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The Colorado New Play Summit has been bringing playwrights and audiences together for over a decade to experience the evolution of fresh scripts into production-ready pieces. After workshopping their pieces for a week with professional actors, directors and dramaturgs, playwrights test the waters with the initial readings during the Launch Weekend. The following week is spent fine-tuning their pieces based on the feedback from theatre lovers and creatives alike before presenting revised versions on the Festival Weekend.

Recent Colorado New Play Summit readings that have gone on to be produced around the nation include: American Mariachi by José Cruz González, The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, FADE by Tanya Saracho, and The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter.

Colorado New Play Summit


Mark your calendars now for the 14th Annual Colorado New Play Summit: February 16 - 17 (Launch Weekend) and February 22 - 24, 2019 (Festival Weekend). Packages will go on sale this fall to the general public.

DCPA subscriber? Get your Early Bird Subscriber Festival Package now and beat the rush!

The Early Bird Subscriber Package is $150 and includes admission to all Festival Weekend readings, meals, and events. It does not include tickets to the World Premiere productions which are already a part of the Theatre Company Full Season Subscription.



2018 Colorado New Play Summit

Named “Best Theater for New Work” in Westword’s Best of Denver 2017: “we get a window into the wider theater world and are regularly introduced to some of the country's most fascinating up-and-coming talents.” Read more

Only U.S. festival included in American Express Essentials’ “Top 20 Theatre Festivals Around the World”: “Live audiences get the opportunity to enjoy what may just be a masterpiece in the making.” Read more

“2018 Summit begins at the intersection of Eugene O'Neill and Metallica.” Read the summary on our News Center

Westword interviewed Director of New Play Development Douglas Langworthy on the current and future state of the Summit. “A lot of issue-driven plays follow a certain trajectory, but I really like plays that have a more expansive view and experiment with form. We’re maybe seeing more of that in the plays that come through now.” Read more

2018 Summit Playwright Spotlights:

“There's no one way to tell a story. There are as many people in the world as there are ways to tell a story. Everyone has their certain way of viewing the world and negotiating and navigating that world.” — Sigrid Gilmer on how what makes you laugh will make you cry

“I don't pity the Couches. But at times I feel like I understand them and where they're coming from. I feel we are complicit in a system that dehumanizes people on both ends to an extent — the poor and the rich.” — David Jacobi on affluenza, the rich man’s plague

"In some families, as you get older, there’s some unspoken grudge that goes on and on until eventually you really have nothing to do with each other. Here’s what fascinates me: What happens when that grudge has a racial component, and one brother feels like the other one let him down?” — Kemp Powers on a matter that’s black and white

“I did a lot of archival research. I looked at the actual trial transcripts and court records. I looked at genealogical records and diaries and letters and legal papers. But I was also hearing voices at night. So I kept a notebook by the bed and I recorded the voices. I didn't know who was speaking or in what context. I just listened.” — Barbara Seyda’s collision with voices of the dead


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.