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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Summer Immersion Programs
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
Aug 3 - Aug 4
-- 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
-- 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
-- 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);
-- 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