Storytelling

Your story, your way.

Fall Classes at Chicago Dramatists are here and will remain online! Chicago Dramatists is offering more classes than ever before so you can go “back to school” in a wide range of new and returning classes. We happily accept students from all around the world and invite you stay in with us and create your next great work. Have your writing workshopped and seen this Fall; take the leap and join us here at Chicago Dramatists.

Bring your story to the stage. Learn the craft of storytelling and solo work, guided by masters of the from. Lift your voice with panache, grace, and confidence. Have your voice heard.

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.


Fall Classes

Solo Show & Storytelling: Fire & Ice
7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm CST
Sep 29 – Nov 10
Instructor: Arlene Malinowski

This hands-on workshop is for writers, actors & storytellers at all levels who want to work on the development of a solo show or story for the stage. This can include work at any stage of development from an idea to a finished piece. The class will focus on finding your unique voice and the voice of your story, plot, structure, character development, and techniques to manipulate storyteller/audience relationship.

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

Comedic Storytelling:
Finding the Funny in the World and in You

7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm CST
Oct 27 – Dec 15
Instructor: Kurt Jolly

Comedy can be a true tonic to the toxicities and confusions of our modern world — as well, the art of humor can be used as a unique and diagnostic mirror into it. In this class, you will learn how to “find the funny” with special writing exercises, unique brainstorming tricks, and methods of tapping into your own comedic voice.

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

Solo Show & Storytelling: Warrior Weekend
2 Day Intensive 1:00pm – 5:15pm CST
Dec 05 – Dec 06
Instructor: Arlene Malinowski

This workshop focuses on finding your voice and the voice of the story. It is filled with hands-on activities, lecture and one-on-one coaching that is designed to uncover, develop and shape those stories that are uniquely yours.  All levels are welcome including actors, storytellers, writers and solo artists.

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


Summer Classes

Marketing Your Solo Show & Yourself as an Artist

6 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm Central
Aug 04 – Sep 08

This class is taught by Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski, and is designed specifically for those who want to market a solo show or story event, and themselves as an artist. This hands-on workshop is for writers, actors and storytellers of all levels.

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

True Storytelling

7 Thursdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm Central
Aug 06 – Sep 17

This 7-week online storytelling class, taught by Janna Sobel,, highlights what you already know about great storytelling, and covers easy-to-master tools that enhance your natural abilities. Ideal for performers, public speakers, and professionals of all kinds, this class covers skills that you can use in general and professional communication, along with strengthening your ability to tell engaging, entertaining, motivating personal stories.

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.