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Resident Playwrights enjoy six years of play-development resources, including private and public readings, workshops and supported productions with guest companies (via the Grafting Project).   Playwrights must live within 100 miles of Chicago and spend the majority of their time in Illinois.  See the application page for more details.  Applications due March 31, 2017.


Chicago Dramatists is committed to offering affordable instruction to Chicagoland writers. Thanks to generous donations from the Lewis family, we are accepting scholarship applications for our Spring classes until February 20th from new and previous students who financially qualify. Please check out or Scholarships page to get a sneak peek at Spring classes and guidelines for applications. Scholarships are also available for our new Script Review critiques on a limited yearly basis. 

Terrific kick-off event for the tutterow fellows!

On Saturday, January 28th, our inaugural class of Tutterow Fellows presented excerpts of their works in progress, directed by Steve Wilson, Dawn Renee Jones, and Azar Kazemi. 

From L to R: Leean Kim Torske (Fellows Director), Derek Lee McPhatter, Rachel DuBose, Caroline Macon, Osiris Khepera, Loy Webb and Cassandra Rose.

We are so pleased to have these talented playwrights at Chicago Dramatists! Learn more about each playwright on the Tutterow Fellows page

Saturday Series

Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include panel discussions and fireside chats with visiting artists. All plays are directed and rehearsed, but are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, audience members are invited to join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 11
Panel Discussion:
Understanding New Play Development

More upcoming readings. 

Register for Classes

Each quarter, Chicago Dramatists offers a variety of courses. Spring classes have started, but there are still sessions available.  Visit our upcoming classes page to view a summary of each course along with prices and meeting times. 

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