History of Phamaly

  • 1989: Founded in Denver by 5 individuals with disabilities who were graduates of the Boettcher School - Kathleen Traylor, Gregg Vigil, Teri Wagner (formerly Westerman), Kevin Ahl, and Rick Britton

  • Originally created as the Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League (PHAMALy), the founders wanted the group to have a "family" feel, where professionalism was balanced with accommodation, and performers with disabilities could be themselves and perform at their full potential 

  • Phamaly involved performers with all types of disabilities and produced one musical theatre show each year

  • First production: Guys and Dolls (1990) 

  • 1992: First year performing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) with Anything Goes (1992), beginning a longstanding community partnership between the two organizations.

  • 2004: Steve Wilson joins the company as Artistic Director and provides new vision for the company. 

  • 2007: Phamaly produces first non-musical production of Our Town at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, beginning a 10-year partnership between the two organizations.

  • 2008: Phamaly creates Vox Phamalia, its first show comprised of original material written and performed by Phamaly artists, with a focus on honest, irreverent, and creative perspectives of the disability identity.

  • 2015: Bryce Alexander becomes Artistic Director

  • 2015: Phamaly presents its first international performance, taking The Fantasticks to the Big-i Communications Center for People with Disabilities in Osaka, Japan.

  • 2016: Regan Linton, former Phamaly performer, becomes Artistic Director as the first person with a disability to be in the role, and the first wheelchair user to head a major U.S. theatre company.

  • 2019: Phamaly premieres its first touring show developed in collaboration with Phamaly actors, Morph Masters: How Disability Made Famous Artists Awesome! The show focuses on famous artists throughout history who live(d) and work(ed) with a disability, and whose disability was an asset in their creativity.

Awards

  • 1999: Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture

  • 2003: Denver Post Ovation Award - Best Choreography, Debbie Stark​ (The Pajama Game)

  • 2005:

    • Denver Post Ovation Award - Best Musical (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Best Director (Steve Wilson) 

    • ​Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award - Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Steve Wilson)

  • 2008: Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award - Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Juliet Villa), Outstanding Lighting Design (Stephen D. Mazzeno), Outstanding Choreography (Debbie Stark, Cindy Bray), Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Steve Wilson), Urinetown the Musical

  • 2009: Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award: Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Regan Linton, Side Show)

  • 2010: Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award: Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Steve Wilson, Man of La Mancha)

  • 2011: Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award: Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Steve Wilson, Beauty and the Beast)

  • 2015: Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture (in collaboration with Lone Tree Arts Center)

  • 2017: True West Colorado Theatre Person of the Year (Regan Linton)

Show History

  • Guys and Dolls (1990)

  • Oklahoma! (1991)

  • Anything Goes (1992)

  • Kiss Me, Kate (1993)

  • Fiddler on the Roof (1994)

  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995)

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996)

  • Mame (1997)

  • The Boy Friend (1998)

  • Side Show (1999)

  • Grand Hotel (2000)

  • Damn Yankees (2001)

  • Once Upon a Mattress (2002)

  • The Pajama Game (2003)

  • Guys and Dolls (2004)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2005)

  • The Wiz (2006)

  • Our Town (2007)

  • Urinetown: the Musical (2007)

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2008)

  • Side Show (2008)

  • Vox Phamalia: Tales from the Crips (2008)

  • Stand Up for Democracy (2008)

  • Steel Magnolias (2009)

  • Man of La Mancha (2009)

  • Vox Phamalia: Redux (2009)

  • Barefoot in the Park (2010)

  • Beauty and the Beast (2010)

  • Vox Phamalia: Triage (2010)

  • The Diviners (2011)

  • How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2011)

  • Vox Phamalia: Quadrapalooza (2011)

  • The Elephant Man (2012)

  • Cyrano, an adaptation by Joe Roets of Cyrano de Bergerac (2012 touring production)

  • disLabled (2012)

  • Little Shop of Horrors (2012)

  • Vox Phamalia: Cinco de Vox (2012)

  • The Foreigner (2013)

  • disLabled: Improvise, Adapt, & Overact (2013)

  • Fiddler on the Roof (2013)

  • Vox Phamalia: G.I.M.P. Nation (2013)

  • It's a Wonderful Life (2013)

  • The Velveteen Rabbit (2013 touring production)

  • The Glass Menagerie (2014)

  • disLabled: Disorderly Conduct (2014)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2014)

  • Vox Phamalia: Pity Pity Bang Bang (2014)

  • Rapunzel (2014 touring production)

  • The Fantasticks (2015, Toured to Osaka, Japan)

  • Baby With the Bathwater (2015)

  • Red Riding Hood (2015)

  • Fuddy Meers (2016)

  • Taking Leave (2016)

  • Evita (2016)

  • James and the Giant Peach (2016 touring production)

  • Pygmalion (2017)

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Workshop Production (2017)

  • Annie (2017)

  • VOX: Under Construction (2017)

  • Romeo and Juliet: Workshop Production (2018)

  • Into the Woods (2018)

  • Harvey (2018)

  • Morph Masters: How Disability Made Famous Artists Awesome!(2019 touring production)

  • Phamaly 30th Anniversary Concert (2019)

  • Chicago (2019)

  • Come to Your Senses Play Festival (2019)

CONTACT US

Phamaly Theatre Company

711 Park Avenue West, Suite 320, Denver, CO 80205

303-365-0005 / info@phamaly.org

Phamaly Theatre Company is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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