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Mon. Jul. 27 / Awards

CRT received TWELVE Henry Award nominations this year, and last night CRT productions took home TWO!

Outstanding New Play or Musical

Hazardous Materials
by Beth Kander

Outstanding Scenic Design

Lindsay Fuori
Hazardous Materials

A Summer Like No Other

Fri. Jun. 26 / COVID, News

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your patience as CRT has grappled with the challenges and uncertainties surrounding this season. We have met with our Board of Trustees, spoken as a staff, listened to public health officials, and explored the guidance from the acting union (AEA), and it has become clear that we will not be able to produce shows this summer, even in an outdoor space.

We know that now more than ever the arts are needed, particularly for our students. With the support of Public Health, we will be holding our educational day camps in July and annual KID Show in early August. Please visit our Education page to register your student or learn about the programs available this summer. Our Young Audience Outreach Tour will go out this spring. It will be a remount of a past favorite, Reading! And Other Superpowers. The originally scheduled tour of The Guava Tree has been postponed to fall 2021. The staff is excited to put a new level of focus and care into our educational programming this summer.

We are hoping to get creative later this summer with some special events and outdoor programming later in the summer. Please know that all programming will be planned with the utmost caution and safety to keep Creede residents, visitors, CRT staff, and company members safe and healthy in the months ahead.

CRT’s 55th Season poster – “Late January Light, La Garitas & Elk” by Stephen Quiller – will be on sale in our Mainstage lobby and online beginning July 4th.

This will be a summer like none other for CRT. We are taking advantage of this change of pace and are delighted to focus on our community and the work that is critical to our mission. You may see us doing readings for kids in the park, or reading plays together with the community. You will definitely see us upgrading the beauty and safety of our theatre, housing, and other facilities. We will debut a brand new CRT website this fall, which will make the ticket buying and donation process more accessible. I’m proud and appreciative of the silver linings that the staff has been able to find during this tough time and for the support that our extended CRT family has continued to offer throughout.

Even though we have been able to drastically reduce expenses, with virtually no earned income coming in for the rest of 2020, CRT, like most arts organizations around the country, are facing very difficult financial times. There are still many ways to help CRT – whether it’s supporting our education programs, facility improvements, or to help keep our lights on and our staff on payroll through a donation towards general operating expenses. Donations can be made on the CRT Website. If you have any questions, please reach out to CRT’s Development Manager, Julia McCorvey. Thank you for your continued support.

I’m sure this announcement won’t come as a surprise to many of you. Our hearts are heavy to not be producing a season of shows, but we will come back stronger than ever in the summer of 2021. We cannot wait to celebrate with you then.

In the meantime, I hope you and your family are staying healthy and well.

All the best,

John DiAntonio
Producing Artistic Director
Creede Repertory Theatre

CRT Receives 12 Henry Award Nominations!

Fri. Jun. 12 / Awards

CRT was nominated for a tremendous TWELVE awards this year, with our World Premiere, Hazardous Materials by Beth Kander garnering NINE of those nominations.

Hazardous Materials by Beth Kander

Outstanding Production of a Play
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Outstanding New Play or Musical
Outstanding Direction of a Play: Kyle Haden
Outstanding Actress in a Play: Kate Berry
Outstanding Actress in a Play: Jeri Marshall
Outstanding Costume Design Tier 1: Alethia Moore-Del Monico
Outstanding Scenic Design Tier 1: Lindsay Fuori
Outstanding Sound Design Tier 1: Jacob K. Harbour

Additional Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Ben Newman for “Peter and the Starcatcher”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Ben Newman for “Pride and Prejudice”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Kate Berry for “Pride and Prejudice”

The Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards will be live-streamed on Sunday, July 26th at 6:30pm Mountain Time! Tune into the CTG YouTube page to watch the awards and cheer on CRT!


Fri. Jun. 5 / News

As our staff has grappled with the traumatic events of the last weeks, we find ourselves struggling to find adequate words when words are simply not enough. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and so many others highlight the reality of a history of racism and oppression that persist in our country.

As a theatre committed to the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion, CRT stands in solidarity with every person and organization committed to fighting racism in its many ugly forms.

Black lives matter. Black artists matter.

CRT has not always succeeded in creating an equitable and inclusive space for all members of our company. As we work towards realizing our mission of creating an artistic home for staff, artists, students, and patrons, we humbly commit to continue our journey with renewed determination.

Our staff is taking this time to listen, educate ourselves, reflect on our institutional history, and imagine the path to the CRT our artists and community need us to be. We know we won’t always get it right, but we will hold ourselves accountable every day on our stages and off.

We invite you to continue this conversation with us and welcome reflections on how we can be better.

CRT’s motto is to be “your theatre, always.” We will work every day to live up to those words.

John DiAntonio, Producing Artistic Director
Morgan M. Manfredi, Managing Director
Julia McCorvey, Development Manager, EDI Committee Co-Chair
Brittni Shambaugh Addison, Education Director, EDI Committee Co-Chair
Jacob Bannerman, Director of Production & Facilities
Brandon Davis, Marketing & Communication Manager
Kate Berry, Associate Artistic Director
Emily Diaz, Education Associate
Monica Sallaway, Company Manager


Fri. Apr. 24 / News

Dear CRT Family,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. We can’t help but wonder how much longer we will work from home, or watch our loved ones risk the front lines. Thank you to all those whose essential services keep us functioning, cared for, fed, and so much more.

Here at CRT, we have been creative in our responses to this global situation. We have been transforming our art online, hoping for the day when we can all return safely to making theatre as a family, together. As we create our plans, we are keeping your health and safety as our highest priority, because as a family we want to get through this together. This is not the staff’s theatre, or our company’s theatre, but your theatre, always.

In the midst of our hope, this year will be hard. Not just socially, but also financially. Our annual budget is typically 50% earned income from programming and tickets, and 50% donations. Due to the effects of COVID-19 on our Season, we are anticipating a minimum of $450,000 in missed ticket revenue for 2020. CRT is doing all we can to reduce expenses to meet this shortfall, but we need your help to bridge the gap.

Today, we are asking our CRT family to support us on the upcoming #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th. Launched worldwide as an emergency response to these unprecedented times, your support is crucial to our ability to continue carrying out our mission. Here in Creede, we strive to provide an artistic home through our unique repertory format, dynamic education programming, and commitment to developing new work. We believe in the power of the arts to transform communities, empower students, and cultivate creative and resilient spirits. This trying time will test CRT’s resilience, and we are ready to face that challenge. But we can’t do it without you.

On May 5th, our goal is to raise $50,000 to help bridge the gap of $450,000 in missed ticket revenue. Your donation will help pay our staff, artists, rent, utilities, materials for facility improvements and more.

The CEO of Giving Tuesday, Asha Curran, put it this way: “As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities.”

We hope you will join us on May 5th, and we can’t wait until we see you again in the mountains.

Julia McCorvey & CRT Staff
Development Manager
719-658-2540 x231

CRT 2020 Show Line-Up Postponed To 2021

Wed. Apr. 8 / COVID, News

Dear Friends,

For 55 years, Creede Repertory Theatre has brought amazing stories to life. We have weathered our share of storms and fires with the can-do spirit that defines CRT and the town of Creede.

The CRT Staff has spent the past weeks exploring every option to bring our 2020 Season of Belonging to life this summer. However, in discussion with our Creede community leaders, we have determined that a season of this scope is not possible at this time. With the health and safety of our patrons at the forefront, CRT has made the difficult decision to postpone our productions of Fully Committed, The Roommate, Grounded, Annie, Oklahoma!, and The Importance of Being Earnest to the 2021 summer season.

That does not mean we are going dark this summer! More than ever, we believe our artists, audiences, and students need the connection, creativity, and community that are the cornerstones of this theatre.

2020 Summer Programming

At the founding of CRT, there was a team of twelve people who, with the support of the Jaycees and town of Creede, built a theatre company and helped revolutionize the town’s economy. While we must prepare for the possibility of cancellation, CRT is taking this opportunity to return to our roots by strategizing a small, flexible season to open later this summer should it be safe and legal to do so. The CRT Staff and town of Creede are blessed with a plethora of multi-talented artists waiting in the wings to bring joy and connection back to our community. More information on new 2020 Season offerings will be available in the upcoming weeks.

2020 Gala

CRT is still weighing the possibility of postponing our July 31st Gala Fundraiser to the 2021 season. An announcement will be made when the new 2020 Season details are available.

Education Programs

Summer Day Camps are still scheduled for July, though we will be making some changes to the camps offered. New camp dates and titles will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Kid Show, originally scheduled for July, will now take place in August with the first rehearsal on July 21st and performances August 6th, 7th, and 8th.

The Young Audience Outreach Tour is currently moving forward as scheduled, keeping the health and safety of our students and artists as our first priority.

CRT at Home

The CRT Spring Solstice 10-Minute Play Challenge: On Mondays, we drop the week’s theme on Facebook. You have 48 hours to write and submit a 10-Minute play. We will select one play to read on Facebook Live each Thursday. At the end of the Festival, our viewers will vote for their favorite play, which will be produced at our 10-Minute Play Festival, scheduled for September.

CRT’s Education Department is releasing daily videos including workshops, Cozy Corner story-time with follow-up questions and activities, and The Adventures of Sunny and Blue (our resident Clowns). Check out Education at Creede Rep on Facebook for some fun with the kiddos, though we think it’s pretty entertaining for adults, too!

Ticket Holders

Members of the CRT staff will be reaching out to ticket holders* beginning Monday, April 13th to discuss options regarding your tickets, including:

  • Exchanging your tickets for the 2021 Season.
  • Accepting a credit for a future production.
  • Donating the value of your ticket as a tax-deductible contribution to CRT, which will help us recover from the significant revenue losses we will experience as a result of COVID-19.
  • A refund of your ticket.

*Because we are on stay-at-home orders here in Colorado, you might receive some of these calls from numbers you are unfamiliar with.

After times of crisis, theatre is one of the places people have gathered to return to normal; to feel the most human. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Creede Repertory Theatre.

John DiAntonio
Producing Artistic Director
and the CRT Staff

Taking Good Care

Fri. Mar. 13 / News

Hello CRT Friends and Patrons,

The CRT Staff, alongside our extremely talented creative teams of playwrights, composers, directors, choreographers, and designers, are ramping up for an amazing summer season. I truly believe it will be one of our best yet!

We know that this is a difficult time in our country and want to assure all of you that the CRT Staff is closely monitoring the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our patrons and company members is our highest priority, so even though we are still 10 weeks out from the first performance of our season, CRT is already making preparations for more frequent facility cleanings, hand sanitizer available in all public spaces, and increased hygiene protocols. We are happy to exchange tickets at no cost for folks who need to alter their travel plans; please give us a call at (719) 658-2540 and select option 1 for Box Office. We are all hopeful that the situation will have deescalated by May!

Due to current recommendations from our local health officials, CRT has cancelled our final Winter BOOMTOWN which was scheduled for Friday, March 20th. If you have purchased tickets to that event, you will be getting a call from a CRT Staff member by Monday, March 16th. We encourage you to exchange your ticket for a future BOOMTOWN performance, or consider donating your ticket back to CRT to help us continue paying staff, artists, and preparing for our summer season.

We will keep folks informed of any updates to the 2020 summer season – including some exciting casting news which will be announced soon!

Thank you all for your generous support of Creede Repertory Theatre. From all of us at CRT, we wish you a happy, healthy spring and look forward to seeing you in the mountains this summer!

John DiAntonio
Producing Artistic Director
and the CRT Staff