Dillon Chitto

Dillon Chitto

Dillon Chitto is a Native American millennial of Mississippi Choctaw, Laguna, and Isleta Pueblo descent. Very much a product of his environment he grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he learned the importance of art, culture, religion, and traditions from his parents, grandparents, brother, and members of his community. In his playwriting, he connects these ideas using storytelling techniques learned...
Dillon Chitto is a Native American millennial of Mississippi Choctaw, Laguna, and Isleta Pueblo descent. Very much a product of his environment he grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he learned the importance of art, culture, religion, and traditions from his parents, grandparents, brother, and members of his community. In his playwriting, he connects these ideas using storytelling techniques learned throughout his life. He is presently in Chicago, Illinois and has recently graduated from Catholic Theological Union with an MDiv. He is currently a company member of BoHo Theatre where he is an artistic administrator. His first play Bingo Hall, developed by Native Voices at The Autry and presented during their 2017 Festival of New Plays, was given a world premiere at Native Voices in March 2018 in Los Angeles. He was selected as Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program’s 2017 winning playwright. Bingo Hall had a reading presented by the Global Voices theatre project as part of 2019 Origins Festival of First Nations at the British Library in London. He was also featured in the 2019 Adaptation Festival at Theater Above the Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Plays

  • Bingo Hall
    Wisecracking Edward Anaya makes all the calls in his Pueblo community– at least, he calls the numbers at the senior center's bimonthly bingo gathering. But college acceptance letters kick-start an identity crisis. Who will Edward be if he leaves home and the bingo behind?
  • The Seminary
    There are many ideas of what the Roman Catholic seminary is like, or should be like from the public. However, when speaking with former seminarians about their experiences, it seems to be either, "best time of my life" or almost like soldiers coming home with scars. The Seminary is a look at life in a conservative Roman Catholic seminary, from classes, and communal policing, to the priests in charge...
    There are many ideas of what the Roman Catholic seminary is like, or should be like from the public. However, when speaking with former seminarians about their experiences, it seems to be either, "best time of my life" or almost like soldiers coming home with scars. The Seminary is a look at life in a conservative Roman Catholic seminary, from classes, and communal policing, to the priests in charge and life after. This play is comprised of actual interviews with former seminarians who have agreed to give their candid opinions to the playwright, who also attended the seminary for four years right out of high school.