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Scholarship & Fellowship

The M.E.H. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund is in memory of Resident Playwright, M.E.H. Lewis, and is intended to provide funds to assist playwrights with their artistic endeavors. Partial scholarships will be provided toward classes at Chicago Dramatists to further the education of Chicago area writers. The scholarship covers 75% of the cost. There are also partial scholarships available for our Script Reviews.

Application periods run year-round and can be applied to any Writer's Studio class.

Chicago Dramatists will not be accepting new applications for the fund until 2020.

Tutterow Fellowship

The Tutterow Fellowship is named after the late Russ Tutterow, the first and 30-year artistic director of Chicago Dramatists. The program honors Mr. Tutterow’s commitment to identifying and nurturing talent that might not otherwise get the opportunity to grow - all free of charge.

Designed to support the emergent playwright, this two-year fellowship emphasizes training, practice and mentorship. Ideal candidates display significant potential for developing their craft, their voice and their network of collaborators during their fellowship at Chicago Dramatists. Two-thirds of each cohort are reserved for historically under-represented voices: writers of color, LGBTQIA, differently-abled, and/or neuro-divergent.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Joyce Foundation.

Chicago Dramatists will not be accepting applications for Tutterow Fellows until 2020.

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