Joanne Koch is the creator or co-author of seventeen acclaimed plays and musicals produced around the country, screenwriter of numerous screenplays and an Emmy winning television series, and author or co-author of nonfiction books, magazine and newspaper articles, and previously a column syndicated to 200 papers around the country.

Dr. Koch is the director of the graduate writing program of National Louis University, the Master’s in Written Communication, and winner of the 2013 NLU “Excellence in Teaching Award” She initiated their renowned Pulitzer Prize Series, their annual literary anthology Mosaic, and their Writers’ Week Workshops.

Joanne was featured on the cover of Today’s Chicago Woman as one of 100 women in Chicago making a difference through her writing and teaching. She is also the artistic director of the Chicago Writers’ Bloc playwright development group ( that has brought hundreds of new plays to Chicago and around the country with its festivals of new plays in staged readings supported, in part, by the Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.

For more information about Joanne Koch's work, see
recently produced and published plays and musicals.

Joanne Koch is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and participates in the Midwest New Musicals workshops.

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