15. INTERVIEW: Writing for Young Audiences with Playwright Chris Leyva

In this episode, Columbus-based playwright and director Chris Leyva (also a fellow Iowa Playwrights Alum!) joins our show to share what his life has been like after graduate school and his journey into writing theater for young audiences. As playwrights, we were able to relate to so much of Chris’ experiences including working day jobs, finding the time to write, handling rejections, and the journey we all take to find our voice as writers. Listeners, you don’t want to miss this episode!


Chris Leyva is a playwright, director, and podcast host (Writers Get Animated). His plays The Throne of Oz and Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras both premiered at CATCO is Kids in Columbus, OH. His play, A World Without Allergies, A Talk by Dr. Kramer, premiered as part of MadLab’s Theatre Roulette. He was the 2013/2014 recipient of the CATCO and Greater Columbus Arts Council Playwright Fellowship with his play, Books & Bridges. He received an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa, a B.A. in Directing from Coe College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

His short play, Dinosaur Discovery: A Talk by Dr. Kramer, has just opened as part of MadLab Theatre’s Theatre Roulette Festival. The festival runs until May 25 so make sure to check it out if you’re in the area!


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