CHRIS WIGER

After many years at the Denver Center Theatre Company and Walt Disney World, Chris Wiger is the director of public relations at DU's Lamont School of Music, which presents nearly 300 concerts in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts — 250 of which are absolutely free!

Who is doing the most interesting work in Denver right now? Denver Center Theatre Company, Curious Theatre Company, Colorado Symphony.... I worked at the DCTC for many years, but their Colorado New Play Summit is giving them a national reputation you can't buy. Curious is doing groundbreaking, shocking and unforgettable theater. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is traveling around Denver to perform for a whole new audience and becoming Colorado's symphony orchestra — that's a huge and wonderful change.

When you go out, what's your favorite cultural activity?

Broadway shows and outdoor concerts. I don't get to Broadway often, but I saw A Chorus Line in Chicago while traveling many years ago, and seeing that groundbreaking musical changed my life. Nothing better than sitting in an amphitheater listening to a major symphony do a pops concert under the stars with cheese, a bottle of wine and friends.

What's the one thing you'd like to see happen to improve the local arts scene? Saving the Colorado Symphony, because no arts city can be first-tier unless it has a vibrant and healthy symphony orchestra. You can have first-class theater, ballet, opera and museums, but if you don't also have a first-class symphony, you will never join New York, Chicago, L.A. or Seattle at the top.

BRANDI SHIGLEY

A member of the initial class of Westword MasterMinds, Brandi Shigley is a designer/dreamer/doer who founded B.23 Productions and Fashion Denver. Her motto: "Do what you love. Love what you do."

Who is doing the most interesting work in Denver right now? MegaFauna and the Flobots pop out at me. I've been pretty much in my own foxhole lately, but am always seeing exciting stuff from these two.

When you go out, what's your favorite cultural activity? I love going to Untitled at the DAM, and I also love the afternoon weekend concerts and other activities that Fresh City Life puts on at the Denver Public Library.

What's the one thing you'd like to see happen to improve the arts scene? A central place to find out what is going on — a directory of sorts. I guess this is like the Westword calendar. I really enjoyed This Week In Denver.

DEB HENRIKSEN

Deb Henriksen is the CEO of Equillibrium — sustainable lifestyle branded apparel, handbags and accessories — which she founded in 2000.

Who is doing the most interesting work in Denver right now? I am not sure how to answer at the moment, because there is so much going on and changing with Denver at the moment. However, I can say that the Historic Baker Neighborhood, sandwiched between Santa Fe and South Broadway, is getting some love from the city — new curbs and street surfacing long overdue — showing that Denver's Art District on Santa Fe and new developments on South Broadway are making a wave of improvements in surrounding areas. I've also noticed artists taking back the neighborhood with sick murals and defacing gang tags that always prevailed prior. It is making a big difference.

What's the one thing you'd like to see happen to improve the local scene? I think the mainstream Denver community is creating a viable arts scene to do what you love as a creative. We never had a shortage of talent; however, there still is a shortage of sales. I hope there is more commerce supporting our talent in future years.

PAULINE HERRERA SERIANNI/BRIAN CORRIGAN

Pauline Herrera Serriani and Brian Corrigan are local independent consultants with an emphasis on arts and culture organizations.

Who is doing the most interesting work in Denver? Design After Dark for advocacy and outreach, Develop Denver for accessibility and innovation, David B. Smith Gallery for aesthetic/curation, and Dikeou Collection for the experience and collection.

When you go out, what's your favorite cultural activity? Exploring cities/neighborhoods (also design/tech culture and visual arts).

What's the one thing you'd like to see happen to improve the local scene? A fresh, innovative approach to creative placemaking that simultaneously achieves community building, cross-sector collaboration, knowledge-sharing and a broad exploration of Denver's cultural assets.

GLORIA SHANSTROM

After working as house manager for the Auditorium and Buell theaters for close to a decade, Gloria Shanstrom went to work for Denver Center Attractions. Today she is the general manager of the Colorado Theatre Guild and operates Full Court Press, a company specifically designed to assist small non-profit arts organizations.

Who is doing the most interesting work in Denver right now? For theater, it is not just one organization. Several of the smaller, non-Equity theater companies are stepping up and doing risky shows and acquiring rights to regional premieres, beating some of our larger theaters to the punch. I recommend that people who may think they can only see great theater if it is a national tour or at one of our larger Equity houses give the smaller (and please note I do not use the term "community theater") theater companies a try.

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Don't show artwork at Forest Room 5. I had pieces in there years ago for a special show and they lost half of them. There staff didn't seem to care either. Avoid St. Mark's Coffeehouse as well to hang art. Their baristas are rude basically throw your art in the trash.

 
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