OpenStage Theatre and Company

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OpenStage Theatre & Company
Formation 1973
Type Theatre group
Purpose Stage
Artistic director(s)
Denise Burson Freestone

OpenStage Theatre & Company, Inc. is a theatre company in northern Colorado.


It is governed by a Board of Directors, administered by a professional staff, and composed of a community of artists dedicated to creating excellence in live theatre. Since its inception in 1973, OpenStage has actively produced and promoted live performing arts in Northern Colorado, making it one of the longest-practicing and most renowned theatrical producers in the state. In addition to being the foremost local producer at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, the city's primary performance space, OpenStage is a major figure in the statewide arts producing community. Citing productions that consistently garner critical and public acclaim, The Denver Post applauded OpenStage's work as ranking "among Colorado's best companies."


Recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, commendation by the Colorado State Legislature and the City of Fort Collins and the CCTC Distinguished Merit Award, OpenStage Theatre is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, the national association of professional not-for-profit theatres. Excellence, discipline, and artistic integrity are the principles that continue to guide OpenStage.


OpenStage Theatre produces a season of six productions, each performing for five weeks.