New Chicago Artists Join the Goodman's Artistic Team for 2013-14 Playwrights Unit

New Chicago Artists Join the Goodman's Artistic Team for 2013-14 Playwrights Unit

A new crop of local talent joins Goodman Theatre's artistic team for the 2013/2014 Season. The four Chicago-based writers named to the fourth season of the Playwrights Unit-a year-long residency program designed to support and develop new works-include Andrew Hinderaker, Gift Theatre ensemble member; Mickle Maher, cofounder of Theater Oobleck; Anne García-Romero, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists; and Laura Schellhardt, who oversees undergraduate playwriting at Northwestern University. A partnership with Chicago Dramatists, the Playwrights Unit meets twice per month with members of the Goodman's artistic team to discuss their plays-in-progress and provide feedback for one another.

The program includes readings of the playwrights' works-in-progress at Chicago Dramatists in early 2014, and culminates in summer 2014 with staged readings of their completed works at the Goodman. Playwrights Unit alumni include Greg Allen, Alice Austen, Ike Holter and Christopher Oscar Peña (2012/2013 Season); Philip Dawkins, Nambi E. Kelley, Elaine Romero and Martín Zimmerman (2011/2012 Season); and Seth Bockley, Lisa Dillman, Laura Jacqmin and Rohina Malik (2010/2011 Season).

"We welcome this New Group of smart, talented writers to the Goodman, each bringing his or her own unique voice and vision to the group," said the Goodman's Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer. "Since its inception in 2010, the Playwrights Unit has become an important way in which we support new American plays from living playwrights, developing their works for consideration in the Goodman's season, or elsewhere. We look forward to establishing lasting relationships with each of these talented Chicago-based artists."

In addition, Goodman Theatre announces Erica Weiss-director of the critically-acclaimed Twist of Water for Route 66 Theatre Company, where she is Associate Artistic Director-as the recipient of the 2013/2014 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow for Chicago-based directors. As a fellow, Weiss will assist on a Goodman production-from early research and design through the casting and rehearsal process to the opening-and become involved in the Goodman's artistic team. Previous Maggio Fellows include Jimmy McDermott (2012/2013 Season), Anna Bahow (2011/2012 Season), Joanie Schultz (2009/2010 Season), Anthony Moseley (2007/2008 Season), Dado (2006/2007 Season), Ann Filmer (2005/2006 Season), Mignon McPherson Nance (2003/2004 Season) and Lynn Ann Bernatowicz (2002/2003 Season).

"We are excited to welcome Erica as a Michael Maggio Fellow, a very special and important role here at the Goodman" said Artistic Director Robert Falls. "In addition to his work as our most prolific director, Michael Maggio was a terrific mentor for talented emerging Chicago directors, and Erica has proven herself to be among the best of the next generation of great Chicago theater artists."

The Goodman established the fellowship to honor the memory of Associate Artistic Director Michael Maggio (1951 - 2000). A veteran director and producer who staged more than 60 productions in Chicago-including 22 productions at the Goodman-and in theaters across the country, Maggio was the most-produced director in the Goodman's modern era at the time of his death. Credits include a landmark Romeo and Juliet set in Chicago's Little Italy in 1919; the Sondheim musicals Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music; Keith Reddin's comic Black Snow; the musical adaptation of Wings; and the lauded world premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl. Maggio's commitment to the collaborative process and his dedication to nurturing young artists led to his appointment as the Dean of The Theatre School at DePaul University in 1999.

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