Youth Classes

Raise your voice.

Start your playwriting career early with our specialty classes showcasing youth, teen, and young adult voices! All courses will remain online until further notice.

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.


Winter 2021

Writing & Performing Monologues (Intensive)
1 Day Intensive: Sunday Jan. 31
1:00pm – 4:00pm CST
Instructor: James Leo Ryan

Leap in with this one day workshop, designed specifically for teens and young adults! In this 3 hour youth workshop, students will write an original monologue that incorporates specific, universal themes, but comes from their own individual perspective and experience.  Once written, students will apply Uta Hagen-based character work, and then perform their monologues for their course mates.  This course is aimed at encouraging those taking it to reflect on their own experiences, to write with intention and specificity, and to share that experience in a way that allows the listeners to relate and create specific images in their own minds.  Take the leap–sign up today.

This course is designed specifically for teens and young adults, and is open to students of all levels.

Find Your Light!

7 Sundays: Feb. 21 – Apr. 18

1:00pm – 3:00pm CST

Instructor: Atlie Gilbert

Join us for our newest youth class at Chicago Dramatists, built specifically for young actors!  Looking for the perfect course for your drama-king, queen, or future star? In this dynamic class, young actors ages 11 – 15 will learn about the fundamentals of the audition process, acting, script analysis, and body language, all while developing their confidence, creative writing, and communication skills. The class is structured to inspire and challenge students while creating a fun, supportive, and nurtured environment – allowing students to flourish. Best of all? The course will culminate with a showcase performance on April 18, giving the students a chance to flex their new acting and writing muscles in front of their friends and family!

This course is designed specifically for students ages 11 – 15, and is open to students of all levels.