Benchmark Theatre’s Community Response Initiative
In connection with our mission, Benchmark’s Community Response Initiative focuses on producing special events and performances that bring together members of our community as collaborators to highlight international, national, and local conversations with pieces that engage audiences and participants on a personal level.
2019 Community Response piece
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Benchmark is currently partnering with TranSending to create our next Community Response Piece- Out of the Shadows: Part 1, featuring stories of triumph within the LGBTQ+ community. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on personal stories, featuring inclusion, success, and the overcoming of obstacles.
2018 community response piece
Benchmark Theatre Company, in association with The Women's Voices Theater Festival, is pleased to be curated a Colorado-based performance celebration in on International Women's Voices Day on January 21, 2018 with local artists presenting work created by and featuring women. This daylong event presented play readings, poetry readings, music and improv as well as a performance workshop.
WITH SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS BY LOCAL THEATRE COMPANIES AND ARTISTS:
Athena Project- The Un-Lesson by Ellen K. Graham
Phamaly- Family by Kimberlee Nanda
Jennifer Kubik- Performing selections from operas by female composers
And Toto Too- The South Star by Rebecca Gorman O'Neill
Erica Borrillo- Poems for a new age
Grapefruit Lab- JANE/EYRE Adaptation
The Catamounts- Special "Feed" Excerpt
Emily MacIntyre- Poetry
Vintage Theatre Productions- How to Exterminate the Black Woman by Monica Prince
Lady Peacock- Burlesque: Lola/Oshun - The Goddess Revealed by Jaime Lujan
Benchmark Theatre- Presents indiGLOW girls improv (Including Lauren Bahlman, Heather Curran, Sheevani Desai Ignasinksi, Mel Evans, Bre Forkes, Chelsea Fry & Holly Jackson) at 6:45pm
About the Women’s Voices Theater Festival:
The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is dedicated to highlighting the scope of plays being written by women and the range of professional theater being produced in the nation’s capital region. The Festival’s debut in 2015 featured world premiere plays by female playwrights on stages across Washington, D.C. and was heralded as a landmark in striving for gender parity in American theater. Led by seven of Washington’s largest theaters—Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company—the Festival leverages collaboration among regional theater producers to create a platform for the nation’s most talented and innovative female and female-identifying playwrights and their newest plays.
To learn more, visit www.womensvoicestheaterfestival.org
2016 Community Response Piece
AFTER ORLANDO is an international theatre action curated by NoPassport Press and theatre alliance and Missing Bolts Productions in observance of the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub Orlando earlier this year in Florida. From September through December of 2016, productions were performed across the globe and Benchmark Theatre was excited to bring this action to the Denver community.
The performances featured artists and companies from across the Denver/Boulder region in readings of 12 of these powerful plays and included a reception and silent auction that raised $2,000 to support the Human Rights Campaign.
To find out more about similar productions happening around the world, please visit the Missing Bolts website.