The Network Playwright Program is one of the core programs here at Chicago Dramatists: we are thrilled to be welcoming 50 new members, starting today, March 30. Click here to access the submission form.

Join today and get the Early-Bird Special:$325 for the year. This offer is only available today.

We will only be accepting 50 new writers, bringing the total number of Network Playwrights to 100 members. Once we hit our 100-person cap, registration will close for a year. 100 members is the number of folks we can serve, and serve well–this is your chance to join! We are thrilled to welcome in the next wave of great playwrights into Network! Click the link above to register!

COVID-19 Follow Up

Due to circumstances regarding COVID-19, Chicago Dramatists will be closing its doors for two weeks from March 15th to March 29th. During this period, all readings and events will be cancelled, and all classes will be held online. It is important to remain optimistic while also understanding that the situation may change and develop as the following weeks progress. We understand you may have a lot of questions and have done our best to address them below, but if your question is not properly addressed we ask that you fill out the digital contact form on this page rather than calling our main office.

The Literacenter

Starting this Sunday, March 15, the Literacenter will be closing it’s doors for two weeks. Literacenter staff is keeping us appraised of the situation, and will re-evaluate after two weeks.


During the next two weeks, all classes will move online and will be taught via Zoom. Teachers will be in touch with details shortly regarding how this will function, and how to use and utilize Zoom’s functions and capabilities. It’s a video-based conferencing platform that is very user friendly and easy to navigate.


Classes will be moved online; should a student decide to cancel their registration because of this, they’ll need to email Glenn B. Rust at grust@chicagodramatists.org. We will not be offering refunds. We will be providing full account credit, so your payment may be used for a future class.


All events at the theater are cancelled for the next two weeks. This includes all sessions for Naked Angels, First Draft, Playwrights Aloud, and Saturday Series. As well, performances of Little Time Theatre Co.’s Clementine will be postponed. See their social media for details. We will re-evaluate in two weeks time and will reach out accordingly.


Network registration will still be opening on March 30. Currently we still plan to hold our staged reading of Andy Mayo’s Blood and Water, and will re-evaluate in the coming weeks. Folks who cannot make it in person on March 30 to the theater will be able to sign up for Network online, (and will be able to make use of the early bird special price). Details on how to sign up online will be posted to this site at a later date.


Our facilities will be closed, but Chicago Dramatists will continue operations for the next two weeks via email and the website. Please know that phone calls will not be returned until after we reopen, and all questions and concerns should be sent to the staff via email. Click here to access a full list of contact information for the staff.

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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.