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About Phamaly Theatre Company

Our Mission

Phamaly Theatre Company's mission is to be a creative home for theatre artists with disabilities; to model a disability-affirmative theatrical process; and to upend conventional narratives by transforming individuals, audiences, and the world.

Our Vision

Phamaly Theatre Company strives to create a world in which disability and the differences within the human condition are celebrated and the theatre experience is accessible and welcoming to all.

About the Company: Then

In 1989, PHAMALy (Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League) was founded by five students from the Boettcher School in Denver, all living with disabilities, who had grown frustrated with the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities. In 1990 PHAMALy produced its first show - Guys and Dolls.

PHAMALy's founders were ahead of their time in building an inclusive organization that directly served disenfranchised individuals with disabilities from all racial, ethnic, gender, and class identities. Throughout its history, Phamaly has maintained its dedication to this principle of inclusion while creating innovative reinventions of established works.

About the Company: Now

Today, the organization has changed its name to Phamaly Theatre Company (PTC), but its dedication to exclusively featuring actors with disabilities continues. At every performance, you will see actors with all nature of disabilities: physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional. PTC gives actors a supportive space to explore and develop their craft, empowers artists within their disability identity, educates the community about access and inclusion, and entertains audiences with high-quality, award winning theatre.

Our Values

People First

Phamaly subscribes to a people-first mentality when traversing through the creative process. By focusing on and accommodating the individual, the collective and therefore the artistry is best served. We are committed to meeting people exactly where they are, always recognizing their humanity first and foremost, and giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Artistic Excellence

Phamaly believes diverse, unconventional, and unique experiences are essential to an artistically rigorous creative process. Therefore, Phamaly looks upon disability as an asset that can transform conventional stories and unlock creative potential within the theatrical community. This transformation of story and form can only be achieved by deconstructing traditional barriers, so disabled theatre artists can work freely and productively in order to achieve the best art possible.

Community Partnership

Phamaly is passionate about creating and supporting all members of its community – on stage and off. We look to model our disability affirmative practices throughout the theatrical community in Denver, the United States, and the World.

Disability Affirmative

Phamaly takes pride in the disabled identity of its community and believes in a non-hierarchical view of disability. As such, the cast at a Phamaly show should be representative of the full spectrum of disability identity. All accommodations and adaptations are the lifeblood coursing through the creative process at Phamaly. By affirming disability, we look to be bold by creating a safe space to allow for laughter, vulnerability, and fearlessness.

Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, and Access

Phamaly acknowledges the presence and pervasive history of racism, ableism, sexism, ethnocentrism, gender bias, ageism, and economic inequity that filters through the arts and greater society. We strive to actively dismantle these and other forms of inequity and inequality in every aspect of our work. We believe the inclusion of all community members makes our art stronger.

Phamaly's mission-driven focus is to engage people with disabilities. In addition, we commit to intentionally creating a safe and welcoming space for people of all social identities, including the Deaf community, people of color, Native American and Indigenous and First Nations, women, non-binary and gender non-confirming, and LGBTQIA2+.

We believe that everyone deserves comprehensive access to transformative artistic experiences, and it is the responsibility of everyone who engages with the arts - appreciators, supporters, participants, creators - to make this a reality.

 

Woman in wheelchair and blue dress from the 20s, man standing behind in checkered suit and mustache.
Guys And Dolls - Phamaly's First Production
A woman and three men in wheelchairs smiling.
The Founders of Phamaly.
Black and white photo of two men, one in a wheelchair both with their arms crossed over their chest