Athena Project Live Theatre

Playwrights and Performers in Action

The centerpiece of the Athena Project Arts Festival is THEATRE!

Each year, Athena Project brings to the Denver area several theatre performances of varying formats. The World Premiere runs throughout the entire Festival and includes an opening night reception as well as several performances every week. The Plays In Progress Series (aka PIP Series) present 3 different plays acting as finalists for the next year’s World Premiere. Each PIP is a fully rendered script presented with limited sets, lights, sounds and props.  Actors are on book and dressed in black so as to evoke the audience’s imagination as to what they would look like if the play were selected to be fully produced. Audience members provide feedback and rate each play at the end of the performance to aid in the board’s decision for the next World Premiere!

All plays during the Arts Festival feature female playwrights, in support of our continued mission to give a voice and platform to this incredible, but underrepresented, female talent.

In addition, we will be hosting a table reading of a never-been-produced-before-play for audience feedback and actor feedback in the moment.  Join us for this exciting sneak peek and go behind the scenes of new play development during this year’s festival.


Athena Project Arts Festival

Upcoming Events

World Premier – The Wave That Set the Fire by Ellen K. Graham

March 10, 2017 – April 9, 2017

In the not-so-distant future, the justice system has been reduced to one woman in a rusty Chevy Impala. When civil society is on its deathbed, what constitutes crime and punishment?  READ MORE ▸

Plays In Progress: Beating a Dead Horse by Jennifer Stafford

April 1st @ 1:00 pm and April 8th @ 4:00 pm

Steve and Marty Martin are two brothers on the brink of closing their failing pet funeral home, “A Nice Farm Upstate with Plenty of Room to Run Around.”   READ MORE ▸

Plays In Progress: Famous Last Words by Katherine Millet

April 1st @ 4:00 pm and April 2nd @ 7:00 pm

Three people get trapped in a submarine when their scientific research takes them too close to an earthquake. Stranded under a landslide more than a mile and a half deep in the Pacific Ocean, the two women scientists and their male pilot know they have only enough food, water, and oxygen to last 72 hours.   READ MORE ▸

Plays In Progress: Handcrafted Healing by Nancy Beverly

April 8th @ 1:00 pm and April 9th @ 7:00 pm

Build a new table to seat a family of ten?  No problem.  Navigate a life-threatening illness with the same precision and grace?  The challenge of a lifetime.   READ MORE ▸

Table Reading – Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock

April 2nd, 2017 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm  & April 3rd, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for the NY Times, heads to the Pakistan to cover the honor killing of a young woman. This event is a special sneak peek into the new play development process and will invite audience feedback by asking them to answer specific questions from the playwright.  READ MORE ▸