MT Cozzola

Stories for the stage and screen.

The most serious things in life make me laugh. It’s not that I take the human struggle lightly, but I’m endlessly fascinated by the gap between what humans think we control—our illusions of power, safety, perfection, etc.—and the messier truths of our circumstances. 

My plays have been produced by Piven Theatre, The Side Project, The Fine Print, Working Women’s History Project, Acorn Theater, Step Up Productions, 20% Theatre, and other organizations. They have been developed at Wordsmyth Theatre, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, The Ruckus, Aston Rep, and Something Marvelous. 

I am a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and I’ve  received awards from the Illinois Arts Council and Heartland Theatre, and residencies at The Ragdale Foundation, Playa, and Hawthornden Castle. 

In addition to private workshops, I’ve taught playwriting at Carthage College, The Second City Training Center, Chicago Voice Center, and Chicago Dramatists. I’m a member of the Dramatists Guild, and am represented by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

“Scooby Doo camp meets Wes Anderson irony”
—Hell’s Half-Mile Film Festival

“Dark and murky, with a streak of visceral humor that compounds it visceral effect.”
—Time Out Chicago

“The 19702 setting lent a remote, almost nostalgic feel which highlights by contrast the universality of the play’s themes.”
—Around the Town Chicago

“Cozzola has a fundamental understanding of how people talk to one another and how certain kinds of talk lead to other kinds of talk.” 
—Chicago Stage Review