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2017 RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS

These seven playwrights will enjoy six years of new play development support: private and public readings, workshops and more. Please join us on Saturday, January 27 at 2pm to see excerpts of their work and a reception afterward to meet them!



Zina Camblin completed the Juilliard Playwrighting Fellowship, where she studied under Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang, and where she received the Lecomte du Nouy Prize for playwrighting. Her play, And Her Hair Went With Her, was selected as part of Lincoln Center's Directors’ Lab play reading series, was optioned by Whoopi Goldberg for a New York production, and has since been produced by theaters around the country including, The Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis, New Jersey Repertory Theater, Horizon Theater in Atlanta, The Fountain Theater in Los Angeles, and the Unicorn Theater in Kansas City. Other works include: Memoirs to Live, Bedroom Stories, Life’s a Drag and Bunni and Clyde. As an assistant writer, editor, and researcher for the Tectonic Theater Project, Zina helped devise two productions, The Jonestown Project and I Think I like Girls.  Television credits include development projects with both Meryl Poster at NBC and Sheen/Estevez Productions at Warner Bros, and as a staff writer for the BET show, “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by Queen Latifah.  She is currently on the faculty at Northwestern Universty in the RTVF department.

"I am inspired by the idea of people from different backgrounds changing their minds about the unknown 'other' person based on developing personal relationships with the 'other.'"


Sandra Delgado is an award-winning actor, writer and producer who was born and raised in Chicago. Her play, La Havana Madrid, had its world premiere with Teatro Vista, then moved to a limited run at the Goodman this summer. Madrid was developed as a part of the Goodman’s 2015/2016 season Playwrights Unit and was named Best Play of 2017 by TimeOut magazine. She is the winner of the Theatre on the Lake’s “In the Works” new play commission, and is currently developing the play, Felons and Familias, in readings and workshops throughout the Chicago Park District. It will have a developmental production in TOTL’s 2018 season. Sandra produced Teatro Vista’s and Collaboraction’s “Yo Solo Festival of Latino Solo Shows” and Collaboraction’s “Sketchbook” festival from 2005-2008. She is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction, a member of the MC10 (a playwright collective), and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista (associate artistic director from 2006-2008). She is the recipient of the Joyce Award, the Theater Communications Group (TCG) Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, is a two-time Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events grantee and a 3Arts 3AP Project grantee. Sandra is a TCG Young Leader of Color alum, a current member of ALTA’s Semillero Playwright’s Circle and is on the Advisory Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a national advocacy group for Latinx theater artists. Her new storytelling series, “Saints and Sinners,” was produced at Collaboraction and Steppenwolf in summer 2017.

"I write plays about the citizens of Chicago, with a focus on underrepresented communities, including - but not limited to - the Latinx population, as well as plays inspired by lost Chicago stories." 


Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright and performance maker. Her play, Second Skin, received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play, Fugue for Particle Accelerator,  received its world premiere at 20% Theatre Company Chicago. Her work has also been developed through residencies at the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Stage Left Theatre, and the Qualcomm Institute at Calit2 in San Diego. Kristin has co-created collaborative original work that has been seen at the WoW Festival at La Jolla Playhouse and the Blurred Borders Festival, an international showcase of contemporary dance theatre. She has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work and has received two honorable mentions on the Kilroys’ List. She was the 2015 Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. She has received two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. Currently, Kristin is working on a commission for EST/the Sloan Foundation. She is the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and is a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: University of California, San Diego. BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University.

"Once I heard another playwright say, 'All theatre either upholds or subverts the status quo.' I knew in that moment I wanted to make work that does the latter."


Jenni Lamb is a Chicago-based playwright and former improviser. Her plays include Messina, Quiver, 12th and Clairmount, Candy Store, Memento Polonia, Period Piece (with Lisa Linke), and Suicide Kills. Jenni’s plays have had readings or productions with The Road Theatre (LA), The Goodman, The House, Route 66, The Gift, American Theatre Company, Stage Left, Black Box Acting Studio, Wordsmyth Theatre (Houston), Northwestern University, and Chicago Dramatists. She has received commissions from the Goodman, House Theatre, and Northwestern University. In addition to traditional plays, she collaborated on Thou Proud Dream, a site-specific adaptation of Henry V. Jenni's play Quiver was included on the Kilroy List and she is a three-time semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Last year, she was also a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. As an improviser, she performed on many Chicago stages as well as national comedy festivals in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Currently, she is a developing Ellen Bond, Union Spy with Jess McLeod and Tanji Harper for production The House Theatre this spring. Jenni holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.

"There are fewer and fewer opportunities for us to interact with strangers and it is vital to our society being a healthy one. I feel lucky to be part of an art that allows for a deep exploration of our shared experience with live artists in front of a live audience."


Alvaro Saar Rios’ plays have been performed in New York City, Hawaii, Milwaukee and all over Texas.  Rios has received commissions from various organizations including The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, First Stage, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.   His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc.  Mr. Rios holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University.  He lives in Chicago and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  

"Theatre can serve as a voice for the voiceless. I tell stories about Mexican-American communities as well as other communities that aren’t traditionally represented on the American stage."


Emma Stanton is a Chicago and New York playwright. Her work has been developed and produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theater, Red Tape Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Luna Stage, Portland Playhouse, Chicago Dramatists, New Dramatists, the 2016 ATHE Conference, and the 2017 Great Plains Theater Conference, where she was a Main Stage Playwright. Emma was a finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a finalist for the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award, a finalist for the 2016 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, a winner of the Columbia University/Roundabout Theater Underground Reading Series, the recipient of the 2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award, and the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. Emma spent the 2016-2017 season as a Princess Grace Fellow at New Dramatists in New York City and in Chicago as a member of the Goodman's Playwrights Unit. This year, Emma will be developing her work at Portland Playhouse, Luna Stage, and with Roundabout Theatre’s Space Jam series. BA: Boston College; MFA: Columbia University.

"I write plays because it is the way I feel most fluent when trying to engage with something bigger than myself."


Jason Wells’s first play, Men of Tortuga, debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre's First Look Repertory of New Work and had its official premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. Jason’s second play, Perfect Mendacity,  was a commission from Manhattan Theatre Club and the Sloan Foundation. Like Tortuga, it debuted at Steppenwolf and went on to the Asolo. It was a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg/New Play Award, and won the ATCA M. Elizabeth Osborn Award. The North Plan debuted at First Look and went on to Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon. All three plays have been published through Samuel French, Inc. The Engine of our Ruin debuted at Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, California and was nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Award and an LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Jason is also an actor with numerous TV, film, and stage credits.

"I write because I think in stories, and am inspired by plain questions with no good answers."

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