Our Mission Statement: The Actors Company and Theater School (Colorado ACTS), founded and operated by Christians, offers theater classes to children four years to eighteen (seniors in high school). The school’s mission is to bring quality children’s drama education to the local community. At Colorado ACTS, the faculty and staff strive to create a “safe” place where students cultivate imagination, self-expression, and teamwork. Discipline, self-confidence, and belonging to a community are a few of the many benefits of theater education.
Actor’s Company and Theater School is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) arts corporation and is open to all applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, or physical handicap. Tax deductible donations are needed and welcomed.
Colorado ACTS was founded by Leah Nixon, Marianne Henning and Cindy Troup. It is in its’ second decade of business in Denver, founded in 1995 at Colorado Christian University as the Ensemble Theatre Company’s Children’s Theatre program.
ACTS is completely staffed by Christians, producing mainstream shows. There are about 200 families involved with classes for children 4-18 years old. The summer Family & Friends Productions and year round Community shows include our faculty, alumni and adult family members. We offer classes year round and produce between 10-12 full shows a year.
Our productions have ranged from big musicals such as Annie and Fiddler on the Roof to productions from local children’s playwrights like Blarney, Blather and Balderdash (by Patrick Dorn from Pioneer Drama) or The King’s New Clothes (by Edith Weiss from Eldridge Pub.) All productions are paid for from tuition, ticket sales and private donations. Students and Parents are not required to furnish costumes or help with technical aspects of a production (although our families often participate fully).
We are unusual because production classes meet for 2-3 hours only once a week for 2-6 months (depending on the type of class). Normally students audition for parts within a classroom setting, BUT ALL STUDENT IN A CLASS ARE GUARANTEED A PART.
Approximately 60% of our students are home schooled and half of our classes meet during the day. Since our inception over 15 years ago Colorado ACTS has produced more than 100 shows. We are proud of the quality of theatre education that our students receive and the quality of the entertainment that our audiences enjoy.
Please contact us at…
P.O. Box 745190
Arvada CO 80006-5190
PRICING AND PAYMENT
We have not raised our prices recently; in many cases they have been lowered. Payment in full is expected at the beginning of each class. If you are unable to pay in full at the beginning of a class, we are willing to work with you on a payment plan. We understand everyone experiences hardships. We don’t want that to hold your child back from classes. Payment in full should be received by the time the class performs. Fundraising is expected by each class, but is not mandatory. SCRIP Program earnings are applied to individual student accounts. Limited scholarships available.
COLORADO ACTS AND GRANT FUNDING
Colorado ACTS does receive some private grant funds to help facilitate our programs. These grant funds are usually for specific purposes, like our Outreach Program.
Sometimes we are given the opportunity to apply for grants that are more general in nature. The SCFD (Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) grant was one that we just recently applied for. Much work went into the extensive application for the SCFD grant. We were recently given their decision regarding our application. You can see the quote taken from their letter to us below.
We feel it is important for our families and community to understand that Colorado ACTS has been denied funding because of our Christian faith. The fact that we hold to this conviction and refuse to change our Mission Statement or other parts of who we are simply to secure grant funding is something we feel is important for our families to know.
Thank you for your continued support of Colorado ACTS. We continue to strive to bring quality children’s theater education to our community.
CITIZENS MAKING IT POSSIBLE
October 15, 2014
Thank you for submitting an SCFD eligibility application on behalf of Actors Company and Theater School dba Colorado ACTS. We appreciate your patience as we conducted a thorough review pursuant to the SCFD statutory criteria. Although SCFD recognizes the contributions Colorado ACTS provides for the community, the organization does not meet all of the eligibility criteria and is not eligible for SCFD funding.
An organization’s primary purpose must be: “to provide for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public through the production, presentation exhibition, advancement, or preservation of art, music, theater, dance, zoology, botany, anthropology, cultural history, or natural history” C.R.S. §32-13-110(3)(a)
After analyzing Colorado ACTS’ eligibility application and how the organization presents itself to the public online, it appears that Colorado ACTS is a religious based organization. The support page of Colorado ACTS’ website states “first and foremost, please keep our theatre ministry in your prayers. None of this would be possible without God and you.” The organization’s website also states that “ACTS is completely staffed by Christians” and board minutes submitted indicate that meetings begin and end with a prayer. Additionally the June 15, 2014 board minutes point out that Patrick has become the organization’s spiritual advisor. The organization presents itself as a religious organization on Colorado Gives Day as well. The Executive director statement says “Colorado ACTS is an extraordinary place where young people can develop their God-given talents.” Although there may be value in this-type of programming for our communities, SCFD is a government entity that distributes public tax dollars. As such, it cannot fund an organization that promotes religion as this is prohibited in Section 7 of Article IX of the Colorado Constitution. Colorado ACT’s mission, vision and goals are outside the realm of SCFD eligibility.