Through 2025 Calamity West will be developing her work at Primary Stages as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. She is currently developing her newest play "Sgt. Hank Cole's Drama Club of Algona" in said residency. Additionally, West is working on her play "FEAST!" at The Lortel Theatre as an awardee of Alcove At The Lortel.
Calamity is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been presented by The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The Goodman, Jackalope Theatre, Steep Theatre, and Primary Stages – to name a few.
Calamity teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago and literature at her alma mater of Webster University. She is a proud company member of Jackalope Theatre Company where she founded the Playwrights Lab in 2018.
West is represented by CAA and managed by Curate.
"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