Youth Playwright Slam

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When: March 2nd, 2023 – 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library
Tickets: Free
Free snacks and beverages provided.

Join us as professional actors from Denver come to Steamboat Springs to read the stories of Routt County’s aspiring young writers. This program is a partnership between the Colorado New Play Festival and the Boys & Girls Club of NW Colorado. Come out and support the next generations of writers who may just change the world with their words.

Free translation services available on your phone or i-pad to listen in your preferred language. Information will be provided at the door and is also attached to this email. If you plan to listen to the reading, please bring ear buds or headphones. You may also read the translation in real time.


The Colorado New Play Festival, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado, launched the first Youth Playwright Slam in 2022 as a way to give voice to aspiring young writers in the community. Students are mentored over several months to develop original stories and plays that are read on stage by professional actors as a kick off to the festival.

“When I’m done writing a story I feel complete,” Sofia, 15 years old.

Why encouraging our youth to write is important
Writing is a way for people to express and explore difficult emotions. COVID-19 has impacted our youth. Suicide rates and depression are up. Neither children nor adults fully understand the long term implications of the last two years . Writing is an important tool for utilizing creativity to take dreams, fears, joy and grief out of our minds and onto the page to share with others. By using professional actors to bring aspiring writer’s stories to life, our community can come together to share the most basic human emotions in a common space. The Youth Playwright Slam celebrates the talent in our community as Northwest Colorado youth share their stories, poems and plays with the world.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado The Boys & Girls Club helps Routt County, Yampa Valley and Moffat County children realize their full potential in their communities.

2023 Schedule

January 22 – March 1: Weekly workshops at the Boys & Girls Club of NW Colorado. Students learn the fundamentals of playwriting and are given prompts to help spark new stories and ideas. By the end of the classes, students will have an edited piece of writing to be read on stage.

March 2:  Professional actors read the students works on the stage at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. This reading is free and open to the community. Snacks and beverages are provided.

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