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2016-2022 Resident Playwrights

Please join us in welcoming our new resident playwrights! The five writers below join our current resident playwrights, an active and dynamic group who support one another as moderators and dramaturgs, both for each other and for programming at Chicago Dramatists.  Learn more about our current resident playwrights here.

Ricardo Gamboa

Ricardo Gamboa is an artist, activist and academic working in his native Chicago and New York City. In Chicago, he is a company member of Barrel of Monkeys, Southside Ignoramus Quartet and Free Street Theater. He is the founding Artistic Director of Teatro Americano and founding adult partner of the controversial youth ensemble The Young Fugitives. In New York, he was a fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics EmergeNYC program, company member of the New York Neo-Futurists, and has performed at a range of institutional and underground venues. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana; received his Master’s in Arts Politics from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in American Studies at NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. His short film “The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens” was winner of the Best Short at Chicago Latino Film Festival and his feature debut “Maydays” received standing-only crowds and critical praise from the festival. Gamboa is the winner of several awards, fellowships and grants including a MacArthur Foundation International Connections Award and Latino ImPACT Playwrights Award. This year, he was a finalist for Sundance Film Festival Latino Film Fellowship and Latino Screen Writing Project. He is a Critical Collaborations Fellow at NYU’s Global Network University (2016-2018). He has worked with over 5,000 young people in the United States and Latin America.


Isaac Gomez is a writer and dramaturg currently working as the Literary Manager at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago where he curates the Public Programs series, directs the new play development department, and heads the IGNITION Festival of New Plays. As playwright: LA RUTA (Goodman Theatre’s Latina/o Theatre Celebration, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Latino Play Project; Austin Critics Table New Play Award 2013; Pivot Arts Incubator Series); THE DISPLACED (ALTA Chicago - workshop, Definition Theater Company - workshop); THE WAY SHE SPOKE (World premiere: Greenhouse Theater Center). His dramaturgy credits include COCKED, THE WHO & THE WHAT, THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, SAMSARA, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, REST (VGT, Chicago); MY MAÑANA COMES, BETWEEN YOU, ME, AND THE LAMPSHADE  (Teatro Vista, Chicago); THE HAIRY APE, GOOD FRIDAY Oracle Productions); BADFIC LOVE (Strange Bedfellows, Chicago); assistant dramaturg on LUNA GALE and THE SOLID SAND BELOW (Goodman Theatre). He is the Creative Director at the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists in Chicago where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate of Teatro Vista, a steering committee member of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago.

Georgette Kelly

Georgette Kelly is a playwright with one foot in Chicago and the other in New York.  She received the inaugural Hope on Stage Playwriting Award, a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellowship, and the 2014 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. Her work has been featured on The Kilroys List and chosen as a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Goodman Playwrights Unit, the Stage Left Playwright Residency, and the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Georgette’s plays include: IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, BALLAST, I CARRY YOUR HEART, F*CK LA VIE D'ARTISTE, FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD, HOW TO HERO OR THE SUBWAY PLAYand an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING. Her work has been developed by The Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, The DC Source Festival, The Alliance Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, Taffety Punk, Diversionary Theatre, Capital Stage, TOSOS, Prologue Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, and Chicago’s DCASE. She is a member of the TerraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Writers WorkSpace.  Georgette holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly.

Susan H. Pak

Susan H. Pak is assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: GHOST GIRL at the Workshop Theater, T.A.B. at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the Manhattan Repertory Theater Festival; HATERS at New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival; BABY SHOWER at New York’s Network One Act Festival; INCREDIBLE INVISIBLE at Chicago’s Bailiwick Director’s Fest; LADIES’ MAN at Chicago Dramatists; and The Writers at Theater Unleashed in Los Angeles. Her full-length play BOYS enjoyed a 12-week run at the Tinfish Theater in Chicago.

Jay Torrence

Jay Torrence is a founding member of the artistic collective The Ruffians. His playwriting credits include: BURNING BLUEBEARD, IVYWILD, ROUSTABOUT: THE GREAT CIRCUS TRAIN WRECK and BURIED IN BUGHOUSE SQUARE. He was a proud ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists for twelve years and the former Artistic Director at the organization. He earned his MFA degree in playwriting and creative non fiction from The University of British Columbia. He currently teaches clown, playwriting, and performance studies in Chicago.

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