Classes

Fall 2021 Classes Are Now Open!






Register now with our Early Bird Special to get 20% off select classes! Offer ends Sept. 24.

Head back to school this Fall to create your next great work! We happily accept students from all around the world and invite you to study with us. Take the leap and join us here at Chicago Dramatists.

Teachers will send out Zoom Meeting to students enrolled in classes within 24hours before class begins.

Click one of these buttons to look at what classes we have in Playwriting, Screenwriting, Musical Writing, and Performance or you can look through our Fall Courses, listed out in chronological order below! Also, check out our new class series Theatre & New Media, which helps artists integrate technology into their work. We also have a few Summer classes left with seats available that can be found at the bottom of the page, so grab your seat quickly!


Fall Classes

Telling Your Truth
7 Wednesdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm CT
Nov. 10 – Dec. 22
Instructor: Dionna Griffin-Irons

Telling Your Truth is an immersive online experience that allows writers to experiment with low stakes improvisation and guided peer discussion, to reveal the high stakes truth on the page. Taught by one of Second City’s best mentors, Dionna Griffin-Irons’ TYT delves into simple scenic exposition, 4 W’s (Who, What, Where and Why), as writers share their creative impulses with a variety of fun, creative risks – including impromptu scenes, creating unforgettable characters, and crafting unapologetic rants from the comfort of their home!

This free class is being offered as a part of our Anti-Racism & Inequality Free Class Series, and is part of our continued commitment to stand alongside those fighting for social justice, and against inequality.

In accordance with the instructors vision for this course, this class will be open to students of diverse, multicultural backgrounds, including students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, those who are Deaf/disabled, and folks who are committed as white allies, with top preference given to underrepresented voices.

Advanced Playwriting (Online)
7 Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm CST
Nov. 07 – Jan. 02
Instructor: Marisela Orta

In this class students will write or revise a full length play. Using a workshop class approach, students will have multiple opportunities to share their work for in-class feedback facilitated by the instructor. Students are welcome to bring plays at any stage of development.

This class is ideal for students with Advanced experience.

Toolbox for the Digital Performer Workshop (Online)
1 Saturday & 1 Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm CT
Nov 13 – Nov 14
Instructors: Glenn B. Rust & Kory Weimer

Digital performance has given artists around the world opportunities to develop their craft regardless of access to a theatre or performer pool. But it can be daunting to take advantage of these opportunities when you don’t know where to start. How do I self-produce a reading of my play online? What should my setup look like as a digital performer? Is the tech something I’d be able to learn even with no experience? Together, we’ll develop your toolbox whether you’re a writer, performer, producer, or whatever so you can workshop and perform from anywhere so long as you’ve got an internet connection.

Come develop the necessary skills to work as a digital writer, performer, or producer!

This class is ideal for students of all levels.


Chicago Dramatists Class Fee Policies 

  • If you cancel your registration more than three weeks in advance of the class start date, you will be entitled to either a full refund of your money or a full credit applied to your account for future CD classes. 
  • If you cancel your registration less than than three weeks but more than ten days before the class start date, you will be entitled to a full credit applied to your account (minus a $20 administrative fee). However, there will be no refunds. 
  • If you cancel your registration fewer than ten days but more than three days before the class start date, you will be entitled to 50% of your class fee (minus a $20 administrative fee) applied to your account as a credit. 
  • If you cancel your registration less than three days before the class start date, there is unfortunately neither a credit nor refund option available.
  • Failure to pay fee or arrange payment schedule within 48 hours of registration will result in cancellation of registration.
  • Classes that fail to meet the 50% minimum registrant requirement within 48 hours of class start time will be cancelled. In this case, registrants will receive a 100% refund.
  • Separate discounts cannot be combined.