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Registration Open for the Spring 2019! 

Choose the class that suits you and click on the class's name to go to the details page (some classes have Prerequisites).

Feel free to email Linzhuo Zhang at lzhang@chicagodramats.org if you have any questions.

Playwriting & Screenwriting


-- Take your first step as a playwright!

Essentials 1 

You will learn the basic of dramatic structure and how to turn your noice into a story, plus will write and workshop a 10-minute play applying what you have learned.



6 Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm  

Mar 24 - Apr 28

Essentials Bootcamp

Want to learn the core principles of the six-week Essentials 1 but in a weekend? A great option if you live out-of-town or just want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.   


1 Weekend, 10:00am-4:30pm 

Mar 9 - Mar 10

-- Dive deeper, be skilled!

Essentials 2

You will delve deeper into the components of dramatic structure, evaluate conflict, identify and discriminate theatricality and differentiate use of stage direction. This course culminates in a campus presentation of the classes’ 10-minute plays.



6 Sundays, 2:30pm-5:30pm 

Mar 24 - Apr 28

-- Develop your first "act"!

Essentials 3

You will expand your 10-minute play talents to write a one-act utilizing the components of dramatic structure and action. 



6 Sundays, 6:30pm-9:30pm 

 Mar 24 - Apr 28

-- Ever thought of writing a movie?

Screenwriting Essentials 1

This six-week class emphasizes visual storytelling and the ever-important logline. We will analyze and map out the classic story structure of a screenplay that went on to be made into an Oscar-winning movie. 


6 Wednesday, 6:30pm- 9:30pm 

 Apr 24 - Jun 5

-- How to write a better character?

Character Workshop

You will deeply explore the voice, behavior, and point of view of your characters to better understand how they impact the world of your play. 


6 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Mar 06 - Apr 17

-- Develop your story scene by scene!

“Scene Shop” Play Development

Choose a session:    Thursday Evenings;     Saturday Mornings;     Saturday Afternoons

For experienced playwrights, Scene Shop offers weekly writing exercises to help you develop your script, actors to read your work from home, and constructive group feedback. You also become eligible to participate in the popular Scene Shop Showcase in our theatre.

7 Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm (Apr 11 - Jun 13) OR

7 Saturday mornings, 10:00am-1:00pm ( Apr 13 - Jun 15;  OR

7 Saturday afternoons, 2:00-5:00pm (Apr 13 - Jun 15)

-- A creative challenge: Write a play in one day!

It Happened One Weekend Bootcamp

Arrive on Saturday morning with absolutely nothing prepared and take a creative leap. By Sunday afternoon, writers will have not only written a new play but will hear it performed by professional actors!


1 Weekend, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm/Sun 1:00-5:00pm 

Mar 23 - Mar 24

-- Working on your full-length?

Developing the Full-length 2

You will discover dramatic action through character decisions, describe in what way story/plot/time unfold in the work, build the world of the play, apply dramaturgy techniques.



6 Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm 

Mar 16 - Apr 27

-- How to explore a public issue in a play?

Writing the Political or Social Play

Through analysis of works by playwrights who have spoken to the tenor of their times, you will build on your own work each week, making it much more provocative and powerful.



6 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm 

Apr 3 - May 8

-- Not satisfied with your first draft?

The Rewrite

You will learn the best practices of rewriting and discover the right direction to rewrite. Create both a tracking document and an image tracker to detail your story, answer in detail the universal vs specific aspects of your work.



6 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm 

Mar 21 - Apr 25

-- How do directors like my story?

Connections 1 Workshop

You have written a full-length script, and now you are ready to have your work critiqued. In this rare opportunity you will receive feedback from two professional directors—each giving unique insight and advice to advance your work forward.



8 Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm 

Mar 13 - May 11

Musical Theatre


-- Let's learn from masterwork!

Secret Life of the American Musical Workshop

Based on Jack Viertel’s landmark book, The Secret Life of the American Musical, this 6-week class offers provides insight into what makes a great musical work. Each week you will study masterwork examples from Gypsy to Hamilton, learn skills to create new work, share work in progress.



6 Sundays, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Mar 31- May 5

Live Storytelling & Solo Show


-- Why not make your story alive?

Live Storytelling

This eight-week course will give you the narrative tools to illuminate your personal experience, bringing your truth and presence to the stage with comfort, skill, and joy. 



8 Mondays, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Mar 18 - May 6

-- Want to refine your performance?

Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: Page to Stage Workshop  

You have skills and written material, now it is time to take yourself to the next level. This advanced-level class is designed for actors, storytellers, solo artists, and playwrights to workshop your voice, the voice of your story, and refine your performing skills. 



6 Tuesdays plus 1 Saturday 6:30pm-9:45pm 

Apr 2 - May 7 (rehearsal & final performance June 1)

-- How to have my show produced?

Marketing and Producing your Solo Show

You will learn how to create a visible presence in your city, use social media advertising, vlogging and blogging, buzz-building, writing press releases, and so much more!



3 Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:45pm 

Apr 30 - May 14

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