Our Vision: To advance the overall level of theatre arts in Colorado.
Our Mission: To provide student and professional theatre artists with training rooted in graduate-level curriculum, taught by theatre professionals; and to integrate this training into the development of new intermedia performance work that engages audiences in the social and human issues of our time.
Message from Artistic Director - Jennifer McCray Rincon
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Beginning summer of 2021 we returned to live work with our summer training program at McNichols Civic Center Building and in September we began Season 11 with our first full-length live production in a very long time; Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, performed at El Centro Su Teatro. While COVID was extremely challenging for our company, as well as all theatre companies around the world, we also learned a lot. In the past, we have put film on stage as our primary design tool, but during COVID we began to put stage on film. In 2022, we will produce a new film project on American acting technique called The Five Questions.
We will also focus even more on producing new plays, including a new musical. The Visionbox360 Festival of New Works explores new technologies in design while focusing on the moral and social issues of our time. We are now actively seeking submissions from playwrights who explore the challenges facing us as a society today, including issues of racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Please submit new material to us at email@example.com
Our training program will continue to be the foundation for everything we do. Throughout the year, we will offer live scene study classes in 5 to 6 week sequences culminating in performance. We will also continue some online classes on audition technique.
Finally, this age of technology has given us extraordinary gifts, but it has also created new challenges. The isolation we experience living on our computer screens and cellphones, compounded by the recent health crisis, the barrage of information that comes at us on a daily basis through the internet has created a new kind of disconnection and alienation, especially in our young people. Live theatre is now more important than ever; not only as a vehicle for social change, but also as a way to connect us to ourselves and to each other.
Jennifer McCray Rincon
Season 11 Upcoming Productions:
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry - December 18th McNichols Civic Center Building
Love Letters by A.R. Gurney with Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria - February 14th, 2022
New Works in Development & Titles Under Consideration:
Seeking Charlie Russell by Bill Pullman
Ghost in the House: A Meditation on the Life and Times of Jack Johnson by Ernie Hudson and Frank Megna
Just Another Day by Dan Lauria
Self Portrait by Daniel Gerroll -
A New Musical
A Commissioned Work by BIPOC playwright to be announced
American Addict: A devised piece documenting the journey from addiction to recovery by Jennifer Rincon
and the Visionbox Ensemble
Surfing my DNA written and performed by Jodi Long
All The World: Solo Shakespeare Projects adapted by the Visionbox Ensemble
My Two Sisters by Jennifer McCray Rincon
Shakespeare Intensive (January 3 - February 3)
Archetypal Acting: Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht (February 7 - March 17)
Contemporary Acting: Plays of the Last Decade (March 21 - April 21)
Summer Training Program McNichols Civic Center Building/Vail Mountain School (June 13 - August 5)
Season 11 auditions will be held November 29th, 30th and December 1st with callbacks held December 2nd. If interested, please send a headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition/interview.
It's a Wonderful Life
Where: McNichols Civic Center Building - 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202
When: Saturday, December 18th
Tickets: General Admission Ticket $30, Producer's Circle Ticket $75, Producer's Circle Table Ticket $450
Includes cash bar holiday appetizers at 5pm show at 6pm.
Includes front row table seating with table-side service, and complimentary food and drink at 5pm, show at 6pm.
Producer's Circle Table
Includes Reservation of Full Table for 6 guests with table-side service, and complimentary food and drink at 5pm, show at 6pm.
WHAT WE DO
We offer 5 week scene study classes for actors of all ages, levels and backgrounds that culminate in a performance. While the focus of the class is on acting technique, each sequence can also be taken as a playwright or director with assignments and work tailored to these disciplines. We also offer ongoing audition classes on Saturday mornings and a Directors Lab on Saturday afternoons.
As an extension of the training program, Visionbox Studio Theatre has produced workshops of new performance work by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers, directors, designers and actors. These public performances of new work featuring multi-media design have included The Othello Project by Visionbox, Commedia, a new play by British Actor Daniel Gerroll, The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with Broadway Actor Bill Youmans and most recently a world premiere of Seeking Charlie Russell written and performed by Bill Pullman. Visionbox is a Tier III project of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and part of the McNichols Civic Center Building Cultural Partnership Program.
Jennifer McCray Rincon
Founding Artistic Director
Jennifer McCray Rincón received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride.
Since founding Visionbox Studio Theatre in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in performance. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
The SCFD allows arts,cultural and scientific organizations to follow their missions. It provides funding to hundreds of organizations every year. Visionbox Studio Theatre is a Tier 3 organization funded in part by SCFD grants.
Visionbox is a proud member of the McNichols Civic Center Building Cultural Partner Program. We perform our Visionbox360 Festival of New Works in this extraordinary venue. We will also be developing new classes and projects thanks to this partnership.
Colorado Creative Industries believes in the power of creativity to inspire human connections, create social change and support economic vibrancy throughout Colorado. We believe in the practice of creation, the artists and entrepreneurs who contribute to our rich culture and the benefits of our creative economy.
We support and encourage the innovators, creators, change-makers and dreamers who improve our quality of life and make Colorado creative. We focus on strengthening the vitality of visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, resources and funding opportunities. We believe in bold innovation and the invaluable contributions the arts bring to this beautiful state.
Visionbox Studio Theatre is 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.