2017 Honoree: Community Service in the Arts Award
Stephen Seifert has been a visionary and passionate leader in the Denver arts community for nearly 30 years. Steve began his professional life practicing law with Fairfield and Woods, P.C., and during this time served as a trustee and Chairman of the Board for Opera Colorado. This led him to leave the legal profession and join the arts world fulltime, becoming Executive Director of Opera Colorado. During his tenure, Steve broadened the company’s repertoire, reimagined the use of Boettcher Concert Hall for grand opera, and played a key role in the successful public bond campaign, resulting in the renovation of what is now known as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
As the first Executive Director of the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Steve was instrumental in shaping what is now regarded as one of the nation’s finest university arts centers, and the preeminent performing arts presenter in Denver. Steve envisioned and implemented Newman Center Presents, the flagship program of the Newman Center. Over the course of 14 seasons, Steve curated programming from around the world, offering the community the opportunity to experience diverse, dynamic and inspirational performances; nearly half Denver premieres. Steve also believed the Newman Center should support the community, showcasing exceptional local arts groups and as a venue for arts education.
Steve’s dedication to the arts and the Denver community is also seen through his service as Co-Chairman of the Local Steering Committee for the National Performing Arts Convention, as a board member of the Western Arts Alliance, Arts for Colorado, and The Denver Foundation, and as a member of numerous arts-related commissions and task forces.