Write it. Read it.
Bring it to Life.

For 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has been a playhouse for new play development. We have strived to provide opportunities for playwrights to hone their craft, build new work from the ground up, and become a part of a community of artists dedicated to bringing new works to the city of Chicago and beyond. Become a part of Chicago Dramatists as a playwright, dramaturg, actor, director, technician, or friend and start the theatre world’s next big thing today.

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.


The Saturday Series — Chicago Dramatists’ longest running program — is back and in full swing. Please join us for our new play development readings and post-show discussions. Featured playwrights include Residents, Tutterow Fellows, Network, Alumni, and student work selected from our various writing courses.

The Saturday Series is free and open to the public. Produced three times a month, we employ Equity and Non-Equity actors, and professional directors and dramaturgs. As well, we draw from our long standing group of Artistic Associates — a company of award-winning theater artists who have helped build and sustain Chicago Dramatists, and who continue to call it their artistic home.

Playwrights Aloud!

Playwrights Aloud is Chicago Dramatists’ newest reading series for emerging playwrights, actors and directors. Each night five 10min plays by emerging playwrights are selected. Actors can arrive to audition that night, get cast that night, rehearse that night, and perform that night!

Playwrights Aloud will be taking a brief hiatus until January 19th, 2020. There will be two “Playwrights Aloud Presents” in December for participants of the 2019 Playwrights Aloud Readings.

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Chicago, IL 60642

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