Chicago Dramatists nurtures playwrights of all levels with the space, resources, and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists.
New Play Development. Every day.
Chicago Dramatists is the only comprehensive playwright development center of its kind in Chicago. We focus on playwrights, giving them an artistic home no matter where they are in their development. This support has helped our playwrights win numerous Jeff nominations and awards for Best New Work in Chicago as well as countless other regional and national awards for playwriting. Our playwrights regularly see their plays produced in Chicago, on Broadway and at regional theaters throughout the country. Our playwrights are also also shaping writers' rooms in LA, sending our Chicago stories to living rooms across the world.
For nearly 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has supported playwrights at all levels of development - from apprentices to the craft to masters.
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Our courses are unparalleled. Students and participants work directly with award-winning playwrights, screenwriters, and artists including actors and directors, regularly meet industry professionals, receive showcase opportunities and have ongoing, long-term relationships with instructors and artistic staff.
Join us June 30th for The Fixer by Sue Pak, Resident Playwright
A bitter, despondent, Asian American expat is thrilled when her best friend, a beautiful and brilliant attorney, joins her in the sparkling city of Dubai. The two enjoy a luxurious and decadent existence at their dream jobs, until one of them is unceremoniously fired. Can the two keep their friendship intact, as they attempt to navigate the shark infested waters of overseas office politics?
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