Find out what people have to say about the Colorado New Play Festival in the following testimonials

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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.


“(Post-Covid)…theatre is coming back with force and the Colorado New Play Festival is a big reason why.”

Dramaturg, City Theatre, Pittsburgh

It was a wonderful community of artists in a beautiful location. We got a tremendous amount of work done on the play, and I really appreciated the welcome parties and thoughtful way in which we had the opportunity to connect with artists from other projects. It was a warm audience at the reading performances, and I’m grateful for the chance to have participated.

Actor’s Theater of Louisville

Eat Your Heart Out, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago

Thank you so much for such an amazing week working on Eat Your Heart Out. It was by far the most productive and enjoyable workshop I’ve ever been a part of


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.

Musician, City Theatre, Pittsburgh

The ability to see all of the plays and interact with all of the participants was really wonderful. Jim and Lori hosting gatherings where we could all be together was really amazing and generous.

God Hates You

Thank you for such a wonderful and productive week. I can’t tell you what a gift it was to have the time and resources to work on GOD HATES YOU in such a warm and supportive environment. This is a rare and amazing thing you are giving to playwrights.

Managing Director, South Coast Repertory

You (Andrew Leynse) and the Steinberg’s are a terrific team and Steamboat Springs is a very special place to have a new play festival. South Coast Repertory and I feel very honored to have been a part of it this year

PH.D. Literary Director, Seattle Repertory Theatre

“We had a fantastic time and got so much accomplished during the week on this incredibly exciting play. It’s an amazing opportunity for artists and companies. Thank you for your incredible producing, hospitality, and generosity. This was huge for all of us and so much about how good new play development should be done!”


“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.”

Co-Artistic Director, Boston Court

As someone privileged enough to get to experience the Festival magic two years in a row, I just wanted to say again what an incredible week of productive creativity in gorgeous surroundings with convivial fellow artists you provide. It’s amazing how much we learned and were able to grow the play. The wonderful artists that we got to interact with, as well as the breathtaking surroundings, the glorious hospitality, and the commitment to relaxed but intense creativity, really make this endeavor important and enormously valuable. There’s something about rehearsing at that camp, and having intense conversations in those great condos, communing with the great outdoors, and then chatting with so many other terrific artists at the Rancho Relaxo that is all just very special.

Founding Artistic Director, The Lark Play Development Center

I know I have already thanked you for the very existence of the brilliant program you have created. But thank you AGAIN! You and your whole team are amazing, and our entire company loved being in Steamboat with you. And Mary’s life has changed because of her time there with us, both in terms of the process on her play and the expansion of her network.


I just wanted to tell you thank you, one more time, for hosting an absolutely amazing week in Steamboat Springs, and providing a space for these playwrights to workshop their plays. I love how encouraging you are to the artistic process. I was deeply inspired by your generosity, the beauty of our surroundings, and the work of all of the other talented artists

Co-Founding Artistic Director, Tectonic Theatre Project

I can’t thank you enough for your kindness in having me up to the festival. It truly was an inspiring week!

Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company

It’s a great Festival you’ve put together. Clare (Baron) couldn’t stop talking about how amazing it is.


Thank you so very much. It was a magical visit to Steamboat Springs, and there really are no words to describe the gratitude we all feel for the week of creativity that you helped to provide us.

The Colorado New Play Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where playwrights, actors, directors and dramaturgs have the opportunity to spend a week focused solely on their work. Set high in the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the festival is filled with enchantment from double rainbows, to flurries of snow and the western hospitality that Steamboat Springs is famous for. Here, everyone is welcome and the magic of the mountains is waiting in every sunrise, sunset and interaction of the incredible people who make the festival come alive.