The M.E.H. Lewis Memorial Fund


This fund is in memory of Resident Playwright, M.E.H. Lewis, and is intended to provide funds to assist playwrights with their artistic endeavors. Partial scholarships will be provided toward classes at Chicago Dramatists to further the education of Chicago area writers. The scholarship will cover 75% of the cost. There are also partial scholarships available for our Script Reviews which has a separate application process, please click here to see it. 


The playwright must live within close proximity to Chicago Dramatists in order to attend class. The committee will only consider writers living within 50 miles of the theater who have never previously taken classes at Chicago Dramatists. All applicants must be 18 years or older to qualify.

There are 2 options for scholarship consideration:

  • Option 1: New student -- open only to students who have never taken a class at Chicago Dramatists previously. Please indicate this status in the application.
  • Option 2: Returning Students -- open only to students who are continuing their studies at Chicago Dramatists. Please indicate which class(es) were previously taken and with which teacher. The returning student must be in good standing and have successfully completed previous course requirements.


  • Application deadline for winter classes is February 20th, 2017
  • Include your contact information (including address, phone number, and email address) and a brief biography.
  • Please indicate if there is a particular class you are interested in taking.
  • Provide an artistic statement: give insight on why this scholarship is valuable to your future as a playwright (do not exceed 1 page).
  • Provide a writing sample; please do no exceed 10 pages (may be fewer than 10 pages).
  • Scholarship winners will be notified by February 25th, 2017


  • Actor-Inspired Writing weekend workshop taught by Mia McCullough (March 11 &12)
  • Screenwriting Workshop for Playwrights taught by Mary Ruth Clarke (April 1 & 2)
  • Essentials 1 Bootcamp with Dana Lynn Formby (April 8th & 9th)
  • Essentials 2 with Dana Lynn Formby (Monday evenings)
  • What's So Funny? Comedy Intensive for Playwrights with Scott Woldman (Monday evenings)
  • Play in Progress with Doug Post (Wednesday eve)
  • Solo Show and Storytelling Fundamentals with MT Cozzola  
  • Play in Progress with Doug Post (Wednesday eve)
  • Screenwriting 1.0 with Mary Ruth Clarke (Saturday afternoons)
  • Screenwriting 2.0 with Mary Ruth Clarke 
  • Scene Shop with Will Dunne (sessions available on Thursday afternoon, evening, and Saturday morning)
  • We are also continuing a weekly writers' group called Launch Pad for aspiring playwrights and screenwriters who got their undergraduate degree in the past 5 years, as well as our RAC Writers' Groups for early career playwrights and screenwriters who have studied writing extensively.

Submit applications materials to:  Scholarships@chicagodramatists.org

If you have questions about any of the classes, call Public Programs Director Mia McCullough at (312) 633-0630

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