Calamity West

I believe that nearly anyone can write a good play when given a clear structure of encouragement and criticism. I believe that nearly anyone can write a good play if the creative space they are immersed in is safe and brave. I work diligently to cultivate every room I’m in to these standards so great plays may emerge.

Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. Her plays have appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The Goodman, Jackalope Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Steep Theatre, and TimeLine. In 2014 Calamity was recipient of the 3Arts Award. Calamity holds a BA in dramatic writing from Webster University and an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She currently teaches playwriting and literature at Webster University, playwriting at the University of Chicago, and dramatic writing at Chicago Dramatists. In 2018 Calamity founded the Playwrights Lab at Jackalope Theatre Company. West has moderated writers rooms at Victory Gardens, The New Colony, and through the Artist Development Workshop. She is a proud company member of Jackalope Theatre Company. West is represented by ICM Partners and managed by Industry Entertainment. You can learn more about Calamity and her work by going to