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August 2 & 3, 2015 at 7 pm
Curious New Voices Summer Playwriting Festival
1080 Acoma Street, Denver CO 80204
Price: Suggested $10 donation


Celebrating its 12th year, Curious New Voices offers young playwrights ages 15­–21 the opportunity to work alongside nationally recognized playwrights, actors and directors to create short plays culminating in a festival of performances on the Curious stage.

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Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation, Curious New Voices Founding Sponsor
Isabelle Clark
Sidney E. Frank Foundation—Colorado Fund
Kinder Morgan Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

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Max Posner’s short play was part of the noted Humana Festival, 2011.

Sam Van Wetter won the National Thespian Conference with aplay he wrote at CNV.

Joey Borne’s short play developed at CNV was part of Element: a New Play Festival in Chicago.

Hannah Montgomery recently graduated from Yale with her Masters in Dramaturgy.

Mario Gonzalez founded Round Belly Theatre in San Francisco.

Stephen Sondheim’s young playwrights competition, YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS INC, has awarded these Curious New Voices writers a New York workshop and production: Max Posner, Bailey Williams, Gianna Starble, Jake Brasch, Paige Roth, and Josh Brown.

Cassandra Stroud had a play produced at Barnard College, part of Columbia University.


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I could not have asked for a better play, nor cast and director, nor teacher, and I really appreciate everything that you all have done for me and my characters.- Joe Orzinsky, CNV '08-'11

I was super nervous about writing that first draft but your guidance helped get me through it, and in the end I knew that by working through everything that I had a solid play I could be proud of. Thank you so, so much, for all that you did with the meetings, the actors and everything else in between.  - Genell Britton, CNV '10-'11

It's important for you to know how crazy beautiful the thing you do is.
- Jake Brasch, CNV '09-'11 (currently in NYU's Drama program)


Previous Curious New Voices Visiting Playwrights:

2013: Steven Sapp, Dan LeFranc, Anne Washburn

2012: Michael Hollinger, Carson Kreitzer, Lloyd Suh

2011:  Steven Dietz, Laura Eason, Kristoffer Diaz

2010:  Allison Moore, Rogelio Martinez, Annie Baker

2009: Eisa Davis, Adam Bock, Allison Moore

2008: Jordan Harrison, Elaine Romero, Quiara Alegria Hudes

2007: Allison Moore, Steven Sapp, Leigh Fondakowski

2006: Joan Holden, Steven Sapp, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Dan Dietz

2005: Elaine Romero, Steven Sapp, Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel

2004: Elaine Romero, Martin Moran, Eric Coble, Bridget Carpenter

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Past and current partners include:  Colorado Academy, Denver School of the Arts, the Creative Learning Academy, Flagstaff Academy, New America School, Sunset Middle School, Think 360 Arts

Playwriting Workshops and Residencies: Uses writing exercises to develop the basic skills of playwriting, with emphasis on principles of character development, plot and imagination. Grade Levels: 9-12; college

Adaptive Theatre Workshop: uses basic theatre games and techniques to teach curriculum through a creative lens that caters to a variety of learning styles. Grade Levels: 9-12; college

Contact Education Director Dee Covington to Learn More!