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Join us for a day-long conference on October 1, 2016. The event includes panel discussions, artist roundtables, guest speakers, and chances to see new work development in action.

Designed for theater makers--but open to all--we'll be engaging Chicagoland artists in all aspects of new work, from considerations in acting and directing to issues of diversity in casting and the role of the critic.

With forty years of new play development experience, Chicago Dramatists is opening its doors and resources to theater artists to start targeted conversations on the craft of playwriting. 

General registration is free; select events have an admission fee.

Join us for the whole day or select programming. Register here

SOLD OUT!!! Contact the office for possible openings.




9-10 a.m. COFFEE & CHECK-IN 

10-11:30 a.m. THE CRITIC AND NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT 
Join us and our panelists Chris Jones, Kerry Reid, Kelly Kleiman, Jonathan Abarbanel, and Hedy Weiss 

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS [CHOOSE ONE] 

  • COLOR-CONSCIOUS CASTING FOR NEW WORK
  • HOW TO EFFECTIVELY MODERATE DISCUSSIONS
  • INCORPORATING DESIGNERS IN THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
  • SAMPLE PLAYWRITING CLASS with Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund 

1-2  p.m.  LUNCH & INFORMATION SESSIONS Grab a Windy City CafĂ© boxed lunch and join us for information sessions on Chicago Dramatists' programming, including our Residency Program, Network Program, the new Tutterow Fellows and classes. 

2:15-3:45 p.m.  AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS [CHOOSE ONE] 

4-5:30 p.m.  KEYNOTE EVENT: IN CONVERSATION WITH LYDIA R. DIAMOND 

5:30-7:30p.m.  DINNER & DRINKS Join us for cash bar, light appetizers & good company. 

8  p.m.  DEAD CHILDREN by Resident Playwright Robert Tenges Join us for the side project’s production of Resident Playwright Robert Tenges’s new work, performed as part of Chicago Dramatists’ Grafting Project.

September 29 - DEAD CHILDREN

Support Chicago Dramatists! Join us on Thursday, September 29, for an exclusive performance of DEAD CHILDREN by Resident Playwright Robert Tenges, directed by Adam Webster. Learn more about this event and buy tickets here.

DEAD CHILDREN is a part of The Grafting Project program at Chicago Dramatists. The Grafting Project is designed to promote Resident Playwrights and collaborate with peer organizations. Theatrical organizations interested in producing a play by a current Chicago Dramatists resident playwright can apply for a Grafting Project. DEAD CHILDREN is partnerships with side project theatre company.


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.

September 17, 2016
NEW RESIDENTS SHOWCASE
By New Resident Playwrights Georgette Kelly, Susan H. Pak, Isaac Gomez, Ricardo Gamboa, and Jay Torrence 
Selected scenes from the work of our new Resident Playwrights, followed by interviews with the writers.

September 24, 2016
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF THE FRESH FRUITS
By Resident Playwright Alumna Susan Lieberman
FIRST FRUITS is a family musical that views the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at three turning points in history -- Jerusalem in 69 AD, Spain in 1492 and the Lower East Side in 1910. Faced with obstacles in each era, a young woman and her aunt must find new ways to celebrate the harvest festival.  

Looking for a description of each play? Click here.  

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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