Artist Development Workshop

A writing class as part of Victory Gardens Theater’s Access Project.

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 session!

What is it?

The Artist Development Workshop is a playwriting class led by Chicago Playwright Calamity West. The Workshop is sponsored Victory Gardens’ Access Project, an outreach effort designed to include and involve people with disabilities in all aspects of theatre. In the Workshop, playwrights develop dramatic works and have the opportunity to discuss these plays-in-progress. Readings with professional actors of some plays take place after the end of classes.

Who can participate?

This Workshop is open to playwrights of all experience levels. Writers with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given preference.


Start Date: April 1st, 2017
End Date: May 20th, 2017
Day/Time: Saturdays, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Questions? Email

The workshop is free, but donations to support Access programming are encouraged.

How to Apply: Please submit a short paragraph or two stating why you are interested in the Workshop and outlining your writing experience to Laura Baker at Writers of at all levels will be considered. Please include a phone number where you can be reached. Phone interviews will be arranged with applicants as slots become available. If you have any further questions, please contact Laura Baker at 773.328.2167.

About Calamity West:

Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. She is currently developing new plays with The Goodman, Steep Theatre Company, Jackalope Theatre Company, and has recently joined TimeLine Theatre Company’s Playwrights Collective where she will be in residency for the next two years. Her full-length plays include: Tony Kushner Considers Writing A Gay Fantasia Based On National Themes (2016), Rolling (2016, Jeff Award nominee for best new work); Give It All Back (Kilroy-cited 2015); Ibsen is Dead (2014); The Peacock (2013, Kilroys honorable mention); The Gacy Play (2012); and Common Hatred (2012). Calamity is a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company, an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company, and is represented by The Gersh Agency.