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 2021 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

Attention Playwrights! Our submission process is changing. For 2022 and beyond, CRT will be moving away from an open submission process for our New Play Festival held in August. More details about this shift will be announced in early 2022. Check out our submissions page for more details.

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.

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.