The Dark Room

The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. The Dark Room is an ongoing event held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Dark Room affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. It offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.

And don’t forget – FREE Beer!

Writers – bring your work! Actors – come out and read!

Suggested donation of $5 is welcomed at the door, but not required.

If you are interested in being a featured writer at a future Dark Room, please send a 20-30 page script along with a short bio, cast requirements, descriptions of the characters and a synopsis of the piece. Writers wishing to present during the open session portion of Dark Room may submit shorter works, up to ten pages, in advance of the event or bring them on the night of the event. Open session readings are first come, first serve until all slots have been filled. All submissions should be e-mailed to Mindy Herman or John Busser.

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New Play Development at CPT

CPT is proud to be a national leader in providing platforms for new work and emerging artists.

In just the past 10 years, CPT has produced 81 staged readings, 107 workshop productions and 42 full productions of world premieres-in addition to hundreds of community-created plays read, workshopped and performed through our education and community programs. The 2016-2017 season launched the next phase of New Play Development at CPT.


Programs include:

ENTRY POINT – Jan 20 -22

a new platform for artists to share their work in the early stages of creation, presented in a festival-like environment that encourages artist-audience exchange

TEST FLIGHT – Mar 23 – Apr 22

local and national artists are offered the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to self-produce workshop productions of new works, presented in a 5-week series

CATAPULT – year-round, ongoing

a customizable fellowship program that was developed to move projects from early-to-mid development phase to being “production ready” – made possible through support from the Nord Family Foundation


Special Thanks to our New Play Development Sponsors…