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. 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 summer classes is May 25th, 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 May 27th, 2017


  • Solo Show and Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage with Arlene Malinowski (Tuesday evenings + Saturday Series performance)
  • Acting for Writers with John Green (Wednesday evenings)
  • TV and Web Pilot with Mary Ruth Clarke 
  • Essentials 1 Bootcamp with Marsha Estell 
  • Essentials 2 with Marsha Estell 
  • Writing Political and Social Theatre with Doug Post (4 Tuesdays)
  • Play in Progress with Doug Post (Wednesday eve)
  • Solo and Storytelling Development Intensive with MT Cozzola  (4 Wednesday evenings)
  • Play in Progress with Doug Post (Wednesday eve)
  • Screenwriting 1.0 with Mary Ruth Clarke (Saturday afternoons)
  • Radio Theatre/Podcast Workshop with Trina Kakacek (4 Monday evenings)
  • Scene Shop with Will Dunne (sessions available on Thursday afternoon, evening, and Saturday morning)
  • On-line classes! We'll be offering Essentials 1 with Dana Lynn Formby & The Rewrite with Mia McCullough as on-line offerings.
  • 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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