Top 25 Shots from 2013 “Opening Nights” photo series

By John Moore
Jan. 10, 2014

Throughout 2013, we brought you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes at theeater productions staged all over Colorado. The intent was to allow the reader a window into a part of the creative process you are not often allowed to witness. The result was awide swath of public and private moments backstage, onstage and outside of the stage entirely. This series included one representative shot from each of 151 of the performances we saw 2013. In addition, we dedicated a full photo gallery bringing readers an additional 15 to 40 outtakes from most every production we visited as well.

In this slideshow, I have chosen my 25 personal favorites.

All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To inquire about reprints, email To see the entire series, with one representative shot for each of the 151 productions, click here.

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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at