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Scott Shiller Out as CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Scott Shiller, CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, spoke with us a few months ago for our Winter Arts Guide, sharing what every newcomer should know about the Denver arts scene. "Denver is a true 'arts city' with a national reputation for creating some of the best arts experiences in the country," said Shiller, who'd come here from Miami the previous year. "In fact, the National Endowment for the Arts ranked Colorado first in the nation for attendance at museums, concert venues and theaters."

But now Shiller is out at first. Here's a release just in from the DCPA:
DENVER, CO — Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ President & CEO Scott Shiller and Chairman Daniel L. Ritchie announced Mr. Shiller’s resignation today, Friday, May 27.

Mr. Shiller joined the DCPA 12 months ago as its second Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Mr. Ritchie. Over the course of this time, he was committed to expanding the DCPA’s reach into the community and reflecting the region’s growing diversity on stage. Most notably, he established the Fund for Innovation that provides resources to expand the scope of theatre to ensure that it remains relevant and reflective of new audiences; expanded the DCPA’s role in education to become a co-presenter of the DPS Shakespeare Festival, and was instrumental in developing programming to entice Denver’s booming millennial generation.

“The Denver Center takes great pride in the substantial progress the organization has made under Scott’s leadership,” said Ritchie. “He has led an exemplary team of theatre professionals during his time at the DCPA and we will work to expand his vision to reach into the community to reflect the growing diversity of the Denver metro area.”

“I am pleased to have led the organization to a series of programmatic, financial and operational achievements over the last twelve months,” said Shiller, which includes a record-setting Broadway season, the critically-acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd and the establishment of the Fund for Innovation, which will ensure theatre remains relevant and reflective of new audiences. “Because of the DCPA’s dedicated staff, Denver just wouldn’t be Denver without the DCPA.”

Chairman Dan Ritchie will resume the role of CEO. He will work with the Board and Executive Staff to conduct a search for a leader who will continue to move the DCPA forward as a key player in Denver’s vibrant cultural community.

Read our interview with Scott Shiller here.