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Associate Dramaturgs

The Associate Dramaturgs provide their script-development expertise through our Script Lab program.  A few of the dramaturgs are also Associate Artists of Chicago Dramatists, talented theatre artists who design sets, costumes, sound, and lighting, as well as stage manage and direct productions on our stage. 


Neena Arndt 

Neena Arndt is the Dramaturg at Goodman Theatre. Since 2008, she has served as dramaturg for more than 25 productions, including Robert Falls’ productions of Measure for MeasureThe Iceman Cometh, and The Seagull; David Cromer’s production of Sweet Bird of Youth; and the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale. She has also worked with the American Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the New Harmony Project, and Actors Shakespeare Project, among others. Neena has taught at Boston University and DePaul University. She holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, and a BA in linguistics from Pomona College.


Anna C. Bahow

Anna C. Bahow served as the 2011-2012 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at the Goodman, is an Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists and the International Voices Project, and is an alumnus of the side project. She is also an alumnus of both the Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab in New York and The Directors Lab in Chicago. Her world-premiere theatre directing work includes: Comrades Mine (City Lit), Brewed (Tympanic Ruckus), REWINDThe Rocks (the side project), Odin's Horse (Infamous Commonwealth/named in the top five fringe shows of the year by the Chicago Tribune), and Sweet Confinement (SiNNERMAN Ensemble/4 After Dark Awards, including best direction). Anna has also directed Gray City (PTP), New Orleans (the side project/named in the top five fringe shows of the Year by the Chicago Tribune), Martin Furey's Shot (Timeline Theatre), and Vintage Red and the Dust of the Road (Visions and Voices),INVASION!< Rasaka Theatre/named in the top five shows of the year by the ;Chicago Tribune). Anna has taught playwriting in the Chicago Public schools for Chicago Dramatists, and has conducted workshops at Lake Forest College with Victory Gardens Theatre. She has worked with the Access Project at Victory Gardens as a director and producer for the Cripslam Showcase, a program which is open to people with disabilities. www.annabahow.com


Kevin Christopher Fox

KEVIN CHRISTOPHER FOX (Director) Originally from Asheville, NC, Kevin is an actor and director based in Chicago for the past 25 years. Recent Chicago directing highlights include: the Chicago premiere of Bakersfield Mist (TimeLine); the world premiere of Assassination Theater by Hillel Levin (Russell Lane, LLC at Museum of Broadcast Communications); the world premieres of Graveyard of Empires by Elaine Romero and The Gun Show by EM Lewis, Pull of the MoonAccidental Rapture, & The Book Club Play (16th Street Theater), Lay Me Down Softly and Hughie (Irish Theatre of Chicago/ Seanachai), Widowers' Houses and Androcles and the Lion (ShawChicago), St. Crispin's Day (Strawdog), Arms and the Man and Betrayal (Oak Park Festival), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Gift Theatre Company),  Beggars in the House of Plenty (Mary-Arrchie),Widowers' Houses (TimeLine), and his debut Buicks (Precious Mettle). Regional highlights: world premieres of The Spiritualist by Robert Ford and Sundown Town by Kevin Cohea, The Fall of the House and Macbeth (TheatreSquared);  Macbeth (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Shakespeare in the Schools, adapted and directed); The Study by EM Lewis (William Inge Festival and Center for the Arts). He directed new play development workshops for TimeLine, TheatreSquared, 16th Street Theater, Inge Festival and Chicago Dramatists, among others. Kevin is a proud member of SDC and AEA.  www.kevinchristopherfox.com


Jason Gerace

Jason Gerace is a freelance director in Chicago, and has been an Artistic Associate of American Theater Company since 2008. He was the recipient of the 2014 Non-Equity Jeff Award in Outstanding Direction for his work on Great Expectations with Strawdog Theatre Company. Regional directing credits include Last Train to Nibroc (Haven Theatre); Wrecks (with John Judd - Profiles Theatre); Opus and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (RedTwist Theatre); and Hamlet(Oklahoma Shakespeare Chautauqua). Jason originally hails from Anchorage, Alaska and holds an MFA in Directing from The University of Oklahoma. He is an associate member of SDC, the national union for directors and choreographers.


Emmi Hilger

Emmi Hilger is a Chicago-area director who loves collaborating with playwrights. She is the Artistic Director of Something Marvelous, a festival of magical realism, and the Associate Artistic Director of The Fine Print Theatre Company. For Something Marvelous, Emmi has directed The Clean House,References to Salvador DalĂ­ Make Me Hot, a workshop of KoalasSunrise: Ardmore Beach, and Sheltered. Recent directing credits also include Crawling Between Heaven and Earth (Concordia University), Love in the Time of Bumblehive (Stage Left - Leapfest), Sand Castles (RhinoFest), 10 Things (Collaboraction - Sketchbook), The Lover(Something Marvelous/Walkabout Theater Company), and Punk Grandpa, a solo show by Laura Scruggs that has performed across the country. Emmi has worked extensively on new plays with Chicago Dramatists, the side project, Piccolo Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Women’s Theatre Allicance, Pegasus Theatre Chicago, and Strangeloop Theatre. www.emmihilger.com


Jess Hutchinson

Jess Hutchinson is a theatre director, dramaturg, and producer. She earned her MFA at UT Austin, where she had the pleasure of collaborating with stellar writers on projects like ‘ratioLyla School70 Secrets of Marmalade Kittens100 Heartbreaks and Enter A Woman, Pretty Enough. As Artistic Director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre, her favorite projects included ArcadiaThe Dining Room, and the world premieres of Burying Miss America,LighthousekeepingVox Pandora, and The Man Who Was Thursday, as well as the world premiere of Hideous Progenyfor LiveWire Chicago Theater. She is proud to be the 2015-16 NNPN Producer in Residence at Kitchen Dog Theater and a founding member of Austin’s groundswell theatre. www.jesshutchinson.com


Lavina Jadhwani

Lavina Jadhwani is a Chicago-based director and adaptor. She received the O’Neill/NNPN National Directors Fellowship, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Phil Killian Directing Fellowship, the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship, an SDCF Observership, an Illinois Board of Higher Education Fellowship, and an LMDA Residency Award. Her adaptations include The Sitayana (a solo performance piece based on the Hindu epic, The Ramayana) and VANYA, adapted from Chekhov. Lavina was named Time Out Chicago’s “Best Next Generation Stage Director” in 2013. In Chicago, Lavina maintains relationships with Chicago Dramatists (Associate Dramaturg), The Hypocrites (Casting Director), Lifeline Theatre (Casting Director), Oak Park Festival Theatre (Artistic Associate), Rasaka Theatre Company (Artistic Director, 2007-2013), Silk Road Rising (Artistic Associate), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Artistic Engagement Associate), and Victory Gardens Theater (Directors Inclusion Initiative). Her work has also been seen at Apple Tree, Bailiwick, the Gift, Pegasus, Raven, Remy Bumppo, the side project, Stage Left, Timeline, and Teatro Vista. As an educator, Lavina has worked with CCPA@Roosevelt University, Chicago Dramatists, Northlight Theatre Academy, NHSI at Northwestern University, Shakespeare & Company, The Viola Project, and Green Shirt Studio. Lavina is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA, Directing), Carnegie Mellon University (BFA, Scenic Design; Masters, Arts Management) and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. http://lavinajadhwani.com


Josh Sobel

Josh Sobel is the Artistic Director of Haven Theatre, as well as an ensemble member and literary manager with Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed The Long Christmas Ride Home along with the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark (subsequently remounted with Chicago's "Night Out In The Parks" and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Strawdog’s Hugen Hall. Additional directing credits include productions and readings at Steep Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Collaboraction's Sketchbook, WildClaw Theatre, The Ruckus, Tympanic Theatre, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, The Fine Print Theatre Company, the side project, Citadel Theatre, The Greenhouse Theater Center, Abbie-Fest, Continuum Theatre and New Leaf Theatre. From 2010 to 2013 he served as associate director of the National Theater Institute summer "Theatermakers" program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Sobel is the recipient of a Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership on Hamlet at Writers' Theatre and is an associate member of SDC.


Mignon McPherson Stewart

Mignon McPherson Stewart is a theatre artist committed to the nurturing and development of new work. She has long been a member of Chicago Dramatists' extended family, directing several plays for the Saturday Reading Series and the 10-minute play festival. Mignon has directed new work by several outstanding playwrights including Nambi E. Kelley, Lydia R. Diamond, Shepsu Aakhu and Gloria Bond Clunie and served as dramaturg on productions at eta Creative Arts Foundation and MPAACT. Recent work includes co-writing a performance for the opening of Cesar Conde's exhibit, The Bang Bang Project; developing a performance for Chicago Danztheatre (THE HEART KNOWS); and directing Marsha Estell's THE CROONER for Black Lives, Black Words. Other recent directing work includes ATALANTA K.O. for Artemisia Theatre’s 2014 Fall Festival, NIGHT VISION and DRESSING for Goodman Theatre’s FACING OUR TRUTH, EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED in Collaboraction’s Sketchbook Festival and WINE IN THE WILDERNESS/FLORENCE for eta Creative Arts Foundation. Mignon has an MFA in directing /Dramaturgy for Roosevelt University.

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