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The Denver Public Schools’ Denver School of the Arts (DSA) is the only comprehensive arts magnet school in the Rocky Mountain region.  Founded in 1991, the sixth through twelfth grade school provides many unique opportunities to our 900+ students to nurture their creative talents in a supportive environment designed to encourage artistic and academic excellence.

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We hope you have a wonderful summer – one in which you relax, rejuvenate, travel, grow, learn something, and come back ready to dedicate time and passion to the beautiful and challenge art form of theatre.

Join us for the 2018-2019 Season!
Celebrating being exactly who you are without apology
Celebrating LBGTQ
Celebrating women and discovery
Celebrating classical form and comedy
Celebrating endless possibilities and wonderful imagination
To inspire – young and old

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Fill the Gap Campaign

Fill the Gap and become a Perennial Patron!

DSA is a unique school with unique needs! The actual cost of educating a DSA student with an extraordinary arts and academic education is $6,709, however the 2018-19 DPS allocation for DSA students is $5,329 per student. In order to fully fund DSA’s nationally competitive arts and academics, we are faced with a gap. This gap is $1,380 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide quality educational programs in the arts and academics, capital improvements for DSA’s unique needs, increased security for DSA’s extended hours, and more. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!

Your monthly support of the Fill the Gap Campaign at a level that fits your budget will help us reach our goal of 100% participation and is 100% tax deductible. Join the hundreds of DSA parents who are already supporting DSA and become a Perennial Patron!  CLICK HERE to donate today!

Thank you for your support!

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THEATRE-11-BOTTINELLI_SOFIA-5483Congrats to Sofia Bottinelli (Class of 2019) for being one of FOUR Finalists in the National Thespian Playworks Festival. The finalists will get to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF), where they will collaborate with professional directors and dramaturgs in developing their plays. Thespian Playworks is one of four programs in a suite called Next Generation Works designed to encourage and promote original writing by and for high school student members of the International Thespian Society (ITS).
Sofia Bottinelli’s play Stratocumulus will premiere at Nationals in Lincoln, NE in June.

Stratocumulus: When two teens, each hiding a secret, participate in an article for their school’s newspaper, they are forced to confront the shadows that they each carry. Together, they learn that connections to other humans can transcend darkness and that with the help of others, one may overcome any curveball life throws.

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Also congrats to Evan Sullivan (Class of 2018) for being one of 8 Semi-Finalists for his play Forty-Six.

 

 

 

 

Congrats to the casts of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as one of six schools selected to present their shows on the Kimball Main Stage at the International Thespian Society’s fifty-fifth festival, Festival 2018, to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln the week of June 25 – June 30, 2018!  Bravo!

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The casts will return to DSA to rehearse the show June 18-23. There is a BENEFIT PERFORMANCE on June 23 where you can see both casts perform as well as eat dinner and join us for a silent auction before we pack up the truck and travel to Nebraska. The casts perform on Saturday June 30 at 3PM and 7PM in Lincoln.

Shawn Hann, DSA’s Chair of the Theatre Department

Mrs. Hann received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in ARTS AND CULTURE in the People’s Choice category is In School Arts. Nominees for this award are Denver Public Schools teachers who are creatively using arts in their curriculum.

DSA Theatre Students and The Laramie Project

The Matthew Shepard Foundation set out to capture a behind-the-scenes look at “The Laramie Project” with students at the Denver School of the Arts, who performed both “The Laramie Project” and “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” in January 2015. Combining the perspectives of Susan Burk, original Tectonic Theater Project member Kelli Simpkins and student performers, this video aims to capture the continued relevance of the themes presented in the play and define the life-changing experience cast and community members receive by putting on this production.

CLICK HERE for the video

What in the world are our alumni up to?:

Will Seefried Class of 2008:
Dietland

 

Justine (Schomp) Lupe Class of 2007:

http://deadline.com/2017/01/justine-lupe-cast-mr-mercedes-audience-network-series-snowfall-fx-1201895868/

Gabriel Ebert Class of 2005:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Gabriel-Ebert-and-Christopher-Sears-Join-Harvey-Fierstein-in-GENTLY-DOWN-THE-STREAM-at-The-Public-Theater-20161219

Jake Brasch/Brittany Vicars Class of 2010, Madeline Barr Class of 2011:

http://dixonplace.org/performances/greenland/

Playwright, performer, songwriter Jake Brasch acting in his original show Greenland with alumni Brittany Vicars starring and Madeline Barr directing.

 

Shannon Desmond Class of 2009:

http://curioustheatre.org/shannon-desmond/

Sam Lips Class of 2008:

https://strictlyballroomthemusical.com/cast/sam-lips/

Starring in Baz Luhrmann’s London adaptation of Strictly Ballroom.

Sam Deutsch Class of 2004:

http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/06/24/puppets-still-very-much-a-thing/

Laura Ramadei Class of 2003:

http://www.lesseramerica.com/founders/

Blake Babbitt Class of 2003:

https://vimeo.com/blakebabbitt

Braden Marks Class of 2002:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-QUANTICO-on-ABC-Monday-January-30-2017-20170113

Writer for ABC’s Quantico

And Guest Artists in the news!:

Harvy Blanks

https://www.denvercenter.org/blog-posts/news-center/2017/01/20/harvy-blanks-wilsonian-warrior-makes-broadway-debut-in-jitney

Candy Brown

https://www.denvercenter.org/blog-posts/news-center/2014/09/16/the-pippin-profiles-original-cast-member-candy-brown-on-manson-mirth-and-mayhem

Steven Cole Hughes

https://www.denvercenter.org/blog-posts/news-center/2016/10/31/meet-the-cast-steven-cole-hughes-of-an-act-of-god

Class of 2018 

THEATRE-12-BAIRD_CASANDRA-5757_preview Casandra Baird

THEATRE-12-BELL_ANNIKA-5618_previewAnnika Bell

THEATRE-12-BENNET_CAROLINE-5605_previewCaroline Bennet

THEATRE-12-Blair_Katie-2432_previewKatelyn Blair

THEATRE-12-DECHTMAN_ESTEE-5637_previewEstee Dechtman

THEATRE-12-DESHONG_WYATT-5642_previewWyatt DeShong

THEATRE-12-EDMUNDS_ZEAH-5746_previewZeah Edmonds

THEATRE-12-EMBLETON_EMILY-5665_previewEmily Embleton

THEATRE-12-GARDNER_TANNER-5675_previewTanner Gardner

THEATRE-12-GELMAN_JOSH-1020_previewJosh Gelman

THEATRE-12-GRANT_TRINITY-5732_previewTrinity Grant

THEATRE-12-HARRIS_ISA-5696_previewIsabella Harris

THEATRE-12-HERRONEN_LAURA-5714_previewLaura Herronen

THEATRE-12-HIPPOLYTE_SEQUOIAH-5814_previewSequoiah Hippolyte

THEATRE-12-JOHNSON_KIARA-0818_previewKiara Johnson

THEATRE-12-KAY_ALEC-5612_previewAleksandra Kay

THEATRE-12-KOSKINEN_SANSONE_GABRIEL-1032_previewGabriel Koskinen-Sansone

THEATRE-12-KRUPANSKY_SOPHIE-5782_previewSophie Krupanszky

THEATRE-12-LAUER_HANA-5799_previewHana Lauer

THEATRE-12-Loberg_Baris-2424_previewBaris Loberg

THEATRE-12-MABRY_SKYLAR-5761_previewSkylar Mabry

THEATRE-12-RODRIGUEZ_JOSUE-0990_previewJosue Rodriguez

THEATRE-12-SCHIEVING_ELLIE-5777_previewElizabeth Schieving

THEATRE-12-SIMPSON_MATTHEW-5790_previewMatthew Simpson

THEATRE-12-Sparks_Justice-2437_previewJustice Sparks

THEATRE-12-SULLIVAN_EVAN-5769_previewEvan Sullivan

THEATRE-12-WATSON_RILEY-5823_previewRiley Watson

THEATRE-12-ZELENKO_ALICE-5833_previewAlice Zelenko