What is The Next Stage NOW?

On March 10, 2016, Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled The Next Stage Vision Plan for the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This plan aims to re-energize the Arts Complex with new and updated venues, more public space and diverse and accessible programming. While construction will not begin immediately, The Next Stage NOW aims to start this exciting transformation with public performances, programming and placemaking initiatives today.

Upcoming Events:

Brass Under Glass
Sunday, Aug. 20 @ 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10 @ 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1 @ 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 1 p.m.
Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Bring a lawn chair and experience fan-favorite Brass tunes through the magical surround-sound of the glass atrium of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  Brought to you by The Denver Brass.

SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival
Saturday, Sept. 23
3 - 10 p.m.
LED screen at 14th & Champa streets and in the Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival makes a spectacular return for the second year to the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Denver Theatre District Saturday, Sept. 23, providing an outdoor experience like no other. Seven hours of digital animation will be presented, free to the public, from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. on the LED screen at 14th and Champa streets and in the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria on a temporary LED screen. Screenings feature seating, cash bar and a variety of diverse programming.SUPERNOVA provides an opportunity to dive deeply into the ever-expanding field of computer-driven creativity and boundless imagination. Emerging talents shine alongside world-renowned artists.  Local works are intermixed with those from a wide variety of countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Iran, Italy, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, France, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Bulgaria and Belarus.

SUPERNOVA is the ultimate international showcase for digital motion art and one of Denver’s most singular and innovative cultural projects.

Find out more at SUPERNOVADENVER.com

SUPERNOVA is presented by Denver Digerati with support from the Denver Theatre District and Denver Arts & Venues’ Next Stage NOW! CU Denver College of Arts and Media returns as the exclusive education sponsor.  Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Film Society, Culturehaus at the Denver Art Museum, ATC DEN, The Biennial of the Americas, Orange Barrel Media, Branded Cities and L’Eagle all provide additional support from the community.

View the SUPERNOVA 2016 Festival Documentary on VIMEO

View the First-look SUPERNOVA 2017 Festival Teaser on VIMEO

And Toto too
Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9 & 16
Fridays, Nov. 3, 10 & 17
Saturdays, Nov. 4, 11 & 18
Each night at 7:30 p.m.
Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, 3rd Floor Studio

The award winning And Toto too Theatre Company returns to the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For the past 12 years And Toto too has been bringing the voices of woman playwrights to Denver stages. Just as women's lives are varied and intricate, so are the stories we tell. The title of this production will be announced on July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Glass Top Bar
Thursday, Friday & Saturdays* June 1 - Sept. 30
5 - 7:30 p.m.
Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join us before the show for cocktails at our pop-up bar under the iconic glass top of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  

Enjoy live acoustic music the following dates:
Branden Sipes - July 27 / Aug. 17 & 31 / Sept. 7 & 28
Kelly Triplett - July 20, 21 & 28 / Aug. 3, 4, 5, 18 & 19 / Sept. 1, 2 & 8
Shake That Bear - June 29 / Aug. 10, 24, 25 & 26

*The Glass Top Bar will not be up on July 6, 7, 8, 13 & 15.

Next Stage Collaborative

Next Stage Collaborative is an interactive gallery presented by the University of Colorado Denver and Denver Arts & Venues. This space was recently reimagined from a vacant storefront into a flexible modern gallery by students from CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning and the College of Arts and Media.
Two exhibitions are currently on view and were produced by CU students and faculty. Cityscape is an interactive architecture exhibition revealing the design journey behind wildly imagined buildings, from two-dimensional concept drawings transformed to physical and virtual landscapes. Come explore this fantastical cityscape using Oculus Rift headsets in an open life-like virtual reality world. Also on view are electronic reality artworks in Digital Reality. Augmented reality projects allow viewers to enhance two dimensional objects by viewing them through smartphones and tablets loaded with special software, bringing inanimate illustrations to life through digital animation.  The installation “How the Heart Works” uses virtual reality headsets to reveal the inner workings of the heart using 3D modeling, enhanced by computer-generated sounds, images and graphics.  We invite you to explore this immersive gallery experience. This is a hands-on installation - please do not be shy to use the technology. Student docents are available to help, exhibitions are free and open to the public.  For questions and special tour information contact [email protected]

Hours:Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays,  12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


For additional questions or information, please contact Peter Dearth, Operations Assistant, by email or at 720-865-4303.