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Be there from the beginning

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.

Colorado New Play Summit


Choose your Summit experience

Everyone is welcome at the Colorado New Play Summit! We have packages for industry professionals, discounts for students, and great options for theatre lovers on both weekends.


Feb 18 – 19, 2017
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
  • Participate in a panel with some of our Summit & Commissioned writers about their new play development process
  • Meet your next favorite Colorado playwright at the Local Playwrights’ Slam, hosted by the Dramatists Guild



Feb 24 – 26, 2017
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 refined readings of fully-workshopped plays
  • Mingle with artists and industry leaders at meals, events and parties
  • Watch world premiere productions of two plays that got their start at last year’s Summit
  • Discover up-and-coming talent at High School Playwriting Competition readings



Colorado New Play Summit

The readings are only the start

We want as many stories as possible to make their way from the Summit to a fully-staged production. 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

Producing Partners:
Joy S. Burns, Terry & Noel Hefty, Karolynn Lestrud, Robert & Carole Slosky and Daniel L. Ritchie. 

All 2017 readings sponsored by Sheri & Lee Archer in memory of Bob Davidson.

Contributing Partners: Jeremy & Susan Shamos

In its 35 seasons, the Theatre Company has produced more than 135 world premieres, read 160 new works and commissioned 24 playwrights. Learn more about how you can support our exciting commitment to new play development.