CURRICULUM VITAE 
OF
CALAMITY WEST

EDUCATION


MFA

Creative Writing with an Emphasis in Drama
California College of the Arts


BA

English with an Emphasis in Drama

Webster University

RESIDENCIES AND AFFILIATIONS

THE LEE STRASBERG THEATRE & FILM INSTITUTE

PLAYWRIGHT

November 2021 - May 2022

Recipient of the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission

- Presentation of "The Last Supper and Three Years Later", Spring 2022 -

TIMELINE THEATRE'S PLAYWRIGHTS COLLECTIVE 

PLAYWRIGHT

December 2016 - December 2018

- Presentation of "Greetings From Moscow: A Love Story",

December 2018 and January 2020 -

THE GOODMAN THEATRE'S PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT

PLAYWRIGHT 

September 2015 - December 2016

- Presentation of "Engines and Instruments of Flight: A Fantasia in Three Acts",

December 2016 via Playwrights Unit and November 2019 via New Stages Festival -

JACKALOPE THEATRE

COMPANY MEMBER 

November 2014 - present 

- Jackalope productions include: "The Peacock";"Rolling"; and "In The Canyon"

FULL-LENGTH PRODUCTION HISTORY

GIVE IT ALL BACK 

Produced by Eleusis Collective

Zoom Production 

August 2021


IN THE CANYON

Produced by Jackalope Theatre

Chicago, IL

October - December 2018


HINTER

Produced by Steep Theatre 

Chicago, IL

February - April 2018

GIVE IT ALL BACK 

Produced by Sideshow Theatre 

Chicago, IL

November - December 2016

ROLLING

Produced by Jackalope Theatre

Chicago, IL

February - April 2016

IBSEN IS DEAD

Produced by Interrobang Theatre Project 

Chicago, IL

April - June 2014

THE PEACOCK 

Produced by Jackalope Theatre 

Chicago, IL 

October - December 2013

THE GACY PLAY

Produced by Sideshow Theatre

Chicago, IL

June - July 2012

PRODUCED STAGED READINGS - SELECTED


ROLLING 

Mirror Box Theatre 

April 2020

THE RETRIBUTION PLAY

Jackalope Theatre

February 2020

ENGINES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FLIGHT

The Goodman Theatre / New Stages

November 2019


IN THE CANYON

Williamstown Theatre Festival 

August 2019

IN THE CANYON 

Sanguine Theatre 

April 2018

GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW: A Love Story 

TimeLine Theatre 

December 2018

ENGINES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FLIGHT

Roundabout / Underground 

January 2018

GIVE IT ALL BACK 

Palo Alto Players 

September 2017

ENGINES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FLIGHT

The Goodman Theatre 

July 2016

GIVE IT ALL BACK 

Cohesion Theatre

July 2015

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


WEBSTER UNIVERSITY 

  • Adjunct Professor of Playwriting and Literature 

  • Playwriting Coordinator

January 2018 - present 


THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO 

  • Lecturer of Playwriting  

March 2017 - present 

THE JACKALOPE PLAYWRIGHTS LAB

  • Instructor/Creator/Administrator/Curator

New Play Development Workshop

July 2018 - present 

CHICAGO DRAMATISTS 

  • Instructor/Creator 

New Play Development Workshop, "Inspired by Actual Events..." 

June 2021 - August 2021

VICTORY GARDENS CONSERVATORY 

  • Instructor 

New Play Development Workshop

November 2019 - December 2019 

THE NEW COLONY WRITER'S ROOM

  • Co-Moderator 

New Play Development Workshop

November 2017 - November 2018

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

  • Moderator/Administrator 

New Play Development Workshop - for writer's with and without disabilities.

February 2016 - June 2019

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES - SELECTED

  • NFMLA - Best Screenplay - Nominated - Cool For Five Seconds - Los Angeles -  February 2021

  • Midwest Film Festival - WINNER - Cool For Five Seconds - Chicago August 2020

  • Beloit International Film Festival - Best Illinois Short - WINNER - Cool For Five Seconds - February 2020

  • National Playwright’s Conference - Semifinalist - Waterford, CT - April 2018

  • Jeff Award, Nomination - Best New Work - Rolling - Chicago - June 2016

  • 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