4. INTERVIEW: Invite the Audience Into Your Heart with Playwright Kristin Idaszak

Playwright, dramaturg, producer, and educator Kristin Idaszak joins us to discuss her play, “Strange Heart Beating.” Idaszak also shares her approach to starting new plays, her passion for climate change, and her role as artistic director at Cloudgate Theatre. Join us for this new episode of Beckett’s Babies… as we all try to figure out playwriting.

Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg, and producer, and educator. She is the Artistic Director of Cloudgate Theatre. Her work focuses on the intersection of gender, queerness, and climate change. She has received two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. Kristin was the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and was a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She is a member of the inaugural Confluence Regional Writers Cohort at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Kristin has received commissions from EST/the Sloan Foundation and Cleveland Play House. Her play SECOND SKIN received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, and her play ANOTHER JUNGLE was a Relentless Award Honorable Mention. She was the Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Her work has been seen at or developed through the Goodman Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Directing Studio, The Drama League, Pasadena Playhouse, Circle X, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Perishable Theatre. She has also received support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Kristin is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and adjunct faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: University of California, San Diego. kristinidaszak.com

Episode 4: Playwright Kristin Idaszak’s Favorite Playwriting Exercise

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