Become a member today to
enjoy a variety of exciting benefits designed to bring you closer to
our work. From access to tickets to signature events to exclusive
invitations for special events plus private mentorship meetings with professional playwrights and script reviews, you will get the very best from Chicago
Writers' Group - $99.00
Are you looking for a writers group that provides structure, community, and accountability? Then this 8-session weekly writers group is the for you. Up to 8 writers will present anywhere from 30 pages to a full-length piece twice during the 8-week session, providing feedback for their cohort and honing their projects. Each group is moderated by a Resident Playwright and is designed as a compliment to Tier 2 courses. The price is reduced to $49 if added with another Writer's Studio class.
Script Review - $175.00
- All scripts should be properly formatted and in 12 point font. If you are unsure what the accepted industry formats are for plays, you can look here. Any scripts exceeding 120 pages will be charged an extra dollar per page. Extremely monologue-heavy plays may also incur an extra fee. Only .pdfs will be accepted.
- If you have a script that you would like feedback on, please fill out this form, and then email a .pdf of your play to email@example.com. Once we check the formatting and confirm the page number on your script, we will send you an invoice. Once the invoice is paid, the clock will start ticking on that 3 week turn-around time.
Table Readings - $350.00 base fee plus $30 per actor
Dramatists is now offering table readings to advanced playwrights
who are ready to hear their work read aloud by professional actors, in a
private setting, with a professional director or dramaturg facilitating
the discussion. We understand how essential this step is to the
development of a new work and we strive to offer the most fruitful
experience possible for each writer. Our
staff works with each writer to find a date, secures a space, casts actors who are not
just appropriate but who are well-versed in reading and responding to
new work, and engages a director or dramaturg who is well-suited to the
- Submitted plays are evaluated to ensure that they are appropriate for this stage of development. When a play is accepted and a date has been mutually agreed upon by the playwright and the Chicago Dramatists staff, we issue an invoice for the cost of the table reading. Please note that the casting demands of the script (e.g. large casts) will incur additional fees based on increased casting director time. The invoice must be paid within 15 days of agreeing upon the date in order to reserve the slot.
- If you have a script that you would like to submit for a table reading please fill out this form and then email a .pdf of your play to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Table Reading." Please understand that table readings are not meant to be a showcase to get your script produced. If you feel your script is production-ready and does not need further development, this is not the program for you.
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 covers 75% of the cost. There are also partial scholarships available for our Script Reviews.
Application periods run year-round and can be applied to any Writer's Studio class.
The Tutterow Fellowship is named after the late Russ Tutterow, the first
and 30-year artistic director of Chicago Dramatists. The program
honors Mr. Tutterow’s commitment to identifying and nurturing talent
that might not otherwise get the opportunity to grow - all free of charge.
Designed to support the emergent playwright, this two-year fellowship emphasizes training, practice and mentorship. Ideal candidates display significant potential for developing their craft, their voice and their network of collaborators during their fellowship at Chicago Dramatists. Two-thirds of each cohort are reserved for historically under-represented voices: writers of color, LGBTQIA, differently-abled, and/or neuro-divergent.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the Joyce Foundation.