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Chicago Dramatists nurtures playwrights of all levels with the space, resources, and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists. 

New Play Development. Every day.


Will Dunne:

Making a Difference for 11 years

We wanted to know, so we asked,

"What are you grateful for, Will?"


This is Will Dunne. You know Will. He's an awesomely talented author, playwright, screenwriter, Resident playwright and teacher at Chicago Dramatists. For 11 years, Will has helped numerous playwrights like yourself develop new work. His work helps your work. And Will's work at Chicago Dramatists needs your support. Each week Chicago Dramatists brings in actors for Will's class, table readings and Saturday Series.

For as little as $25 you can cover the costs for 1 Equity actor. Want to help support Will's work?


Join us for this week's Saturday Series reading: 


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! 

Our upcoming schedule can be found here: Saturday Series

Develop your craft and expand your network with The Writer's Studio resources!

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
    • Exciting classes on campus and online
    • Table readings
    • Writers' groups
    • First Draft Reading Series membership
    • Exclusive notification of submission opportunities 

First-time enrollment? Get $50 off!

Refer a friend and get $50 off your next class!

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