First Draft

First Draft, Chicago Dramatists bi-Monthly meetings of Network Members, stands as a core essential of the Network Playwright Program. Members meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month, where they read and critique one another’s work in a safe, peer-setting, guided by a theater professional. Each session, a new full-length play from a member is read for an invited audience. Readings are free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first served. Donations are welcome.

Audience members must be logged in to the zoom meeting by 7:00pm CST. We will not be admitting people into First Draft after that time.

Due to COVID-19, we have moved all events to Zoom, an online platform.  If you are interested in attending, you may email First Draft Coordinator, Maria Pretzl, at, to be put on the list. If you are interested in joining the Network Playwright Program please fill out our contact form on the main page.