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Mia McCullough papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-McCullough

Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly various scripts written by McCullough including both drafts and final versions. Handwritten notebooks that contain drafts also include some personal notes. Press clippings, articles, flyers, and other promotional material as well as some production material like cast signatures, set design, and actor packets from some plays are included. Personal writings and awards are included. Some material such as newspapers, posters, and a magazine are oversized.


  • Creation: 1992-2012



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Mia McCullough papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Mia McCullough papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright and literary rights are retained by the author. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Mia McCullough

Chicago playwright and screenwriter.

Mia McCullough was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York and grew up in the small working class town of Hawthorne, New York. McCullough came to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where she graduated in 1992 with a degree in theater. She began with a focus in acting and directing until her junior year, where she reignited her love for writing. Here she discovered her interest in writing and creating her own scripts instead of interpreting someone else’s play. After graduation, she remained in Chicago. She spent the first few years independently writing and attending occasional workshops and festivals. Around 2006, she began meeting with the group, the Playwrights Collective where she rekindled the constructive collaborative spirit she had in college.

McCullough has written plays that have been produced on stages in Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. For her breakthrough play, “Chagrin Falls,” she was the recipient of the ATCA Osborn Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best New Work, first prize in the Julie Harris Playwriting competition, and a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production. She has received many other awards for her other works. She has taught playwriting at both Chicago Dramatists and Northwestern University. She currently lives in Evanston.


4.6 Linear Feet (7 boxes and 1 oversize box)


Drafts and copies of plays by Chicago playwright Mia McCullough, who has written plays produced by Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company, and Stage Left Theater in Chicago, as well as many other stages nationwide. Collection also includes promotional materials and some diaries.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Scripts, 1992-2011
Boxes 1-6
Series 2: Press, Promotion, and Production Material, 1993-2012
Box 7
Series 3: Personal, 1992-2005
Box 7
Series 4: Oversized Material, 1994-2012
Box 8

Collection Stack Location

1 41 2, 1 30 4


Gift of Mia McCullough, 2013.

Processed by

Ruby Oram, 2015 and Kelly Schulz, 2018.

Inventory of the Mia McCullough papers, 1992-2012
Kelly Schulz
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States