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Actors read from music stands onstage for Shooting Star

What Is a New Play Commission?

What is a new play commission? Much like a realtor, salesclerk or stockbroker, a playwright can earn a commission for their work…specifically for their new work. Typically speaking, a new play commission is when a theatre company pays a playwright to write a script, generally with the understanding that the company has the first right […]

Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski works with young actors onstage

Mentoring Student Playwrights: Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ (DCPA) Student Playwriting Competition held its staged readings during the 2022 Colorado New Play Summit. But these plays have a slightly different journey to the stage than those of the professional playwrights. The main difference? The young playwrights receive guidance from the DCPA Education team to hone their […]

Students stand in a circle onstage in the Weeks Conservatory Theatre

High School Playwriting: The promising future ahead

The future of creative writing in Colorado would appear to be bright: The winners of the DCPA’s high school playwriting competition have diverse styles and interests, resulting in three very different one-act plays: from madcap comedy to politically tinged fantastical drama to a somber meditation on the teen mental health crisis. Now in its ninth […]

Colorado New Play Summit

Colorado New Play Summit: The Gift of Collaboration

By: Joanne Ostrow Someday there will be costumes, props, scenery and lighting. For now, the messy process of shaping and fine tuning a play, hearing what works and what doesn’t, takes place in bare-bones, all-day marathons over two weekends of readings. With actors stationed at music stands, scripts before them, the words (with luck and […]

Connor Yokley Scenesters 2020 student playwriting

The 2020 Scenesters: Connor Yokley

He’s one of three winning playwrights whose scripts will be presented at the Colorado New Play Summit Today on the DCPA NewsCenter, we continue our daily spotlight of the three winning Colorado student playwrights for DCPA Education’s annual AT&T High School Playwriting Competition, whose plays will be read on Saturday, February 22, at the 2020 […]