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Art and Artist, Jessica Austgen: Cult Following, Academy Instructor … Total Nerd

Jessica Austgen being a big bully in February’s “Cult Following.” The next performance is April 10. 

By John Moore

Jessica Austgen is the At-Risk Coordinator and a Teaching Artist for the Denver Center’s Education Department. She heads up the STArt (Skills Through Art) Program, which teaches life skills through dramatic learning and targets at-risk and underserved populations.

She is also a geek. Seriously, a total Lord of the Rings, Veronica Mars, Lost, Benedict Cumberbatch, karaoke, Firefly geek. Which makes her the perfect addition to the cast of Off-Center @ The Jones’ Cult Following, a live, long-form improv comedy evening that returns Thursday, April 10. If you don’t know Jessica … well, you’re about to know more about her than you know about anyone named Kardashian.

Summit Spotlight: ‘Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band’

By John Moore

Set in the percussive world of break beat music, Colorado Springs playwright Idris Goodwin tells the story of a talented young woman who aims for stardom, so she tracks down her long-lost father, a one-hit wonder in the 1980s. This is the second of Goodwin’s planned trilogy of break-beat plays with an “ear-to-the streets” portrait of American pop culture.

Hip-hop turns 40 years old this year (Can you believe it?) and “Victory Jones” makes plain its cultural impact across several American generations. But it is, at its heart, a universal story of a daughter reconnecting with her estranged father. 

Here’s our inside look at the making of this innovate new work that incorporates live and recorded looping technology to infuse the Colorado New Play Summit with a refreshing new form of theatrical storytelling. (The sound is by Craig Breitenbach.)

Featured in this video are Goodwin, Goldberg and actors Curtis McClarin, chandra thomas, Amy Luna, Brian Quijada, Jessica Austgen, Ben Morrow and Janet Noble.

Favorite line: “Don’t talk about it. Be about it.”

Video by John Moore.

Please enjoy our other 2014 Summit Spotlight videos:

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Denver School of the Arts honors “Just Like Us” author Helen Thorpe


Click here to see a full photo gallery from the Denver School of the Arts gala, including photos from “Beauty and the Beast.”

By John Moore
Sept. 30, 2013

"Just Like Us" author Helen Thorpe was honored Saturday, Sept. 28, at the first-ever Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation gala at the school.

Thorpe was given the Community Arts Leadership Award for her role in inspiring youth through the arts. The presenter was Susan Daggett, an environmental attorney, DSA mom and wife of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. (Their daughter made a video appearance in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of “The Giver” last season.)

"Just Like Us" won the Colorado Book Award and is being adapted for the stage by the Denver Center Theatre Company. It opens for previews Oct. 4.