Chicago Dramatists

Out The Box Festival!

Come enjoy and celebrate these break-out, identity-challenging, boundary-pushing new plays in our first annual Out The Box Festival! These readings will happen every Saturday in October at 2pm CST. All events will be streamed on our Twitch channel (

Featured this Saturday will be Hundreds and Hundreds of Stars, by Resident Playwright Sandra Delgado, directed by Laurie Woolery. Presented in association with the Local Theater Company, of Boulder, CO. Stream the reading through our Twitch Page at the button above!


WINTER Classes Now open!

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. Our classes are currently held online and are taught by some of Chicago’s finest professional and laureate dramatists. Come discover new mentors, peers, and parts of your theatrical self.

Chicago Dramatists now offers 20% discounts for select classes. Keep an eye on our social media and e-blasts to see when these discount codes become available and get your special discount! Codes only available through Sep 03.

Thank you to all who came to La Nuit D’Amour Dramatique! It was a tremendous night, and we were thrilled to have you join us. Thank you to our donors, our writers, and all who came out to support the Chicago Dramatists community. You can watch the main event for a limited time above or by clicking here.

Thank You!

Chicago Dramatists Support of Black Lives Matter and BIPOC Artists

We continue to stand in solidarity with those fighting for social justice in the name of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and continue our own work towards a greater level of inclusion and diversity in all arenas of our organization.

Please see the link above listed on our top banner, titled “In Support Of Black Lives Matter.” There, you will find all of the details pertaining to our DEI programming, including classes, initiatives, and more. You can also find a link on that page to a list of organizations you can partner with, to help in the fight for social justice.

Chicago Dramatists: COVID-19 Response

Due to circumstances regarding COVID-19, Chicago Dramatists at 1105 West Chicago Ave is currently closed, until further notice. For the time being, all classes and events will be held online. Additionally, we will not be having classes at The Literacenter until further notice. The Literacenter is actively keeping Chicago Dramatists appraised of the situation, as the quarantine continues. As soon as we are able, we will be back in the classroom.

As our phone line connects directly to the theater, please do not call during this time. Any 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

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.