The theatremaker and arts educator, who began her playwriting career at the organization, will start the new post in May.
The organization has selected six emerging playwrights.
The program will offer developmental resources for playwrights who aren’t pursuing MFAs.
Can a play get made without a production? At a few indispensable development hubs, that’s the only way.
The company announces a new mission as well as its 2016-17 resident playwrights.
The slate includes plays by Scott Woldman and Dana Lynn Formby, and a guest production of a Nambi E. Kelley play by Pegasus Theatre.
Beals, a longtime associate of founding artistic director Russ Tutterow, inherits his mission of championing new plays and playwrights in Chicago.
The Chicago Dramatists leader nurtured generations of playwrights with weekly readings. They in turn formed the family that gathered around him as his health declined.