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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.
Meet the creative team of Dragonfly Theatre!
Omar Vicente Fernandez; Artistic Director (He/Him/His) is a Mexican American artist born in Chicago and raised in Berwyn, Illinois. As a playwright, Omar centers a lot of his work around identity and the new generation of art in America. “As timeless as some stories are and will be, the next groundbreaking, generation-defining, and untold stories are out there waiting for us to find them. “ Omar is ecstatic to work at Dragonfly Theatre Company and bring new and profound art into the light.
Jean Gottlieb; Managing Director (she/they) was the interim Artistic Director of The 16th Street Theater NFP, and 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 holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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
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.
Dragonfly Theatre operates on the traditional unceded homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox
also called the chicagoland area home.
Thanks to all who supported the 2022 Festival!
APRIL 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
"Winter's End" by J.S. Puller opens our festival with an absurdist version of the Persephone myth from Greek legend, questioning the fact that Persephone makes no choices of her own.
APRIL 30 @ 3:00 p.m.
"Kalos K'agathos," by Chandler Hubbard, reveals Medusa in Hell, and her sister-Gorgons intent on breaking her out. The story begs the question: who's the real bad guy here?
APRIL 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
"Suff*rage," by Lauren Bone Noble, is a bloody, bawdy, feminist revenge fantasy centered around women’s suffrage…and maybe a zombie.
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.
"Hard Candy" made its (virtual) world premiere at the BorderLight International Theatre & Fringe Festival.
Thanks to everyone who supported
BorderLight Festival and
GHOSTS OF WHITECHAPEL
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)
Thanks to everyone who supported
the creation and performances of
this new adaptation!
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
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 twelve weeks before inquiring as to the status of your play.
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!
See A Show
Right now, like many other theatre companies, our productions are
We hope to be back on the boards soon, entertaining you live, but we also believe that online theatre is a good thing.
You can always find a show to watch, a story to listen to, a class to enjoy...
Just follow your curiosity.
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Big CHANGES are coming!
New name, updated mission,
and big plans are in the works!
Interested in getting involved?
Email us to find out how!
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