A space to learn more about the artists creating today's theatrical canon.

Born and raised just south of Nashville, Tennessee, Cara Beth has an MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a BA in Creative Writing from the College of Charleston. She's studied with Beth Lincks, Arlene Hutton, Steve Feffer, Paula Vogel, Heather Helinsky, Mark Bly, and Gary Garrison. She's also been invited to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dramaturgy, directing and playwriting. Her work has been read and produced in several festivals and workshops across the midwest. She's been in Chicago for three years now, developing her own plays and advocating for local playwrights as the Literary Manager at Strawdog Theatre Company. Cara Beth is thrilled to be a part of Avalanche's first publication and looks forward to producing more work in Chicago and elsewhere.

Outlaws - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

FEATURED: Cara Beth Heath

Michael Dalberg is an actor, director, and playwright headquartered in
Chicago. As an inaugural ensemble member with Theatre Above the Law, Michael works in all three capacities; and as a company member with Idle Muse Theatre Company, he has been seen as an actor as well as one of the creative minds behind their annual Idle Musings of Sherlock Holmes radio series. He is also a Resident Playwright with Three Brothers Theatre Company (2018-2020). His first original play, Family Values, ran in the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and he has worked with various companies throughout the Chicagoland artea, such as First Folio Theatre, Oil Lamp Theater, MadKap Productions, Halcyon Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Fury Theatre, The Public House, Great River Shakespeare Festival, InTandem Theatre, Ghostlight, and more. See more at

So Far - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

Michael Dalberg

Terilyn Elise Eisenhauer is a Chicago-based theater artist. She graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 2015 with a dual degree in Theater and American Studies and was awarded a full scholarship to continue her training at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She has supplemented her formal education by training with various theater companies and schools throughout New York, Chicago, Ireland and Greece. Terilyn has been the recipient of the M.E.H Lewis Scholarship from Chicago Dramatists and was recently was accepted into The Jackalope Playwrights Lab. Most recently, she won the Art of Adaptation Festival at City Lit Theater for her play Crazed Girls, and her full-length play Lovelocked will receive its first workshop production with The NOW Collective in 2020. When not creating art, Terilyn is an avid traveler and has visited 20 countries.

Crazed Girls - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

Terilyn Elise Eisenhauer

Zack Peercy is a Chicago based playwright. He is a resident playwright at Three Brothers Theater, where his play That's Fucked Up had its world premiere in May 2019. He's had some readings, placed in some contests, and had some development opportunities. His plays can be found on New Play Exchange. You can find him on instagram at @zackpeercy

Kubrickian - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

Zack Peercy

Matt Schutz is a Chicago-based playwright and actor, and a proud graduate of the University of Iowa. His plays have been developed or produced at the University of Iowa, Horizon Theatre, the Chicago Fringe Festival, the Pride Arts Center, and Intrinsic Theatre Company. He is a co-founder of the Chicago Iowa Theatre Collective and serves as the literary manager for the Vanguard Arts Collective. Feel free to follow him and his roommate's cat, Tonks, on Instragram @mattgschutz.

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Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

Matt Schutz

Alexander, co-founder and artistic director of Avalanche Theatre, is a playwright whose work has been developed and performed with Bower Theatre Ensemble, Three Brothers Theatre, Otherworld Theatre, The Plagiarists, Benchmark Theatre, and more. He is currently a Playwright Resident with Three Brothers Theatre.

His most recent writing work is the Ten Play Project, in which he wrote ten full-length plays in one entire calendar year, starting with his birthday in October 2018. Since beginning the project, three of these plays have gone into development with theatre companies in two states. Additionally, Frances Makes History, which was written in December 2018, was Avalanche Theatre's first project.

To find out more about Alexander's work, visit

Frances Makes History - Workshop Production, July 2019

Generation Red - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

Alexander Utz

Chris Vanderark (he/him/his) is a script writer / producer based in Chicago. Most recently, his play Minutes and Seconds received its world premiere in Rhinofest at Prop Thtr. You can find him on the New Play Exchange.

Mavis - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019

Chris Vanderark

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