Writers’ Room
April 09, 2017, 11:00AM

The Writers’ Room (5.0) is an intensive seven week writing workshop led by Co-Artistic Director Evan Linder (playwright of Byhalia Mississippi, The Bear Suit of Happiness and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche) and ensemble member Michael Allen Harris (playwright of Kingdom and PUNK). Since it’s first session in January 2015, TNC’s Writers’ Room has seen over 40 new full-length plays developed with tools used in The New Colony workshop process. Three plays written in The Writers Room have already gone on to see world premieres in Chicago over the past two seasons with another scheduled for its world premiere in 2017.

The Writers’ Room will meet on Sundays 11am-2pm at The Den Theatre from April 9th-May 21st. Attendance at the April 9th session is mandatory.

Guest Playwrights for The Writers Room 5.0:
Philip Dawkins (CHARM, LE SWITCH)
Ike Holter (PROWESS, EXIT STRATEGY)
Calamity West (ROLLING, GIVE IT ALL BACK)
Beth Kander (THE BOTTLE TREE, UNSHELVED)
Reginald Edmund (SOUTHBRIDGE, Black Lives Black Words International Project)

Applications Due: 11:59pm on Friday, March 31st

Writers’ Room Cost: $120 paid at first workshop on April 9th

For information on payment plans or scholarships:
Please contact apply@thenewcolony.org (Subject: Writers Room 5.0)
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Venue
The Den Theatre

1333 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Sundays: April 9th-May 21st
11am-2pm
Attendance at the April 9th workshop is mandatory.

Guest Playwrights
PHILIP DAWKINS is a Chicago playwright whose plays have been produced all over the country and the world. His critically acclaimed works include Charm (Northlight Theatre), Le Switch (About Face Theater) and Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work, as well as The Homosexuals (About Face Theater) and Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), both of which received Joseph Jefferson nominations for New Work. He recently performed in the world premiere of his one man play, The Happiest Place on Earth, at the Greenhouse Theater Center with Sideshow Theatre Company. Look for his musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches (with composer David Mallamud) at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis next winter. Philip teaches playwriting at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, his alma mater, and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program for writers with disabilities. Most of his plays, including his plays for young performers, are available through Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing.

IKE HOLTER's work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, Barrow Street, Primary Stages, The Lily Tomlin Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, The New Colony, Jackalope Theater and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member. He's received fellowships and commissions from Goodman Theater, Studio Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theater, Teatro Vista, and Playwrights Center. Both his plays "Exit Strategy" and "Hit The Wall" premiered in Chicago and moved to Off Broadway productions in New York. This year he premiered 2 new plays; "Sender" at A Red Orchid and "Prowess" at Jackalope. He was named the "Chicagoan of the Year in Theater 2014" by Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune, and his monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter was recently named one of Victory Gardens newest ensemble playwrights.

CALAMITY WEST is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. She is currently developing new plays for The Goodman, Steep Theatre Company, and Jackalope Theatre Company. Her Kilroys-cited (2015) play, Give It All Back, is scheduled for its world premier production at Sideshow Theatre Company in November 2016. Other full-length plays by Calamity West include: Tony Kushner Considers Writing A Gay Fantasia Based On National Themes (2016), Rolling (2016, Jeff Award nominee for best new work); Ibsen is Dead (2014); The Peacock (2013, Kilroys honorable mention); The Gacy Play (2012); and Common Hatred (2012). Calamity is a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company and an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company. She is represented by The Gersh Agency.

REGINALD EDMUND is originally from Houston, Texas, where he was Artistic Director for the Silver House Theatre, as well as the founder and producer for the Silver House Playwrights Festival and the Houston Urban Theatre Series. He is currently working on a nine-play series titled THE CITY OF THE BAYOU COLLECTION, which includes REDEMPTION OF ALLAH BLACK, JUNETEENTH STREET, DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON, SOUTHBRIDGE, LAST CADILLAC, THE ORDAINED SMILE OF SAINT SADIE MAY JENKINS, and ALL THE DYING VOICES, developed at Karamu House Theatre, County Playhouse Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Houston, The Playwrights’ Center, Mixed Blood Theater, Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Pangea World Theatre, Liberation Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre Company, Moving Arts, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Company, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and the Mid-American Theater Conference. Mr. Edmund received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. Recently, he spent a month in residence at the MacDowell Colony. He is currently the Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project.

BETH KANDER is a Chicago-based writer with Southern and Midwestern roots. Recent playwriting awards and activities include Ashland New Plays Festival (2016 & 2015), The Ruckus’ 2016 summer festival, BechdelFest 2016, The Kilroys List (Honorable Mentions 2016 & 2015), The Writers Room at The New Colony, Leapfest 2015, Downstage Left Residency, Charles M. Getchell New Play Award, and three Eudora Welty New Play Awards. She has scripts represented by Stage Rights in Los Angeles and Chicago Dramaworks. In addition to playwriting, Kander writes novels, screenplays, and children's literature. She is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women, and has degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Michigan. She shares a home with her husband, Danny Dauphin, their adorable daughter Effie, and two sweet but smelly old rescue dogs. http://facebook.com/bybethkander

Writers' Room is led by:
EVAN LINDER is a founding member and the Co-Artistic Director of The New Colony in Chicago, IL. He works as a playwright, actor and director. He is currently a member of the Goodman Theatre’s 2016-17 Playwrights Unit and teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. Evan is a proud graduate of the College of Charleston where he was named Alumni of the Year in 2016. He has had the pleasure of working with Victory Gardens, The Inconvenience, Collaboraction, Bailiwick Chicago, the side project and Bohemian Theater Ensemble during his time in the Windy City. His play Byhalia, Mississippi received simultaneous world premiere productions on January 8th, 2016 at theatres in Chicago, Toronto, Memphis and Charleston SC. The Chicago production received six nominations including Best Production at the 2016 Non-Equity Jeff Awards where Evan was awarded for Best New Work. The production transferred in July 2016 to Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Evan’s first play produced in Chicago, FRAT, was named as one of the Best of 2009 in the Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times and New City. Other works include 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness, B-Side Studio and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which was named Best Overall Production at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival and is published by Samuel French. 5 Lesbians also enjoyed an Off-Broadway run as part of the Soho Playhouse’s 2012-2013 season and has seen productions in over 30 States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Spain, Great Britain and Japan. Works in development include The Hunted co-written with Paul Oakley Stovall and Jo & Liv for the Goodman Playwrights Unit. www.evanlinder.com

MICHAEL ALLEN HARRIS received his B.F.A in Theatre in 2011 with a concentration in Acting from Columbia College Chicago. As a playwright, Michael has collaborated with Chicago Theatre companies such as: Broken Nose Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Arc Theatre, Stage 773, Fine Print Theatre, Chicago Home Theater Festival, and The New Colony. His play, ROCKY ROAD, received its world premiere at the New Studio Theatre of Columbia College Chicago in March of 2013. It was the first production featured in the Main Stage season that was authored by an alumnus. His play, THE VELVET TABERNACLE was featured in a development series on behalf of Fine Print Theatre. His most recent play, KINGDOM, is currently involved in a season long development on behalf of Broken Nose Theatre, and received its first stage reading at the Richard Christiansen Theatre of Victory Gardens. In winter of 2016, he was part of The New Colony’s: Writer’s Room, and completed the first draft of his full length play ASCENSION. In October 2016, his play PUNK will receive its world premiere at The New Colony directed by Diana Raesalis. His short plays include: House of Samurai, They Let Him Bleed, Project Agatha, and The Woman Who Stared Into The Eyes of The Red Horseman. As an actor he has worked with Adventure Stage, Eclipse Theatre, Gift Theatre, Teatro Vista, The-Massive, Stone Soup Theatre Project, Infusion Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, and Cold Basement Dramatics. He was nominated for a BTAA for his performance as Fortune in Eclipse Theatre’s Jeff nominated production of Ruined. He is proudly represented by Lily’s Talent. He is also a proud ensemble member of Eclipse Theatre Company.

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