Cassandra Rose

This bisexual playwright has had over 300 of her plays performed in Chicago and beyond. That includes the hundreds of micro-plays that made up all five years of The Dictionary Project, a self-produced project in which each play was created for and inspired by a very specific audience member. A person would buy a play, pick a page number that corresponded to a page in Cassandra’s dictionary, and within the year Cassandra would write them a play (one page, three pages, or ten minutes long) about one of the words found on that dictionary page. Her other short work has been produced by Broken Nose Theatre, City Theatre, Cold Basement Dramatics, Jackalope Theatre Company, Nothing Special Productions, The One Minute Play Festival, and The Whiskey Radio Hour. Her longer plays include The Amen Trilogy, At His Best, Billy to His Friends, Children of Troy, and The Volunteer. She has dramaturged shows at Jackalope Theatre Company, Redtwist Theatre, Raven Theatre, and Strawdog Theatre Company. And Cassandra sometimes starts theatre companies; she helped found the Chicago Theatre Marathon and Cold Basement Dramatics. Girl gets around. Cassandra earned her BA in playwriting from Columbia College Chicago, and she was one of six inaugural Tutterow Fellows at Chicago Dramatists.