louise Lee and Adrienne Martin-Fullwood.

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Arvada Center pivoting to radio plays this fall

How to deliver professionally produced stories for culturally starved audiences – without putting their lives at risk? This fall, the Arvada Center will roll out a series of short, homemade audio plays that will be available to listeners on multiple platforms.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Gabriel Morales

How 'Mean Girls' uplifted a Mexican immigrant on his way to a life in the arts – and the Arvada Center. This is actor and Patron Services Representative Gabriel Morales' human story.

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Colorado Springs reaches the Mountaintop at 2020 Henry Awards

In a near sweep, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center took home 10 awards in 24 competitive categories, including both the year’s Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Play. The Arvada Center had nine nominations but won no awards.

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'Amplify' to return featuring Black women's voices

The Arvada Center has launched Episode 3 of announced that 'Amplify,' and announced the series will resume in mid-August with a second season featuring all Black women.

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Pink Progression: Collaborations: Julia Rymer and Drew Austin

In the third of our four-part series, we're spotlighting collaborating artist teams who have contributed to the Arvada Center's celebration of the 19th Amendment and the women's right to vote.

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Pink Progression: Collaborations: Jina Brenneman and Margaret Kasahara

In the second of our four-part series, we're spotlighting four collaborating artist teams who have contributed to the Arvada Center's celebration of the 19th Amendment and the women's right to vote.

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Pink Progression: Collaborations: Grow Love and Moe Gram

In the first of our four-part series, we're spotlighting four collaborating artist teams who have contributed to the Arvada Center's celebration of the 19th Amendment and the women's right to vote.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Abygail Rosales

When the situation calls for calm, say their colleagues, that's when this Patron Services Representative becomes the star of the show.

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It’s virtually impossible to not have fun in Summer Camp

The Center transitioned most of our summer camps over to virtual camps using the online Zoom platform, and we have been excited to see that children and parents alike are enjoying this alternative that entertains and educates while offering a social opportunity right there in their own home. 

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Arvada Center announces 2021 theatre titles

The Arvada Center has announced its scaled-back, 2020-21 slate of plays and musicals, and it reflects the conundrum every theatre company is wrestling with, including the newly renamed Voodoo Comedy Theatre.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Jon Olson

Lighting Director Jon Olson has always had a clear vision of what he wanted from life. And, for the most part, he’s made it happen. But through some very hard life experience, he has also learned that life changes in the ordinary instant. Here's how theatre helped him find light in the dark.

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Arvada Center to launch 'Amplify' series to raise black male voices

'The time for action is now,' says CEO and President Philip Sneed. The three-part, biweekly series, curated by Betty Hart, "is a great opportunity to hear from black male artists about whatever they want to say right now," she says.

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Historic Supreme Court ruling hits home at Arvada Center

Director of Education knows first-hand what it’s like to be fired for being gay. Now she knows that will never legally happen to anyone else.

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Humans of the Arvada Center

In many ways, Arvada Center Production Manager Adam Stolte was living the idyllic Arvada life ever since childhood. Until life – and death – intervened.

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Humans of the Arvada Center

There is a reason the Children's Theatre House Manager has been given so much responsibility at the age of only 20. He's earned it.

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Arvada Center to offer students world’s first Zoom musical

The Arvada Center will offer the world’s first musical specifically designed for distance participation, “The Big One-Oh! Online Edition,” for ages 9-13.

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2019-20 Henry Award nominations are announced

Leading the was is the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College with 21 nominations, followed by the DCPA Theatre Company with 16. The Arvada Center earned nine, including six for 'Bright Star.'

Photo by Matthew Gale.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Jessie Page

Arvada Center Wardrobe Supervisor Jessie Page is legally a blonde, but she's nothing if not pretty in pink.

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City to install Arvada Center Sculpture in Hoskinson Park

If you visited the Arvada Center last fall, it was hard to miss Jodie Roth Cooper's magnificent sculpture that sat at the top of the stairway as part of the Colorado Abstract +10 exhibitions.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Ashi K. Smythe

The longtime educator with the Arvada Center Dance Academy was an original cast member in Broadway’s “The Lion King” from 1997-2001.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Steven Cogswell

Read about the Arvada Center's House Manager, a former performer and director whose job is akin to a hotel concierge.

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Humans of the Arvada Center: Christine Moore

Read about Arvada Center Stage Manager Christine Moore, who has been certain of her career path since age 12.

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Podcast: 'B+' with Arvada Center favorites Geoffrey Kent and Jessica Austgen

The Black Box Theatre Company actors talk with Arts Journalist John Moore about what they've lost during the COVID19 shutdown and how they are maintaining their optimism.

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'Bright Star' cast releases video as message of hope

The cast of the acclaimed Arvada Center bluegrass musical has recorded "Sun's Gonna Shine" as a message of hope during the COVID19 shutdown. Watch the video and read more about it here.

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Christina Noel Adcock

Humans of the Arvada Center: Christina Noel Adcock

Read about longtime Arvada Center Dance Coordinator Christina Noel Adcock, who turned an injury into a revolutionary new way of teaching dance.

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