Write it. Read it.
Bring it to Life.

For 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has supported playwrights at all levels of development – from apprentices to the craft to masters. Workshops, readings, classes, and special programs, provide opportunities for beginning and established dramatists to develop their work, expand their professional affiliations, showcase their plays and collaborate with actors, directors, and audiences during the creative process. 

Mission Statement

Chicago Dramatists is an inclusive community dedicated to nurturing dramatic writers at every stage of their evolution. We are committed to dynamic exchange and experimentation, leading to new and innovative works for the American stage and screen.


Interested in writing a musical? An adaptation? A full length? A ten-minute? A film or a TV script? Our courses are designed to engage and inspire a variety of writers, genres, aesthetics and styles. Taught by some of Chicago’s finest professional and laureate dramatists, our classrooms are a place to discover new mentors, peers, and parts of your theatrical self.

We offer classes in Playwriting, Screenwriting, Musical Theater, Dramaturgy, Political Theater, Solo Performance, and more. Take the creative leap. Commission your imagination. Sign up, show up, and bring your unique stories to life.

Announcing A New Partnership With Actors Training Center!

We are tremendously excited to announce our latest partnership with the Actors Training Center of Wilmette! We’ve got two incredible courses that we’ll be offering: John S. Green will be teaching Write Your Role, and Mary Ruth Clarke will be teaching Pitch Your Pilot. Anyone interested in registering should call ATC at: (847)251-8710. And check out the article announcing this partnership in Broadway World Chicago.

You can also take a look at our Outreach section, for videos with details on these two tremendous classes!

Playwrights Aloud Presents…An Evening With Mark Larson on January 28

Mark Larson is back with another “Playwrights Aloud Presents…” on Tuesday, January 28. This time, the event will be held at Open Books (651 West Lake Street) at 6pm, and will feature Chicago theater makers Sandra Delgado,  Kristin Idaszak, and Sandra Marquez. Larson will lead a discussion focusing on the question “Why Theater Now?” — what makes this form so vital and alive in our current age, and why does theater remain so deeply important. Stay tuned for details, and click here to find out more!

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Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

For office inquiries, buzz the front door on Chicago Ave.

For events and readings, come around to the back entrance on Aberdeen Ave.

Classes are primarily held at the Chicago Literacy Alliance at 651 W Lake St.

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