What is The Next Stage NOW?

In March 2016, Mayor Hancock unveiled The Next Stage Vision Plan for the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The 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 programming ignites this exciting transformation in the present, with public performances, programming and placemaking initiatives. 

The Next Stage NOW 2018 season is coming to a close, but stay tuned for 2019 event announcements! Follow Denver Performing Arts Complex on Facebook for more information on future events.


Upcoming Events

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Sunset Cinema is back with a season dedicated to literary greats turned into movie magic! 

This summer, we will explore movie hits that are based off novels probably covered in your high school English class. As always, the outdoor film screenings made possible by Denver Film Society will include themed pre-show games and entertainment, fun food and beverage options for purchase, costume contests (with prizes!) and more. No need to crack open the CliffsNotes, local partners like Denver Public Library and BookBar will help us bring these classics to life before we even hit play. Please bring a chair for the movie and come prepared for any weather since these events are rain or shine.

Tickets? Ugh, As If! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP so we know you’re coming. Click on the event dates below to reserve a spot. 

The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
7:00 - 8:00 PM – Costume Contest, Games & Prizes (Come early to set up your space and grab some food!)
8:00 - 10:00 PM - Film Screening (Films will begin screening at dusk)

June 11 - Cruel Intentions / Les liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
July 9 - O Brother, Where Art Thou? / The Odyssey by Homer
July 16 - Clueless / Emma by Jane Austen
August 13 - 10 Things I Hate About You / The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

BookBar will be hosting a book club for the featured books that inspired our Sunset Cinema selections this season. The first book club meets on June 4, 7-9 PM at BookBar on Tennyson. Check out the details at bookbardenver.com

Follow us on Facebook for all Sunset Cinema news! 



Nirvamlet takes over the Arts Complex!

Band of Toughs puts a 90s grunge spin on Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a rocktail of icons and heart-shaped depression, with a splash of conspiracy and murder. The audience is part of the action, traveling with the fated rockstars through corridors and vinyl graveyards--all with tasty beer and live music. Boulder Fringe Audience Choice Award Winner. As part of Next Stage NOW, the Band of Toughs transform sections of the Arts Complex into a present-day Elsinore castle. Tickets at axs.com.

Performance Dates:
June 14, 21, 28
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 2, 3


We are always adding fun, free or low-cost events, please continue to check back here for updates to the schedule.


The Next Stage Gallery 

April 4 - 27

The Next Stage Gallery is pleased to host the work of three exceptional photographers during the Month of Photography: Mariana Vieria, Melanie Walker and Carol Golemboski. Whichcraft features thoughtful compositions that defy boundaries of traditional expectations for photographic bodies of work and challenges notions of what defines an image. To practice Whichcraft is to alter the nature of reality through engagement with curiosity and the magic of photography.

Tuesday - Friday, 4:30 - 7:30pm
Saturday - Sunday, 12:30 - 7:30pm

For more information about this and future exhibits, visit www.nextstagecu.org.


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