We believe creative self-expression via theatre arts builds self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills for young women seeking opportunities for advancement.
Our program focuses on five areas:
Sessions are taught by experienced artists who are screened for talent, experience and commitment.
While nominal fees will be charged for classes, girls may apply for a limited number of scholarships.
Mentors and role-models enhance our programs by sharing their experiences. We draw on mentors from diverse communities and professions.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Through a collaboration with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), we produce an annual summer camp. Our girls participate in workshops presented by DCPA and Opening Act staffs. Girls showcase what they learn to family and friends at the end of the program. We gratefully receive scholarships to DCPA classes and invitations to attend DCPA productions.
Justina Ford STEM Institute
We partnered with the Justina Ford STEM Institute to produce a dramatic multi-media tribute honoring successful women of color in STEM. Honorees included Dr. Justina Ford, C.J. Walker, and Dr. Mae Jemison. The mother of a 14 year-old girl who enacted the role of Dr. Jedidah Isler, an award-winning astrophysicist, said that Opening Act changed her daughter’s life.
Scott United Methodist Church
Our four-hour theatre workshop at Scott United Methodist Church focused on creating storytelling skills, developing a strong stage presence and enhancing self-confidence. Activities and games were designed to introduce our girls to the the magic of theatre and acting. Our 2021
program is housed at Scott.
During the pandemic, we produced, Voices to Vision: Listening to Our Daughters. The four-part virtual series offered a candid and intimate opportunity to listen to our daughters and validate their feelings about race and culture during the pandemic.