The Next Stage NOW

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:

Mixed Taste Garden Parties
Wednesdays, July 5 - Aug. 23
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Stimulate your senses at the Mixed Taste Garden Party. Join us for elevated eats and libations while listening to the sweet sounds of local musicians before heading up to the Mixed Taste lectures. Gourmet food concepts and bar provided by Centerplate and local music by Swallow Hill Music.

July 8 - 9 & 15 @ 2 p.m.
July 7-9 & 12 - 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Studio Loft at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Sonder transports you into an ethereal labyrinth that welcomes you into the life of a young artist who is standing at the crossroads of her youth. Sonder, Denver's newest immersive dance theatre experience, invites you to engage with performers and witness captivating choreography -- all performed by professional artists under the age of eighteen. You, and forty-seven other audience members at each intimate performance are invited to break through boundaries and drive your own experience, as our story welcomes both youth who are moving through their own coming of age story, as well as more mature audience members who are revisiting the moment when they became who they are.

LAW + LAR Fashion Show
Friday, July 14
6 p.m.
Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Lawrence and Larimer (LAW + LAR) returns to the Denver Performing Arts Complex for their 4th Annual Fashion Showcase. This free fashion event will feature the second #DenverStyleWars contest; where three of Denver's most stylish will compete to win $200 plus a spot in the next LAW + LAR Them, They & US Style Series photoshoot. The showcase will include 30 summer looks from the Denver born botique LAW + LAR, and feature exclusive looks from Levi's and other local designers.

Sunset Cinema
Tuesdays, Aug. 1 - 22
6 - 10 p.m.
Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Finish off your Summer movie season with Sunset Cinema. Come celebrate dance in film with dance lessons, performances, live local music and a screening of an iconic dance film. The best part? All of this is free! Join us from 6 – 8 p.m. for themed craft cocktails, creative bites, live music and dancing. After the sun sets, the cinema opens. Themed craft cocktails and creative bites provided by Centerplate, local music provided by Swallow Hill Music and film screenings brought to you by Denver Film Society.

2017 films:
Aug. 1 - Saturday Night Fever
Aug. 8 - Footloose
Aug. 15 - Moulin Rouge!
Aug. 22 - Step Up

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
Sept. 22 & 23
Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

SUPERNOVA is the only major festival to focus solely on the latest advances in digital animation as art, presented free to the public on large-scale LED screens in the heart of downtown Denver. The festival returns to the Denver Theatre District and Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex once again following the super successful launch of the program in 2016. The program promotes the dynamic, rapidly advancing impact technology is having in art throughout the world today in an exciting and radically innovative context. SUPERNOVA is the future of public art.

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

*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’s design/build program.
The exhibition currently on view was produced by students and faculty from CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media digital design program. Installations featured include “How the Heart Works,” which uses virtual reality headsets to show the inner workings of the heart using 3D modeling, enhanced by computer-generated sounds, images and graphics.

Also on view are augmented reality artworks. While virtual reality projects use headsets and headphones to create immersive environments, augmented reality projects ask viewers to enhance two dimensional posters by viewing them through smartphones and tablets loaded with special software. These installations bring the posters to life with animation.

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.


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


Please contact Peter Dearth, Operations Assistant, for additional information at or at 720-865-4303.