Mission Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women’s and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.
We envision a world where women’s voices are powerfully expressed and recognized for artistic merit in the community.
Who We Are A professional group of artists dedicated to supporting and expanding women’s artistic contributions to the Denver stage and wider community.
We include playwrights, actors, dramaturgs, designers, directors, visual artists, dancers, choreographers, musicians, comediennes, improv artists, and anything in between.
Why We Matter Women’s creativity is largely underrepresented in the American—and the Denver—artistic worlds.
On average, 22% of produced plays are written by women; our recent survey findings show that number is 32% in the Rocky Mountain region. Only 11% of identifiable film protagonists are female; 7% of films are directed by women.
Bringing out these voices is good for women and builds a healthy society.
Our Programs —Each year, Athena Project produces an Arts Festival, that includes theatre, dance and music highlighting the contributions of women artists. Past festivals have also featured improv artists and fashion designers.
–Athena Project produces a yearly Premiere Production, newly moved to the month of September. This production features new work by a female writer previously featured in the Plays In Progress Series.
–Our Plays In Progress Series showcases 3-5 new plays by women in workshop-level productions designed for audience feedback.
—Pop Up Performances further our goal of supporting local women artists beyond the scope of our annual festival. These programs and events include art exhibitions, play readings and the curation of talent for many organizations including TEDx Mile High, The Denver Women’s March, Denver Center for Performing Arts, and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
—Girls Create is a mentoring program for girls in 6th – 10th grade interested in playwriting, dance, fashion, and visual arts, and using teaching artists and mentors, empowers girls to affect change in themselves and others through creative learning.
–Athena Project’s program Cause & Affect, is a service program designed to engage artists and provide a unique form of entertainment for Denver nonprofits and organizations.