2017 National Collective Festival
6 World Premiere Plays by 6 Fearless Young Playwrights

Saturday, July 1 at 7pm
Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St, Denver
Donations accepted at the door – no RSVP required

2017 CNV National Collective Playwrights with their mentors and José Cruz González on the first day of the Collective

“Curious presented my work to the world in the same way: unapologetic, uncluttered, bold, and life affirming. Curious told me theatre needs your voice. Now I can’t escape it-the art of storytelling runs through my veins. No guts, no story-I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Cassandra Hsiao, 2016 National Collective playwright – full story here

Master Playwright

José Cruz González‘s plays include The Sun Serpent, Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle, Invierno, Sunsets and Margaritas, The Heart’s Desire, The Blue House, Tomás and the Library Lady and September Shoes. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2008. González has written for The PAZ Show, the EmmyAward-nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. He was a recipient of a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant. In 1997, he was awarded an NEA/TCG Theatre Residency for Playwrights. González teaches theatre at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and TYA/USA. He is a playwright-in-residence with South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Childsplay (Tempe, Ariz.) and an associate artist with Cornerstone Theater Company (Los Angeles, Calif.).


June 25-July 1, 2017

FESTIVAL: July 1, 2017 at 7pm

2017 Master Playwright: José Cruz González


The Curious New Voices National Collective asks professional theatres across the country to send their most innovative and promising young playwrights to Curious Theatre Company for a week-long playwriting intensive. These young artists form a collective that is dedicated to creating new work through adventurous imagination, rigorous exploration of play structure, and a positive peer culture that connects them to writers in youth playwriting programs across the country. All the plays are showcased at the end of the week in a professional staged reading festival.

Young playwrights between the ages of 17 and 22 are chosen by partner theatres from throughout the country.

2017 Participating Theatres:

Curious Theatre Company
MCC Theater
Young Playwrights Theater
South Coast Repertory



Isabelle Clark
John G. Duncan Charitable Trust
Sidney E. Frank Foundation – Colorado Fund
The Nord Family Foundation