Mission & Festival History


“The Colorado New Play Festival partners with theatre companies throughout the country to provide a unique opportunity for artists to create new work for the American stage.”

Festival History

The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival was originally conceived as a means for the teaching faculty at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp to test out new plays they were developing and to provide their students an additional performance platform.  Shepherded in its infancy by Mr. Burgess Clark the Festival immediately began to grow and take on its own identity. The talented director Peter Flynn succeeded Mr. Clark as the Festival’s first Artistic Director, and over the course of the next 5 seasons laid the groundwork for the Festival’s future success.

 For the last 12 seasons, the Festival has been led by Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director of Primary Stages in New York. Under Andrew’s leadership he has transformed the Festival into its current model and helped helm it into the independent institution that now partners with theatre companies through the country. Today the Colorado New Play Festival at Steamboat Springs is recognized as a leader in the development of new work for the American theatre.

 For over 20 years, the mission and vision of the Festival has been encouraged and supported by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.