Headwaters New Play Programs

Located on the Continental Divide, Creede, Colorado lies at the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Similarly, CRT’s Headwaters Program is the source of new plays of the West. Over the last decade, one-third of all CRT productions have been original plays, and, like the Rio Grande, they all started at Headwaters.

Headwaters New Play Festival

August 25-26

Now in its 6th season, the Headwaters New Play Festival is a weeklong workshop where two selected plays are developed with a team of professional theatre artists and receive public readings. Headwaters is the source of new plays of the West. We look for plays set in the current, historic, or mystic western United States; plays by playwrights originally from or living in the West; plays that deal with themes connected to the West; and plays that re-imagine what “West” means.

Festival audiences get a front row seat into the adventurous process of bringing a play to life: untested material, instant feedback, engaging talk-backs, and you’ll even see our original Young Audience Outreach Tour before it hits the road. CRT’s 52nd season features the Headwaters World Premiere General Store by Brian Watkins, a New Dramatist Resident Playwright.


If you are ready to submit your play visit our SUBMISSIONS page.
The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2017.

National Winter Playwrights Retreat

January – February 2017

In partnership with HBMG Foundation and The Human Stage, Headwaters welcomes playwrights to Creede, Colorado’s winter wonderland for weeklong retreats. This winter, 40 playwrights from around the world are coming to Creede to exchange ideas, network with CRT’s artistic staff, share feedback and encouragement, and, of course, write.

10-Minute Play Festival / 24 Hour Play Challenge

September 5, 2017

The company-generated 10-Minute Play Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the season. Five original plays inspired by a common theme starring our talented company in a whole new light.


New Plays for Young Audiences

CRT believes in the power of theatre for young audiences.  Our Education Department commissions or develops two new plays each year: The KID Show is a program that allows young artists to develop and produce a new play with professional mentors. Our Young Audience Outreach Tour travels 7,000+ miles every fall to bring a new play to under-served schools throughout the southwest. CRT is currently accepting samples of work from TYA playwrights, with a particular interest in Spanish/English musicals.