What is Theater 29?
Theater 29 is a new venue in the heart of Northwest Denver where 5 award-winning Colorado playwrights have the freedom to create, collaborate, develop, and produce the plays they want to see on stage.
How did this venue come to be?
Answer from founder Lisa Wagner Erickson:
In 2013, I graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from a low-residency program at Lesley University in Boston. I saw classmates from the Boston area go on to form theatre companies and produce their own work with great success. Impressed and inspired, I began seeking out and meeting self-producing playwrights in the Denver area.
In 2016, I began looking for a venue that could feature work by local playwrights and came across a listing for a property for sale in Northwest Denver. Shortly after purchasing the space, Ellen Graham introduced me to some accomplished and enterprising local playwrights who, in addition to herself, were looking for space to produce original work. It quickly became clear that Theater 29 would be a venue dedicated to five or six resident companies, all founded and run by Colorado playwrights. After some extensive remodeling, the venue opened in May of 2018 with Burnt Offering by Dakota C Hill. The plays at Theater 29 have been engaging diverse audiences at sold out shows ever since.
Who are the local playwrights & companies running the show at Theater 29?
Theater 29 playwrights and their respective companies are: Tami Canaday (Mr. Vulfran’s Carriage) , Ellen K Graham (Feral Assembly), Lisa Wagner Erickson (The Lulubird Project), Dakota C Hill (Chase & Be Still Productions), & Rhea Amos (Pandemic Collective). The resident playwrights are beholden to no one but themselves.
Theater 29 is a one of a kind venue where 5 Colorado playwrights run the show . . . And it’s working!