Theatre & New Media

Create Art From Anywhere

Register now with our Early Bird Special to get 20% off select classes! Offer ends Sep 24.

Fall Classes at Chicago Dramatists are here and will remain online! Head back to school with us to create 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.

Our new addition to the curriculum is designed to help you develop your theatre and art with the use of new technology and media. Streaming, podcasting, and self-recording have not only become necessary to create theatre in quarantine, but they have become staples of the modern artist. Help theatre enter a new stage in its evolution this Fall at Chicago Dramatists.

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.


Fall Classes

Writing, Performance & Collaboration for the Internet (Online)
7 Wednesdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm CT
Sep 08 – Oct 20
Instructor: Olivia Lilley

Learn how to collaboratively create new work for Internet platforms such as Zoom, Tik Tok, Instagram, Youtube, Twitch, etc. We will explore devising techniques from theatre, filmmaking, screenwriting, playwriting, and how to collaborate with other people virtually. This class is for writers, actors, and directors who are looking to gain confidence in their talent and ability to make things happen. My classes are always about getting you to consider how you think or feel about what we’re learning, with a strong emphasis on creating community and growing together.

This class is ideal for students of all levels.

Framing the World (Online)
7 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm CT
Sep 18 – Oct 23
Instructor: Katherine Tanner Silverman

Framing the World is a virtual hybrid course where we create narratives based on the way we frame objects, landscapes, and ourselves in the camera. Stories, memories, and imagination emerge as a flipbook of images is collected. We then take these images and turn them into a piece of art you can share with the world. Make in nature, meet in cyberspace.

This class is ideal for students of all levels.

Toolbox for the Digital Performer Workshop (Online)
1 Saturday & 1 Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm CT
Nov 13 – Nov 14
Instructors: Glenn B. Rust & Kory Weimer

Digital performance has given artists around the world opportunities to develop their craft regardless of access to a theatre or performer pool. But it can be daunting to take advantage of these opportunities when you don’t know where to start. How do I self-produce a reading of my play online? What should my setup look like as a digital performer? Is the tech something I’d be able to learn even with no experience? Together, we’ll develop your toolbox whether you’re a writer, performer, producer, or whatever so you can workshop and perform from anywhere so long as you’ve got an internet connection.

Come develop the necessary skills to work as a digital writer, performer, or producer!

This class is ideal for students of all levels.