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Chicago Dramatists

For 36 years Chicago Dramatists has nurtured playwrights, developed new plays, and enriched the national theatre repertory.

We invite you to join us in our ongoing mission to help build the future of American theatre.

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Now Playing! A Work of Art

Our world premiere of A WORK OF ART is up and running, directed by Henry Godinez!

Sabrina lost her brother Kirk to the war in Vietnam, and her life was changed forever. Now, she must do battle with her past and the ghosts that continue to haunt her.

Don't miss this tale about the burden that families are asked to carry and is part of a trilogy of plays about the U.S. at war. Get your tickets now!

Russ Tutterow Memorial Details

On Monday evening, July 13, friends, acquaintances, and admirers of Russ Tutterow will gather at the Goodman Theatre to honor his profound impact on their lives and careers. You're invited to join us. Read more...

Scene Shop Kudos

Since 2007, our Scene Shop playwriting workshop has served as an important resource for the development of new plays and playwrights. We're proud of the many accomplishments of its participants and are pleased to trumpet their writing victories. Read about their latest accomplishments...!

Playwriting Classes

Learn the art and craft of playwriting from seasoned professionals. Whether you're an experienced playwright or just beginning to write for the stage, our classes will develop or enhance your skills in a supportive, positive environment. Find out more...!

Script Lab Play Critiques

Chicago Dramatists is pleased to offer our Script Lab play critiquing services to playwrights at all levels of expertise and experience. All critiques are performed by our Resident playwrights and artistic staff, and each includes insightful advice to help the playwright in the further development of the play. Find out more...!

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