Colorado New Play Festival FAQs2023-09-28T16:45:15+00:00
What do interns do?2023-02-02T22:25:48+00:00

Internship duties include:

  • Working with Company Manager, Executive Producer, Producing Director and Executive Director
  • Setting up and breaking down venues for meals and events
  • Running errands as needed
  • Must be able to lift 40lbs (exceptions can be made but need to know ahead of time)
  • Having a valid driver’s license preferred
  • Helping with coordination for ‘Meet and Greet’ gathering
  • Ushering and ticketing
Does my child need a ticket?2023-02-02T22:24:49+00:00

Yes. All children need tickets to attend the festival. $10 tickets are available for students and children under the age of 18.

May I bring my children?2023-02-02T22:24:26+00:00

Yes! Please note that all children need to have a ticket to attend. We offer $10 tickets for students under 18. We ask that babes-in-arms do not attend to limit potential disruptions of the performance. Please visit our Schedule of Events page for recommendations on content and age appropriateness.

May I get a refund if I can’t attend the festival?2023-02-02T22:24:02+00:00

Unfortunately we do not offer refunds for the festival. We would be happy to donate your tickets to someone less fortunate in our community, if you would like.

What if I lose my tickets?2023-02-02T22:23:40+00:00

We have an electronic record of all tickets. If you have lost your ticket, arrive a few minutes early so we can get you checked in.

Where do I purchase tickets?2023-02-02T22:23:10+00:00

Tickets can be purchased here

Do I get to choose my seat?2023-02-02T22:20:22+00:00

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There are no VIP seats.

Can I attend the rehearsals?2023-02-02T22:20:01+00:00

Yes. This is a unique aspect of the festival. All CNPF rehearsals are open to the public. No food or drink are allowed in rehearsal spaces.

What is a reading?2023-02-02T22:19:40+00:00

A reading is a performance by professional actors without a set or costumes. There is a narrator for each piece who reads the stage directions.

Why do you only do readings and not full performances?2023-02-02T22:19:16+00:00

The Colorado New Play Festival focuses on new play development. Our festival gives playwrights the time and space to take their works to the next level. Over the course of a week, the collaboration with actors and directors brings new perspectives to works. The reading allows the playwrights to gauge audience reaction and further refine their pieces before production. The simplicity of the reading allows the audience to focus on the story and not be distracted by sets and costumes.

Why is the festival held in Steamboat Springs, CO?2023-02-02T22:18:50+00:00

Steamboat Springs, CO has been a haven for the arts since the first white settlers, the Crawford Family, arrived with paints and an organ. Steamboat Springs is also home to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp, the oldest continually running performing arts camp in the country. The combination of nature, art and recreation combines here to create a magic that can only be felt in the mountains of Steamboat Springs.

How long has CNPF been in existence?2023-02-02T22:18:18+00:00

The Colorado New Play Festival began as the New Works Festival at Perry-Mansfield in 2009. In 2018, the festival became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Do you have a dress code?2023-02-02T22:46:41+00:00

No. Steamboat Springs is a town of jeans and cowboy boots. Wear what is comfortable for you.

Are there places to eat close to the venue?2023-02-02T22:45:40+00:00

Yes. The closest restaurants to Strings Music Pavilion are: Brick, Three Peaks Restaurant, Cruisers, Blue Sage Pizza and the Drunken Onion.

What time does the lobby open before a performance?2023-02-02T22:45:16+00:00

The lobby opens half an hour before performances.

Where do I park?2023-02-02T22:44:45+00:00

Parking for rehearsals is at Colorado Mountain College. There is plenty of parking outside the venue.

Parking for Strings Music Pavilion is located across the street in the Meadows Parking lot. There is ample parking. There is also a drop off in front of the venue for people with disabilities.

How do I get to the festival once I’m in Steamboat Springs?2023-02-02T22:44:02+00:00

Rehearsals will be held at Colorado Mountain College. The free bus can be taken to downtown Steamboat Springs. A short walk will take you to CMC. You can also drive to rehearsals. There is plenty of parking at the venue.
Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org for a schedule of rehearsals and rehearsal rooms.

In 2023, readings will take place at Strings Music Pavilion. You can take a free bus to Strings. You can also drive. There is parking across the street from Strings in the Meadows Parking lot. Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org if you would like to inquire about ride sharing.

What can I do when I’m not at the festival?2023-02-02T22:43:17+00:00
What kind of local transportation does Steamboat Springs, CO have?2023-02-02T22:32:09+00:00

There is a free bus that runs from the mountain resort area to downtown Steamboat Springs. Uber drivers are available. Please note there is not currently reliable taxi service in Steamboat Springs for in-town trips. Some hotels offer shuttle service. There is also a core trail where people can walk or bike ride from the mountain area to downtown and back.

How do I get to Steamboat Springs, CO?2023-02-02T22:31:37+00:00

There are two airports that you can fly into. Denver International Airport is the less expensive option. Transportation from DIA to Steamboat Springs takes 3-4 hours depending on type of transportation. There are taxi and bus services that run from DIA to Steamboat Springs, but need to be booked in advance. There are also car rentals at DIA if you want to be able to explore Steamboat Springs once you get here.

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is located half an hour from the town of Steamboat Springs. There are taxi services that run to and from the airport and car rentals are also available at the airport. Uber and Lyft drivers service this area.


Where is Steamboat Springs, CO?2023-02-02T22:30:56+00:00

Steamboat Springs, CO is located in Northwest Colorado. The location is fairly remote, which allows us to maintain our down-to-earth vibe and preserve our western ranching heritage. Steamboat Springs sits at an elevation of just over 6,700 feet. Due to the high altitude, we recommend drinking a lot of water for the first few days as you acclimate and bringing layers of clothing, as we can have snow storms into June and even July!

Who can I contact for more information?2023-02-02T22:50:17+00:00

Please reach out to Dagny McKinley, Executive Director, for more information. dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org

What do I do if I need special seating arrangements?2023-02-02T22:49:59+00:00

Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org with any special seating arrangements or special needs.

I have a service animal to assist me. May I have it accompany me when I come to see a show?2023-02-02T22:49:34+00:00

Yes, service animals may attend a show, however verification of Service Dog status will be required. Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org prior to the festival to make arrangements.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?2023-02-02T22:49:12+00:00

Yes, both Colorado Mountain College and Strings Music Pavilion are wheelchair accessible. Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org prior to arrival so we can make sure we have an aide to help you.

Do you offer listening devices to those with hearing difficulties?2023-02-02T22:48:52+00:00

We offer the Worldlyai app. You can read the translation in real time during the performance. You will need to bring your own cell phone or ipad and download the app prior to arrival.

Do you offer translation services?2023-02-02T22:48:30+00:00

Yes. We use Wordlyai for translation services. This app offers real time translation into a number of languages. If you are planning on using Wordlyai, please download the app prior to arrival. If you want to listen to the translation, please bring headphones or earbuds so you don’t disrupt the experience of those around you. You will also have the option of reading the translation on your phone or ipad.

May I take video of the performances?2023-02-02T22:30:30+00:00

No. All performances are works in progress. No photographs or videos may be taken during performances.

May I take photographs of the show?2023-02-02T22:30:09+00:00

No. All performances are works on progress. No photographs or videos may be taken during the performances.

May I take photographs of the venue?2023-02-02T22:29:49+00:00

You may take photographs of the venue, however no photographs or videos are allowed during performances as these are works in progress.

Do I have to turn off my cell phone during the performance?2023-02-02T22:29:29+00:00

We prefer that all phones are turned off during the festival. However, we understand that emergencies happen. If you need to leave your phone on, please leave it on ‘silent’ mode and be prepared to leave the venue if you need to take a phone call. We will remind the audience before each performance to silence and/or turn off their phone.

Can I donate tickets to those less fortunate in the community?2023-02-02T23:00:58+00:00

Yes! Email dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org for more information. We will reach out to organizations within our community to make sure the tickets are enjoyed.

Do you have a planned giving program?2023-02-02T22:59:50+00:00

Yes. Please contact

for more information.

What kind of donations do you accept?2023-02-02T22:59:28+00:00

We accept cash, check, credit card and stock option donations as well as legacy gifts. Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org for more information.

What do I get for my donation?2023-02-02T22:59:08+00:00

We will send you a donation receipt. All funds donated, unless specifically requested to support an individual program, will go to fund the Colorado New Play Festival programs and initiatives general fund.

Is my CNPF donation tax deductible2023-02-02T22:58:48+00:00


Why does CNPF ask for donations?2023-09-28T16:43:16+00:00

The Colorado New Play Festival is a non-profit organization. Donations help support playwright development, the Youth Storytelling Slam and Refugee Voices. These programs promote the magic of storytelling and give opportunities to playwrights, community members and refugees to share their stories.

How can I make a donation?2023-02-02T22:58:03+00:00

You can donate here: Colorado New Play Festival

Are there places close to the festival to eat between readings?2023-02-02T22:48:09+00:00

Yes. The closest restaurants to Strings Music Pavilion are: Brick, Three Peaks Restaurant, Cruisers, Blue Sage Pizza and the Drunken Onion.

Does CNPF provide meals, snacks or drinks during the festival?2023-02-02T22:47:51+00:00

If you sign up for a festival pass, you will receive dinner Friday night and lunch Saturday. Otherwise, everyone is on their own for food.

Do you serve alcoholic beverages?2023-02-02T22:47:25+00:00

There will be a cash bar available Friday evening.

May I have food and drink in the venue when I watch the readings?2023-02-02T22:47:05+00:00

Food is not allowed during performances, however you can bring drinks to your seat. Drinks must be purchased at Strings Music Pavilion. You may not bring your own drinks into the venue.

How can I make a donation to the Refugee Voices Program?2023-02-02T22:57:38+00:00

You can make a donation to the Refugee Voices program here: https://www.coloradogives.org/organization/ColoradoNewPlayFestival

How do I find out more about the program?2023-02-02T22:56:58+00:00
Why is there a need for a Refugee Voices program?2023-02-02T22:56:30+00:00

At the core of this writing program is the hope that writing will provide a way for refugees to tell their own stories. To give them a tool that will allow them to tell the world what they have endured and overcome. Their lives have been ripped away and the pain of that fact is unceasing. Through writing, the process of self-development, expression and healing can begin. The writing program will help refugees identify their assets and strengths, cultivate resiliency, and establish connections with one another and their new homeland.

Who is the International Rescue Committee?2023-02-02T22:55:59+00:00

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas. We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.

What’s the time commitment?2023-02-02T22:27:16+00:00

Production Assistants arrive the Saturday before the festival week and leave the Sunday after the festival, for a total of 9 days.

How can I become a production assistant for CNPF?2023-02-02T22:26:50+00:00

If you are interested in becoming a production assistant for the Colorado New Play Festival, please email your resume and a cover letter to lori@cnpfsteamboat.org

Do you use interns?2023-02-02T22:25:24+00:00

Yes! We rely on interns and volunteers to make our festival a success. If you are interested in more information about internships or volunteering, please email dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org

What is your track record for plays moving onto production?2023-02-02T22:17:25+00:00

75% of the plays that come to the Colorado New Play Festival move on to production.

How do you decide which plays are chosen?2023-02-02T22:16:50+00:00

All plays are read internally by staff, and by an independent reader. Input is evaluated and lively discussions ensue to insure we are covering a wide geographic area of the country and bringing diverse ideas, voices and stories to the festival each year.

When will I hear whether or not our play has been accepted?2023-02-02T22:16:21+00:00

Theatre companies are notified by mid-January as to whether or not their play has been accepted.

What is the deadline for submissions?2023-02-02T22:15:49+00:00

For a submission to be considered, a Request for Proposal must be filled out. Submission deadline varies year to year so be sure to inquire.

How do theatre companies submit a play?2023-02-02T22:15:16+00:00

Please send an email with ‘Submission Inquiry’ in the subject of the email to jim@cnpfsteamboat.org. Request for proposals are sent out September – October for the festival the following year.

How do I submit a play?2023-02-02T22:14:45+00:00

The Colorado New Play Festival is unique in that we partner with theatre companies to bring plays from page to stage. We do not consider plays from individual playwrights. Projects must be connected to a theatre company. Interested theatre companies should reach out to jim@cnpfsteamboat.org to discuss projects and request an RFP. RFPs are sent out September – October for the following year.

What are the benefits for volunteers?2023-02-02T22:28:42+00:00

Volunteers are given a free pass to one reading during the festival.

What is the commitment for volunteers?2023-02-02T22:28:17+00:00

You can volunteer as much or as little during the week as you like. Some volunteers give 2 hours of time, others give eight hours or more. We also welcome people who need to fulfill community service hours. Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org for more information on volunteering.

Do you use volunteers?2023-02-02T22:27:52+00:00

Yes! We rely on volunteers to make our festival a success. Volunteers help throughout the week and the weekend of the festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org

Can I make a donation to the Youth Storytelling Slam?2023-09-28T16:38:58+00:00

Yes. You can make a donation by visiting our donation page

Is there a fee to attend the Youth Storytelling Slam?2023-09-28T16:39:43+00:00

No. This is a free community event.

Can I bring my children?2023-02-02T22:53:11+00:00

Yes. Everyone is welcome at the reading.

Where does the public reading take place?2023-09-28T16:43:33+00:00

The public reading of work created during the Youth Storytelling Slam takes place at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Please contact dagny@cnpfsteamboat.org for more up to date information.

Is there a fee for the program?2023-02-02T22:52:18+00:00

No. There is no fee for the program but children must be members of the Boys & Girls Club.

Where do the classes take place?2023-02-02T22:51:55+00:00

At the Boys & Girls Club of NW Colorado in Steamboat Springs. 325 7th Street

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. There is also a Zoom option available for children who can not attend in person.

How old does my child need to be?2023-02-02T22:51:23+00:00

The program services children from 4th grade through high school.

How do I get my child signed up for the Youth Storytelling Slam?2023-09-28T16:40:33+00:00

Contact Kelly Landers with the Boys & Girls Club to sign up your child.

What is the Youth Storytelling Slam?2023-09-28T16:41:39+00:00

Visit CNPF – Youth Storytelling Slam for more information

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