Chicago Dramatists nurtures extraordinary playwrights with the space, resources
and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists.
Since 1978. New Play Development. Every day.
Special Benefit Performance: Thursday, October 12 at 8pm
Join Chicago Dramatists staff, board and playwrights for the performance of Resident Playwright Martín Zimmerman's world premiere, The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, with a light reception afterwards. All proceeds go toward future Chicago Dramatists' Grafting Projects. Tickets available here.
Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter. He is currently an Executive Story Editor on Netflix’s Ozark and was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s Narcos, Martín’s plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, On The Exhale, White Tie Ball, The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T. (Seattle), and PlayPenn – among many others.
The Writer's Studio offers script development resources from dramaturgy-on-demand and classes to year-round workshops. From beginning courses to ongoing writers' groups and workshops, The Writer's Studio serves dramatic writers of all experience levels.
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This Week's Saturday Series:
Most Saturdays at 2:00pm, Chicago Dramatists presents a reading of a play-in-progress. Rehearsed and staged minimally, this program is devised for the playwright to hear their play through the bodies of actors, and to experience it in real-time with you, the audience. After each reading, a short discussion is moderated by a member of the artistic staff. Come be a part of new play development!