Hey! Calamity here.
Thanks for visiting the site.
Some info about me:
I'm a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. My plays have appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The Goodman, Jackalope Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens, and TimeLine. I hold a BA in dramatic writing from Webster University and an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. I currently teach playwriting at the University of Chicago, Webster University,
and Chicago Dramatists. In 2018 I founded the Playwrights Lab at Jackalope Theatre where I am a proud company member. In 2014 I was recipient of the 3Arts Award in theatre.
I am 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