And Toto too Theatre Company was founded in January of 2005 with the purpose to promote women in the arts and an emphasis on women playwrights.
The inspiration for And Toto too Theatre Company transpired in May of 2001. After several years of working in theatre, founder Susan Lyles realized that comparatively few plays were written and produced by women. She also observed that five times more women auditioned than men, which was unfortunate as most of the available roles were male centric. Susan also noticed that theatre attendance was equally unbalanced. At that point, she decided to work towards leveling the playing field, thus And Toto too was conceived.
Shortly after the conception of the theatre, Susan found out she was in fact working on her own 'little conception,' and plans for the theatre were put on hold. Camden may have delayed the dream, however, it certainly did not fade. Susan continued to research the Denver market, built a strong business plan and worked within the theatre community to build strategic and solid partnerships. In January of 2005, And Toto too Theatre Company was formally incorporated within Colorado as a not-for-profit with the intention of becoming an incubator for women in the arts, with an emphasis on women playwrights. In March of 2005 a Board of Directors was formed, and fundraising efforts commenced with an eye to open the first production in October of 2005.
Our first production, the world premiere of Appliance by Lindsay Price, opened October 2005 at the Denver Victorian Theatre. It ran for 5 consecutive weekends to praise from critic coloradobackstage.com and audiences alike.
And Toto too Theatre Company will begin it's 6th season in 2011 and celebrate that by expanding our program to two full productions and launch our workshop series as part of our development program. Thank you to all of those whose continued support has kept us going slowly but surely on our path-you know who you are.