Anti-Racism & Inequality Class Series

Dedicated to addressing and combatting inequality in the theatre space.

Chicago Dramatists is working to take action against the inequality that has so firmly established itself in the theatre community with regards to race, gender, sexuality, and ability. We are working every day to improve our own theatre space by providing new opportunities to underrepresented voices while also developing courses to help educate our staff, patrons, and artists in the hopes of creating a wholly inclusive theatre community. To that end, all classes in this series will be offered for free by application. Read below to see what courses we have available in the current term.

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Fall Courses

Telling Your Truth
7 Thursdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm CT
Nov. 4 – Dec. 23
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.

Summer Courses

Working from Collective Vision
Community Driven New Work Development (Online)

3 Day Intensive
Friday Sep 17 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday Sep 18 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday Sep 19 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Instructor: Derek McPhatter

This course invites artists to activate their gifts in service of other communities, not to speak for them, but to empower them to speak for themselves. Participants will complete the course with their own custom rubric for developing new works that they can bring into their own community-driven projects.

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.