Playwrights Aloud!

Playwrights Aloud is a new reading Series at Chicago Dramatists of short scripts written by emerging playwrights. Playwrights Aloud will take place on the first and third Sunday of every month and will provide music stand readings of five new 10min Plays by emerging playwrights.

Each night, actors will have the opportunity to come in and audition at 6:00pm. The shows will be cast that night, rehearsed that night, and performed that night at 8:00pm followed by a brief talk-back.


Submissions for March 15th’s Playwrights Aloud are due March 7th at 11:59pm and can be sent to


As Playwrights Aloud progresses and grows, there has become much more of a need for directors. In order help organize our database of directors, we are asking interested parties to fill out this form so we can have your contact info and resumé at the ready. Playwrights who would like to can still bring their own directors or direct themself. The form is also designed to know directors’ availabilities throughout a given PWA cycle (every three months) so we can be better prepared to pair people together.

Actors & Audience

For actors interested in being a part of the reading: Participants need to arrive at 6:00pm, at which point they will read sides from each of the plays, and then be cast accordingly. After 50 minutes of rehearsal, the reading will begin at 8:00pm!

You can register ahead of time using the event on the right hand toolbar!