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and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists. 

Since 1978. New Play Development. Every day.

Special Benefit Performance: Thursday, October 12 at 8pm

Join Chicago Dramatists staff, board and playwrights for the performance of Resident Playwright Martín Zimmerman's world premiere, The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, with a light reception afterwards. All proceeds go toward future Chicago Dramatists' Grafting Projects. Tickets available here.

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter. He is currently an Executive Story Editor on Netflix’s Ozark and was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s Narcos Martín’s plays include Seven Spots On The SunOn The ExhaleWhite Tie BallThe Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T. (Seattle), and PlayPenn – among many others.

Martín is a recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, McKnight Advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize and was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at Goodman Theatre.

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The Writer's Studio offers script development resources from dramaturgy-on-demand and classes to year-round workshops. From beginning courses to ongoing writers' groups and workshops, The Writer's Studio serves dramatic writers of all experience levels.

Our programs are unparalleled. Students and participants work directly with actors and directors, regularly meet industry professionals, receive showcase opportunities and have ongoing, long-term relationships with instructors and artistic staff. Resources include:

    • Script reviews
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    • Table readings
    • Writers' groups
    • First Draft Reading Series membership
    • Exclusive notification of submission opportunities 

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This Week's Saturday Series:

Most Saturdays at 2:00pm, Chicago Dramatists presents a reading of a play-in-progress. Rehearsed and staged minimally, this program is devised for the playwright to hear their play through the bodies of actors, and to experience it in real-time with you, the audience. After each reading, a short discussion is moderated by a member of the artistic staff. Come be a part of new play development! 

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