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New Play Submission Guidelines

Headwaters New Play Festival

Due to Covid 19, our 2020 Festival is postponed until 2021. Submissions for Headwaters 2022 will open on October 1, 2021.

To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (typically in late August). The two selected playwrights will receive travel, lodging, and a small stipend.

Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by actively seeking plays by BIPOC playwrights (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Women, the LGBTQ+ community, and playwrights with disabilites. We are seeking full-length plays, one submission per playwright. No re-submissions. We are seeking full-length plays, musicals, and plays with music, one submission per playwright. PDF format.

Young Audience Outreach Tour

One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for it’s celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With 35 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

The KID Show

The KID Show‘s mission is to provoke and empower the creative minds of local youth while placing them in a professional environment and encouraging them to play. Since 2003, a professional team of CRT actors, directors, playwrights, painters, designers, and stage managers mentor local kids (ages 10-18) through the process of creating a fully produced, original show. Kids participate in every aspect of the play-making experience; they design and assist in building costumes, scenery, and puppets while rehearsing the play they ultimately perform in CRT’s state-of-the-art Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre. We are looking for family-friendly plays written for young actors, with a cast size of 10-16.