Nationwide Event to Unite the Theater Communities’ Commitment to Inclusion, Participation and Compassion

Aurora, CO – Jan. 9, 2017 – The Community College of Aurora (CCA) will be a host site to launch the Ghostlight Project, a simultaneous gathering of members from the theatre community from across the country on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to show their solidarity for the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone--regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability,  gender identity, or sexual orientation.

On January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., CCA will join other members of the theatre community - from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters - as they gather in a collective, simultaneous action to create “light” for the challenging times ahead.

The event at CCA will include an illuminated welcome, a reprise of performances from the college’s Collective Heart Project, and an open forum discussion. The event will be held in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of the Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011.

“On the eve of the 2017 presidential inauguration we will gather in solidarity and light to welcome all, knowing they have a voice and a place within the CCA community and Theatre Department,” said Stacey D’Angelo, director of the CCA Theatre Department. “Just as the mission of the Ghostlight Project is to support inclusivity and participation for all people, we are doing the same here at our college.” D’Angelo is passionate about the work she and the department have done during her past nine years with the college; creating a forum for students from diverse backgrounds to share their stories through a variety of thought-provoking theatre productions.

One such production was “The Collective Heart Project,” performed prior to last year’s presidential election. D’Angelo placed “Truth Booths” at various locations around the college to capture the thoughts of those willing to share about these issues. Inside one of the booths, which resembled a rustic voting booth, was an iPad where participants anonymously spoke their “truths” in response to poignant questions like: “What does the American flag represent to you?” or “What is the American Dream and whose dream is it?” The entire production was a success and continues to serve as a platform to show support for diversity, equity, and inclusion across all programs offered at the college.

About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and eastern Denver, Colorado. The college offers two campuses plus online courses for degree or certificate completion. CCA students engage in programs that help them realize their potential by preparing them for transfer and employment. For more information, visit us at

The Ghostlight Project: Gathering outside of theaters on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead to launch the Ghostlight Project. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone. For more information about this project, visit:


Theatre Esprit Asia presents the Regional Premiere of  “Yohen”

Theatre Esprit Asia presents the Regional Premiere of 


by Philip Kan Gotanda 

Directed by Anthony J. Garcia

February 3 – February 26, 2017

Theatre Esprit Asia offers a unique perspective during Black History Month: a story melding and shaping the intricacies of interracial marriage, culture and Japanese art. Set in California in 1986, "Yohen" is about James, an African American ex-GI, and Sumi, his Japanese wife. After 30 years of marriage, Sumi reevaluates the relationship and separates from James. In her words, she wishes for him to “court” her again. Yohen is a Japanese pottery term that refers to an accident in the kiln firing that results in transformation of the pot. The outcomes are as unpredictable as the evolution of a marriage. In the end, it is up to the observer to decide its beauty.

Veteran actors and Denver favorites, Maria Cheng and Don Randle, bring their talents to this compelling story directed by Anthony J. Garcia, Executive Artistic Director of Su Teatro. Cheng plays Sumi, a Japanese woman trying to define herself after 30 years under the label of being James’ wife. She takes pottery classes, hoping to ignite a spark of passion within herself. James, played by Randle, visits Sumi regularly, per her requests. At first, James has a difficult time being away from Sumi. He is unsure how time apart is supposed to bring them closer together, but he abides.

"Yohen" delves deeply into the marriage of this mixed-race couple. It is obvious these two characters still love each other and, after 30 years, they are both willing to reconnect and find if there is anything left to salvage. Not as obvious are the baseline cultural differences that sit at the crux of their marital problems. Marriage is not perfect and neither are humans. Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda presents a marriage for artistic observance, allowing for the perception of beauty to truly lie within the eyes of the beholder, just as one would observe in a piece of malformed pottery.

The Regional Premiere of "Yohen" runs February 3 – 26 at ACAD Gallery Theatre - Aurora Cultural Arts District, at 1400 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010. Tickets are $22-$26 and can be purchased at

Tickets are $22-$26

@ACAD, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, Co 80010



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Annual Fletcher Plaza Holiday Celebration!


Holiday Greetings from DAVA

Join us for our yearly show and sale of artworks by DAVA youth along with guest artists Sandra Clark and Jason Bade and Students from the Community College of Aurora

Opening Reception: Thursday December 1st, 4 pm -7:30 pm

Exhibit continues through January 13th, 2017

Proceeds fund art programs for youth

DAVA is located at 1419 Florence St in the Aurora Cultural Arts District