2018-2019 Community Report

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mission The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is one of the University of Denver’s best public spaces for students, neighbors, and friends to experience intersectional diversity, communal artistry, and transformative learning.

contents From the Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Artistic Impact and One DU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Learning and Community Engagement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Spaces and Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Giving Impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Financial Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts University of Denver 2344 East Iliff Avenue Denver, CO 80208 newmancenter.du.edu / 303-871-7720 ncpa@du.edu 2

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Delfeayo Marsalis guides a master class with Denver School of the Arts students, February 2019. Photo by Nathan Willers.

newman center friends and supporters, I’m excited to share the Newman Center’s Community Report, containing highlights of a very successful 2018-19 season. The Newman Center experienced record-breaking ticket sales and attendance with performances by iconic artists like Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and the Silkroad Ensemble. We also welcomed thousands of new audience members to the Newman Center with the Harry Potter parody, Potted Potter. The Newman Center team was wowed by the community’s response to the launch of the National Geographic Live speaker series. Audiences filled the venue for each one of our Nat Geo Live events featuring scientists, adventurers, and photojournalists. Our learning and community engagement programs flourished this year with numerous students from the Denver area experiencing a variety of performances, including jazz, Ballet Folklorico, and tap dance. We launched a partnership with Carnegie Hall and Denver Public Schools to produce the Musical Explorers program, an in-depth, interactive music education program for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. The program’s culminating concert was one of our most exciting moments of the year. Nearly 800 students in the hall (and several hundred more participating through the live stream) were singing and dancing along with the performers and enjoying every minute. You make all of this happen at the Newman Center. Everyone who bought tickets to a performance, made a contribution, or volunteered at the Newman Center shares in the success of this season. The Newman Center team and I are so grateful for your support, enthusiasm, and passion for the performing arts. Many thanks,

Kendra Whitlock Ingram Executive Director Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts


artistic impact

“The Newman Center is bringing the world to Denver. It has a great venue, plus great programming, and a very intelligent audience both from within DU and the surrounding community. This combination allows them to bring in artists that expand horizons, take risks, and raise the bar on the quality of arts in Denver.” —Mark Heiser

Community Advisory Board Member, Donor, Community Partner

Dorrance Dance, April 2019.

exploring music through diverse programming The Newman Center has become known as a venue with optimal acoustics and an ideal place to experience live music performances. The Newman Center enhanced its commitment to jazz programming by adding the Jazz Series this season, featuring Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Vijay Iyer. Support from the Antonia and Vladimir Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund makes it possible for the Newman Center to present the best of classical new music, this year featuring legendary new music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars. Global artists like the Silkroad Ensemble introduced Newman Center audiences to music and traditions from around the world.

Blind Boys of Alabama, February 2019.

commitment to dance presenting As one of Denver’s only presenters of nationally and internationally touring dance companies, the Newman Center has committed to presenting the world’s best in dance, often introducing Denver audiences to dance companies for the first time. Generous support from The Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming and L. Roger and Meredith Hutson enabled the Newman Center to present artistically extraordinary dance performances. This season, we welcomed some of the country’s most celebrated companies including Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Jessica Lang Dance, and Dorrance Dance. 4

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Campus Engagement and Partnership

As a multidisciplinary unit of the University of Denver, the Newman Center strives to enhance learning on campus by engaging directly with faculty, students, and academic departments across campus. Below are a few examples of the cross-disciplinary engagement the Newman Center facilitated on campus this season: • The Spirituals Project Choir of the Lamont School of Music performing with Newman Center guest artist Kathleen Battle at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House • Social Justice activist DeRay McKesson presented in collaboration with the Graduate School of Social Work • National Geographic speaker and NASA engineer Kobie Boykins engaging with faculty, students, deans, and alumni of Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics • Special performance lecture on cultural diplomacy with Newman Center guest artist Silkroad Ensemble and faculty of the Korbel School of International Studies •

National Geographic Live speaker and mountaineer Hillary Nelson engaging with students of DU’s Alpine Club

• Residency and performance with Newman Center guest artist Bang on a Can All-Stars and students from Lamont School of Music

Silkroad Ensemble members perform at Korbel School for International Studies at a partner event, February 2019. Photo by Anthony Camera.

sparking intellectual curiosity and exploration This season, the Newman Center launched the National Geographic Live speaker series, inviting Denver audiences to explore a diverse array of topics with National Geographic experts. NASA engineer Kobie Boykins shared his enthusiasm about the Mars Rover project and space exploration. Mountaineer and adventurer Hillary Nelson kept audiences on the edge of their seats with her stories of climbing some of the world’s tallest peaks. Photojournalist Steve Winter discussed his experiences photographing big cats in the wild with stunning images. Each Nat Geo Live speaker also made time to engage with our campus community, sharing their knowledge with students and professors. From left: Dean Andrei Kutateladze (Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Adam Pender (Propulsion Engineer, Lockheed Martin, DU ‘16), Speaker Kobie Boykins, and Dean J.B. Holston (Engineering and Computer Science). Photo by Anthony Camera.

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learning & community engagement

“The Newman Center has the right idea about the arts! Their programming includes performances for nonmusic students, as well as master classes for high school students. The staff is highly professional and totally cool. The Newman Center model for community arts engagement is unquestionably amongst the finest in the country.” —Delfeayo Marsalis Jazz Musician, Newman Center Presents Guest Artist

Our education and community engagement programs continue to expand and reach record numbers of community members. This season marked the second year of our Student Matinee Series, a concert series created specifically for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Student groups bus to the Newman Center during the day to see 60-minute versions of world-class artists on the Newman Center Presents Series. Many students extend their visit on campus with a campus tour or an enrichment activity at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. The Newman Center launched its Musical Explorers program this year, reaching more than 1,000 kindergarten through second grade students in Denver Public Schools. Presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, the program introduces students to music and cultures from around the world through creative curriculum, culminating with a live performance at the Newman Center. For many students, this was their first live, professional performance in a concert hall. Thanks to the generous support from donors of the #1Day4DU campaign and the Denver Music Advantage Fund through Denver Arts and Venues, this program was provided to Denver Public Schools at no cost. Our adult audiences are intellectually curious and love to engage directly in arts experiences. This year we expanded offerings for life-long learners to engage in interactive arts experiences such as community dance classes. We also offered numerous experiences for audiences to learn beyond the performances through artist talkbacks, indepth lectures, and special community presentations. These programs, with support from the Bonfils Stanton Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries, aim to engage diverse segments of community with artistically excellent experiences. 6

Dorrance Dance community master class at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio, April 2019. Photo by Anthony Camera.

“It gave me an opportunity to dance. I don’t have money for classes and wouldn’t know where to go if I did.” —Community member participating in the Dorrance Dance tap master class

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attendance by the numbers:

4,122 49% at student matinees and musical explorers

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at free classes and community events

Students gather for the Fiesta Colorado Student Matinee, November 2018. Photo by Nathan Willers.

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spaces and places

The Newman Center continues to be a sought-after community convening place for many performances and events produced by regional arts and community organizations. The Denver Post’s Pen and Podium Series celebrated its 17th season at the Newman Center with award-winning authors such as George Saunders and Louise Penny. Campus partnerships with Daniels College of Business’s Voices of Experience brought CEOs and business leaders to discuss their struggles and success in the business world. Another long-time Newman Center partner, Friends of Chamber Music Series, presented renowned chamber music ensembles and pianists such as Andras Schiff and the acclaimed period instrument ensemble Tafelmusik. New partnerships on campus and in the community led to new and diverse programming for the Newman Center this season. Partnership presentations enable the Newman Center to develop new audiences and build strong relationships with the community. The Newman Center partnered with DU’s Graduate School of Social Work to present a series of presentations focusing on social justice topics, including civil rights activist and social commentator DeRay McKesson. Denver Public Schools was also a new partner, co-presenting the DPS all-city orchestra concert this winter.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, February 2019. Photo by Anthony Camera.

“I love the fact that the concert hall is more intimate than many other venues, and I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house.” —Carolyn Strand Donor, Subscriber 8

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performances and events newman center presents performances 22 newman center partner performances 27 rental events and performances 190 lamont school of music performances 299 du theatre performances 23 total events and performances 594 total venue attendance 131,407 Above: A US Army Jazz Ambassadors musician chats with students before a Student Matinee performance in Joy Burns Plaza, October 2018. Right: The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts was home to almost 600 public performances and events during the 2018-19 season. Photo above by Anthony Camera.

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From left: Brenda Douglis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Thomas Douglis, February 2019.

Clockwise from top left: Tina Walls, Carlotta LaNier, Dianne Reeves, and Charles Burrell, December 2018.


From left: Beth Hamilton Stephens, Mary Nachazel, Beverlee Henry, February 2019.

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giving impact

“My favorite thing about the Newman Center is the dance programming. With 4+ programs during their regular season, the Newman Center has really become a home for dance in Denver. The Dance Series package makes it easy to see dance all year round.” —Meredith Hutson Community Advisory Board Chair, Donor, Subscriber

donor acknowledgement as of june 20, 2019 Lifetime ($1,000,000+) Morley C. Ballantine* Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Joy S. Burns Ruth S. Byron* Adolph Coors Foundation June Swaner Gates* Jane M. and Frederic C.* Hamilton The Frederic C. Hamilton Family Foundation Kresge Foundation Robert and Judi Newman Robert and Judi Newman Family Foundation Virginia E. Trevorrow* Carl M. Williams* Lifetime ($500,000+) Patrick D. and Joan A. Bowlen William K. and Rita Bass* Coors Devonshire Charitable Trust Margot Gilbert Frank and M Allan Frank* Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation The Grynberg Family, including gifts in memory of Gloria Kubel Ronald L* and Carol L.* Moore Scott J. and Virginia L. Reiman Reiman Foundation Daniel L. Ritchie Lifetime ($100,000+) Anonymous Raphael Levy Memorial Foundation Jordon* and Essie Perlmutter Porter Adventist Hospital Richard C. and Jeanne P. Saunders Galen and Ada Belle Spencer Foundation Judith M. and Marvin E. Wolf Lifetime ($50,000+) Fine Arts Foundation Gareth D. Flora LaRetta M. Flora Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Beverlee B. Henry and Robert P. Fullerton L. Roger and Meredith Hutson Kern Family Foundation Mary L. Rossick and Jerome H. Kern The Kenneth King Foundation Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund J. K. Mullen Foundation Anna and John J. Sie John W. and Marilyn Johnson Stoddard Lifetime ($25,000+) Friends of Chamber Music Pioneer Legacy Society Donors who have included the Newman Center in their estate plans Anonymous Sally G. Plummer Annual Giving Circles Director ($25,000+) Bonfils-Stanton Foundation The Grynberg Family

Gold ($10,000+) Colorado Creative Industries L. Roger and Meredith Hutson Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund Encore ($5,000+) Nancy and Samuel Gary Beverlee B. Henry & Robert P. Fullerton, including gifts in honor of Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, in honor of Margot Gilbert Frank and M Allan Frank*, and in honor of Robert and Judi Newman Marvin Naiman and Margery Goldman Family Foundation New England Foundation for the Arts Robert and Judi Newman The Sakura Foundation Benefactor ($2,500+) Kendra Whitlock Ingram and Benjamin Ingram Jane N. and Wayne G. Nielsen Western States Arts Federation Ovation ($1,000+) Barbara Allen and Marc Frank Teri and Gordon Appell Sharon Magness and Ernest Blake† Harley and Joni Conner† Paul Docktor Lisa A. Feldman Margot Gilbert Frank and M Allan Frank*, including gifts in honor of The Honorable Robert P. Fullerton and Mrs. Beverlee B. Henry Diana W. and Michael Kinsey Gregg Kvistad and Amy R. Oaks Paula J. Meadows Doloris G. and Gene Milstein Victoria and Trygve Myhren† Carolyn A. Agosta and William Rauschert David Rosentrater Douglas G. and Mary B. Scrivner The Anna and John J. Sie Foundation† Carolyn M. Strand Rebecca Chopp and Frederick Thibodeau† Roxanne S. and Frederick A. Vierra Tina A. Walls Patron ($500+) Anonymous Marlon and Evelyn Barnes Leslie S. Beltrami Libby L. Bortz and Michael R. Altenberg Ellie Caulkins Hannah Christian The Clinton Family Fund† Sara E. and Steven Dallman† Thomas and Brenda Douglis† Tom and Margie Gart Family Fund† Phyllis Goodman Marie and Matthew Gordon Amy A. and Donald Earl Harris Mark and Allison Heiser Andrew E. Hornbrook Meagan Kilkoyne Neal Arts Fund at the Denver Foundation Nelson Family Foundation

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Nancy M. and W. Peterson Nelson Stephen B. Perry Andrew E. and Kristin E. Powers David N. and Helen Rasmussen Susan Rifkin Norwood L. and Barbara J. Robb Sage Family Fund Stephen Seifert† Ronald H. Short Kellyn S. and Jeff M. Smith Adrian Tinsley in honor of Cynthia Secor Ashley and Eli Wald Etta M. and Michael D. West Christopher and Lin Williams Janet Yenter Friend ($250+) Anonymous Joseph Assell† Laurie A. Booras Diane and Darrel Barbara Bryant† Gerald W. Chapman Mary Jo Craige Susan L. Froelich and Richard E. Ingram in honor of Kendra and Benjamin Ingram Lissy A. Garrison Donald Harris Harriet R. and Donald S. Kaufmann Diana Yunn Lee Lynnea Louison Jean A. and Ronald C. Meyer Louis Moran William Mohrman Jennifer Myers Dennis Oliver Jean E. and Edward Onderko Kerry S. and Nathan W. Pearlman Natalie and Sean Raborn Lanae Raymond Elissa RaeStein and Richard K. Replin Donald D. and Kathy A. Rosenkrans Mark E. Rodgers Mark E. and Valerie Rodgers† Kathy A. and Donald D. Rosenkrans† Amy and Jay Sage Polly W. Sanna and John S. Sanna, III Constance A. Brakken and Rodney L. Smith Liora Spiess Thomas Stalker and Jeremy Anderson Jennifer and Alan Tanaka Cynthia Secor and Adrian Tinsley Etta M. and Michael D. West† Edith E. and Joseph S. Wong †All or a portion of this gift was made in honor of Robert and Judi Newman. *Deceased If you would like your donor listing to appear differently, please contact Meagan Kilcoyne, Associate Director of Development, at 303-871-3274 or meagan.kilcoyne@du.edu.



volunteers total volunteers 150 events worked 254 total volunteer hours 9,144 newman center community advisory board Meredith Hutson, Chair Hannah Christian Mark Heiser Beverlee Henry Alice Kaderlan Gregg Kvistad Lynnea Louison Marcia Romero Ashley Wald Tina Walls 12

From left: volunteer ushers Johnna DeBella, Barbara McIntire, and Carol Schoen, May 2019.

honorary advisory board Margot Gilbert Frank Celeste Grynberg Robert and Judi Newman Cleo Parker Robinson Stephen Seifert

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newman center staff executive and programming

Advisory Board Member Marcia Romero dances with Fiesta Colorado at Newman Center, November 2018. Photo by Anthony Camera.

Jennifer Karas, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Executive Director Andryn Arithson, Director of Business Operations Ramsey Walker, Program Manager Jannelle Medina, Administrative Assistant

advancement Meagan Kilcoyne, Associate Director

ticketing services Richard Moraskie, Assistant Director Max Manoles, Box Office Manager Hunter Donnelly Renner, Lead Ticket Agent

education and community engagement Melissa Vuletich, Manager Katerina Allmendinger, Education Assistant

event services Diane Roth, Assistant Director Eric Frazee, Event Coordinator

marketing and communications Nathan Willers, Assistant Director Yasman Azimi, Marketing Assistant Charlotte Markham, Creative Content Assistant

patron services Rachel Hargroder, Assistant Director Mandi Bargar, House Manager Thaddeus Smith, House Manager Linda Vest, House Manager

production services Garret Glass, Assistant Director Zach Jovanovich, Stage Operations Coordinator Shakeel Wahab, Stage Operations Coordinator

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financial data 4%




24% Rental operations 21%

19% Box office fees



Ticket sales

16% DU partnership support 11%

Parking, food, and beverage

5% Contributions



Special programming



4% 3% 43% Artistic programming and operations


39% Full-time salaries




Marketing and communications


Office operating and development


Special programming


Plant, capital, and gift fund transfers


All percentages are from fiscal year 2019 actual financials. Based on overall budget of $2,696,340. 14

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Silkroad performs at Newman Center, February 2019. Photo by Miranda Fan.

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robert and judi newman center for the performing arts university of denver 2344 East Iliff Avenue Denver, CO 80208 newmancenter.du.edu / 303-871-7720 ncpa@du.edu

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