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We give playwrights the starring role here

Art and expression are accelerating faster than ever. But to create something that can leave a lasting mark on our cultural community, it pays to slow down. The Colorado New Play Summit has been bringing playwrights and audiences together for over a decade to give them the time they need to evolve fresh scripts into production-ready pieces. After workshopping their pieces for a week with professional actors, directors and dramaturgs, playwrights use the Launch Weekend to get the initial feedback that only a live audience can provide. The following week is spent fine-tuning their pieces once more before presenting revised versions to even more theatre lovers on the Festival Weekend.

Colorado New Play Summit

Choose your Summit experience

Everyone is welcome at the Colorado New Play Summit! Reading tickets are just $10. Plus, we have all-inclusive packages for industry professionals, discounts for students and young professionals, and great options for theatre lovers on both weekends.


Feb 17 - 18, 2018
Enjoy the first readings in a laid-back setting that’s perfect for local theatre lovers, students and first-timers.

  • Be the first to hear new script drafts
  • Meet your next favorite Colorado playwright at the Local Playwrights’ Slam


Feb 23 - 25, 2018
Chock full of opportunities to connect and experience polished versions of the plays, this robust weekend is perfect for industry professionals, serious theatre lovers, subscribers and students.

  • Hear the latest draft of fully-workshopped plays
  • Mingle with artists and industry leaders at meals, events and parties
  • Watch World Premiere productions of three plays from past Summit participants
  • Discover up-and-coming talent at The High School Playwriting Competition readings



2018 World Premiere Playwright Spotlights:

This is the best opportunity to hear your play with great artists, in a great location and in a great environment. This is a place where audiences really come to experience something new.”
- José Cruz González, Playwright of American Mariachi, Part of the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit
I feel like the Denver Center is really invested in telling lots of different types of stories from lots of different perspectives. It’s such a wonderful playground.”
- Lauren Yee, Playwright of The Great Leap, Part of the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit
The Summit is so important and so unique because it focuses all of its attention on the writer, and the writer's process.”
- Matthew Lopez, Part of the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit, Playwright of Zoey’s Perfect Wedding

The readings are only the start

The DCPA is dedicated to nurturing and developing new work. Over half of our readings have gone on to become world premieres on our stages, and many others have been produced by other companies nationwide. Supporting our playwrights doesn't stop when the Summit ends – and you don't have to take our word for it!

Want more success stories? Discover Our Past Readings

QUESTIONS? Contact Summit Producer, Grady Soapes - 303.446.4841 or gsoapes@dcpa.org

2018 Producing Partners:
Sheri & Lee Archer/New Wave Enviro

This program is sponsored in part by generous support from The Shubert Foundation.

High School Playwriting Competition Sponsors:
Robert and Judi Newman Family Foundation, The Ross Foundation, June Travis, Transamerica

In its 38 seasons, the Theatre Company has produced more than 137 World Premieres, read 165 new works and commissioned 39 playwrights. Learn more about how you can support our exciting commitment to new play development.