Announcing Sheila Callaghan as our keynote playwright for the 2019 Fearless New Play Festival

October 4, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that nationally renowned playwright Sheila Callaghan will be our keynote playwright for the 2019 Fearless New Play Festival!

Sheila will present the keynote speech on Thursday, March 7, followed by a staged reading of her brand new play in development. She will be dropping in to TDPS classes throughout that week to work with our students.

Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. She is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award.

In 2010, Sheila was profiled by Marie Claire as one of “18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World.” She was also named one of Variety magazine’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” of 2010. Sheila was a longtime writer/producer on the hit Showtime comedy Shameless and a founder of the feminist activist group The Kilroys. She was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for her work on the Hulu comedy series Casual and a 2017 WGA Award for her Shameless episode “I Am A Storm.”

Find out more about Sheila Callaghan on her website: https://www.sheilacallaghan.com/

More information about the 2019 Fearless New Play Festival: https://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2019/fearless-new-play-festival

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