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Registration Open for the Summer 2019! 

Jump into Summer with Chicago Dramatists! With a wide array of classes, and week-long theater immersion programs, we have courses perfect for novice and seasoned playwrights.  Interested in writing a musical? An adaptation? A full length?  A film?  Want to sharpen your skills at Moth-style storytelling? We have a class tailor made for every writer and every style.  Have your writing workshopped and seen this summer; take the leap and join us here at Chicago Dramatists.  Chicago Dramatists:  bring your creativity to life! 

Choose the class that suits you and click on the class's name to go to the details page (some classes have Prerequisites).

Feel free to email Linzhuo Zhang at lzhang@chicagodramats.org if you have any questions.

Summer Immersion Programs

Essentials Bootcamp

Choose a session:  June ;  August

Want to learn the core principles of the six-week Essentials 1 but in a weekend? A great option if you live out-of-town or just want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.   

1 Weekend, 10:00am-4:30pm 

Jun 1 - Jun 2; 

Or Aug 3 - Aug 4

-- Ever thought of writing a movie?

Screenwriting Intensive

This four-day intensive class emphasizes visual storytelling and the ever-important logline. We will analyze and map out the classic story structure of a screenplay that went on to be made into an Oscar-winning movie. 

5 days intensive, 9am- 1pm 

 Jun 18 - Jun 22

-- Develop your TV series!

Writing for the Small Screen Intensive

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.  

5 days intensive, 9am- 1pm 

 Jul 23 - Jul 27

-- Specifically for 10-minute play writing!

Writing the Ten-minute Play - A Weekend Intensive

Over the course of two days, we will focus on those elements and others needed to tell our stories in a condensed form.  At the end of the session, writers will have acquired a better understanding of how to write a short play that is precise, producible, and has a solid sense of beginning, middle and end.

1 Weekend, 10am - 4:30pm

Jul 20 - Jul 21

-- Everything can be adapted into a play!

Writing the Adaptation Bootcamp

This one-day bootcamp teaches you how to brainstorm adaptation ideas, how to adapt source material, create a scene or two, plus much more!

1 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm

Jun 1

-- Reinforce your musical writing!

Musical Theatre - A Weekend Intensive

This one weekend intensive offers a chance to gain valuable new tools for developing musical theatre work, and present work for feedback in a supportive atmosphere. 

1 Weekend, 10am - 5pm 

Jun 8- Jun 9

-- Be a solo show warrior!

Solo Show & Storytelling Warrior Weekend

This "warrior weekend" class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers at all levels. We will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one on one coaching.

1 Weekend, 12pm - 5:15 pm

Jun 8 - Jun 9

-- Engage your students at a new level!

Storytelling for Teachers

In this summer immersion, you will get to experience dynamic, playful exercises that bring your own stories to life, and then learn how to use them to teach live storytelling to your students.

5 days intensive, 11am- 4pm 

 Jul 9 - Jul 13


-- Dive deeper into playwriting!

Essentials 2 Online

You will learn the basic of dramatic structure and how to turn your noice into a story, plus will write and workshop a 10-minute play applying what you have learned.

6 Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:30pm  

Jun 18 - Jul 23

-- Develop your story scene by scene!

“Scene Shop” Play Development

Choose a session:    Thursday Evenings;     Saturday Mornings

For experienced playwrights, Scene Shop offers weekly writing exercises to help you develop your script, actors to read your work from home, and constructive group feedback. You also become eligible to participate in the popular Scene Shop Showcase in our theatre.

7 Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm (Jun 27 - Aug 22) OR

7 Saturday mornings, 10:00am-1:00pm ( Jun 29 - Aug 24);  

-- Step inside an actor's shoes!

Acting for Writers

In this  course, you will access an actor’s toolbox to break a scene down into beats and action verbs, make use of subtext beneath the surface of words, embody the writing with the active needs of the characters.

6 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9: 30pm

Jun 12 - Jul 17

-- Working on your full-length?

Developing the Full-length 1

you will build on your fundamental skills to start writing a full-length play.  Your work will be read aloud and discussed by the instructor and the other participants in a format that is supportive and focused. 

6 Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm 

Jun 8 - Jul 13

-- Rewrite makes perfect!

The Rewrite

In this course, you will learn the best practices of rewriting.  Your work will be read aloud and discussed by the instructor and the other participants in a format that is supportive and focused. 

6 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm

Jun 5 - Jul 10

-- How do professionals talk about a new play?

New Play Dramaturgy Intensive

During this two-day intensive, participants will examine three different approaches for talking about new plays at every stage of development, from a few pages brought into a writers group to a rehearsal-ready draft.

1 Weekend, 10am - 2pm

Jul 20 - Jul 21

Musical Theatre

-- Focus on the lyric!

Lyric Lab

Participants will gain tools for analyzing lyrics, developing ideas effectively through a song and score, and structuring theatre songs lyrically and musically for maximum impact.

6 Sundays, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Jun 23- Jul 28

Live Storytelling & Solo Show

-- Why not make your story alive?

Live Storytelling Workshop

This nine-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. 

9 Mondays, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Jun 17-Aug  12

Chicago Dramatists Class Fee Policies 

  • If you cancel your registration more than three weeks in advance of the class start date, you will be entitled to either a full refund of your money or a full credit applied to your account for future CD classes. 
  • If you cancel your registration less than than three weeks but more than ten days before the class start date, you will be entitled to a full credit applied to your account (minus a $20 administrative fee). However, there will be no refunds. 
  • If you cancel your registration fewer than ten days but more than three days before the class start date, you will be entitled to 50% of your class fee (minus a $20 administrative fee) applied to your account as a credit. 
  • If you cancel your registration less than three days before the class start date, there is unfortunately neither a credit nor refund option available.
  • Failure to pay fee within 48 hours of registration will result in cancellation of registration.
  • Classes that fail to meet the 50% minimum registrant requirement within 48 hours of class start time will be cancelled. In this case, registrants will receive a 100% refund.
  • Separate discounts cannot be combined.

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