Executive Director and Curator of Off-Center
Charlie Miller is Executive Director and Curator of Off-Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He co-founded Off-Center in 2010 as a small theatrical test kitchen and has grown it into a signature line of programming for the DCPA, credited with bringing immersive theatre to Colorado and helping establish Denver as a national hub for immersive art. Through Off-Center, Charlie has created and produced projects for audiences ranging in size from one to one thousand, taking place in public spaces, large arenas, traditional theatres, 16,000 square foot warehouses, bookstores, horse stables, and everything in between. Off-Center’s large-scale immersive and experiential projects, including Sweet & Lucky (2016), The Wild Party (2017), Between Us (2019), The Last Defender (2019), and Camp Christmas (2019 and 2021) have garnered local and national praise and attracted a significantly younger audience to the DCPA. Off-Center’s largest and most ambitious immersive production, Theater of the Mind created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar, opens in the fall of 2022.
Charlie joined the DCPA in 2008 as the one of the first fulltime resident video designers in the country, building the Theatre Company’s Multimedia Department and designing and creating projection/video content for 35 productions in eight seasons. He won multiple awards for his work and divided his time between designing mainstage productions and curating Off-Center until 2016, when he joined the artistic team fulltime. In 2020, Charlie spent a year assisting the DCPA Development Team as Project Manager and Grant Writer. Prior to the DCPA, Charlie worked for Phamaly Theatre Company as a Stage Manager and Outreach Coordinator.
Charlie has taught workshops and presented case studies about Off-Center at numerous conferences around the U.S. and Canada, has served on grant panels for Theatre Communications Group and The Doris Duke Charitable Trust, and participated as a core team member for TCG in the Innovation Lab for Arts Service Organizations. He served on the board of the Mizel Center for Arts & Culture and currently sits on the Board of SeriesFest.
Charlie graduated from Harvard with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies and a focus on filmmaking and live video production. He is a sixth generation Denverite, grew up seeing shows at the DCPA, and loves creating new theatrical experiences for his hometown.