Renowned actor John Douglas Thompson returns to Colorado Springs

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On Sunday, April 23, renowned actor John Douglas Thompson returns to Colorado for a special Prologue discussion on the occasion of the Theatreworks production of August Wilson’s King Hedley II.

Internationally regarded as one of the finest Shakespearian actors of his generation, Thompson is also an expert on the plays of August Wilson, having received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Becker in Jitney. Local audiences will remember his virtuosic performance as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf that performed at Theatreworks in 2016 or from his many television and film credits: Till, The Gilded Age, Mare of Easttown, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, and many others.

The UCCS Theatre and Dance Program, Theatreworks and the Ent Center for the Arts are thrilled to welcome Thompson back to talk about the works of Wilson, from an actor’s perspective.

Prologue is a popular local lecture series founded and produced by Kevin Landis at UCCS. The series aims to connect students and patrons with extraordinary artists and scholars to discuss important issues in the performing arts, to mingle, to laugh, and to gather together as a community.

Please note that, due to busy schedules, the weekend Thompson is joining us is the weekend before King Hedley II opens to the public.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets and information at For more information contact Kevin Landis at [email protected].

UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

About UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA): The Department of Visual and Performing Arts houses programs in Art History, Film Studies, Museum and Gallery Practice, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts. These programs share a mission to explore interdisciplinarity and artistic innovation. Cultivating a thriving student experience is the reason we are here; Our classes remain small and individual mentorship is our mantra.

About the Ent Center for the Arts

This first-class arts facility, located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus serves the community as a hub for the arts and an inspiration in academics. The vision for the facility was and is to foster a creative environment to house arts that will serve the Pikes Peak region, allowing artists to inspire and amplify one another rather than compete against one another. Art brings together diverse peoples and ideas in ways no other discipline can, and the Ent Center will be a pillar of the arts community within Colorado Springs. Learn more at