Musical Theatre

Add to the canon of great American Musicals.

Summer Classes at Chicago Dramatists are staying online due to the quarantine. We happily accept students from anywhere in the world (and even have some out of state teachers this term). Due to the pandemic and its impact on our staff hours, cash flow, and management capacities, we have discontinued our deferred payment option. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to relaunch it in the future. Thank you for your understanding.

Craft your musical through collaboration, craft, and supreme dedication. Award winning teachers will guide you with razor-sharp expertise, as you build your musical story. Sign up and give voice to the story in you.

Choose the class that suits you and click on the class’s name to go to the details page.

Please Note: Network Playwrights receive $25 off all class registrations, but you must be logged into your account for the discount to be applied. This also includes discounts for Resident Playwrights and Tutterow Fellows. You will be prompted to login when attempting to register. If you do not know how to get into your account, enter the email associated with your account under “Forgot Your Password” and an account reset will be sent.


Summer Classes

Writing Music for Musical Theatre

7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm Central
Jun 16 – Jul 28

Only 1 Seat Remaining!!

This 7-week course, taught by guest teacher Diana Lawrence, offers composers and songwriters an exploration of the craft of composition for musical theatre. Participants will gain creative and structural tools for dramatic songwriting by both studying existing work and developing work of their own.

This class is ideal for students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced.

Discount Codes may not be applied to Writing Music for Musical Theatre.
Membership discounts are still applicable.

Crafting the Musical Theatre Song

6 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm Central
Aug 01 – Sep 05

Taught by J. Seb Fabal, this six-week workshop is designed to strengthen storytelling and songwriting fundamentals while encouraging writers to develop their original work. Writers share songs from a musical they’re currently writing or create new songs based on the song forms studied each week.

This class is ideal for students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced. 


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.