Staff Directory

Carson Becker
Artistic Director

cbecker@chicagodramatists.org

Carson Grace Becker is an an award winning, nationally produced playwright, screenwriter, dramaturg and arts educator. She earned her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa, and her BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies from UCLA. She has taught Playwriting/Screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, The Graham School, The Imagine Butte Resource Center, and Chicago Dramatists. She has been a guest artist at NYU, Ohio University, The Univ. of Nebraska, The Univ. of Illinois, and Oklahoma State University. She served as Literary Manager & Dramaturg at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and is the founder of the The Root & The Bloom Collective, a Humanities non-profit, housed at The Historic Clark Chateau in Butte, MT.  


Marsha Estell
Tutterow Fellowship Program Director

mestell@chicagodramatists.org

Marsha Estell is a resident playwright alumna at Chicago Dramatists, 2010 3Arts/Ragdale Fellow, and recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Playwriting. Her plays include Heat, which had its world premiere at Chicago Dramatists and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Work and many other award-winning work. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity.


Atlie Gilbert
Managing Producer
Network & Casting Director

agilbert@chicagodramatists.org

Favorite regional credits include Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Naked Angels, Muse of Fire, Emerald City Theatre, Williams Street Repertory Theater, Redmoon Theater, and the Civil Rights Opera Project. Atlie frequently performs with Ubiquitous Players, Naked Angels Chicago, and American Immersion Theater. Recently, she was seen alongside CD Resident Playwright Kestutis Nakas in Revenge of the Dummy. Atlie has done a myriad of film & television and was recently named the new spokesperson for Monteith’s Best-One Tire & Service. Teaching credits include Chicago Dramatists, Sherwood Music School at Columbia College College, Stagecrafters, Muse of Fire, among others. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and has an extensive background in production, project management, and business development. @atliegilbert



Sandrell Ross
Bookkeeper

Sandrell holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Houston and a Certificate of Accounting Fundamentals. She is a trained, working actor and comedian as well as a Second City Training Center alumni, having been a member of the Actors Conservatory at Second City Chicago. She has written, produced, and performed a one-woman show, The Jackie of All Trades, and has written, co-produced and directed two pilot series for Dish Network and Tubi TV. As a comedian, she has performed at Second City, The Funny Bone, The Houston Improv, Zanies, Jokes and Notes, The Jefferson Theater. Sandrell’s film credits include: Once Upon a RiverChi-NanigansCommercial Parody: Tellya HornLittle Black Dress, and Bay for Blood.  


Zachary Robinson
Theatre Manager

zrobinson@chicagodramatists.org

Zachary Robinson is a playwright, teaching assistant and theatre artist based in Chicago, IL whose works have been produced at Columbia College of Chicago, as well as a reading as part of the Playwrights Aloud College Series at the Chicago Dramatists. When he is not writing or working in a theatre space, Zach enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, cycling, and reading books about the germination of desirable forest trees in the greater Yukon territory during the Eisenhower administration.

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