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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Summer Immersion Programs
1 Weekend, 10:00am-4:30pm
Jun 1 - Jun 2;
Or Aug 3 - Aug 4
-- Ever thought of writing a movie?
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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
6 Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Jun 18 - Jul 23
-- Develop your story scene by scene!
“Scene Shop” Play Development
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);
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
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!
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?
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
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
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