Be the Art: Creede Challenge

Portland Artist Katrina Zarate makes art - portraits in particular. HBMG Foundation nurtures playwrights specifically through the National Winter Playwrights Retreat. The town of Creede graciously welcomes over 40 playwrights and actors each winter into their tiny community. And that gave us an idea...

HBMG Foundation has invited Katrina to capture a small mountain town - its residents, characters, miners, and thespians with paint. This town that fosters creativity including Creede Repertory Theatre and the National Winter Playwrights Retreat will not only get to see art, applaud art, or make art... they will BE THE ART.

Each resident of Creede this winter will have the opportunity to have a candid photo or a photo of their kids, family, or dogs taken around town. In addition, each resident will give their name and three words to describe them. Those photos and 3 words will be sent to Katrina who will pick up her paintbrush!

Next year, HBMG Foundation plans to hold an art show of all the portraits! At that art show, residents will have the opportunity to purchase their portrait - a pay what you can amount. All proceeds will go to benefit the National Winter Playwrights Retreat.

2017 National Winter Playwrights Retreat

In cooperation with Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT), BJ Meyers, and Bill Kuhlke, the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, and Adams State University, the HBMG Foundation presents our third annual National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Creede, Colorado. January 1 - February 18, 2017.

Nestled between the cliffs of this winter wonderland is a LORT D Theatre boasting some of the best performances in the United States. But CRT only has a summer performance season, so the Foundation wants to use the serenity and creative energy of the Rocky Mountain winters to set the stage for new play development. Last winter, 30 playwrightsfrom across the U.S. accepted our invitation for an extraordinary creative retreat. This year, we'll welcome 40 playwrights and guest artists!

We’ll provide the gorgeous scenery and accommodations. Playwrights will meet with HBMG Foundation and CRT's artistic staff, enjoy dinner with staff and artists, and perhaps have an opportunity to have their scripts read out loud by equity actors who have stayed the winter in this tiny town.

Artists whose works are ready are encouraged to submit a piece to CRT’s Headwater’s Festivalfor new works.

Write, network and recharge. And ultimately, create.



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2016 National Winter Playwrights Retreat

In cooperation with the Human Stage [HS] and Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT), the HBMG Foundation presents our second annual Winter Writer's Retreat in Creede, Colorado.

Last winter, 10 playwrights from throughout the country accepted our invitation for an extraordinary creative retreat. This year, we are extending 25 invitations across the world! We want to share our winter with any playwright who is ready to work.

Nestled between the cliffs of this winter wonderland is a LORT D Theatre boasting some of the best performances in the United States. But they only have a summer season, so [HS] and CRT want to use the serenity and creative energy of the Rocky Mountains to set the stage for new play development.

If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed, we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery and accommodations. You'll meet with CRT, [HS], and HBMG Foundation artistic staff, enjoy dinner with staff and artists, and perhaps have an opportunity to have your play read out loud by actors who have stayed the winter in this tiny town.

December 27, 2015 –February 13, 2016. The retreat is divided into four weeks with one writer each week, and two sets of group co-ops with up to twelve writers each week. Playwrights are welcome to bring actors, a director, or co-creators with them – for development, readings and planning. Some will stay in CRT housing nestled amongst the Sangre de Cristo and the San Juan Mountains, and others in the summer home of BJ Meyers and Bill Kunkle, University of Kansas Theatre Department and CRT alum.

Playwrights might be able to have scripts or scenes read by actors in an intimate salon setting. They'll receive feedback from actors, staff and invited guests. We do not expect scripts to be completed. In some cases, playwrights may only have a few scenes in development. The reading could be at the beginning or end of their stay. Our goal is not to judge scripts, but to provide feedback for further development.

Write, network and recharge. This is not a competition; we want you to create.

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Art for Life Grant!

2014-2015 National Winter Playwrights Retreat!

HBMG Foundation welcomed playwrights of Central Texas to Creede, Colorado! Extending the writer's retreat to members of Scriptworks, the Foundation offers a cabin (with wifi), beautiful scenery, cool weather, and the potential opportunity to have a script read by company members at Creede Repertory Theatre.

Playwrights Kalli Angel, Rita Anderson, Ramon Carver, James Burnside, Ihor Gowda, and Anne Wynter will retreat, reflect, and write June-August 2014. Special thanks to actors Christy Brandt, John S. Green, Ann Pittman, Sean Thompson, and Hannah Lake Chatham for reading with our writers and providing feedback.

That winter, we continued our idea and opened it up to playwrights across the nation. Playwrights Kris Bauske, T. Cat Ford, Candyce Rusk, and Claudia Barnett were selected to attend one week of retreating. They stayed in Creede Rep housing nestled amongst the beautiful Sangre de Cristo and the San Juan Mountains in January and February of 2015.

Playwrights Barbara Shaw, Jonson Kuhn, Kendra Phillips, T.Y. Joe, Mary Burkin, and Tom Evans were selected to attend one week of retreating. Each writer had the opportunity for self-guided writing, and joined other playwrights in having their work read aloud by local actors including *Kate Berry, Annie Butler, *Logan Ernstthal, and Ann Pittman. Playwrights met & dined with the Artistic Director of Creede Repertory Theatre at the co-op, and fed off the creative energy in their house, and the artistic haven that is Creede, Colorado.

The playwrights bonded, networked, exchanged ideas, offered feedback, received advice and encouragement, and, of course, they wrote. For one week in February. In Colorado. In cooperation.

Each writer grabbed coffee with Creede Rep's Artistic Director, Jessica Jackson, and had their script read aloud by local actors including *Kate Berry, Annie Butler, *Logan Ernstthal, and Ann Pittman. Other than that, all they did was write.

Write, write, write. Breath, escape, and create. And repeat. For one week.