In this week’s installment of Now & Next: Live @ Five, Artistic Associate and Playwright Dael Orlandersmith was joined by several Chicago area playwrights for a character development masterclass.

Playwrights include: Dawn Renee Jones, Dianne Nora, Franky Gonzalez, Kristin Idaszak, Lucas Baisch, Melissa DuPrey, Seth Bockley, Stacey Rose

Dael Orlandersmith is an Artistic Associate and Alice Center Resident Artist at the Goodman. Ms. Orlandersmith has collaborated with the Goodman on Until the Flood during the 2017/2018 Season, Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men during the 2012/2013 Season and Stoop Stories during the 2009/2010 Season. Ms. Orlandersmith is a recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play. Orlandersmith has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Ms. Orlandersmith attended Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for four summers and is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and the 2005 PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship and an Obie Award for Beauty’s Daughter.