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Discover the secrets that hide at the heart of the play you're trying to write—and how to use them to craft a rich and meaningful story. Visit the Soul of Your Story Academy to find out more!

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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Coming Soon! A Work of Art

Explore the burden that families must carry when their loved ones go to war. Find out more...!

In Memoriam - Russ Tutterow

On May 4, 2015 we lost Emeritus Artistic Director Russ Tutterow, whose nurturing wisdom guided Chicago Dramatists for nearly three decades and profoundly affected Chicago theatre artists of every stripe. Read more...

In Memoriam - Margaret Lewis

On March 15, Chicago Dramatists lost our dear friend and Resident playwright Margaret Lewis to a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Please join us in honoring the work of this remarkable artist. Read more...

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...!

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...!

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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