Solo Performance

Your story, your way.

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.

We also have a 20% discount code for folks who act fast and register before June 8th: SummerQuarter20 (note: promo code is not applicable to some classes).

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

7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:15pm Central
Jun 09 – Jul 21

SOLD OUT!!

Helmed by Resident Playwright 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.

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

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.