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Co-Creating with the Public

Charlie Miller & Emily Tarquin: Creating Performances That Cannot Exist Without an Audience

It Takes an Audience: The Art of Creating Performances That Cannot Exist Without an Audience
Charlie Miller & Emily Tarquin, Curators of Off-Center @ The Jones, Denver Center Theatre Company

The Denver Center Theatre Company established Off-Center @ The Jones as a theatrical test kitchen; many of Off-Center’s prototypes experiment with new relationships between artists and the audience. Off-Center’s Recipe for programming takes into account the full audience experience and puts it at the center of the artistic process. While every Off-Center prototype requires the audience do more than just “watch,” some of our shows cannot happen without audience participation. Off-Center Curators Charlie Miller and Emily Tarquin will share their learning from two such prototypes, THE ULTIMATE WII BASEBALL GAME and their upcoming production of WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE: The Scariest Game Show Ever.

This Talk was delivered at the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture on October 21, 2013 at the History Colorado Center in Denver, CO. To learn more about the Summit, please visit

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