Chicago Dramatists nurtures playwrights, develops new plays, and enriches the national theatre repertory. We develop plays through originality, connectivity, harmony, vibrancy, and collaboration.

Workshops, readingsclasses, and special programs, provide opportunities for beginning and established dramatists to develop their work, expand their professional affiliations, showcase their plays and collaborate with actors, directors, and audiences during the creative process. 

The heart and soul of development efforts lie in our Resident Playwright program, a selective program offered at no cost to playwrights who demonstrate talent and dedication to the craft of playwriting. But we also believe that to discover untapped talent and nurture playwriting as a discipline, we need to embrace playwrights wherever they are on their writing path—which is why we're proud to offer our Network Playwright program to playwrights at all levels of ability.

Every year, plays developed at Chicago Dramatists earn hundreds of professional accomplishments, including productions, awards, commissions and readings at theatres in Chicago and worldwide. Distinguished alumni of Chicago Dramatists include Tanya Saracho (El Nogalar, How to Get Away with Murder), Andrew Hinderaker (Colossus, Penny Dreadful), Rick Cleveland (The West WingSix Feet Under, Mad Men), Rebecca Gilman (Pulitzer nominee, Spinning into ButterLuna Gale) and Keith Huff (A Steady Rain, House of Cards) among others.

Since 1979, Chicago Dramatists has been dedicated to the development and advancement of playwrights.

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