Exhibit in Paramita Gallery

Naropa University is honored to show photographs by John Birchak in the exhibition Tibet: A Vanishing Culture in the Paramita Gallery now until December 12, 2015 in the Paramita Gallery - 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO.

In 2010, Mr. Birchak was drawn to help document through photography the dramatic and rapid changes taking place throughout Tibet.  Perspectives on the changes were shared to him by Tibetan nomads, rongpa (barley) farmers and individuals in Lhasa who had recently moved from small towns and villages to seek education and opportunity.  Through portraiture the exhibition focuses with great affection on the Tibetan people experiencing these rapid and dramatic changes.


Exhibit Honoring Veterans Now Open

Veterans Exhibit

Naropa University is honored to have the exhibition Warriors in Healing: Veterans en Route to Peace in the Lincoln Gallery on the Arapahoe Campus (2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO).  The exhibit runs from November 9 to December 11, 2015.

The exhibit’s content and context is one of healing and empowerment for all our Veterans who have served in peace and wartime. Every Veteran has a wide range of experiences while serving our country from the military. This show brings together a collection of photographs, memorabilia, writings, and more by Naropa Student Veterans in honor of their route to bring peace into daily living.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Naropa University presents A Veteran’s Day Panel: Hosted by Dennis Kerr on November 11 from 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the Arapahoe Campus/2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

Alumni Notes Spring 2015

I graduated from the MFA: Contemporary Performance program in 2007. After graduation I stayed in the area and worked with local alumni and other companies on shows and taught at Naropa, UNC Greeley, and Community College of Aurora. I started Public Works Theatre Company in 2013 several years after my daughter was born. I remember seeing excellent theatre as a child and it obviously shaped my future. I want to make new work for young audiences that sparks wonder and curiosity, and stimulates the imagination. This not only serves to cultivate the next generation of theatre patrons but it helps build community and increases the art offerings in East Boulder County.

Our first show was the original work of puppetry Wanda & the Wave in 2013Based on the children’s story The Old Woman and the Wave by Shelley Jackson, our show received a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant for further development and played to sold-out houses at the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2014.  We are now touring Wanda in schools and theatres along the Front Range.  Upcoming venues include Chautauqua and the Broomfield Auditorium.  We have also been offering community workshops and residencies in schools in clown, the art of puppetry, and shadow puppet creation. Our primary offering is a clown camp offered each summer for children ages 5-12 in which kids learn traditional clown routines and make up their own. It has a strong vaudevillian flair!

Coming right up we are premiering a new work of clown theatre, Nosy Neighbors, on April 18 & 19 at 11 AM and 2 PM at the historic Mary Miller Theater in Old Town Lafayette. Mary Miller is a sweet, intimate theatre that used to be a church, and we are blessed to premiere our new work here.


For more information about Public Works, please visit our website at
To purchase tickets for Nosy Neighbors, click here.

And of course you won’t want to miss our show in December, Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Traveling Flea Circus.
Yup, it’s a flea circus.

Written by Sondra Blanchard
Naropa MFA Graduate 2007

Weekend Performances


7/20 Project
An ensemble exploration on the Aurora Theatre shooting through interviews and personal reflections, based on the moment work creation process.

Friday, April 10
Saturday, April 11 // 
7:30 p.m.
Created by Stephen Geering + Ensemble
Nalanda Room 9190
$10 General Admission
Free for Naropa Students, Faculty and Staff


Followed next weekend by
Embodied Poetics: X
10 poems. 10 performances. 10 years! MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance program celebrates it’s 10th collaboration with the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Sunday, April 19 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda and sites around the campus
$10 General Admission
Free for Naropa Students, Faculty and Staff

Gallery Talk


Reception with photographer Robert Del Tredici to mark the 28th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Sunday, April 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Naropa University’s Nalanda Campus – White Cube Gallery
6287 Arapahoe Blvd, Boulder

Everyone is invited to a gallery talk with photographer Robert Del Tredici at Naropa University. He will be speaking about his photo exhibit, “Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: A Celebration in Photographs of the Founding of Naropa,” in honor of the 28th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Join us for the talk at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception, and enjoy more than 50 vintage black and white photographs documenting the Boulder years of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as he established Buddhist and Shambhala paths during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

For more information, click here.

BFA Thesis Performance Festival


Two evenings of versatile performances crafted by seven different artists! See below for descriptions of individual pieces and event information.

April 9-18, 2015
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus
2130 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO

Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door
FREE for Naropa students with ID
Purchase tickets online through this link.

Evening A: Unveil Her
April 9, 11, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
April 18 at 2:00 p.m.

de sidus; of the star
   by Sofia Enggren
We give permission to ask questions about violence and ancestry. 
We display fragments, residues— plaque on the bone, and the bone 
itself.All the while asking: is it safe? How can we—
Follow your Dreams
   by Larysa Fradet
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back, 
may the sun rise warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May god hold you in the palm of his hand.
My Mother Told Me Secrets
   by Clare Knudson
A multidisciplinary performance investigating the reclamation of a 
feminine body.
Consciously Neurotic; Enlightenment Beware
   by Kendra Thompson
A soft-core stand-up comedy, hard core story telling extravaganza,
with an emphasis on how we can explore our inner neurosis humorously
as a gateway to enlightened living.

Evening B: That Which Makes the Traveler Grow
April 10, 16, 18 at 7:30 p.m. & April 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Out of the Ashes
   by Isaac Eide
Death, rebirth, personal alchemy, and the spiritual journey all 
wrapped into a jazz beat poetry theme.
   by Annie Lo
Hiking a trail marked by bird cairns, the soul journeys through the 
cycles of transformation to self-discovery.
The Complete Man
   by Hayden Mackey
A fool’s journey to becoming a hermit: a story