Fireside Chats

Chicago Dramatists is kicking off 2021 with a new set of exclusive Fireside Chats with guest Playwrights, Artistic Directors, and other Chicago professionals! These events will happen once per quarter, and are open only to current Network Members, Chicago Dramatists Benefactors, and Dramatists’ 100 members. All interviews will be recorded for The Sound & The Journey Podcast.

Our very first Fireside Chat will happen Friday, January 29 at 7pm CST. Featured will be Resident Playwright Emilio Williams and his long time collaborator Alexandra Meda, Artistic Director of Teatro Luna West!

They’ll be joining Network Director Ean Miles Kessler in discussing their collaborative process as playwright/director, what Emilio’s writing process is like, and how they work together when bringing a play to fruition, in a production. The evening will conclude with select questions from the audience, and will finish with a short amount of time for folks to mingle, chat, and connect. Doors will “open” right at 7pm CST.  We look forward to this wonderful evening!

How To Register

An email with the registration page has been sent to all current Network Members, Dramatists Benefactors, and Dramatists’ 100 members. Folks are requested to register for this event, as that registration page is where you will find the Zoom link. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Network Director Ean Miles Kessler at

Resident Playwright Emilio Williams

Emilio Williams is a bilingual (Spanish/English) award-winning writer and educator. His critically-acclaimed plays have been produced in Argentina, Estonia, France, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.  

His nonfiction work has been published in Hinterland Magazine and Imagine Theatres, among other publications. Emilio has lectured around the world, and taught in several U.S. universities, including DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Georgia State University. He has been a guest artist at the University of Portland, Mary Washington University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He holds a BA in Film and Video and  MFA in Writing. He is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists where he is also a faculty member. He divides his time between Chicago and Paris.

Alexandra Meda, Artistic Director of Teatro Luna West

As a stage director, culture-producer, disrupter for social justice, and a digital media creator, Alexandra Meda generates original works through collective/ensemble practices that are engaged both in person and virtually with artists and change-makers globally. As a devised theatre-maker, she nurtures female-driven spaces that center Women Of Color in vibrant collaborations between the community, performers, scholars, designers, thinkers, and artists. Positively shifting how we interact with, look at, and value the femme body is fundamental across her work. She serves as the  Artistic Director for Teatro Luna West, a national Women of Color collective that tours internationally with ensembles founded in 2000 (Chicago) and 2014 (LA). She has a forthcoming book project on the relationship between collaboration, failure, and innovation with Dr. Liza Ann Acosta.

An Important Note: These zoom sessions will be recorded, and the audio will be used and distributed as episodes of The Sound & The Journey Podcast. No image or audio of audience members will be included in any podcast episodes, but the sessions will be recorded in full.