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Resident Playwrights enjoy six years of play-development resources, including private and public readings, workshops and supported productions with guest companies (via the Grafting Project).   Playwrights must live within 100 miles of Chicago and spend the majority of their time in Illinois.  See the application page for more details.  Applications due March 31, 2017.


We have a lot of exciting new offerings including various Writers' Groups, Improvisation for Playwrights, and Writing for the Small Screen: TV & Web Pilot.
Early Bird discount on most classes until March 1st!

Terrific kick-off event for the tutterow fellows!

On Saturday, January 28th, our inaugural class of Tutterow Fellows presented excerpts of their works in progress, directed by Steve Wilson, Dawn Renee Jones, and Azar Kazemi. 

From L to R: Leean Kim Torske (Fellows Director), Derek Lee McPhatter, Rachel DuBose, Caroline Macon, Osiris Khepera, Loy Webb and Cassandra Rose.

We are so pleased to have these talented playwrights at Chicago Dramatists! Learn more about each playwright on the Tutterow Fellows page

Saturday Series

Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include panel discussions and fireside chats with visiting artists. All plays are directed and rehearsed, but are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, audience members are invited to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 25
Northwestern University
10-Minute Play Festival

More upcoming readings. 

Register for Classes

Each quarter, Chicago Dramatists offers a variety of courses. Spring classes have started, but there are still sessions available.  Visit our upcoming classes page to view a summary of each course along with prices and meeting times. 

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