From all of us at Chicago Dramatists, we thank you for your continued support during these difficult times!


Summer Classes Are Open!!

Summer classes have just been announced, and we’ve got a special offer for this summer quarter. Save 20% on select courses when you use the promo code below. But be sure to register soon! This offer is only good when applied by June 8!!

Take a look at our Broadwayworld.com Article, announcing our class lineup!

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. All classes are held online for Summer 2020.

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.

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.


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


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


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

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.