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our mission

The mission of Avalanche Theatre is to foster the development of new plays and playwrights through a collaborative coalition of theatre makers. We seek to create opportunities for diverse, innovative, and unconventional writers by creating exciting, community-building developmental performances and feedback sessions that enrich our audiences and allow for the growth of our artists. We strive to create a foundation on which the next generation of theatre writers can build.

We also aim to be a play development resource for the entire Chicago theatre community - not only for playwrights looking to workshop their plays, but also as a partner for theatre companies to develop new productions.

We are a strong, passionate collective of artists who provide a constructive and encouraging environment for the development of new plays, and who work to push the boundaries of what theatre can be.

Writing tomorrow's classics, today.

development successes

Black Bear Island by Karissa Murrell Myers (Next Draft Series, June 2023)

- Reading with Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival, December 1 & 9, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Black Bear Island by Karissa Murrell Myers (Next Draft Series, June 2023)

- Workshop with Renaissance Theatreworks Br!nk New Play Festival, May 18 to 19, 2024 in Milwaukee, WI.

Gut by Alexander Utz (Avalanche Workshop Reading, 2022) 

- World premiere with Platform Productions, September 23 to October 15, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

The Bog Witch Variety Hour by Felix Abidor (Avalanche Workshop Reading, 2022)

- World premiere with Corn Productions, March 24 to April 22, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Radial Gradient by Jasmine Sharma (Avalanche New Play Summit, 2021)

- World premiere with Shattered Globe Theatre, January 27 to March 11, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

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