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CALAMITY WEST

Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have appeared at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The Goodman Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, and Steep Theatre – to name a few. She holds a BA in dramatic writing from Webster University and an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She teaches playwriting and literature at her alma mater of Webster University and playwriting at the University of Chicago. In 2018 she founded the Playwrights Lab at Jackalope Theatre where she is a proud company member. 

Calamity is currently developing her newest play FEAST! as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages in New York.

West is represented by CAA and managed by Curate. 


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THOUGHTS ON 
CALAMITY'S WORK

"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

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CONTACT

CAA

Theatre

Di Glazer - diana.glazer@caa.com

Television and Film 

Jiah Shin - jiah.shinasst@caa.com

CURATE 

Television and Film 

Britton Rizzo - britton@thisiscurate.com

Becca Rodriguez - becca@thisiscurate.com

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