Charlotte B. Chorpenning

Charlotte Barrows Chorpenning (1873–1955) was a children’s playwright. When she was 60 years old, after her husband died, she began writing plays for children. She was also the artistic director of the children’s theatre at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, and remains the most produced playwright in Goodman history.

Over the years, she adapted many famous fairy and folktales. She believed that children would come to see plays about characters they knew already. She also strongly believed that plays should not talk down to children, and that children should be able to identify with the lead.

Each year, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education awards the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award for the body of work of a children’s playwright.