Free Outreach Classes

Our Free Class Series.
Dedicated to addressing and combatting inequality in the theatre space.

Chicago Dramatists is working to take action against 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. Read below to see what courses we have available in the current term.

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Winter Courses

Self Work For White Allies

7 Mondays 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Feb. 22 – Apr. 5

Instructor: Janna Sobel

This free class is being offered as a part of our initiative to combat racism, and stand alongside those who are fighting for social justice and against racial inequality.

These weekly learning sessions share tools created by United to End Racism. These free, open-source tools help people of all different backgrounds recover from the psychological effects of growing up in a white supremacist culture. UER work is done by people of all cultural backgrounds, and it is suggested to do in affinity groups– or groups of people with shared cultural identity. This particular group is for people with whiteness as any part of our identity, who want to take responsibility for ending racism, starting with ourselves. We’ll use a simple set of tools to do some of that crucial, maybe intimidating “look-at-yourself” work that our BIPOC friends have been asking us to do for a long time.

This approach is supportive, and it involves remembering, reflection and the release of feeling. It holds as a foundational premise that all people are inherently good, we naturally want closeness and equality with people of different backgrounds, we are all capable of solving big problems together, and anything that gets in the way of our being able to tell any of that is the result of early, false, painful conditioning. This workshop shares a useful practice that can help white people who want to be better friends, allies, colleagues and community members to get free of that conditioning.

This course is ideal for writers of all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Telling Your Truth
7 Fridays 6:00pm – 9:00pm CST
Mar 04 – Apr 15
Instructor: Dionna Griffin-Irons

This free class is being offered as a part of our initiative to combat racism, and stand alongside those who are fighting for social justice and against racial inequality. To that end, this course is open to students of diverse, multicultural backgrounds as a part of that continued effort. In accordance with Dionna Griffin-Irons vision for this course, this includes students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, differently abled, and/or as white allies, with preference given to underrepresented voices and those in financial need.

Telling Your Truth brings an immersive online experience that allows writers to experiment with low stakes improvisation exercises and guided peer discussion to unveil high stakes truth to 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 voice in a variety of fun, creative risks – impromptu scenes, unforgettable characters, and unapologetic rants from the comfort of their home! Breaking the pattern of solo writing, writers interact and connect in a variety of exercises that fuel memory, truth and spontaneity. This class will be by application only.

This course is ideal for writers of every level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Click HERE for the application.

Submissions close on February 15 at 6pm CST. Applicants will be notified of their status by February, Thursday 18.