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Carson Becker, Artistic Director

Becker is a playwright, screenwriter, dramaturge and arts educator. She earned a master of fine arts degree in playwriting from The University of Iowa. She taught Playwriting/Screenwriting at The University of Chicago’s Graham School, Columbia College, Roosevelt University, and Chicago Dramatists. She served as a guest artist at New York University, Ohio University, The University of Nebraska, The University of Illinois, and Oklahoma State University. She has worked as Literary Manager for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and as the program manager for the Educational Outreach and the Network Playwrights programs at Chicago Dramatists.

To contact Carson, email cbecker@chicagodramatists.org

Alison Gross, General Manager

Alison Gross has a Master of Education from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance from the University of Illinois Chicago. She is a Middle school Drama Teacher in Maywood, IL. Alison is the former House Manager with Blue Man Group and is excited to be working in the theatre community again.  

To contact Alison, email agross@chicagodramatists.org

Marsha Estell, The Tutterow Fellowship Program Director

Marsha Estell is a resident playwright alumna at Chicago Dramatists, 2010 3Arts/Ragdale Fellow, and recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Playwriting. Her plays include Heat, which had its world premiere at Chicago Dramatists and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Work and many other award-winning work. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity.

To contact Marsha, email mestell@chicagodramatists.org

Linzhuo Zhang, Interim Office Manager

Linzhuo Zhang is a screenwriter and fiction writer. He earned a Bachelor of Laws in Beijing and a Master in Laws from Northwestern University, and is going to start a MFA, screenwriting program in the fall. His past six years of legal training and international background equip him with a unique perspective on social issues and dramatic tensions of humanity. He has completed a full-length screenplay entitled Amigo, focusing on Chinese illegal immigration, and has published several fictions in China. 

To contact Linzhuo, email  lzhang@chicagodramatists.org.

Ean Miles Kessler, Marketing Manager

Ean Miles Kessler:  BFA Acting graduate of Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. New York City Off-Broadway Playwriting Credits include:  Brotherly LoveKing’s RiverThe BcamBeautiful HandsDevil Lay Me DownPublications:  Brotherly Love (“Shorter, Faster, Funnier,” by Vintage Books); Funny Valentine (“Plays for Two,” by Vintage Books). Beautiful Hands premiered at The Lion Theatre, on Theater Row in Manhattan, and Devil Lay Me Down premiered in Manhattan at Theater for the New City.  His work has been workshopped at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, and his play Romeo y Julieta - La Tormenta was commissioned and produced by Grace Arts. Formerly, Ean was the Department Head of Theater at Conchita Espinosa Academy, where he taught Shakespeare and Playwriting. 

To contact Ean, email ekessler@chicagodramatists.org

Kevin Marz, Bookkeeper & Financial Analyst

Kevin is currently majoring in Finance, Business and Leadership at Arizona State University. He is looking forward to graduating in the Spring of 2019. Kevin has experience working in several different industries from corporate to manufacturing, and he is excited to enter the world of arts administration at Chicago Dramatists.

To contact Kevin, email kmarz@chicagodramatists.org 

Matt Tassell, First Draft Coordinator 

Matt Tassell is a Chicago-based playwright, actor, and filmmaker. His plays include Happy Endings, Righteous, In The Same Room, and The Prisoner & The Guard. He wrote and directed the short film Permanent, and is currently working to make it a feature. Matt received is BFA in Acting from Missouri State University, and he is currently working towards his MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

To contact Matt, email mtassell@chicagodramatists.org

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