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.
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,
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.