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Athena Project is a professional group of artists dedicated to supporting and expanding women’s artistic contributions to the Denver stage and the wider community. Athena envisions a world where women’s voices are powerfully expressed and recognized for artistic merit in the community. Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process. Each Spring, Athena Project produces an Arts Festival that includes theatre, dance and music highlighting the contributions of women artists. In the Fall, we produce a Premiere Production which is selected from one of the plays workshopped during the Festival. Girls Create, is our summer intensive where we highlight various art forms in a week long camp culminating in a final performance to be shared with friends, family, and the public. This program empowers girls to lead and effect change in themselves and others through creative learning. Rounding out our annual events are Pop Up music, dance, fashion and theatre performances around the city as well as Visual Art Shows.


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Status of Women in Theatre in the Rocky Mountain Region

Gender parity in the arts has become a hot button issue. Over the past several years multiple studies have been published examining the roles and participation of women in theatre across the United States. These studies by organizations such as the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women, WomenArts, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, and Gender Parity Task Force – Chicago, document that women are greatly underrepresented as playwrights, directors, and managers in theatres across the country.

While there is data being collected on the status of women in theatre across the US there is no single survey examining the status of women in the Rocky Mountain Region (AZ, CO, ID, MN, NM, NV, UT, WY). As a nonprofit supporting and promoting female voices in the arts, Athena Project believes that it is important to look more closely at the status of women in theatre within our own Rocky Mountain Region. The data collected for this survey adds to the research already being done in small and vibrant theatre communities in medium and small-sized cities across the US.

2016 Athena Project Survey Results

2017 Athena Project Survey Results


Athena Project Announces the 6th Annual Athena Project Arts Festival, March 3-31, 2018 Theatre, dance and music highlighting the artistic contributions of women and girls. For immediate release, Denver, CO, November 10, 2017 — March ushers in a month long celebration of women in the arts during the 6th Annual Athena Project Arts Festival from…

Plays In Progress is a unique program fostering new works by women playwrights. Each Spring playwrights are invited to submit previously unproduced plays which are read and scored by a team of readers.  One hundred and fifty plays were submitted from across the country. We are pleased to announce five winning scripts and playwrights.  The…

Women hold a higher number of leadership positions in theatres in the Rocky Mountain West when compared to overall theatres across the US. Gender parity continues to be a significant issue across all social and economic sectors including the arts. Over the past several years multiple studies have been published examining the roles and participation…

Athena Project’s first annual Status of Women in Theatre in the Rocky Mountain Region survey found that people of color, and women of color in particular, are drastically underrepresented in both playwriting and positions of leadership. Overall the Athena Project survey findings for the production of female playwrights across the Rocky Mountain Region falls in…

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