100 Colorado Creatives: John Moore

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#49: John Moore
There is no greater friend of Denver theater than John Moore, a self-described storyteller given to telling its stories in great -- and loving -- detail. On his CultureWest.org website, the former Denver Post critic has laboriously followed the work of his friends in theater, of which there must be scores, if not hundreds. Now Moore's solo efforts will be further legitimized with his new gig as Associate Director of Content Strategy for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It's a fancy title for what he's been doing all along. Only he'll be able to do it better now -- if that's possible.

See also: Best Performance by a Theater Advocate - 2012: John Moore

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It's a job that feels tailor-made for Moore, an enthusiast who wears his love of theater proudly on his sleeve. And since he's just starting that job, it feels like an opportune time to get to know this new face of the Denver Center -- so we invited Moore to tackle the 100CC questionnaire on the brink of the fall theater season. As you will find out, Moore -- who understatedly calls himself "one bloated Colorado Creative" -- has plenty to say. And expect to see lots more Moore in the future.

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

John Moore: I went through a serious Joan of Arc crush. I blame my six years as an altar boy. Here was a woman some say was charged by God himself with keeping France out from under the control of the marauding Brits. Others say she was a raving schizophrenic who heard voices in her head, and not only acted on them -- hundreds of people died following her into a fool's errand. Her vanquished foes reported she was surrounded by light even in darkness, and that clouds of butterflies followed in her wake.

Beyond what she continues to represent -- an anarchic feminist 600 years before her time
-- I love the chasm of potential interpretation she left for others to fight over: Was she a saint, a witch, a freak, a lunatic, a Kill Bill-worthy bad-ass in league with the devil? I want to exit this Earth leaving that kind of ambiguity behind. I envy her courage. And as a writer, want that interview. If not her? Hmmm ... Maybe Liz Phair, circa "Exile in Guyville," before she threw it all away and went all Goo-Goo Dolls.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Erin Rollman is a Denver actor who just gave up one of her kidneys to a total stranger, setting off a chain of five kidney donations that have saved five lives. She allowed me to follow her for a month leading up to the operation. It's my last freelance piece for the Denver Post, and it should be coming out in a few days. I can't think of a better way to say goodbye after so many years of storytelling at the Post. I adore Erin as an actress, I am intimidated by her intelligence, and I am now awed by the way she looks at the world. Writing her story was a blessing.

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