Class Showcases

A number of our classes at Chicago Dramatists provide showcases at the end of their sessions. Those events will be listed here with more details at a later date.

The Making of Monsters Class Showcase (Fall 2020)

Monday, Nov 02

7pm CST | Zoom

Instructor: Hester Kamin

Register: Click Here

Online: Zoom Link – Click Here

Click the Zoom link above at 6:45pm CST on the day of the showcase to access the Zoom meeting.

Join us on Monday, November 02 at 7:00pm (CST) via Zoom for our The Making of Monsters Class Showcase! This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome by clicking here.

Class Description

From Iago to Grendel, from The Snow Queen to Lady Macbeth, how are antagonists born? What backstory and what conflicting systems of need and desire fuse to create characters who plant seeds of jealousy and doubt, summon chaos, and fuel violence? This course asks questions about the development of conscience, the nature of evil, and the relationship between history, fate, and choice.

The Playwrights

Writers being featured are:

Master Producer by Ambrose Cappucio
Bygme Souless, a powerful movie producer, wants to have a birthday away from work for just one day, but when Neve Stranger, a decade-old acquaintance, gets the opportunity to remind Bygme of an incriminating memory, Bygmes’ dreams become all too real and Stranger could prove less merciful than she appears.

Disaffiliated by Jane Goldenberg
On the cusp of adulthood, Esther witnesses her best friend’s murder and discovers her mother’s role in creating their breakaway society, where people align with the like-minded into Affiliations. In their mother-daughter struggle, Esther and Sarah must face painful truths to forge a new way to save their future.

The Love Song of Albert J. Fish; Or, The Grey Man by Ean Miles Kessler
The year is 1903. When Albert Fish, a lonely drifter, wanders into a small American town his chance encounter with a young child wreaks bedlam on the entire village. Based on true events.

Agony Aunt by Mary Parisoe
Sarah Jo’s great-aunt, expert on most everything, makes her entrance into Sarah Jo’s life and might just learn something.

Momma Loves You by Maria Pretzl
There’s something wrong with Danny… A mother decides what to do about her son’s disturbing behavior.

Loneliness, A Comedy by Nancy Schaefer
George thinks his son Blake is a freak. Is George a monster?

Tell Me About It by Andrea Trotenberg
A newspaper in its final days in rural Pennsylvania uncovers a massive municipal fraud that threatens the survival of a town and shines a light on the value of local journalism.

The Actors

IAN GOULD* has appeared off-Broadway, across the US, and in Europe. Credits include work with The Acting Company, the Guthrie Theater, New York Classical Theatre, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Great Lakes Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Theatre Konstanz, and TAK Liechtenstein. Member, Actors Equity Association.

SELEENA HARKNESS* is an educator, lifelong student, and performer from the NYC area but based in Honolulu. She’s happy to be back working with Hester and excited for the opportunity to support and collectively create alongside you. 

RACHAEL LORD graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre degree from Florida Southern College. She has performed all over Florida, in New York, and even in Oslo, Norway! Rachael was incredibly fortunate to play Sabine Van Dam in In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam, written and directed by Hester Kamin.

J PAUL NICHOLAS* has worked as an actor and director at theaters all over the country, and has appeared on several major network TV series, including 8 seasons as Attorney Linden Delroy on Law & Order: SVU. He has an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at GWU. Please visit www.jpaulnicholas.com

EVAN SIBLEY* Regional: The Vibrator Play, Skylight, The Lady Demands Satisfaction (Gulfshore Playhouse), Pride and Prejudice, Snow White, Far Away (Hangar Theatre). New York: Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra (Bard City), The Orphan of Zhao (Ma-Yi), Ventura, and Fit for a King (Primary Stages). BA Fordham University.  www.evansibley.com

KIM STAUFFER* NEW YORK: Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Stuart, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre)  REGIONAL: Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Tempest, Pericles, (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); Circle Mirror Transformation (Kansas City Rep);  Gaslight, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible (Barrington Stage); Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Othello (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Outside Mullingar, Taming of the Shrew (Capital Repertory Theatre); Emilie (WAM Theatre); FILM/TV: Hence the Stars, Pearl Divers, Small Shots: The Amish Matrix  Education: MFA, UNC-Greensboro

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


True Storytelling Class Showcase (Fall 2020)

Monday, Nov. 23
7:00pm – 9:00pm Central Time

Instructor: Janna Sobel

Register: Click Here.

Online: Zoom Link – Check back here later in the week!

Join us on Monday, November 23 at 7:00pm (CST) via Zoom for our True Storytelling Class Showcase! This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome by clicking here.

Check back on the week of for the Zoom link. On the day of the showcase, click the Zoom link to access the Zoom meeting.

The Storytellers being featured are:

Robert Aspy
Sally Duros
Kim Fairley
Kate Flannery
Melissa Landfield
Daphne Scott

Class Description

Storytelling belongs to all of us. It lives in our DNA. This 7-week online storytelling class highlights what you already know about great storytelling, and covers easy-to-master tools that enhance your natural abilities. Ideal for performers, public speakers, and professionals of all kinds, this class covers skills that you can use in general and professional communication, along with strengthening your ability to tell engaging, entertaining, motivating personal stories. Using dynamic games and exercises, participants overcome performance anxiety and gain confidence in their authentic presence. Participants also develop 3 stories over the course of the workshop and receive direct, constructive feedback. Class is fun, supportive, challenging, and transformative: a solid way to connect and play during this unusual time. On the final night of class, students will present their work in an online Live Storytelling show that lets them invite friends and family.