Barbara J. Wells is a Chicago writer. Her participatory plays for young audiences The Copy Cat Capers toured for three months under the direction of Temme Gilbert, producer of Hoop Dreams. The synopsis of her screenplay, Acquaintances would later win a one-on-one audience with Steve Shagan, winner of Screenwriters Guild Award for Save the Tiger. She is the librettist, lyricist, logo and gobo artist, and executive producer of Rag Doll, a new way musical. Barbara has written several short plays, full-length plays, and screenplays and produced several workshops. She was commissioned by The United Negro College Fund to write, direct, and workshop a play which was performed at McCormick Place. The winner of multiple grants and matching grants which includes Illinois Arts Council, Chicago CAAP grants. Her one-of-a-kind hand made leather bags establish her as one of a few leather artists who hand sew leather bags. Currently she is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. In 2014 she was the founder, producer, artistic and managing director of the world’s first new play sci-fi festival Art Meets Science at the Theater’ which featured sixteen plays from around the world.