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Theatre Aspen's award-winning shows are presented in the heart of Rio Grande Park, along the Rio Grande Trail, just next to the river.  With daytime views of Aspen Mountain and nights filled with stars, theatre-goers are treated to an experience that combines dynamic professional theatre with the excitement of being outdoors.

Theatre Aspen's professional productions feature the best of Broadway talent, as well as local performers, offering musicals, plays, new work and family-friendly shows that are perfect for a summer vacation.

In 2012, the Hurst Theatre and lobby were renovated, complimented by sumptuous gardens and ponds, designed by the City of Aspen Parks Department.  New eco-friendly, compostable bathrooms located along the Rio Grande trail, next to the theatre, are currently under construction and will be available to patrons next summer.  (Approximate completion date is October, 2013).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORY

The founder of Aspen Theatre in the Park, Kent Reed, came to Aspen in 1983 from Kansas City, Missouri, with a vision of creating a professional theatre company in Aspen. He faced many challenges, primarily finding the money to produce the shows, and searching for a place to stage the productions. Aspen Community Theatre loaned Mr. Reed $2,500.00, and the then barren basement of the historic Hotel Jerome became the home of Theatre Under the Jerome.

In 1987 the Hotel Jerome began its restoration and Theatre Under the Jerome, once again found itself without a performance space. Due to the loss of the Jerome, the name of the theatre was changed to The Aspen Theatre Company. Mr. Reed continued to produce plays in one local venue, then another, until he finally went before the Aspen City Council requesting a small plot of land used as the snow dump by the Rio Grande Trail. It was during this time that the City of Aspen created the Aspen Art Park. What was once "just another field" was transformed into a beautiful and well-tended little oasis by the river. A second-hand circus tent was purchased and permission was obtained from the City to erect the tent on this site during the summer months. The Aspen Theatre Company began to take shape as the theatre we know today.

In 1989, Kent Reed left the Company and Aspen to pursue his own acting career. In 1992 the name was officially changed to Aspen Theatre in the Park. That same year, a fund raising campaign was undertaken to purchase a new, state-of-the-art performance tent. The Aspen School of Theatre Arts was created in 1998 to provide quality theatre education programs.

In 2005, we became Theatre Aspen and turned the page to a new chapter in this long and prestigious history. The next few years will witness continued and significant growth, as we take our place among Aspen’s cultural institutions and become a destination for those who seek professional and exciting theatre.

THANKS
Ruth Abramson   .   Actors' Equity Foundation   .   Alison Agley   .   Pam Alexander   .   Alpine Bank   .   Becky and David Aldrich   .   Joan & Lawrence Altman   .   Judi & Alan Altman   .   ANB Bank   .   Anonymous (2)   .   Jim Aresty   .   Liz & Jane Armstrong   .   Katherine Arnold   .   Joni & David Arnold   .   Aspen Club & Spa   .   Aspen Community Foundation   .   Aspen Daily News   .   Aspen Jewish Congregation   .   Aspen Public Radio   .   Aspen Skiing Company   .   Aspen Sojourner   .   The Aspen Times   .   Caryl Avery & Les Zuke   .   Becky Ayres   .   Lisa & George Baker   .   Michele & Raifi Bass   .   Carol Batchelder   .   Karen Beard   .   Norelle & Brian Becker   .   Susan Beckerman   .   Vivian & Norman Belmonte   .   Barbara & Bruce Berger   .   Katie and Carl Bergman   .   Madeline Berlin   .   Laurie Bernhard   .   Wilma and Stuart Bernstein   .   Diana Beuttas   .   Nancy & Bob Blank   .   Elaine & Bob Blatt   .   Judith and Doug Bleiler   .   Rita & Irwin Blitt   .   Caroline Bloom   .   Carol & Morton Blumberg   .   Liz & John Bokram   .   Marilyn and Howard Bollinger   .   Allison and Randall Bone   .   Brett Bossung   .   Lotta & Stuart Brafman   .   Gail & Frank Brendemuehl   .   Ginny & Charles Brewer   .   Robert & Linda Brining   .   Mindy Robinson & Steve Brown   .   Cindy & Hap Bruce   .   Donna & Kenton Bruice   .   Robin & Neal Buchalter   .   Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan & Patrick Scanlan   .   The Buddy Program   .   Peggy Burke   .   Elaine & Harris Cahn   .   Terri & Tony Caine   .   Carleen & Ken Canfield   .   Cate Caplin & Vernon Willet   .   Peter Carman   .   Paula & Matthew Carr   .   Barbara & Franklin Carson   .   Annie & Coley Cassidy   .   David Chazen   .   Tina Chen & Marvin Josephson   .   Caryl & David Cherry   .   The City of Aspen   .   Clark's Market   .   Kelly Close   .   Charles Cochrane   .   Debra & Steven Cohen   .   Rita & Morris Cohen   .   Chris Collins Band   .   Colorado Creative Industries   .   Bunni & Paul Copaken   .   Samantha & Craig Cordt-Pearce   .   Sandra Coudert Graham   .   Cynthia Coudert   .   Judy & Archibald Cox, Jr.   .   CP Restaurant Group   .   Jane & Marshall Crouch   .   Sylvie & Gary Crum   .   Jennifer Daniel   .   Lucy & Thomas Danis   .   Leah & Jeff Davis   .   Yoly & Mark Davis   .   Gladys Delisser & Michael Augello   .   George Ann Dennis   .   Leslie Desmond & Phill Stoffregen   .   Joseph Dewitt   .   The Nick DeWolf Foundation   .   Jon & Susie Diamond   .   Learaye & John DiGiglia   .   Anthony M. Dilucia, Jr.   .   Mary Dominick & Sven Coomer   .   Michael Dumeresque   .   Sonnet & Christopher Edmonds   .