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Upcoming Courses

Each quarter, Chicago Dramatists offers a variety of courses selected from our extensive full course list. Here, you'll find summary information for each of the upcoming courses that are currently scheduled (but not yet started), listed in order of the dates of their first sessions.

    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 14 Jun 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 0

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    Instructor: Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble

    This is a workshop for writers who want to develop a script on which they have already begun work. This may include anything from a full-length play to a one-act play to a series of short plays.  The class will explore the skills and qualities of effective dramatic writing by reading and discussing participants' scripts in a supportive and challenging environment, with the goal being to ready their plays for production.  We will pay particular attention to how your play will be received by producers, directors and literary managers.  We will also pay attention to how it will be received by designers and, most importantly, actors.

    NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to the first session.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date April 19th - June 14th (no class May  3rd or May 31st)
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from their play to the first session.
    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 0

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    Instructor: Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

    The third Golden Age of Television is upon us! This class is for anyone who has an idea (any genre) that could make a great series, and who wants to learn the crucial basics of how to write it.

    We will study and analyze successful pilots. We will tease out the inherent possibilities in your idea and how to position that idea. We will explore visual storytelling, budgetary considerations between network/cable/web series, and proper story structure and formatting. 

    You will leave the workshop with:

    • a television or web series pilot script
    • a better grasp of the language that TV writers, agents, and producers speak
    Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
    Start/End Date April 22rd- June 10th
    (No class May 6th or May 28th)
    Time Slot 1:30 to 4: 30 pm  
    Notes

     

    • 30 May 2017
    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 5

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski

    Prerequisite: Any Arlene Malinowski solo class or permission of the instructor.

    This is an ADVANCED-level class designed for actors, storytellers, solo artists, and playwrights who have material written and are ready to take it to the next level. This hands-on workshop will focus on finding your voice, the voice of your story, and refining your performing skills.  A completed play is not necessary; an excerpt or story is welcome.  

    Three Tuesday classes will be devoted to the writing process. One Tuesday class will develop performance skills for the stage.  After the class work is complete, you will be assigned a director for two 90-minute rehearsals to prepare for the public staged reading in Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series on September 10, 2016. You can perform your piece or request that an actor be hired. 

    This class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will have big fun!

    Sessions/Weekday 5 Tuesdays, 1 Saturday
    Start/End Date May 30- June 27,  July 22 rehearsal & performance
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:45pm
    Notes There will also be a rehearsal the week before the performance.
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    rerequisite: Any Arlene Malinowski solo class or permission of the instructor.

    About the Solo Show Track
    The Solo Show track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing and performing solo shows and long-form narratives.

    • 31 May 2017
    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 5

    Acting for Writers
    Instructor:  Resident Playwright Alum John Green

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live inside of a character, speaking the writer’s words? Acting For Writers is an introductory level acting course exploring the basic language and techniques of acting - character, given circumstances, motivation and intent - as they apply to writing a play. Through theatre games, exercises and simple scripts, Resident Playwright/Actor John Green will introduce you to what an actor needs in order to bring a script to life and how to enrich writing for the stage. 

    The course is designed for absolute beginners and experienced actors who want to review the basics as they apply them to writing. 

    John Green taught all levels of acting for twenty years at Act One Studios. He developed Acting for Writers at Chicago Dramatists and has since taught it at as an adjunct at Northwestern University and various work shops here and in Colorado. John's plays have been produced across the US and abroad.

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date  May 31st - July 12th (no class on July 5th) 
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes
    • 07 Jun 2017
    • 28 Jun 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 7

    Instructor: Resident Playwright MT Cozzola

    Prerequisite: Writing the Solo Play or Monologue (either the full class or the Warrior Weekend), or permission of instructor

    A month-long deep dive into the heart of your story, this workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative. Each week offers an opportunity to work and develop your piece with the goal being to advance to production readiness. The 4-week class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will write hard and have big fun - we promise.

    Sessions/Weekday 4 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date June 7th - June 28th
    Time Slot 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Notes Prerequisite: Writing the Solo Play or Monologue (either the full class or the Warrior Weekend)

    About the Solo Show Track

    The Solo Show track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing and performing solo shows and long-form narratives.

    • 15 Jun 2017
    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 10
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne


    Class is in pre-registration for current members only.  Enrollment will be open to the public on May 1.

    Now in its tenth year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one. Each week offers a guided writing exercise to explore character and story ideas, and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and to get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in one of the other two sections that week. Selected scenes from the spring and summer Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in fall 2017.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date June 15 - August 10
    Time Slot 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Notes Does not meet on June 29 or August 3


    • 15 Jun 2017
    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 4
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne


    Class is in pre-registration for current students only.  Enrollment will be open to the public on May 1.

    Now in its tenth year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one. Each week offers a guided writing exercise to explore character and story ideas, and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and to get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in one of the other two sections that week. Selected scenes from the spring and summer Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in fall 2017.

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date June 15 - August 10
    Time Slot 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    Notes Does not meet June 29 or August 3


    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 4
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne


    Class is in pre-registration for current students only.  Enrollment will be open to the public on May 1.

    Now in its tenth year at Chicago Dramatists and run by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and The Architecture of Story, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one. Each week offers a guided writing exercise to explore character and story ideas, and the opportunity to hear scene work from home read by professional actors and discussed by the group in a supportive setting. As a result, you don't have to wait until you complete a whole draft of a play to hear your characters off the page and to get input from other writers. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always make it up in one of the other two sections that week. Selected scenes from the spring and summer Scene Shops will be presented in a staged reading showcase in our theatre in fall 2017.
    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date June 17 - August 12
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes Does not meet on July 1 or August 5


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