Our History

Founder Anna Marie Wilcox conceived of BackStory in 2006 after recognizing a distinct lack of accessible performing arts opportunities in the Broomfield community where she lived with her family. With an extensive background in theatre education and production, Ms. Wilcox sought to establish an organization that would bring affordable performing arts classes and productions to all members of the community. Colorado non-profit status as BackStory Theatre was received on January 1, 2011 and federal 501(c)(3) status in November 2013.
By 2015, rapid growth from 9 registrations in 2006 to over 800 at the end of 2014 lead to a process of restructuring, strategic planning, and capacity building in order to transition the organization from its roots as a small but successful sole-proprietorship to an organization with a strong and active board of directors, highly-qualified key leadership staff, and more capacity for growth. Ms. Wilcox moved from the area and, over a scheduled time-period, stepped down from her position as Executive Director as Artistic Director Mary Wilkie (now Executive Director) was promoted from within the organization to lead the company through the transition and into the next steps of sustainable development.
Since 2015, the Board of Directors and Ms. Wilkie have focused on enhancing community involvement, strengthening collaborations, and building volunteer capacity while increasing or maintaining high quality production and education standards. In Broomfield, BackStory serves as a primary source for youth theatre education and performance opportunities and continues to increase in popularity with audiences for its annual musical productions and with its summer series of performances by kids, for kids. With the development in early 2017 of BackStory Youth Leadership Programme (BYLP), older teen students are actively engaged in mentoring youth and providing even more affordable outlets for performance and free programming collaborations to serve the "Creative Broomfield" Cultural Master Plan. The original purpose for BackStory's creation remains relevant and directly drives the work of the organization.

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P.O. Box 826, Broomfield, CO 80038
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