CultureWest turns 1: A look back at a wild year in Colorado theater
From CultureWest’s ongoing “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theater” photo series: Backstage at the opening of Magic Moments’ “Spirit & Soul.”
By John Moore
Aug. 2, 2013
One year ago, a local foundation created www.CultureWest.Org on my behalf as a beta blog for what we all hoped would become a new, fully staffed and fully funded, web-based media outlet exclusively covering arts and culture in Colorado. Well, when life hands you lemons …
That particular dream may have died, but one year later, be it ever so humble, that beta blog is still here, celebrating its one-year anniversary of covering mostly the local theater community in fun, innovative and, in some cases, groundbreaking ways, telling stories using words, photos and video.
When I was a staff writer for the Denver Post, I averaged about 250 bylines a year — and I was paid for it. I am proud as a peacock to note that CultureWest has launched 234 pieces of new content in its first year — without my getting paid for it.
This web project has been a labor of love. And so today, if you will allow me, I want to take a moment to look back at just some of the highlights in taking on this journalistic experiment. And to offer those of you who may be new to the website the chance to explore some of the projects we have undertaken. Enjoy!
Ongoing photo and story projects:
It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre: For this ongoing photo series, we have visited backstage before 99 theater openings in 2013 — so far.
Beautiful Women Wearing My Sunglasses: A daily profile of a woman (and a few token dudes) as a cheeky way of promoting the people and plays being staged in the area. Today was daily entry No. 104.
Anatomy of a director: We interviewed 40 local directors for 40 days asking them about this seldom-discussed aspect of the creative process.
The Shelly Bordas Story: A beloved local actor is given a terminal diagnosis. Part 3 is in the works.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Following the story of a self-started local musical takes a turn when the director (and star) is seriously injured on opening night.
Shows go on, theaters safe as fires rage near Creede
Long-form stories and personal essays:
The creation of the new Denver Actors Fund: This new nonprofit will help members of the local theater community during medical emergencies.