Musical Theatre

Add to the canon of great American Musicals.

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.

Any questions may be sent toGlenn B. Rust at grust@chicagodramatists.org


Crafting the Musical Theatre Song

6 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Feb 01 – Mar 07

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. 


Secret Life of the American Musical

6 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Mar 14 – Apr 18

Led by award-winning musical theatre writer Cheryl Coons, “Musical Theatre: the Secret Life of the American Musical” guides students through the rich inner workings of the American Musical.


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.