Pam Dickler

Playwright

Originally from Bucks County, PA, Pam has been part of Chicago’s theater community for more than twenty-five years enjoying work on both the creative and administrative sides.

Her plays include the full-length drama Life Defying Acts (winner, 2017 UMass New PlayLab), the comedy Fugue in a Cold State and the children’s musical, The Little Turtle, a parable on homelessness. Her one-act Promising was selected for the 2009 East Village Festival at New York’s Metropolitan Playhouse, and her comedies Philbert Eats a Nut and Someone Has to Die Tonight, Indeed He Does were both finalists presented at Stage Left Theatre’s 2009 DrekFest at ComedySportz. Pam was also a contributing writer/assistant director for The Arab-Israeli Comedy Hour at Chicago’s iO.

As a producer/director, she worked with Tony-nominee Herb Schapiro, helping to shape his world-premiere of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky, which included panel discussions with such luminaries as (then) Senator Barack Obama, Monsignor Jack Egan, and Studs Terkel. As founding managing director of Terrapin Theatre, she produced ten seasons of award-winning world-premieres, and directed such plays as Laurel & Hardy Sleep TogetherThe Inspector General, and From Thought to Finish.  With Ifa Bayeza she produced such Chicago premieres as Passages of Martin Luther KingWhat Use Are Flowers (part of Chicago’s Lorraine Hansberry Festival), Undesirable Elements-Chicago (written/directed by Ping Chong), and Bayeza's Kid Zero. Their premiere of Bayeza’s Amistad Voices at Chicago Shakespeare Theater was Critic’s Pick in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Their creation of The ShoeBox Theater, a subscription series of original plays for very young audiences at the Chernin Center for the Arts, was cited for excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Arts & Business Council.

Pam received her BFA in theater performance from Syracuse University, where she later served on the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ inaugural Advisory Board.

Highlights

Life Defying Acts, Winner, UMass New PlayLab      2017
Promising selected for East Village Fest, Metropolitan Playhouse, NY      2009
Philbert Meets a Nut selected for DrekFest, Stage Left/ComedySportz      2009
Someone Has to Die Tonight, Indeed He Does selected for DrekFest, SL/CSz       2009