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

Buell Exhibition and Balcony Music Series

Sunday, March 24
Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, lobby gallery
3:00 p.m. - Exhibit reception for Jeff Richards: As Above, So Below: Metaphors From the Galaxy, Metaphors From the Body 
4:00 p.m. - Chris "Citrus" Sauthoff: Buell Balcony Open Air Sitar Performance
Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP.

May My Words Fly Free

Thursday, April 4
7:00 p.m.
The Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Stories on Stage, Lighthouse Writer's Workshop and Words Beyond Bars join forces for a special live presentation of professional actors performing selected works by men and women incarcerated in Colorado's correctional facilities.      

These stories, which range from warm and humorous to thought-provoking and challenging, reveal the humanity of writers defiantly proclaiming: "I am more than the crime I committed."

Tickets are general admission and can be purchased for $10.

With One Voice

Saturday, April 27
7:30 p.m.
The Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

For 35 years, the Mile High Freedom Bands have come together through music for their members and the community. At this special anniversary performance, they will look back on the history of the bands – where they've been, where they are, and where they want to go. This concert will also feature the world premier of a work commissioned by award-winning composer Rossano Galante to celebrate Mile High Freedom Bands' 35th anniversary. This event also features Mile High Freedom Bands' annual silent auction – their biggest fundraising event of the season. Help them continue the music for another 35 years!

This concert is FREE to all attendees, with a suggested donation of $10 online or at the door. Space is limited, so reserve your seat soon.


Coming back in 2019

Sterling Vineyards Galleria Bar 

Join us for cocktails, quick bites and live acoustic music at our Sterling Vineyards Galleria Bar under the iconic ceiling of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This pop-up bar will return for select Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in Summer 2019. The live entertainment is free with beverages available to purchase.

Performer Schedule:
Announcement coming in Spring 2019.

Sunset Cinema

The Wes Anderson film series was a hit last year and we want to keep the good times coming in 2019. Check back here or follow us on Facebook for our season announcement this Spring.

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


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The Next Stage Gallery 

Special Guest, curated by Meow Wolf, in collaboration with Denver Arts & Venues and University of Colorado Denver.  Free and open to the public.  

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.