About the Theatre
The Bas Bleu Theatre Company (BBTC) opened in 1992 with the objective of presenting quality productions in an intimate “salon” theatre. Since its first outburst of creative energy from two imaginative risk-takers, artistic director Wendy Ishii and her earliest collaborator Eva Wright, Bas Bleu has produced, performed, exhibited or hosted over 600 events for a total of more than 3,000 performances serving more than 100,000 patrons and involving over 4,000 artists, performers, writers, designers and technicians.
401 Pine Street, literally steps away from our previous home, allows us to maintain Bas Bleu’s hallmark intimate salon theatre experience—a value that is deeply rooted in both the history and future of the Theatre. As in the past, we will continue to select bold and adventurous works that both entertain and inform as well offer post-show discussions with panels of practicing artists and local experts in fields related to production content.
Our programs share laughter and pathos, while exploring the diverse cultures and common values that strengthen a sense of community on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains . Bas Bleu is proud of its synergistic relationship with the educational institutions in the area and consistently collaborates with local high schools, colleges and universities. The faculty and students of Colorado State University have been particularly integral to the success of Bas Bleu, while guest artists recruited from all over the country have conducted workshops and master classes that are of community-wide benefit.
About Our Name
“A woman who affects literary tastes and behaves in a dilettante fashion: a female pedant.” The term dates from c. 1775 when Mrs. Elisabeth Montagu was in the habit of holding soirees, in the French Salon tradition, at her house. Instead of card games there was “conversation” with literary men. One, Benjamin Stillingfeet, wore blue worsted stockings instead of black silk. Because of this, Admiral Boscawen nicknamed the group “The Blue Stocking Society.” -A Dictionary of Literary Terms
“A learned, pedantic, or literary woman, (from the informal blue stockings worn by a leading literary figure in 18th-century London.)” -Funk and Wagnalls
“Bluestocking: bas bleu (femme savante.)” -Sisson’s
“Blue-stocking (Bluestocking Society, 18th century literary clubs) (1790): a woman having intellectual or literary interests.” -Webster’s
Equal Employment Opportunity & Cultural Diversity Statements
Bas Bleu Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer. All personnel and employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, and layoffs shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, marital status or physical/mental disability. All employee programs shall be administered on the same non-discriminatory basis. Promotion decisions shall be based only upon past performance and valid requirements related to the job.
This policy also applies to relationships with outside vendors and customers, use of contractors and consultants, and in dealing with the general public.