Cheryl Coons on the Dramatists Guild: Is It Worth It?

Cheryl Coons. Photo by Brian McConkey
Cheryl Coons. Photo by Brian McConkey

This month, playwright, lyricist, mentor, teaching artist Cheryl Coons spoke with us about the Dramatists Guild of America (for which she is a newly appointed representative) and “the benefit of participating in a national conversation.”

Coons has co-written numerous cabaret songs and more than a dozen musicals that have received professional productions, multiple awards and critical acclaim, including River’s EndAt Wit’s EndSylvia’s Real Good Advice, Female Problems and Phantom of the Country Opera. She contributed lyrics to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s award-winning productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure for Measure. Her work has been produced on the stages of Northlight Theatre, the Marriott Theatre at LincolnshireDrury Lane Oakbrook TerraceFlorida Stage and Marin Theatre Company, as well as internationally in the U.K., Canada, Kuwait and Russia. Coons has appeared at Carnegie Hall, performing her original material in an evening hosted by Michael Feinstein.

Coon’s contact information, full biography, samples of her work and details of her upcoming productions can be found on her website. You can also reach her at the Chicago Region Dramatists Guild Facebook page.

Enjoy the interview!