What is the Headwaters Program?

One third of the productions CRT has produced over the last 20 years have been World Premieres. Why are new plays so important to CRT? Because they allow us to see beyond ourselves, and delve into the lives and stories of the expansive human experience.


AUGUST 26 – 28

four avenues for new work:

The Headwaters New Play Festival

The Headwaters New Play Festival, which takes place annually in late August, presents staged readings of two, never-produced new plays. These plays may be selected to have a fully produced World Premiere production in an upcoming season.

Mainstage/Ruth Commissions

A new component to the Headwaters Program launched in 2020, CRT will support the work of both new and returning playwrights. These plays will allow CRT to reach several goals: First, to enhance our network of playwrights seen on our stages to include more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Women, the LGBTQ+ community, and playwrights with disabilities. Second, to amplify the work of CRT’s family of performers who have connected with us over the years locally, nationally, and those joining us for the first time. And finally, to continue our tradition of bringing new American plays to the CRT stage.

The KID Show

The KID Show is a commissioned work which takes local young people (ages 10-18) through the process of creating a fully produced, original show.

Young Audience Outreach Tour

And finally, our Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT), which brings high quality musical theatre outside of Creede, particularly to rural and underserved communities. This program annually produces an original children’s show, grades K-6 grade, that tours throughout the southwest, Kansas, and more.

Submission Guidelines

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Please note that we do not accept unsolicited submissions.