Since 1979, Chicago Dramatists has been an artistic home to over 135 Resident Playwrights, providing them with the space and resources to develop their work over a long period of time. Alumni Playwrights include Rebecca Gilman, Lydia Diamond, Tanya Saracho, Keith Huff, Rick Cleveland, Aaron Carter, Lisa Dillman, Carlos Murillo, Laura Jacqmin and Andrew Hinderaker, among others.
Resident Playwrights enjoy six years of new-play development opportunities such as private and public readings, workshops and collaborations with local theatre companies – free of charge. While in residence, playwrights actively embrace our core values of connectivity and community by supporting their fellow writers; they serve as moderators, mentors and dramaturgs for each other and for the Writer's Studio programs.
A national reading committee of literary managers, artistic directors and Resident Playwright Alumni reviews applications. The 2017 reading panel consists of Edward Sobel (Temple University/former Steppenwolf), Gabriel Greene (La Jolla Playhouse), Julie Felise Dubiner (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Gabrielle Randle (Northwestern University, PhD) and Jason Fliess (Stage Left Theatre), among others.
Application materials include:
All files should be in .pdf format and sent in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmation receipt of materials will be emailed in return.