ALLAN BATES has more than forty years’ experience as a playwright and professor of creative writing. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in American humor and served as captain and later coach of the university wrestling team. He taught writing courses for twenty-five years at Northeastern Illinois University, where he served as Director of the Creative Writing Program. A founding member of Chicago’s early theatre movement, his first play ( Kids Games ) was produced at the Hull House Theatre along with works by Ionesco and Pirandello. He taught playwriting at Victory Gardens Theatre for eight years, and for six years served as Playwright-in-Residence at The Raven Theatre, two of Chicago’s most prominent theatres. He has authored more than twenty full-length and one-act plays, which have been produced throughout Chicago, as well as in New York and elsewhere around the country. Yellow Heat: Van Gogh in Arles was optioned for a Broadway production, and his docu-drama based on personal experiences at the National Theatre in Prishtine during on the Kosovo War, Sing for Me, Naxhie , won the Bailiwick Theatre’s annual new play award. Recently he has branched out into new directions, including children’s theatre, musical theatre, and screenwriting. He is a current member of The Dramatists Guild and The Playwrights Center.


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