THE COLLECTIVE

ERIN AUSTIN

Producing Playwright

Social Media . Spectacle . Innovation

 

Erin Austin is a Chicago-based theatre artist who writes a bunch of plays, screenplays, and musicals. As a producer, she loves to make the impossible theatrically possibly. Erin is pro-spectacle, pro-humor, and pro-indie-theatre. Check out erinLaustin.com to learn more about what she's up to.

JENNI LAMB

Producing Playwright

Locations . Education . Finances

 

Jenni Lamb is a Chicago-based playwright and a former actress and improviser. Her plays have had readings or productions with The Gift Theatre, American Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre (Houston), Route 66, and Chicago Dramatists. Jenni holds an MFA from Northwestern University and is part of the 2015-2016 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She likes all the people in Living Room Playmakers, a lot. jennilamb.com

JESSY LAUREN SMITH

Managing Director

Community Outreach . Education . Media Production

 

Jessy Lauren Smith is a Chicago-based writer, educator, producer, and claymation enthusiast whose plays have been produced in Chicago, Boston, Colorado, and Texas. She has been an artist in residence at Ragdale and Blast Theory, and a finalist for a whole mess of things. She holds an MFA from Northwestern, in the palm of her hand, for an hour each day. jessylaurensmith.com

JONATHAN BAUDE

Producing Playwright

 

Jonathan Baude is a Chicago-based, St. Louis-educated, and Indiana-born writer. A Hotchner Award winner and Heideman Award finalist, he’s had work performed at Drekfest, Chicago Fringe, Chicago Dramatists, and the Citizens Play Festival. His writing has also appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The A.V. Club. You can find him on Twitter at @jbaude, where he apologetically tweets elaborate puns.

KASEY WAAS

Associate Producer

 

Originally from Houston, Texas, Kasey relocated to Chicago to pursue graduate studies in art history at the University of Illinois, focusing on contemporary sound installation works. She has worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as well as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Contemporary Art Gallery. Kasey was a sound designer for Artifacts and a producer for On Display, Refinished, and Artifacts. Kasey would like to think she is good at crafting, but really she’s just perfected buying craft supplies so far.

TONY WERNER

Producing Playwright

Casting . Similes . Audience Engagement

 

Tony Werner is a playwright based in Chicago. His work has been produced or developed at such theaters as Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre Company, Ensemble 113, Pinebox, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Jackalope. He’s also a former contributing writer for the Onion News Network. Pending further litigation, he’s a proud member of Living Room Playmakers.

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