New Play Festival

5th Annual New Play Festival

Co-Producers: Ashlyn Barnett and Nolan Carey
Assistant Coordinators: Issy Leustig and Alika Magas

The festival running April 15th - 19th 2020, features new works, that have not been previously professionally produced or published by CU Boulder undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff, and recent alums in 4 categories: Full Length, 1 Acts, 10 Minute plays, and Performance Scenarios. All selected works receive staged readings and are offered a feedback session during the festival. The “winner” of the NPF becomes incorporated into the CU Theatre and Dance department’s 2020-21 Main Season as a full production! 

Submissions for the 5th Annual New Play Festival have closed, but keep an eye out for emails from, and the 5th Annual New Play Festival Facebook page @CUBoulderNPF about upcoming auditions.


Any CU Boulder undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, staff, and CU alums.

Please submit your work through the google form: Submission Deadline for 5th Annual New Play Festival has passed. Please contact if you would like to collaborate as a reader, director, or actor.

Scripts need to be turned in with no identifying information about the playwright. Please also include a cover page with the playwright’s name, contact information, and title of the script. Upload your cover page and script as a PDF in the google form.  Full Length Plays: between 50-120 pages in standard manuscript form 1 Act Plays: between 11- 49 pages in manuscript form 10 Minute Plays: around 10 pages in manuscript form Performance Scenario: 5-10 minute presentation. Proposal may be 1-2 pages long.

Recognizing that not all theatrical events are text-based, NPF can also feature presentations by individuals (or groups) of scenarios for site-specific work, an immersive work, a spec-actor scheme, etc. that is organized around design, an experience, an event, rather than starting with text.  The 5-10 minute presentation of the performance concept can be in any form, but PechaKucha is encouraged.

If a play was submitted for a past festival but not chosen, it must be substantially rewritten to be eligible for resubmission.

Feel free to submit to as many of these calls as you want! Only one full-length, one 1 act, one 10-minute play, and one Performance Scenario submission per person.

All submissions will be reviewed by at least 2 readers blindly and chosen by a script selection committee.

Yes! All works may be developed by the playwright in collaboration with the dramaturg, director and actors. Rehearsal time varies based on the submission. Full Length Plays: 8-10 rehearsal hours. 1 Act Plays: 4-6 rehearsal hours.  10 Minute Plays: 2-4 rehearsal hours Performance Scenarios:  2-4 rehearsal hours

If selected for the festival, expect to hear back within approximately 2 weeks of the submissions deadline. 

In the CU Boulder Theatre and Dance Department Building, Acting Studio. 

The New Play Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to hear their work performed for the first time. All performances are staged readings with minimal props, scenic and lighting elements, and costumes. We want to focus on the spoken word.

All performances are free and open to the public!  For more information on how to get “free tickets” check the CU Presents website linked at the bottom of this page.

Thursday 2/14: Selection committee evaluations are due Thursday 2/20: Directors will be assigned to all selected works

Auditions are in the Design Studio. No need to have anything prepared. It will probably only take a few minutes. Audition: Monday 3/2: 5pm-9pm

Reserve your tickets now with CU Presents!