A playwright-based retreat, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat prioritizes the playwright, not the work being produced. Playwrights have an opportunity to have work read or sung, conversation over dinners and coffees, sightseeing in the San Juan Mountains, and an introduction to local theaters. The retreat provides respite and renewal for playwrights. Inevitably, the artist's rejuvenation finds its way into her work. In enabling the playwright freedom from expectations, we enable the art.
 
HBMG Foundation's team of a Latino Playwright/Director and a Female Actor/Writer, Manuel and Ann Zárate are passionate about diversity. As founders and directors, they seek especially to empower playwrights of all ethnicities and gender. Additionally, diversity of experience and age is considered in the selection of playwrights each year. Our goal is to reflect the landscape of America.

WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL WINTER PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT

How do I apply?

Who can apply?

You have to be at least 20 years of age and envision yourself as a playwright. We don't teach you to write. Rather, we provide a safe environment in which to write and commune with fellow artists. You have nothing to prove to us. 

Nitty Gritty: we do not allow for late arrivals or early departures in fairness to other applicants who can stay the entire week. You must provide your transportation (drive yourself to Creede, or fly via Boutique Air into Alamosa, CO's airport where we'll pick you up). We provide housing, but not food. If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed (there's a grocery store across from your housing and great local restaurants), we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery, accommodations, and a few tourist treats! Write, network and recharge.

This is not a competition; we want artists to create.

How can I apply?

This is the easy part. We don't read scripts. We are interested in you. Complete the form and tell us about you... your background and what you want to accomplish while on retreat. Include both professional and personal descriptions.

Please note whether you are applying as a playwright, artistic director, dramaturg, director, or as a team. You are welcome to apply as a team if you are working specifically with an actor, director, composer, or dramaturg on a piece in progress. Give us details of what you will be working on during the retreat and your weeks of availability December 2019-February 2020. Deadline for applications is September 1, 2019. There is no application fee; do not submit a writing sample.

When can I come?

HBMG Foundation invites you for one week in the timeframe of December 29, 2019 - February 2020. We’ll provide accommodations, a script reading, and tourism activities.

You may elect to have your work read aloud by professional actors in a private salon setting. All readings are cold. This is done intentionally to focus on your text, not the actors' performances. After the reading, your work will receive feedback from actors, staff, and other retreat participants. You may request a private dramaturgy session. We do not expect your work to be completed. In some cases, you may only have a few scenes in development. The cold reading may be at the beginning of the week so you can do rewrites, or near the end of your stay so you can hear what you’ve accomplished

BE A PART OF THE CHANGE. BRING LIFE TO YOUR PLAY

Audiences expect artists to wow them with originality and vision. With day jobs, car issues, fraught lovers, lawn care, and toddlers demand a part of every day, creativity often get seated in the back row. Living life, learning from it, and placing it onstage is a part of all of us. To do that, artists need time to sit quietly, breath, and remember the calling to create. Come to our mountain. Look at the Milky Way spill across the night sky, and remember the moment you said to yourself: "I must do this."

"It was an absolute gift to be in the quiet of the mountains in such a lovely home with the support of artists who offered support and respect without demanding anything in return.” Arika Larson, New York
 
"Really, it’s more a movement than just a retreat.” Tom Coash, New Haven, CT
 
"It didn’t take me long to realize what an incredible gift it was to be in Creede, surrounded and supported by such incredible energy and generous artists.” Jennie Webb, Los Angeles