Donald Seawell, founder of Denver Center of Performing Arts, dies at 103


Donald Seawell. Photo: Black Tie Colorado

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DENVER — Donald R. Seawell, the founder of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, died Wednesday. He was 103.

“Donald Seawell was a visionary whose dreams for the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and indeed the world will outlive generations to come,” DCPA President and CEO Scott Shiller said. “Mr. Seawell’s reputation as an industry leader inspired the creation of countless other performing arts centers throughout the country.

“Denver is the No. 1 arts city in the country because of the innovative path Mr. Seawell set us on 37 years ago. We will continue to honor his legacy in all we do.”

Seawell’s career included positions in the Securities and Exchange Commission, and with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He also worked as a theatrical attorney, a Tony-winning producer and publisher of The Denver Post, according to a news release from the DCPA.


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