Chicago Dramatists


As we near the end of 2020 and look forward to all of the exciting prospects 2021 has to offer, we at Chicago Dramatists want to thank you for your continued support. Thanks to your help this year, we have been able to offer more unique classes than ever before, launch our new Out the Box Festival, and continue our mission of supporting new play development. Every day.

Getting ready for everything Chicago Dramatists has planned for 2021, we are once again asking for your support. During our End of the Year Campaign, we are rolling out our new donor levels with special perks and events to thank you for donating this year. You can check your donations by logging into your account at the top and going to the My Donations tab. Read below to see what perks you will receive based on how much you donated throughout the year. Thank you again!

Donor Level and Perks

Patron: $1 to $99
Bi-annual CD Parties
Name Listed on Website
$25 or more: CD Coffee Mug

Advocate: $100 to $499
All Previous Perks
Shoutout in CD Podcast of your choice
Special Talks & Readings

Benefactor $500 to $999
All Previous Perks
Shoutout in all CD Fundraising Events
Special Fireside Chats

Dramatists 100: $1000 or more
All Previous Perks
Quarterly Events with CD Board and Staff
One on One lunch with CD Artistic Director and Special Guest
And more

You can donate here on the website or by texting "Give" to (872) 201-1077

You may always choose to remain anonymous or have shoutouts done in someone's honor.

Chicago Dramatists: Youth Classes

Chicago Dramatists is thrilled to offer it’s first set of classes, designed specifically for young writers! See below for details on our first class, and click here to visit our Youth Classes page.

Playwriting for Teens:
Writing the One Page Play

3 Day Intensive 4:30pm – 6:00pm CST
Dec 02 – Dec 16
Instructor: Cassandra Rose

In this playwriting class geared towards high schoolers, learn how to write a full play in one page. And then do it again. And again. And again. At the end of the course writers will each have 3 brand new plays, freshly written. At the end of the class, they will get to see their best work read by professional Chicago actors! Perfect for both young writers that have never written a play before and for those that have written quite a few.

This class is ideal for teenage students.


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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Get in Touch

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.