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Staged Readings On June 17-18, 2022

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Steamboat Springs, CO

A Letter from

Our Directors


Andrew Leynse has announced that he will step down as Artistic Director of the Colorado New Play Festival.  Andrew has been the artistic leader of the Festival since 2005 and during this time the Festival has grown from a little unknown week of workshops in a small out of the way Colorado mountain town and matured into a nationally recognized incubator of new work, all the while maintaining the welcoming family atmosphere with which it started. During his tenure 70% of work begun at the Festival went on to production on stages across America. His commitment to nurture writers in all phases of their careers has brought a wide range of work to the Festival while his soft touch and articulate dramaturgical skills helped playwrights with their plays and will be greatly missed. 


Colorado New Play Festival Board Chair Jim Steinberg said, “Andrew is a respected and highly-valued member of the Colorado New Play Festival family. What began as a short-term opportunity turned into 15 years of rousing fun and quality work full of impact for both writers and audiences. His commitment to put the artists at the forefront of everything we do has made sure that his impact on writers goes well beyond what happens here in the Colorado mountains. We wish him all the best.”


“I have been honored to be part of the Colorado New Play Festival as the Artistic Director. “However, as we all know, the pandemic has changed the world. As CNPF continues to grow and Primary Stages reopens and moves to a new home, it would not be fair to either organization to divide my efforts at a time when both wonderful institutions need that full attention. I am deeply grateful to the board of the Festival for the opportunity  and am immensely proud of our accomplishments through the years.”


In the coming months the Colorado New Play Festival board will conduct a thorough national search for its 4th Artistic Director.


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