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Chicago Dramatists nurtures playwrights of all levels with the space, resources, and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists. 

New Play Development. Every day.


Chicago Dramatists is the only comprehensive playwright development center of its kind in Chicago.  We focus on playwrights, giving them an artistic home no matter where they are in their development. This support has helped our playwrights win numerous Jeff nominations and awards for Best New Work in Chicago as well as countless other regional and national awards for playwriting.  Our playwrights regularly see their plays produced in Chicago, on Broadway and at regional theaters throughout the country. Our playwrights are also also shaping writers' rooms in LA, sending our Chicago stories to living rooms across the world. 

For nearly 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has supported playwrights at all levels of development - from apprentices to the craft to masters. 

Programs are made possible by your generous support. Make a gift TODAY!

Develop your craft and expand your network with The Writer's Studio classes! 

Our courses are unparalleled. Students and participants work directly with award-winning playwrights, screenwriters, and artists including actors and directors, regularly meet industry professionals, receive showcase opportunities and have ongoing, long-term relationships with instructors and artistic staff. 

Resources include:

    • Script reviews
    • Table readings
    • Writers' groups
    • First Draft Reading Series membership
    • Exclusive notification of submission opportunities 


Join us June 16th for Solo Show: Page to Stage Presentation

An afternoon of work-in-progress solo performances developed in Arlene Malinowski's "From Page to Stage" class. 

Over the course, the writers develop their text, are advised by an acting coach, and work with a director to shape and sharpen their piece. This is a presentation of their work. 

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