Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. Her plays have appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The Goodman, Jackalope Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens, and TimeLine. Calamity holds a BA in dramatic writing from Webster University and an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She currently teaches playwriting the University of Chicago, Webster University,
and Chicago Dramatists. In 2018 Calamity founded the Playwrights Lab at Jackalope Theatre where she is a proud company member. In 2014 Calamity was recipient of the 3Arts Award in theatre.
West is represented by ICM Partners and managed by Industry Entertainment.
"West is a colossal Chicago talent with a formidable intellect..." - Chicago Tribune
“…an essential Chicago-style voice…” – Chicago Tribune
“Calamity West…is, without question, a name to watch.” – Chicago Tribune
“Calamity West manages to hook you in and get you comfortable only to take you places no one wants to see clearly.” – Third Coast
“West writes like a vise, slowly tightening the screws until her characters are trapped and her audience is rapt.” – Windy City Times
“West’s writing really hits the zeitgeist. She’s an important voice in the world...” – PerformInk
“West, a Chicago writer with an ebullient sense of theatricality, is the real deal..." – Chicago Tribune
“…a leading aesthetic innovator of storefront realism as well as a tough-as-nails moralist.” – Chicago Reader