Chicago Dramatists

Dear Chicago Dramatists Community–


Chicago Dramatists is proud to stand alongside those who are marching/demonstrating for justice and the dismantlement of racism and white supremacy. As a non-profit arts and culture institution, we are committed to supporting the lives and work of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists within our large community of emerging and established writers, actors, directors, dramaturges and patrons. We know that the protests are just the beginning. There is difficult, but painfully overdue and necessary work that lies ahead. And we will work for equality and inclusion internally, within our own organization, to effect that end.

To start, we agree that DEI begins with leadership. Currently our board of directors has three slots that will be open August 1. We invite BIPOC leaders to apply to join our board. If you, or someone you know is interested, please write to us at board@chicagodramatists.org. Additionally, we are expanding our Diversity Committee, and creating an Artistic Affairs committee, both of which will work together with our board and staff to enact meaningful progress and change.

For our current and upcoming DEI arts and education programming, please see the following:

  • Playwriting & Creative/Professional Development courses taught by Black Artists for Black Artists (offered free to eligible students, though instructors will be paid)
  • Our Fall Tutterow Fellow New Play Festival, which this year is exclusively BIPOC
  • Our Resident Playwrights, half of whom identify as BIPOC or Differently Abled, will continue to present staged readings of new work in our Saturday Series and other Chicago Dramatists events
  • Further development of our New Play Reading Outreach Program, in collaboration with Literacy Chicago, where together we work with BIPOC Adult Learners
  • Our online La Nuit Summer Gala, which will feature work and interviews with many of our BIPOC theater artists
  • A BIPOC Resident Playwright New Play Festival in 2021
  • An offering of theater space to Chicago BIPOC artists and itinerant theaters for new play readings. (Due to the pandemic, certain dates and delivery mechanisms may shift — but our programming will remain the same, and may even be added to)

We invite you to hold us accountable as we execute our plans. If you have questions, please write Clarke Smith at csmith@chicagodramatists.org. Thank you for your time, consideration and support.

Sincerely,
Chicago Dramatists


And if you are inclined to call your local representatives here is a list — or contact Governor J.B. Pritzker (312-814-2121) or Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota at 1-651-201-3400, (or toll free at: 1-800-657-3717) to share your voice. You may also contact Lori Lightfoot and City Hall at 312-744-5000


Chicago Dramatists: COVID-19 Response

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

The Literacenter has closed it’s doors, and is keeping Chicago Dramatists appraised of the situation, as the quarantine continues. As soon as we are able, we will be back in the classroom.

Classes

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.

Refunds

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.

Events

All events at the theater are currently on hold, until it is safe for us to reconvene in the theater.

Network

There are still a handful of spots available for Network, and folks may register online. Those interested should see the Network Page for details.

Timeline

Our facilities will be closed, but Chicago Dramatists will continue operations via Zoom, 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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Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
312-633-0630

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.