2017 National Collective participants with teachers and Jose Cruz Gonzales take a group photo.

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

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 16 and 22 are chosen by partner theatres from throughout the country.

Actors sit together on the floor and participate in team-building activities.



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