Insider Access

April 23, 2017

Join Goodman artists for a series of interactive programs that take audiences behind the scenes and offer an insider's perspective on the artistic process.

Insider Access Events

  • Playwrights At Work: An Insider Access Interactive

    Sunday, April 23 | 5pm - 6:30pm
    Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for Subscribers
    The Alice Center at Goodman Theatre 

    How does a play become a play, and what must a playwright do to bring their script to the stage? Find out at Playwrights at Work, the latest in the Insider Access series that brings Goodman audiences behind-the-scenes of the world of new play development. Members of the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit—the theater’s program dedicated to nurturing new work—will read excerpts from their currently-in-process plays and discuss their individual creative journeys. Associate Literary Manager Jonathan L. Green will lead the conversation and share his experience about creating new work in the current "golden age of playwriting."

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Jonathan L. Green is the associate literary manager for the Goodman, where his most recent dramaturgy credits include Gloria, War Paint and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. As an administrator and director, he has worked with Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Theatre Seven of Chicago, among others. Mr. Green is also the artistic director of Sideshow Theatre Company, where his recent directing credits include truth and reconciliation, The Happiest Place on Earth and Stupid F**king Bird. He proudly serves on the board of directors of the League of Chicago Theatres.

Lucas BaischLucas Baisch is an interdisciplinary playwright and visual artist originally from San Francisco, based in Chicago. His work has been read and developed at InFusion Theatre Company, Salonathon, Victory Gardens Theater, Post Q at Links Hall, Gloucester Stage Company, Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series, The Bridge Program at American Theatre Company, The Wulfden, The DeYoung Museum, The NeoFuturists’ Kitchen Festival, SF Playground, and DePaul University. Full-length productions include: The Scavengers (DePaul University), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), and Zipped & Pelted (The Wulfden/Chicago Fringe). He recently completed an eight-month residency as Gloucester Stage Company's 2015 Playwriting Apprentice and will be a 2017 artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC. Baisch has also self-published his digital zine series Taste Test since 2015. He received his BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University.

Dawn Renee JonesDawn Renee Jones is a writer, director and educator from Chicago. She is the recipient of the 2015 Ruby Prize for her play A Heap See. Her interdisciplinary collaboration with composer Carei Thomas and visual artist Seitu Jones entitled S’Kin received a workshop production at the Cornerstone Theatre’s Genesis Festival in New Brunswick, and was produced by Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis where it was recognized as one of the year’s best by the Twin Cities Reader. Her feature screenplay Man of the Word won Best Screenplay at the 2008 FilmColumbia Film Festival. Dawn Renee’s writing career began on Madison Avenue where she wrote print and broadcast advertising at the Leo Burnett Company, Young & Rubicam and McCann Erickson advertising agencies and for broad range of national brands. She has been a script doctor on the feature screenplays for Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers and Paisley Park. Dawn Renee was the founder and artistic director of Alchemy Theatre in Minneapolis where she also directed productions for Actors Theatre of St. Paul (The Blood Knot, If I’m Traveling on a Movin’ Train, and Water Torture), Alchemy Theatre (American Menu, A Raisin in the Sun), Mixed Blood (Ali), Penumbra Theatre (Suspenders), At the Foot of the Mountain Theatre (Angela, Going to Seed, Head Over Heels, Ida B. Wells, and Wake Up Call), Women’s Theatre Project (A Place on Earth) and Starting Gate Theatre (A Raisin in the Sun). She developed theatre curriculum for the State of Minnesota’s Professional Development Institute at the Perpich Center for the Arts, has been an artist in residence at K-12 schools in Minnesota and New York and taught theater history courses at Macalaster College and Metropolitan State University. Dawn Renee has an MFA in creative writing with emphasis in playwriting from Goddard College.   

Evan LinderEvan Linder is a founding member and the co-artistic director of The New Colony in Chicago. He works as a playwright, actor and director. He recently reprised the role of Jim in the remount of his play Byhalia, Mississippi, (2016 Non-Equity Jeff Award for new work) at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre. Other plays include FRAT, 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness (published by Chicago Dramaworks), B-Side Studio and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (published by Samuel French) which ran Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse from 2012-2013 and has been performed all over the U.S., Europe and Australia. Evan's newest play, The Hunted (co-written with Paul Oakley Stovall), recently received its first staged reading with About Face Theatre's “First Draaft” Series. Evan is beginning his fifth year as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago where he has created three new playwriting courses. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and is represented by ICM.