29th Young Playwrights Festival

Join us for 29th Festival of next-level student-written plays exploring “Expectations.”

Our Little Secret

By Myka Buck – directed by Lavina Jadhwani
A high school senior, Tommy lives with her single, working mom. As senior prom excitement builds, Tommy struggles with coming out to her conservative mother.


The Adventures Of FeRb

By Brian Hayes (Taft High School) – directed by Jason Fleece
It is the first day of school and FeRb is more excited than ever. He is an incoming freshmen and looking to finally make friends and find his true social group – until he meets Bradly, the social king of high school.


A Cup Of Souls & One Grim Reaper, Please

By Keauna Pierce – Directed by Ilesa Duncan
The new grim reaper, Dave, doesn’t like doing his job of collecting souls and dreams of traveling the world. However, his bosses have other things in mind. Does Dave get to make his dream come true – or does his view of his job change?


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All Performances at:
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
(Chicago Dramatists)

Theatre Entrance on Aberdeen & May


Chris Acevedo –  Previous Chicago credits include work with Mary-Arrchie, Adventure Stage Chicago, Lifeline, Teatro Vista, and many others. He is the Artistic Director of Tympanic Theatre, is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent, and is a recent graduate of The School at Steppenwolf (Class of 2015).

Chris Cinereski – appeared in Pegasus’ world premier of Ghost Gardens in 2015.  Chris has worked with such companies as Chicago Dramatists, Steppenwolf, Red Moon, Piven, and New Theatre Collective.  He can be seen in 180 Degree Rule, at Babes with Blades this coming Spring.  Chris graduated with a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Will Kiley – has worked in Chicago with Griffin, Raven, Northlight, Next, Collaboraction and Feast.  He is also a proud company member of Jackalope Theatre. In 2014 Will traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Lost Compass Collective and in 2011 he traveled to Kenya with The Great Globe Foundation. In the Summer Will serves on faculty at The National High School Institute (Cherubs) Program.  He is a proud graduate of CCM Drama class of 2013. Will is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

Shadana Patterson – Chicago credits include: HoliDaze (Step Up Productions); Creole (Infusion Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun and 500 Miles: Stories of the Mule Train (Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre); The Cat’s Meow: A Vaudeville (Prologue Theatre); and The Snow Queen (The Piven Theatre Performance Lab).  She is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University and The School at Steppenwolf.

Erica Pezza is a Chicago based actress whose most recent credits include: understudying All’s Well That End’s Well (Stage Left Theatre), Heat Wave (Steppenwolf Garage Rep), and various Independent films. Erica is a graduate of The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting. Follow Erica’s upcoming projects at: www.ericapezza.com

Danielle Rennalls is a multidisciplinary artist and theater maker.  A graduate of UNCSA School of Drama, she has worked with Lyric Opera, Redmoon Theater, Waltzing Mechanics, Second City, and the Side Project Theater. Other credits include National Black Theater Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Rising Phoenix Rep and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Danielle has appeared in such films as The Star of Ethiopia (dir. Jefferson Pinder).

Brenann Stacker – Chicago theater credits include Look, we are breathing with Rivendell, Airline Highway at Steppenwolf, Bedroom Farce with Eclipse Theatre, Under Construction with Jackalope Theatre, Pretty, Smart, Poetic with Odradek Theatre and roles with Walkabout Theater and Redmoon Theater.  Regional credits include the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Double Edge Theatre.  TV/film credits include Sirens, Banana Season, Washed, Persephone and The Origins of Wit & Humor.  A Chicago native, she earned a BA in Drama at Tufts University and is a graduate of the O’Neill National Theater Institute, the St. Petersburg Theatre Academy and The School at Steppenwolf.  Brenann is represented by Stewart Talent.  www.brenannstacker.com

Eric Gerard Walter – recent credits include My Manana Comes (US) at Teatro Vista, Kafkapalooza and The Paranoid Style in American Politics at First Floor Theater,The Royale at The American Theatre Co., I & You at Redtwist Theatre (understudy), Outside Agitators at 20% Theatre, and First Laugh Festival at Piccolo Theatre. He is a proud graduate of the Academy at Black Box Acting, and is represented by Gill Hayes Talent.