Let your imagination take flight...

The dragonfly is associated with change and transformation.

It carries joy and hope in flight, and is a symbol of luck in many cultures.

At Dragonfly Theater Company, we aspire to offer a supportive environment that helps

artists and emerging playwrights achieve their full potential


Dragonfly Theatre Company promotes a life-long appreciation of theatre

using the lessons of past classics and the bold visions within new scripts.

We do this to help every generation understand and nurture the complexity and diversity of our world.

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July 22 - 31, 2021

Hard Candy by Jean Gottlieb


Hard Candy is a laugh out loud, adult themed comedy that takes a revealing look at the human side of the phone sex industry.


A consultant for the phone sex industry signs on to help a small company and finds a group of women struggling with more than slow business growth. As she navigates through a series of revelatory online meetings, the consultant comes to realize this eccentric family of women has just as much to offer her as she has to offer them. At once old-fashioned and forward looking, this funny, heartwarming and quirky play explores the idea of family, friendship and finding your tribe.


A virtual world premiere presentation at the BorderLight International Theatre

and Fringe Festival

July 22 - 31, 2021

Thanks to everyone who supported BorderLight Festival
Dragonfly Theatre!

Coming APRIL 2022

New Plays Festival


An inspiring, interactive weekend of new plays that address the ideas of growth, change and transformation.


Our team of readers select the shows but the festival audience votes for the one script that will 'take flight' with a full production in our next season.

Play submission limit has been met, no further plays will be considered for

Take Flight 2022

New Play




A full-length digital play in one act

by Kate Black-Spence

(An adaptation of the stage play “Ghosts of Whitechapel” by Kate Black-Spence

and Chris Brickhouse)

Directed by Alison Henderson


Michelle Ho

Jessica Maynard

Carolyn Minor

Michaela Voit

Wanda B. Jin

Tickets available October 15 - 31, 2021


$10 per person


A great big THANK YOU to all who supported this show!

Ghosts of Whitechapel: The Zoom Play
by Kate Black-Spence (based on the play by Kate Black-Spence and Chris Brickhouse)

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Dragonfly Theatre Company stands with those who call for change, inclusivity, equity and equality.

We do not tolerate any form of discrimination on the basis of race, complexion, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of our endeavors or from

any of our participants.


We recognize that art institutions, including ours, need to work relentlessly to be

inclusive and welcoming to artists from diverse backgrounds.

Our new company welcomes and continues to encourage these artists to

join in our creative efforts.


This statement of solidarity will influence our daily practices in administration, in rehearsals and productions, and will guide our actions in all the activities of our theatre. This is an ongoing, continual movement toward a more equitable society, and

we pledge wholeheartedly to support inclusivity.


The submission limit has been met for the
“Take Flight” Festival 2022
a new and unique staged reading performance series.
Plays must have strong dynamic female characters (think Bechdel test)

Preference will go to plays by female/diverse authors that address the ideas of
Growth, Transformation, and Change
We also prefer plays that can be performed as on-site or virtual readings.
Three to five finalists will be chosen for a staged reading.
Audience voting determines which play is eligible for full production.
Submission guidelines listed below.


Submission guidelines for the “Take Flight” Festival are as follows:

  • Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre: comedy, drama, multimedia, etc.. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

  • Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and plays that have received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.

  • Plays with casts larger than 8 people and unfinished works or drafts will not be considered at this time.

  • Plays that have had workshops, readings or non-professional productions will be accepted.

  • Electronic submissions only please.

  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

  • Eligible play may be produced either virtually online or live onstage.

Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the body of your email.

Please do not attach multiple files. Complete submission packages must include:

Your contact information; Your playwriting resume; Title of the play; Character breakdown and description including total number of characters; Time and place of the play; Synopsis (no longer than 1 page); a concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting (if any), and the full script.

Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.


  Submission window has been closed:

check back next year!

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Do you have a great new adaptation

you've been sitting on,

waiting for the right opportunity?

We are accepting submissions for adaptations of classic texts (*Shakespeare mostly but if you got something else in the public domain, we're willing to take a look).

When submitting an adaptation, please include a brief

synopsis or theme explanation (150 words or less),

a cast list with brief character descriptions,

a production or reading history,

and an author bio and contact information.

Preference will go to scripts by female/diverse authors

that incorporate modern/current ideas and themes.

The full script should be sent as a pdf attachment to DragonflyAdaptations@gmail.com.

Please allow six weeks before inquiring as to the status of your play.

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Here are a few ideas:


  • Monetary gifts are tax exempt and any amount is deeply appreciated. Businesses will often match donations, so ask your company to give too!


  • Sponsor a show: Your name or company will be featured as the show sponsor on all related materials.


  • Donate stock, IRA's or real estate, or include Dragonfly Theatre in your will. You will secure the future of our Theatre and all the artists it serves. 

In Kind donations

Donate your expertise!


  • We are looking for volunteers for IT help, Web Design, Set Building, Costume Construction, to name a few.


  • Donate goods: before you throw it out, consider donating it! We need furniture for sets, clothing for costumes, assorted stuff for props.


  • Have another idea? Send us an email!


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Attend a performance!

Right now, like many other theatre companies, our productions are

limited to online shows. 

We hope to be back on the boards soon, entertaining you live, but we also believe that online theatre is here to stay.

You will always find a show to watch, a story to listen to, a class to enjoy, right here on our website.

So enjoy a performance, and tell your friends about us!

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Stephanie Murphy

Artistic Director

Stephanie has been working as an actor, director, playwright, and arts educator for over 15 years.  Chicago credits include work with Eclectic Full Contact, HartLife Productions, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Corn Productions, and New World Rep.  She has an MFA in Performance from the University of Georgia.  


Mike Speller

Artistic Director

    Mike Speller began his professional acting career educating kids for CLIMB Theatre, acting with Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, then opening Walt Disney World’s Adventurers Club. His Chicagoland credits include Timeline, City Lit, Lifeline, New World Rep, Spartan, Gallery Theater, and Mary-Arrchie companies. 


    As an independent artist, Mike is an accomplished writer as well. He's adapted literary classics for Fringe Festivals all over the country. He has also created original shows exploring topics from Dreams to divas, Medieval knights to men-in-crisis, not to mention rock stars and were-dogs. His shows have been staged throughout the Midwest courtesy of Strawdog Theatre, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Bethany College, Prologue Theater, and The Mystery Shop, among others.


Jean Gottlieb

Associate Artist

    Jean is the former Artistic Director of Footsteps Theatre in Chicago (1991-1999) and New World Repertory Theatre in Downers Grove (2003-2009). She graduated with honors from DePaul University’s Theatre School (formerly the Goodman School of Drama) with an MFA in Directing, and is a certified Montessori Teacher.


    Jean has directed over thirty productions in her career, ranging from Shakespeare to children’s theatre to contemporary original works. She has appeared on various Chicago stages as an actress over the years, most recently appearing as Prospero in The Tempest for Hong Kong Live Play Readings. She is also a published playwright (NextStagePress.net), with three of her plays reaching full production, one receiving an After Dark Award from Gay Chicago Magazine.

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Here'sWhat We Are Working On



Our unique video/podcast is a combination of interview and master class, designed to improve your game as a performer. We'll talk about the tricks of the trade and the

ins and outs of

the business.

And we'll entertain you too.


Child Reading in the Grass


Stories for children ages 2 - 6

We'll read original stories created just for your little ones; and we'll include a follow-up

lesson on vocabulary and comprehension.

Great for playtime, bedtime, or quiet time for mommy and daddy. We promise to make learning fun!


for Adults

Survival tales, romantic interludes, coming-of-age adventures, or a "normal" night out? Everyone has a story to tell. Our creative staff will help you recall, create, and share the memories and messages that connect us all.

Classes for ages 18 & older.

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Although all three of us have been active in theatre for decades with other companies, Dragonfly Theatre is a brand new venture!

Interested in getting involved?

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