Solo & Story

Register now with our Early Bird Special to get 20% off select classes! Offer ends Sept 12th.

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.


Fall Classes


Solo Show & Storytelling: Fire & Ice
7 Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm CT
Sept 27 – Nov 08
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.

Class Description

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 offers an opportunity to develop material, class exercises, one-on-one coaching, AND cheerleading. I am here to be your vision keeper with the goal of getting your work in the world. We will work hard and have big fun!

Teacher Bio

Arlene has been performing and teaching Solo & Story for over 25 years. Her award-winning solo works have been performed both in the US and internationally. She views her solo work as an artistic espresso 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 Where All of it is True and None of it is Real. Theaters include Victory Gardens, Pritzker Pavilion, 16th Street theater, HBO Workspace, Collaboration, West Coast Ensemble, Minneapolis Arts center, St Louis Center of Contemporary Art and College and Universities. She is the recipient of 3 Arts/UIC fellowship, LA Ovations award, LA Garland Award. Finalist in New Plays from Heartland, semi-finalist Blue Ink award, and the O’Neill.As an actor, she has performed on stages in LA and Chicago including Goodman, 16th Street, Victory Gardens. She has been an Artist in Residence at 16th Street and Quad City. As a storyteller, she has performed all over Chicago & LA. Taught at College of the Canyons, Victory Gardens and Master-classes nationwide. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists where she has developed the Solo & Story curriculum.

Course Details

Session DatesSept. 27
Oct. 04, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 01, 08
Experience LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Applicable DiscountsNew Student, Network
*Note* – Early bird discount does not apply to Solo Show & Storytelling.

Performance Art (In-Person)
7 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm CT
Oct 01 – Nov 12
Instructor: Kestutis Nakas

Unlock your inner protagonist and turn her/him/them loose LIVE on stage!

You will spend six sessions mining your experience and imagination to develop a ten-minute performance. In our seventh session, you will present your piece in a final, public performance. Performance styles may span the range of traditional variety performance modes: comedy, song, magic, puppetry, song, dance, circus or create something brand new!

This class will culminate with a live showcase, billed as a CD Saturday Series @ 2:00 PM CT on Nov 12. It will enforce any and all COVID-19 restrictions/safety protocols for live performance at that time.

***MASKS AND VAX CARDS REQUIRED FOR CLASS ENTRY***

Class Description

You will spend six sessions mining your experience and imagination to develop a ten-minute performance. In our seventh session, you will present your piece in a final, public performance. Performance styles may span the range of traditional variety performance modes: comedy, song, magic, puppetry, song, dance, circus or create something brand new!

This class will culminate with a live showcase, billed as a CD Saturday Series @ 2:00 PM CT on Nov 12. It will enforce any and all COVID-19 restrictions/safety protocols for live performance at that time.

***MASKS AND VAX CARDS REQUIRED FOR CLASS ENTRY***

Teacher Bio

Kestutis Nakas’ work has been presented at La Mama, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, St. Mark’s Church, 8BC, and many other venues. Works include RIP, Railroad Backward, Remembrance of Things Pontiac, Lightning and  The Andrew Carnegie Story.\He has taught at NYU, UCLA, CUNY, and the University of New Mexico. He is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His performance text about urban beekeeping, No Bees for Bridgeport, was published in Animal Acts, Performing Species Today, an anthology of new performances edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes, University of Michigan Press. A bilingual edition of his critically acclaimed tragi-comic cycle: When Lithuania Ruled The World was published by Aukso Zuvys, Vilnius, in February 2017. In December 2017, he presented Channel D a new solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

Course Details

Session DatesOctober 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
November 05, 12
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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