Colorado New Play Festival

A nonprofit organization

The Colorado New Play Festival advances the art of storytelling as essential for the human spirit.

The Colorado New Play Festival, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado brings a diversity of voices, ideas and beliefs to the American Stage. For twenty-five years, CNPF has been celebrating the raw power of words and providing a platform for some of the most talented playwrights in the country to further develop new works. The Colorado New Play Festival is also home to the annual Northwest Colorado Youth Playwright Slam, a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Colorado, and Refugee Voices, a partnership with the International Rescue Committee.


The New York Times
Take a peek at new works still being created . . . presented in staged reading format at the end of an intensive week of work that includes rehearsals open to the public at this annual festival. With the motto "creating magic in the mountains," the festival, now in its 21st year, will partner with five American theater companies to create five new plays.

Thank you for giving me everything I needed to start a brand new play. It's such a gift to be able to dive in with collaborators I trust and who excite me, and come out with something brand new by the end of the week. It does not happen all the time.

Thank you again for an amazing, inspirational time. I was truly surprised by joy in the creative home you've cultivated. You reminded me of why I fell in love with theatre in the first place.


The Colorado New Play Festival’s mission is to advance the art of storytelling as an essential element of the human condition and spirit.

Background Statement

The Colorado New Play Festival was founded in Steamboat Springs in 1996 as a way to connect playwrights with actors and directors to develop new works. Today CNPF partners with theatre companies throughout the country to provide a unique opportunity for artists to create new work for the American stage.

Over the course of a week, playwrights develop new plays in collaboration with directors and actors. All rehearsals are free and open to the public. The week culminates with the actors performing a first reading on stage. CNPF has an enviable track record with more than 70% of its work moving on to regional and New York stages in short order. Many of these go on to have multiple productions.

Theaters that have gone on to produce work created at CNPF include: The Public Theater (New York), Atlantic Theater Company (New York), Yale Repertory Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Stages (New York), Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages (new York), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), Steppenwolf Theatre, The Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Milwaukee Rep, American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco, CA), City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Denver Center Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, Curious Theatre (Denver), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York), Chance Theatre (Los Angeles), and many more.

Playwrights include Pulitzer Prize winners, a Presidential Medal of the Arts winner and a McArthur Genius, as well as EMMY & TONY nominees. Performers include many well-known theatre/television actors.

CNPF is the only organization in the country to work with theatre companies directly to take plays from page to stage. Written up by the New York Times, CNPF has been hailed as "one of the top North American Theatre Festivals."

Organization Data


Organization name

Colorado New Play Festival

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Year Established


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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Medium Organization


1016 Oak Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


PO Box 1192
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Service areas

Routt County, CO, US



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