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Storytelling & Solo Show Track

The Writer's Studio Solo Show & Storytelling track is designed to provide writers with a solid foundation for developing and performing solo shows and long-form narratives. From 2-day to 8-week classes you will write, train, refine, polish, and will even perform your solo show or story before a live audience.

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The Writer's Studio classes are available year-round in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. Click on the icon to the right of the class description to register for the corresponding quarter.

Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: Page to Stage Workshop  

You have skills and written material, now it is time to take yourself to the next level. This advanced-level class is designed for actors, storytellers, solo artists, and playwrights to workshop your voice, the voice of your story, and refine your performing skills.  Over six sessions you will prepare your work for a public staged reading here at Chicago Dramatists.

6 Tuesdays plus 1 Saturday rehearsal and final performance, 6:30-9:45pm (Fall Sep 18 - Oct 30, rehearsal & final performance Nov 17; Spring Apr 2 - May 7, rehearsal & final performance June 1)

Prerequisites: Solo Show & Storytelling Bootcamp, Foundations, or permission of Instructor

Live Storytelling

Are you interested in learning how to perform the 5-10 minute format of live storytelling? This six-week course will give you the narrative tools to illuminate your personal experience, bringing your truth and presence to the stage with comfort, skill, and joy. Classes consist of playful games and exercises designed to be both skill building and generative, followed by inquiry and discussion. At the end you will be ready to perform in a Chicago-style Live Storytelling event here at Chicago Dramatists.

8 Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm (Fall Sep 10 - Oct 29; Spring Mar 18 - May 6; Summer May 20 - Jul 15)

Prerequisite: None

Solo Show & Storytelling Foundations ONLINE

Are you thinking about writing a one-person show or long-form narrative story? Perhaps you are in the final stages of polishing one? Then this class is designed to serve you! This six-week class is for storytellers, solo artists, actors, stand-ups, and playwrights of all levels who want to hone their voice, plot structure, audience relationship techniques, character development, plus much more. All of the above delivered through video conferencing!

6 Tuesdays, 6:30-9:45pm (Winter Dec 11 - Jan 29)

Prerequisite: None

Development Intensive

This four-session course is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers with some story experience, who want an intense period of technique training to develop a solo show or long-form narrative. Each week, you will create and present work-in-progress—doing warm-ups and exercises intended to inspire and deepen your writing—with the goal to ready you for production.

4 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm (Winter Jan 10 - Feb 7)

Prerequisites: Solo Show & Storytelling Bootcamp or Foundations

Development Intensive ONLINE

All of the above delivered through video conferencing!
4 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm (Summer Jun 20 - Jul 18)

Marketing and Producing your Solo Show

This 3-day intensive is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels who want to self-produce a solo show, play or story event. You will learn how to create a visible presence in your city, use social media advertising, vlogging and blogging, buzz-building, writing press releases, and so much more!

3 Tuesdays, 6:39-9:45pm (Spring Apr 30 - May 14)

Prerequisite: None

If you are interested in registering for more than one Solo & Storytelling class and want to save up to $100 at the same time, consider purchasing a bundle. Click for more information!

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