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Denver Public Schools Refreshes Smiley Middle School's Theater Program

After touring several schools in New York City, Denver Public Schools' Smiley Middle School was looking to give their program the same feeling of formality and to improve flexibility. The school applied for and received an Innovative Classrooms grant from DPS to convert four offices and a storage area into a large classroom and teacher prep space.

The new space provides room for set design, dressing areas, a practice space with a wall full of mirrors, as well as a designated teacher prep area. In addition to meeting the District’s needs, the space gives the theater program a feeling of validity and the students and teachers involved a renewed sense of excitement.