Art is essential.
Art gives people a sense of possibility.
Art enlivens the spirit of the community.
Art broadens our thinking and perspective.
Art feeds the imagination and is what makes us human.
To attract nationally known and emerging artists to Durango, to engage and educate the community while bolstering economic vitality through the development of new works in an intimate and collaborative forum. We strive to make professional artistic expertise and experience accessible to students, educators and community members in the Four Corners region and provide a nurturing environment for playwrights to develop their new work.
Professional playwrights, actors and directors from New York, Los Angeles and regional theaters will spend one week in Durango rehearsing exciting new plays, culminating in performances for a ticketed audience.
9 plays by 8 playwrights have been performed since Durango PlayFest’s inception in 2018. 3 plays have gone on to or are scheduled for production.
Each season, our audiences grow. During 2019, more than 1,000 attended PlayFest readings, parties and panels. After taking a break in 2020 due to COVID, 2021 promises to be our biggest season yet.
When surveyed, 100 percent of audience members enthusiastically said they’d attend again. 59% of PlayFest’s programming budget goes back into the community in the form of food, lodging, advertising and event space.