WBEZ | Stage Two, Columbia College http://www.wbez.org/content/stage-two-columbia-college Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Story Week Festival of Writers – From Truth To Fiction Panel http://www.wbez.org/story-week-festival-writers-%E2%80%93-truth-fiction-panel-105908 <p><p>Writers <strong>Jane Hamilton</strong> (<em>Laura Rider&rsquo;s Masterpiece</em>), <strong>Patricia Ann McNair</strong> (<em>Temple of Air</em>) and <strong>Shawn Shiflett</strong> (<em>Hidde Place</em>) discuss the role of truth, fiction, and everything in between in their work, hosted by <strong>Eric May</strong>.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.storyweek.org">here.</a></p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story-week-festival-writers-%E2%80%93-truth-fiction-panel-105908 Conversation with Playwright Young Jean Lee http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-21/conversation-playwright-young-jean-lee <p><p><strong>Young Jean Lee</strong>, playwright and author of <em>The Shipment</em>, engages in conversation with Columbia College's <strong>John Green</strong>.<br> <br> Young Jean Lee is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and was named by <em>American Theatre</em> magazine as one of the twenty-five artists who will shape the American theater over the next twenty-five years. She was born in Korea, grew up in Pullman, Washington, and attended college at University of California Berkeley, where she majored in English. Immediately after college, she entered Berkeley’s English Ph.D. program, where she studied Shakespeare for six years before moving to New York to become a playwright in 2002. Since then, she has directed her plays at Soho Rep, the Kitchen, the Public Theater, P.S. 122, HERE Arts Center, and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and performed in her play <em>We’re Gonna Die</em> (with band Future Wife) at Joe's Pub. She has worked with Radiohole and the National Theater of the United States of America. She is a member of New Dramatists and 13P, has done residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and Hedgebrook, and has an M.F.A. from Mac Wellman's playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Lee is currently under commission from Plan B/Paramount Pictures, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:54:34 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-21/conversation-playwright-young-jean-lee From Page to Stage: Scenes From Student Playwrights http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-21/page-stage-scenes-student-playwrights <p><p>Students from Columbia College Chicago's playwrighting classes will present their work, hosted by Lisa Schlesinger and Tom Mula.<br> <br> <strong>Lisa Schlesinger</strong>'s plays include <em>Wal-martyrs</em>, <em>Celestial Bodies</em>, <em>Twenty-One Positions</em> (with Naomi Wallace and Abed Fattah Abusrour), <em>Same Egg</em>, <em>Manny and Chicken</em>, <em>Rock Ends Ahead</em>, <em>Bow Echo</em>, <em>The Bones of Danny Winston</em>, <em>The Go Back Land</em>, and <em>The Artist of Transparency</em>. She is currently at work on <em>Harmonicus Mundi</em>, the second play in her <em>Celestial Bodies</em> trilogy. She has received commissions from the BBC, the Guthrie Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Portland Stage Company. She is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award and winner of the BBC International Playwriting Award, and has received grants and awards from the NEA, CEC International, the Bush Foundation, and the Iowa Arts Council, among others. She has recently published work in <em>American Theatre</em> magazine, Yale University's <em>Theater</em> magazine, and the <em>Performing Arts Journal</em>. She received her M.F.A.s from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop, and is coordinator of the Playwriting Program at Columbia College Chicago.<br> <br> <strong>Tom Mula</strong> has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for nearly thirty years and has taught in the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago as a senior lecturer since 1986. His plays <em>W!</em>, <em>The Golem</em>, and his work on Nicole Hollander's <em>Sylvia's Real Good Advice</em> were all recognized by the Joseph Jefferson Committee; he is also the proud author of <em>Almighty Bob</em>. His novel <em>Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol</em> was published in 1995 by Adams Media, and it became a <em>Chicago Tribune </em>bestseller. The audio version was broadcast nationwide on NPR for six seasons; the play received the Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul. It premiered in 1998 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, was Jeff-nominated, and received an After Dark Award. Since then, it has received hundreds of productions nationally and worldwide, including productions in South Africa and Australia. His acting credits include seven seasons as Goodman Theatre's Scrooge in <em>A Christmas Carol</em> and a Jeff Award for his performance in <em>Hot Mikado</em>. His story "Graven Images" appeared in <em>Hair Trigger 31</em> and received a Certificate of Merit from the Columbia [University] Scholastic Press Association.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:44:58 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-21/page-stage-scenes-student-playwrights Full-Time Fiction Writing Faculty Reading Featuring Betty Shiflett http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-20/full-time-fiction-writing-faculty-reading-featuring-betty-shiflett <p><p>Columbia College Chicago's Full-Time Fiction Writing Faculty read from their works. This event is hosted by Betty Shiflett.</p><p><strong>Betty Shiflett</strong> is professor emerita of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department and a winner of the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. She was the founding director of the Fiction Writing Department's Story Workshop® Tutoring and Tutor Training program, founder and artistic director of the Visiting Writers program, and a founding director of the department's in-service teacher training program. She is also a distinguished writer, playwright, and writing consultant. Shiflett is author of the play <em>We Dream of Tours</em> and the musical drama <em>Phantom Rider</em>. Her stories, articles, and novel and play excerpts have appeared in <em>LIFE</em> magazine, <em>Evergreen Review</em>, <em>Fiction and Poetry by Texas Women</em>, <em>Emergence: Writings by Women</em>, <em>Private Arts</em>, <em>F</em>, <em>The Story Workshop Reader</em>, <em>College English</em>, <em>Writing from Start to Finish</em>, and many others. Her award-winning story “The Country Barber” was published in<em> American Fiction</em> and translated into Mandarin by the novelist Geling Yan for <em>Sichuan Literature Monthly</em>. She is c coproducer and interviewer for the Story Workshop video <em>The Living Voice Moves</em>, featuring Randy Albers and his prose forms class. She and her Story Workshop advanced fiction class are featured in the video <em>Story from First Impulse to Final Draft</em>, coproduced by John Schultz and Randy Albers. Shiflett has been a featured writer three times in the Southwest Writers Conference at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. Along with John Schultz, she taught master's creative writing in fall 2007 at Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC, helping Fudan set up its first master's in creative writing program in China. She is principal Story Workshop master teacher, now at work on a memoir as novel, <em>Grassfires</em>.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:24:33 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-20/full-time-fiction-writing-faculty-reading-featuring-betty-shiflett 2012 AWJ-Chicago Annual Meeting http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-08/2012-awj-chicago-annual-meeting <p><p>Join us for AWJ-Chicago's 19th Annual Meeting. Our keynote speech, “Magazines 2.0: The Future of Magazine Publishing,” will be given by <strong>Elizabeth Fenner</strong>, editor-in-chief of <em>Chicago</em> magazine.<br> <br> The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and hors d'oeuvres. The annual meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a welcome and election of board members. Fenner’s address will follow.<br> <br> Admission is free to AWJ members whose 2012 dues are paid and Columbia faculty and students. Admission is $25 for non-members. For $20, non-member students from schools other than Columbia can get admission to the meeting and a one-year membership.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-08/2012-awj-chicago-annual-meeting