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"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


Dominic Orlando Playwriting Award

 Nominated - National - November 2023

Kilroy List Citation In The Canyon

 National - October 2023

Platform Award

Nominated - Chicago - July 2023

The Lortel Theatre - Alcove at The Lortel

Awardee - National -  May 2023

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission

Awardee - National - May 2022


NFMLA - Best Screenplay

Nominated - Cool For Five Seconds

Los Angeles - February 2021


Kilroy List Citation - Give It All Back

 National - June 2015


Kilroy List Honorable Mention - The Peacock

 National - June 2015


3Arts Chicago Theatre

Awardee  - $25,000 Prize - Chicago - October 2014


H  O  W  D  Y 

Calamity West is an award-winning playwright whose work has been developed at
The Lortel, Primary Stages, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute,
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Underground, The Goodman, and her artistic home of Jackalope Theatre to name a few.

In addition to her writing career, Calamity teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago, Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts, and Jackalope Theatre - where she founded the Playwrights Lab in 2018. She also teaches literature at her alma mater of Webster University.  

Through 2025 Calamity West will be developing her work at Primary Stages as a member of
the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group where she has (so far) written
 FEAST! and Sgt. Hank Cole’s Drama Club of Algona.

West is represented by CAA and managed by Curate.  

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