donnie at Juanita Gray Award

Music is My Lifedonnie l. betts has more than 25 years of experience in theatre, film, radio, and video. Not only is he the founder of No Credits Productions, LLC, but he is also the founding member of two theatre companies in Denver: City Stage Ensemble and Denver Black Arts Company.  His impressive filmography goes back to 1993 and beyond. Starting out in radio many years ago, he expanded his horizons very quickly to become a respected actor, director, producer, and documentary filmmaker in Colorado.

He has performed on Broadway in The Gospel at Colonus and in many regional theatre productions. donnie has directed over 30 stage productions as well. Three quarters of those have been regional or world premieres. betts has won numerous film and theatre directing awards— including a Washington DC Filmfest award for Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. (2005) — plus, many community service awards. He was recently named as a commissioner to the Aurora Cultural Arts commission and to the board of Denver Film.



donnie l. betts: actor, director, filmmaker, African-American historian, radio-play producer and a skilled facilitator in race relations. In his spare time — when he has it — he even markets a sculptural dog-waste receptacle called Paws Here. Find out more about donnie l. betts here.


Howard Reich (Tribune Arts Critic)
To the credit of director donnie l. betts, it’s all there in the film: the artistic triumphs and the colossal commercial defeats, the stylistic innovations and the feuds with other musicians, the generosity of spirit and the inevitable personal shortcomings.

RMN, Emperor Jones
betts creates a dark, dense jungle in which mystical visions and tribal rituals play out. Through the fog he keeps clear the story’s narrative pulse.

Aurora Sentinel
In the end, it’s these two opposing characters that make for the most compelling moments in K2. Director betts and the two-man crew find the marrow of the story in a brutally honest production and, in the process, carve out new territory for the Fox. In a season that’s seen its fair share of creative risks with Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Wedding Singer, this one-act drama stands as a new accomplishment for the theater.

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