Solo & Story

Register now with our Early Bird Special to get 20% off select classes! Offer ends Jun 16.

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


Summer Classes


Solo & Story Hive
7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm CT
Jul 12 – Aug 23
Instructor: Arlene Malinowski

Ready to write that solo show or story for the stage? This class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about a piece to those who are in the final stages of polishing one.

Class Description

This hands-on class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. 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. We will focus craft, class exercises and one on one coaching. We will write hard and have big fun.

Teacher Bio

Arlene Malinowski has been performing and teaching Solo & Story for over 25 years. Her award-winning solo works have been performed throughout the US and internationally. She views her solo work as an artistic expression of her social justice work in the area of Deafness and disability. Her plays include, A Little Bit Not Normal, Full Disclosure, Aiming for Sainthood, What Does the Sun Sound Like, Interrobang and It’s Whampo, Time. She is the recipient of 3Arts/UIC fellowship, LA Ovations award, LA Garland Award. Finalist in New Plays from Heartland, semi-finalist Blue Ink award, and the O’Neil. As an actor and storyteller, she has performed on stages in LA and Chicago including Goodman, Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens. She has taught at College of the Canyons and Master-classes nationwide. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists where she’s developed the Solo & Story curriculum.

Course Details

Session DatesJul 12, 19, 26
Aug 02, 09, 16, 23
Experience LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Available DiscountsEarly Bird, New Student, Network

Chicago Dramatists Class Fee Policies 

  • If you cancel your registration more than ten days 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 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.
  • 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.
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