Playwriting Committee

Kia Corthron

Kia Corthron’s A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick will premiere March 2010 at Playwrights Horizons in a co-production with The Play Company and the Culture Project. Last spring Trickle was part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One-Act Marathon. Other plays include Moot the Messenger (Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival), Light Raise the Roof (New York Theatre Workshop), Snapshot Silhouette (Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre), Slide Glide the Slippery Slope (ATL Humana, Mark Taper Forum), The Venus de Milo Is Armed (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Breath, Boom (London’s Royal Court Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre and elsewhere), Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company), Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (New York Stage and Film, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Yale Rep, London’s Donmar Warehouse), Seeking the Genesis (Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club), Digging Eleven (Hartford Stage Company), Life by Asphyxiation (Playwrights Horizons), Wake Up Lou Riser (Delaware Theatre Company), Come Down Burning (American Place Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre), Cage Rhythm (Sightlines/The Point in the Bronx).

Corthron’s awards include the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Creative Arts Residency in Italy, Playwrights Center’s McKnight National Residency, Columbia College/Goodman Theatre Fellowship, Barbara Barondess MacLean Foundation Award, AT&T On Stage Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Mark Taper Forum’s Fadiman Award, National Endowment for the Arts/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, Callaway Award, and in television a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Wire. In December Bugs of the Pigs in the Lions will be workshopped at the Goodman Theatre.

Kia is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and of the Writers Guild of America, and an alumnus of New Dramatists.

Ruth Margraff

Ruth Margraff’s plays and her Cafe Antarsia Ensemble have been presented throughout the USA, UK, Canada, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Sweden, Japan, Egypt and India. Her writings are published by Dramatists Play Service, Kendall/Hunt, Backstage Books, The Drama Review, Performing Arts Journal, American Theatre, Theater Forum, Playscripts, Inc., Applause Books, Stockyard Magazine, CUNY/Martin Segal Press, Dramatist, Johns Hopkins, NuMuse Anthology/Brown, Connotations Press, Epoch/Cornell, Conjunctions/Bard, Autonomedia, etc. Ruth is a new member of Chicago Dramatists, an alumnae of New Dramatists and HERE’s Harp artist residency and co-leader of a Theatre Without Borders initiative with Brandeis’ Coexistence International.

Ruth has taught playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, Brown University, University of Texas/Michener Center, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, etc. and she is currently Associate Professor of Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lisa Schlesinger, Chair

Lisa Schlesinger’s plays and radio plays include Wal-martyrs, Celestial Bodies, Twenty One Positions (with Naomi Wallace and Abed Fattah Abusrour), Same Egg, Manny and Chicken, Rock Ends Ahead, Bow Echo, The Bones of Danny Winston and Leaner than Light: 12 Frames of Paul Engle. She is at work on an opera, Harmonicus Mundi, commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre with Portland Stage Company and funded by the Sloan Foundation, and a new play with Rivendell Theatre.

She has received commissions from the Guthrie Theatre, the BBC, and Upstart Crow Project, and the International Writing Program, and fellowships from the NEA, CEC International, the Iowa Arts Council, Humanities Iowa and the Ford and the Sloan Foundations. She is recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award and winner of the BBC International Playwriting Competition. Her work has been seen and heard in countries in Europe and Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia as well as the United States and Canada.

Her prose has been published in Performing Arts Journal, Theater Magazine, American Theater, Best Monologues for Women by Women II, and other books and journals. Her essay “On the Road to Palestine” was included in the American Theater Reader, the best writing of the last 25 years of American Theater Magazine. She is a member of Theatre Without Borders, TCG, and the Dramatists Guild, and currently serves on the Board of CSPS Legion Arts. She coordinates the Playwriting Program at Columbia College Chicago.

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich is a US Latina playwright, translator, lyricist and editor whose works have been presented across the US and abroad at diverse venues including The Women’s Project, INTAR, 59East59, Theater for the New City, McCarren Park Pool, Walkerspace, 7 Stages, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, ARTheater-Cologne, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. The summer 2009 issue of American Theatre magazine featured a significant profile about her work.

Among her key plays: 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Fugitive Pieces, Iphigenia…a rave fable, Instructions for Breathing, The Tropic of X, The Booth Variations and The House of the Spirits (based on the novel by Isabel Allende). She has translated nearly all of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays as well as works by Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Julio Cortazar and new plays from Spain, Cuba and Mexico and has freely adapted works by Wedekind, Sophocles, Euripides and Shakespeare.

She’s a former Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellow and has received grants from the NEA, TCG, Pew Charitable Trusts and California Arts Council. She has edited several books on theatre and performance including Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries (Manchester University Press) and Divine Fire (BackStage Books). Her work is published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts and more. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of theatre alliance & press NoPassport, associate editor of Routledge’s Contemporary Theatre Review and contributing editor of TheatreForum. She is member of PEN American Center, The Dramatists Guild and is featured in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino History. She holds an MFA from UCSD. (


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