Solo & Story

Your story, your way.

Register now with our Early Bird Special to get 20% off select classes! Offer ends Jun 30.

Summer Classes at Chicago Dramatists are here and will remain online! Use your Summer Staycation to develop your next great work with Chicago Dramatists. We happily accept students from all around the world and invite you stay in with us and create your next great work. 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.


Summer Classes

Sound & Fury Solo Show & Storytelling Development (Online)

7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm Central
Jun 15 – Jul 27
Instructor. Arlene Malinowski

This fast, furious, hands-on workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative/story. Each week offers an opportunity to work and develop your piece with the goal being to advance to production readiness. The 8-week class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. You will write hard and have big fun – we promise. The course culminates with a live presentation of student work on July 27.

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

Page to Stage: Solo Show & Storytelling (Online)
7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm CST
2 Additional Rehearsals
Aug 17 – Sep 28
Instructor: Arlene Malinowski

This workshop is for actors, storytellers and playwrights who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form story and get it on a stage. Each week you have an opportunity to develop material with the goal being to advance to production readiness. You will also have the opportunity to work with an acting coach and director.

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

Spring Classes

Performance Art
7 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm CST
Jun 05 – Jul 24
Instructor: Kestutis Nakas

Astonishing performance happens when the performer takes resolute action to resolve an overwhelming challenge and is thereby transformed . Discover the pleasures of rendering your distilled life experience into playable actions. Create a world of movement, sound and imagery that amplifies you message . Access your imagination and subconscious while embracing risk. In this course, writers will create and perform an original piece of performance art, suitable for a variety of venues: online, cabaret, theatre, film, gallery, and more. You will also mine varied performance traditions, (avant-garde, vaudeville, comedy, religious ritual, circus, pop culture, etc.) digging for valuable methods, insights and modes of presentation to enhance your message. Students will leave the class with an original performance work and the tools to create more. The course culminates with an online performance of student work on July 24.

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

Solo Show & Storytelling Warrior Weekend

1 Saturday & 1 Sunday 1:00pm – 5:15pm
Jun 19 – Jun 20
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. I am here to be your cheerleader and vision-keeper. Just bring your ideas, a sense of adventure, an open mind and your spirit of fun.

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.