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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a reading?

New play readings are a vehicle for a playwright to get a better sense of what s/he has written and how a live audience reacts to it. The actors stand or sit at music stands without costumes, scenery or lighting; but after a week of rehearsal with the playwright and director they read the work with the same depth and passion that a full production would have. This allows the creative team to focus solely on the words and the arc of the story.

Do I get to choose my seat?

The Festival is a casual gathering of theatre lovers, so there are no assigned seats for any readings or meals.

Will I get a physical ticket?

No, your name will be on invitation list when you arrive.

How do I get to the Festival?

Steamboat Springs, though seemingly out of the way, is easy to get to. Denver International Airport has airline service from virtually any place in the country. From there it is an easy and beautiful 3+ hour drive to our mountain paradise. Alternatively, United offers 2 daily flights from DIA to the Hayden/Steamboat Springs regional airport, a quick 20-minute drive to downtown Steamboat Springs.

Where should I stay for the Festival?

Accommodations are plentiful in the Steamboat Springs area. If you choose to stay downtown there are modern condos as well as a number of motels from which to choose. Three miles away at the Steamboat Ski Area is the Grand Summit Hotel, a full-service modern hotel, as well as a plethora of condominiums from which to select. We highly recommend Mountain Resorts, which offers accommodations for virtually every type of traveler and need.

How can I get around Steamboat Springs?

If you wish to do a self-drive, parking is plentiful in both downtown and the mountain. Additionally, the City of Steamboat Springs is served by a free transit system that regularly runs between town and the mountain. Taxi and Uber drivers also are available.

Where are the Festival events held?

All readings will be held at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs.

What activities are available when I'm not doing Festival events?

Steamboat Springs has many other activities to offer. Visit our world-class hot springs, such as Strawberry Park Hot Springs, to relax and enjoy the scenery. Some of the best fly-fishing in Colorado is here, as well as tournament-quality golf courses. Tennis, anyone? Biking, hiking, or just browsing the local galleries and dining at some of the finest restaurants in Colorado will easily fill your days.


Who are the industry attendees?

The Colorado New Play Festival annually attracts theatre professionals from across the country. The Festival is an opportunity to watch rehearsals, interact with peers, hear fresh new work, and unwind in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.

As I writer, may I submit my work for consideration?

The Colorado New Play Festival employs a unique model where we select theatre companies from across the country to work with a writer whose script is being considered for further development or production. As a result, we do not accept script submissions.

How are the theatre companies selected?

Theatre companies are selected by the Artistic Director, Andrew Leynse, in consultation with the Executive Producers. Each year 5 companies are selected to participate. They represent a broad spectrum of the industry and geographic distribution.

How can I interact with my peers?

There are a number of events throughout the Festival week where we welcome industry professionals. In addition to open rehearsals, we host invited dinners for our friends from across the country. Additionally, the Colorado New Play Festival hosts the National Play Lab Conference for non-producing organizations to be held on the Sunday immediately following the Festival.