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Headwaters New Play Festival

Our Mission

To foster the development of new plays for the CRT stage and beyond. Our unique and remote location, high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, cultivates artistic growth, focus, and inspiration for new work.

Our Vision

Now in its 9th season, the Headwaters New Play Festival is a weeklong workshop where selected plays are developed with a team of professional theatre artists and receive public readings. Like its name suggests, Headwaters aspires to be a source of new American plays, constantly evolving. In 2020 and beyond, we are interested in plays that capture the comedy and tragedy of life; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and finally, plays that inspire the pioneering spirit that lives within us all.

Submission Guidelines

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, 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 disabilities. We are seeking full-length plays, one submission per playwright. No re-submissions. PDF format.

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.