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 environment guided by a theatre 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. Seating is first-come, first-served. Donations are welcome.

Audience members must be logged in to the zoom meeting by 7:00pm CT. 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 Network Director, Atlie Gilbert, 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.

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