Resident Playwrights are proven dramatists, who have dedicated their careers to writing for the stage and screen, standing as one of the fundamental pillars our organization. These writers have gone on to be produced on Broadway, as well as nationally and internationally, and have written to great acclaim for television and film.
Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original Meet the Parents and co-adapted it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro.
Her play Bonhoeffer’s Cost just finished a run at The Agape Actors Co-op in Austin, Texas and has been produced at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia, and the Provision Theater in Chicago. Agape also produced her farce Suffer The Long Night, co-written with her “Meet The Parents” partner, Greg Glienna. Suffer The Long Night was also produced in Los Angeles at Meta Theater. Her play Address Unknown was produced in Chicago by 20% Theater Company, and was also produced by Fury Theater. Her solo performance, I Could Kill Him For Dying, ran at Three Cat Productions in Chicago. Her almost one-woman musical, Fay Burns! had a 28 Hour Workshop and two staged readings at Chicago Dramatists, where she is a Resident Playwright and heads up the screenwriting and television classes. Recent Saturday Series staged readings include comedy screenplay, directed by Second City’s Pat McKenna, and her play Right In Front of Us. lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet up and recently ran workshops for Alice and Celia and Whatever It Takes, a Mary Ruth has critiqued about a gazillion plays and screenplays. She is a regular guest the Off Campus Writer’s Group, the Chicago Independent Film Project, and Renaissance Theaterworks Milwaukee. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the Dramatists Guild.
RIGHT IN FRONT OF US
SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT
NOTHING TO BE DONE
HOW ARE WE ON TIME?
ZAP! THE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY OF THE MICROWAVE OVEN
Kristiana Colón is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow, and Executive Director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective. She recently debuted her first hip-hop one-act Lack on Lack in Victory Gardens Theater’s 2014 Ignition Festival of New Works. Her play Octagon is the winner of Arizona Theater Company’s 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and Polarity Ensemble Theater’s Dionysos Festival of New Work. In February and March 2013, she toured the UK with her collection of poems promised instruments published by Northwestern University Press. In autumn 2012, she opened her one-woman show Cry Wolf in Chicago while her play but i cd only whisper had its world premiere in London at the Arcola Theater. Her play Tilikum received the 2019 Jeff Award for Best New Play. She also appeared on Season 5 of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Kristiana has taught English, Humanities, and Creative Writing at North Park University, Chicago State University, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, and Malcolm X College, as well as served as a teaching artist for a number of nonprofit arts organizations including Young Chicago Authors, Gallery 37, and the Poetry Center. She believes in the power of art as a catalyst for social progress.
BUT I CD ONLY WHISPER
THE DARKEST PIT
ONE WEEK IN SPRING
LACK ON LACK
FLORISSANT & CANFIELD
MT Cozzola has adapted stories by Wilkie Collins, ETA Hoffman, and Oscar Wilde. MT’s work has been produced and/or developed at Piven Theatre; Chicago Dramatists; The Side Project; The Fine Print Theatre; Victory Gardens; Donny’s Skybox; La MaMa ETC; The Ruckus; The Last Frontier Theatre Conference; Small Fish Radio Theatre; 20% Theatre Company; and other theatres. Commissions: Working Women’s History Project; Shapeshifters Theatre; Step Up Productions; The Side Project; and Something Marvelous: A Festival of Magical Realism. Honors: Winner, Heartland Theatre’s 2015 New Plays from the Heartland; 2015 Equity Library Showcase Finalist; 2014 Illinois Arts Council Award; Finalist, 2014 Citizen’s Play Festival; Residencies at Hawthornden Castle; La MaMa Umbria International Playwrights Retreat, Ragdale, and Playa. MFA: Northwestern University. Teaching: Carthage College; Chicago Dramatists; and private studio. MT is also a director and solo performer. She has directed solo plays by Rebecca Joy Fletcher, Natasha Tsoutsouris, and Beth Urech, among others, and has told stories at Louder Than a Mom, Story Sessions, That’s All She Wrote, National Association for Mental Health, Essay Fiesta, and This Much Is True. Her Pushcart-nominated story “Toothbrush” will appear in a forthcoming anthology from Hippocampus Magazine; other publications include After Hours, Crawdad Literary Review, 3Elements Review. Her play BOY SMALL is available from Original Works Publishing, and her feature Eye of the Sandman (Split Pillow Films) is available on Amazon. MT is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency. More at www.mtcozzola.com.
HOW TO RAISE A POPUP KID
WHEN THEY CAME
EARTH TO MARGARET
NAMELESS AND SHAMELESS
ST GEORGE ON THE BUS
DANCE FOR BEGINNERS
OSCAR WILDE’S PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (radio)
TWO MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN GETTING LEGALLY HIGH (short)
RUNAWAY HOLIDAY TRAIN (short)
CHRISTMAS EVE EVE (short)
SAD MOM BAR (short)
HUNGRY WOMEN (short)
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.
LA HAVANA MADRID
FELONS AND FAMILIAS
A Resident Playwright and faculty member, Will Dunne is an author, playwright, and teacher. Published by the University of Chicago Press, his bestseller THE DRAMATIC WRITER’S COMPANION has been released in a Second Edition (2017) and translated into Polish by PWN in Warsaw (2014). Other books from the Press include CHARACTER, SCENE, AND STORY (2017) and THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY (2016).
Mr. Dunne’s plays have been presented in three languages worldwide. Locally, THE ROPER was produced at The Den Theatre (2014) and received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best New Work. Other Chicago area productions include: DEEP GARDENS at Second City (2005), THE ASCENSION OF CARLOTTA (2008) and LOVE AND DROWNING (2012) at 16th Street Theatre, HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON at Chicago Dramatists (2009), TWO MEN ON A TRAIN PLATFORM JUST BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE (2012) and TEA TIME (2017) at The Artistic Home, IN THE DARK at Intuit (2012), CAPE COD MORNING at Arts on Elston (2014,) THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN SMITH at Madison Street Theatre (2016).
HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON, LOVE AND DROWNING, and HOTEL DESPERADO were each selected for development at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Through the O’Neill, INTERESTING PERSON received a Charles MacArthur Fellowship for comedy and was presented at the Australian and Croatian National Playwrights Conferences. HOTEL DESPERADO was presented at the Moscow Theatre Union’s annual festival of new plays.
MOONRISE (2000) and GOOD MORNING, ROMEO (2007) were finalists for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The latter was published by Pearson in IMAGINATIVE WRITING: THE ELEMENTS OF CRAFT (2014). West Coast productions of Mr. Dunne’s work — ELEVENTH HOUR, I MARRIED A WEREWOLF, BETWEEN QUAKES, and THE BRIDGE — received four Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, two DramaLogue Playwriting Awards, and a Best-of-Year mention from the San Francisco Examiner.
As a teacher, Mr. Dunne has conducted more than two thousand dramatic writing workshops in Chicago, San Francisco, and Oregon. He has been a dramaturg at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill under the Artistic Direction of Lloyd Richards and twice been a guest playwriting instructor at the Australian National Playwrights Conference.
Full-length plays include:
RAG DOLL IN A MAD DOG’S MOUTH
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN SMITH
HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON
LOVE AND DROWNING
I MARRIED A WEREWOLF
THE ASCENSION OF CARLOTTA
Short plays include:
CAPE COD MORNING
THE EFFECTS OF GRAVITY ON A WOMAN LEAPING
IN THE DARK
KRAPP’S LATEST, BUT NOT LAST, TAPE
THE RED DOOR AJAR
TWO MEN ON A TRAIN PLATFORM JUST BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE
Isaac Gomez is a writer and dramaturg currently working as the Literary Manager at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago where he curates the Public Programs series, directs the new play development department, and heads the IGNITION Festival of New Plays. As playwright: LA RUTA (Goodman Theatre’s Latina/o Theatre Celebration, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Latino Play Project; Austin Critics Table New Play Award 2013; Pivot Arts Incubator Series); THE DISPLACED (ALTA Chicago – workshop, Definition Theater Company – workshop); THE WAY SHE SPOKE (World premiere: Greenhouse Theater Center). His dramaturgy credits include COCKED, THE WHO & THE WHAT, THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, SAMSARA, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, REST (VGT, Chicago); MY MAÑANA COMES, BETWEEN YOU, ME, AND THE LAMPSHADE (Teatro Vista, Chicago); THE HAIRY APE, GOOD FRIDAY Oracle Productions); BADFIC LOVE (Strange Bedfellows, Chicago); assistant dramaturg on LUNA GALE and THE SOLID SAND BELOW (Goodman Theatre). He is the Creative Director at the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists in Chicago where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate of Teatro Vista, a steering committee member of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago.
THE WAY SHE SPOKE
THE WAY SHE SPOKE: A DOCU-MYTHOLOGIA
THE SOUL OF THE WORLD
WADE: A REQUIEM FOR REVIVAL WHEN SURVIVAL IS NOT ENOUGH
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.
THE SUREST POISON
TAR AND FEATHER
STRANGE HEART BEATING
Georgette Kelly is a playwright with one foot in Chicago and the other in New York. Her work has been produced across the country, and she has participated in numerous artistic residencies, including the 2018-2019 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Her play I CARRY YOUR HEART received the inaugural Hope on Stage Playwriting Award, accompanied by a rolling world premiere, and BALLAST was featured on The Kilroys List and received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. Other plays include: NORTH STAR, FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD, IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, F*CK LA VIE D’ARTISTE, HOW TO HERO, and an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING. Georgette’s work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, The DC Source Festival, The Alliance Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and Chicago’s DCASE. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and she has participated in residencies at the Tofte Lake Center, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, and terraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group. She has been chosen as a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Week, the Playwrights’ Center CORE Writer Program, the BPP Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Stage Left Playwright Residency, and the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Georgette holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly.
I CARRY YOUR HEART
FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD
HOW TO HERO, OR THE SUBWAY PLAY
IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
F*CK LA VIE D’ARTISTE
Jenni Lamb is a Chicago-based playwright and former improviser. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and her plays include Mother Lode, Quiver, 12th and Clairmount, Candy Store, Memento Polonia, Period Piece, and Jumble of Bones. Jenni’s plays have had readings or productions with The Road Theatre (LA), The Goodman Theatre, Route 66, The Gift, American Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, Black Box Acting Studio, Commission Theatre, Broken Nose, Wordsmyth Theatre (Houston), Northwestern University, and Chicago Dramatists. In addition to traditional plays, she also creates site-specific plays with Living Room Playmakers where she is a Producing Playwright. Jenni’s play Quiver was cited by the Kilroy List, and she has been a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. Jenni holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Currently she is in residence at Links Hall collaborating on an adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper. This October, her play Mother Lode will receive a reading in New York with Project Y.
12th AND CLAIRMOUNT
PERIOD PIECE (with Lisa Linke)
As actor and playwright Arlene views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last twenty-five years. plays include: A LITTLE BIT NOT NORMAL; FULL DISCLOSURE, AIMING FOR SAINTHOOD; KICKING THE HABIT; JFK AND ME; WHAT DOES THE SUN SOUND LIKE. Short Plays Include: DEAF SANTA, OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE, INTERROBANG; SILENCED, IN A DIFFERENT VOICE.
As a solo artist her plays have been produced; In Chicago; Victory Gardens, Pritizker Pavillion, Millennium Park, Live Bait, 16th Street Theater. In LA; HBO Workspace, West Coast Ensemble, Blue Sphere Alliance, Ojai Theater 150 as well as Nationally including; St Louis Center of Contemporary Art, National Center On Deafness, Minneapolis Arts Center, Palmdale Cultural Arts Center, Chicago Street Theater, Riverside Performing Arts Center, UCLA, National OrganizationTheater Educators, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Las Vegas Performing Arts Center, and colleges nationwide. These works are an exploration of disability in our culture through the lens of her family’s and her own disability. Her short plays have produced at Chicago One Minute Play Festival, United Kingdom’s UK-60 Festival and NY Playsmiths Theater Company.
Arlene is recipient 3Arts/UIC Department of Disability and the Arts Fellowship 2015-2016. Her solo work has been honored with an LA Theater Ovations Award, LA Garland Award and LA Weekly Award. Her work has been chosen for as a finalist Chicago’s Fine Print Theater Festival, finalist in the New Plays From the Heartland and a semi-finalist Blue Ink Award from American Blues Theater. She has been nominated for a 3 Arts award in 2009 and 2014. Two of her solo works have been commissioned by 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Il.
As an actor Arlene has appeared in the word premiere of “The Music of the Spheres” at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago premiere of Love Person at the Victory Gardens and Pancake Breakfast with the New Colony. Favorite roles in LA include “Lovers and Other Strangers”, “Chapter Two”, “The Crucible”, “Marty,“One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”, and the critically acclaimed “In A Different Voice”Television credits include: CSI, ER, The Division , The Practice, X Files, Any Day Now,, and the CBS movie, Sweet Nothing in My Ear. As a spoken word artist she has performed In Chicago: Victory Gardens, Story Sessions, This Much Is True, 2nd Story, Here Chicago, Thats All She Wrote, Tuesday Funk, Story Club, In LA: at Tasty Words and Word Nerd. Her work appears in Paramanu Pentaquark, and En Posse Review and “Women Of Letters Anthology” by Penguin Press.
As a Teaching Artist Arlene has taught at Victory Gardens, AEA Workshops, SF Comedy College, Rosewood Arts Center LA and College of the Canyons CA, and Master Classes at conferences, story festivals and colleges nationally. Arlene has developed the “Solo Show and Storytelling” curriculum for Chicago Dramatists Theater where she teaches regularly.
WHERE ALL OF IT IS TRUE AND NONE OF IT IS REAL
LITTLE BIT NOT NORMAL
WHAT DOES THE SUN SOUND LIKE
AIMING FOR SAINTHOOD
KICKING THE HABIT
JFK AND ME
OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE
IN A DIFFERENT VOICE
Susan H. Pak is assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: GHOST GIRL at the Workshop Theater, T.A.B. at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the Manhattan Repertory Theater Festival; HATERS at New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival; BABY SHOWER at New York’s Network One Act Festival; INCREDIBLE INVISIBLE at Chicago’s Bailiwick Director’s Fest; LADIES’ MAN at Chicago Dramatists; and The Writers at Theater Unleashed in Los Angeles. Her full-length play BOYS enjoyed a 12-week run at the Tinfish Theater in Chicago.
Recent productions of Steven Peterson’s full-length plays include PARIS TIME in 2018 at Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany, NY), THE ACTUARY in 2017 at Peninsula Players (Fish Creek, Wisconsin), AFFLUENCE at Theatre 40 (Los Angeles), and THE INVASION OF SKOKIE at Chicago Dramatists. His one-act plays have been produced by The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Artistic Home, Step Up Productions, and other theaters. His plays in development have been presented at the new play fests of Cleveland Play House, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Centre Stage (Greenville, SC), Theatre Ariel (Philadelphia), and others. Steve is a two-time winner of the Julie Harris Playwright Award, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and is represented by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency of NYC.
THE INVASION OF SKOKIE
THE SHABBOS GOY
THE WIDOWS’ LEAGUE
Alvaro Saar Rios
Alvaro Saar Rios’ plays have been performed in New York City, Hawaii, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. Rios has received commissions from various organizations, including The Alley Theatre(TX), Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Milwaukee’s First Stage. His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. He is a veteran of the US Army and the co-founder of The Royal Mexican Players, a national touring performance troupe. Mr. Rios holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University. Originally from Texas, Alvaro lives in Chicago and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.
THE HISTORY OF MEXICANS IN 10 MINUTES
ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA
Robert Tenges is a playwright and musician. His play STRANGERS KNOCKING was produced by the side project in May/June 2005, and subsequently presented Off-Broadway by The New Group in May/June 2007. In 2010, the side project produced his play PEOPLE WE KNOW, which went on to receive a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best New Work. His play FOUND was awarded the 2004 Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship and was workshopped and read at Victory Gardens Theater, and subsequently presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Abingdon Theater, both in New York. His play THREE HYMNS OF APATHY was produced by the side project in 2008 (dir. Brandon Ray), and he has also written English-language adaptations of Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA and THE THREE SISTERS, both of which were produced by Chicago’s LiveWire Theatre in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
His play ELSEWHERE was developed and workshopped Off-Broadway at The New Group in April 2012, under Ian Morgan’s direction, and was given a full production in April 2013 by the side project, under Adam Webster’s direction. His play KANSAS, was workshopped by The New Group in June/July 2014, and given a public reading by Chicago Dramatists in March 2015; and his latest play, WHATEVER, was produced by the side project in July-August 2015, directed by Adam Webster, and was named to the Chicago Tribune’s list of Best Plays of 2015.
From 1999 until 2012, Robert Tenges was an administrator and faculty member at The Old Town School of Folk Music, where he served as Director of Education & Programs beginning in 2007. In 2013, he joined Columbia College Chicago, and now serves as the college’s Assistant Provost for Continuing & Community Education. He is a member of New River Dramatists, an artist with The New Group, and became Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists in 2014.
Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA (English Adaptation)
Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS (English Adaptation)
PEOPLE WE KNOW
THREE HYMNS OF APATHY
Scott Woldman is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Redtwist Theatre, and a former Artist-In-Residence at The Artistic Home. Some of the theaters that have produced Scott’s plays include Redtwist Theatre, The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, The Artistic Home, Under The Gun Theatre, Strangeloop Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, The Playground Theatre, Ouribos Theatre, The Second City, and Chicago Dramatists. His play, BEAUTIFUL AUTISTIC, won an Edgerton Foundation Award for New Plays.
Scott has also optioned two screenplays and is a veteran comedian, improviser, story-teller and slam poet. He has represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam and has performed at readings and slams across the country.
A MOMENT OF CLARITY
BRAVE FACE PROJECT
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (ADAPTATION)
10 WAYS TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND
THE BUTLER DIDN’T