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Kristin Idaszak is writer and culture maker working across disciplines whose artistic practice includes text and live performance. She is an internationally produced playwright, essayist, cultural critic, dramaturg, director, and academic. Kristin’s recent work focuses on the intersection of the climate crisis, gender, and chronic illness.



A two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow and the former Shank Fellow at the Goodman Theatre, Kristin Idaszak has received commissions from EST/the Sloan Foundation, Cleveland Play House, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, TimeLine Theatre, and others. Her play Second Skin received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, and she was the Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Her work has been seen at or developed through the Goodman Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Directing Studio, The Drama League, Pasadena Playhouse, and the State Theatre of Turkey (Ankara), among others. She has received support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and was a finalist for a Creative Capital grant and the Princess Grace Award. Idaszak is adjunct faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University (where she previously served as Acting Head of Dramaturgy/Criticism BFA program) and Northwestern University. She was a Visiting Scholar at FLAME University in Pune, India. Idaszak's creative nonfiction and cultural criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Multiplicity Magazine, HowlRound, Rescripted, and elsewhere. MFA: University of California, San Diego.

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