donnie betts

donnie l. betts has many years of experience in theatre, film, radio and video. betts studied at Yale School of Drama. He is a founding member of two theatre companies in Denver; City Stage Ensemble and the Denver Black Arts Company. He has performed on Broadway in “The Gospel at Colonus” with Morgan Freeman and in many regional theater productions including over 13 seasons at the Denver Center Theater Company. including the very first company production. betts has also directed many local productions, as well as over 25 additional productions across the country.

His background in theatre enhances his storytelling techniques. He weaves tales from the American South, African, and African American folktales, and also adds drumming and tremendous interactivity between young and young at heart.

donnie betts produces and directs the award-winning live radio drama series Destination Freedom/Black Radio Days, which tells the untold stories of Black Heroes and Sheroes before the 1960’s movement.

donnie betts is available for full or part-time residencies.


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Explore: Performing Arts, Storytelling, Theatre, African-American, Drums, History, Radio


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  • Create a Life Story

    Workshop or Residency for grades 3rd through 12th

    This 45-minute workshop is available to 10-12 students, which will give students an opportunity to work on creating stories from the students’ experience, families, pets, and school, etc. donnie will teach about drumming, passing stories on to one another, and how to use stories to teach many subjects such as math, history and spelling. donnie also teaching a radio drama workshop. This workshops teaches young people about storytelling before TV, computer, and talking films. Who knows, we may create a story using texting!

  • Spirit Voices

    Performance for grades 1st through 12th

    This performance consists of African and African-American folktales and stories from other cultures that incorporate and encourage audience participation. The program teaches students and teachers about the call and response tradition in the African and African-American culture. Spirit Voices includes music, drumming, props, and African dress.