The Dark Room

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

The Dark Room is presented open mic style. Writers can bring up to 10 pages of new work to be considered – writing submissions are first-come, first-presented until all slots are filled.

Interested actors are cast on the spot and read each piece cold to an audience of other artists and attendees who offer feedback to participants.

And don’t forget – FREE Beer!

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

Occasionally, The Dark Room will present a longer selection from a featured writer. If you are interested in being a featured writer,  please send a 20-30 page script selection along with a short bio, cast requirements, descriptions of the characters, and a synopsis of the piece to Mindy Herman and John Busser.

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New Play Development at CPT

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

CPT has led the community in producing new plays by local and nationally recognized playwrights. In the past 10 years, CPT produced 107 staged readings and showcases, 98 workshop productions, and 55 full productions of world premieres—in addition to hundreds of community-created plays read, workshopped, and performed through our education and community programs.

Programs include:

ENTRY POINT | Jan 23 – 25

a 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 | Apr 2 – 25

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 multi-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


                                                The Nord Family Foundation