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    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
    • 6

    Developing the Full-length 2 
    Instructor: Douglas Post - Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble 

    In part 2 of this course, you will build scene by scene to a full-length play. Discover dramatic action through character decisions, describe in what way story/plot/time unfold in the work, build the world of the play, apply dramaturgy techniques, learn to give and receive feedback that speaks best to a writer, plus much more.

    Prerequisites: Developing the Full-length 1 or permission of Instructor


    NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a  scene no more than 10 pages in length from your play to the first session.

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
    Start/End Date Mar 16 - Apr 20  (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Notes

    About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

    Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

    • 18 Mar 2019
    • 06 May 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Live Storytelling Workshop
    with Instructor Janna Sobel 

    Live Storytelling is a trendy new form of spoken-word performance, occurring in theaters, bars, house events and all over public radio. But it is also the oldest form of performance there is. Storytelling belongs to all of us, and it lives in our DNA. This class helps you remember how to do it brilliantly. The 8-week workshop empowers writers, stand-up comedians, leaders, public speakers - everyone! - to tell compelling, entertaining personal stories. We use the 5-10 minute format of popular live storytelling events, and give you tools to bring your truth and presence to the stage with confidence, skill, and joy. 

    In a dynamic, supportive environment, you will learn to:

    • apply narrative structure to personal stories
    • use dramatic elements to heighten tension and raise stakes
    • use sensory and descriptive detail to bring listeners into a moment
    • theatricalize stories with character, humor and staging
    • hone your unique voice
    • be emotionally honest
    • tell the (sometimes challenging, always important!) truth
    • interact beautifully with an audience
    • honor time limits, and accomplish what you want within any venue's parameters
    • start and end strong

      Classes consist of playful games and exercises that are skill-building and generative, followed by inquiry and discussion. Students will also perform and receive feedback each week. Each student will craft and revise three different stories over the course of the term. Through the process of revision, students hone their work and witness the unique perspective that each teller brings to the stage. The class will culminate with a Chicago-style Live Storytelling event!

      Prerequisite: None

      For more information on Janna, please click here.

      Sessions/Weekday 8 Mondays
      Start/End Date Mar 18 - May 6
      Time Slot 6:30pm-9:30pm
      Notes
      • 21 Mar 2019
      • 25 Apr 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 7
      Register

      The Rewrite 
      Instructor: Instructor: Resident Playwright Kristin Idaszak

      Playwriting is rewriting. This class will approach the rewriting process from a variety of angles. Playwrights will tackle rewriting challenges from a structural perspective as well as a more metaphorical, image-driven approach. Writers will work on identifying the heartbeat of their play, tracking information and ideas throughout a script, and strengthening elements of their plays such as character development, dramatic action, and narrative drive. This course is for anyone with a full draft of a full-length play they want to work on. Playwrights will bring in sections of the play throughout the course to address specific questions and problem areas. Whether it's your first play or just your most recent, this course is designed to reinvigorate the revision process and provide new perspectives on areas wherever you feel stuck.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Thursdays
      Start/End Date Mar 21 - Apr 25  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

      • 23 Mar 2019
      • 11 May 2019
      • 8 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 4
      Registration is closed

      Connections 1 Workshop
      Instructors: 2 New Work Directors (TBD)

      You’ve written that first draft or story, meticulously developed it scene by scene, done rewrites, refined your work, created a plan for the next year, and now you’re ready to have your work critiqued. In this rare opportunity you will receive feedback from two professional directors—each giving unique insight and advice to advance your work forward - after a table reading of your work.


      Prerequisite: Professional Development plus all Tier 2 coursework up to this point

      Sessions/Weekday 8 Saturdays
      Start/End Date Mar 23 - May 11
      Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

      • 24 Mar 2019
      • 28 Apr 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 6
      Register

      Essentials 1 
      Instructor: Playwright Marsha Estell

      In the first of the Essentials series, you will become familiar with the components of dramatic structure and format, receive tools to explore your unique voice and how to give and receive usable feedback, grasp the difference between dialog and conversation, plus will write and workshop a 10-minute play applying what you have learned.

      Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2  and Essentials 3. 

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
      Start/End Date Mar 24 - Apr 28  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 1 Essentials Track


      Comprising the Writers Studio’s Essentials 1 through 3 fundamentals sequence, students will explore their unique voice and theatricality, be able to describe and apply dramatic structure, write dialogue, stage direction, construct characters, arrange work in the correct industry format, and employ methods to give and receive feedback.

      Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

      • 24 Mar 2019
      • 28 Apr 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 4
      Register

      Essentials 2
      Instructor:
      Resident Playwright Alumni Marsha Estell

      In the second of the Essentials series, you will delve deeper into the components of dramatic structure, evaluate conflict, identify and discriminate theatricality, differentiate use of stage direction, and articulate how you use plasticity of the stage within format—applying it all by writing a new 10-minute play and evaluating your peer’s work.

      This course culminates in a campus presentation of the classes’ 10-minute plays (not available for online students).

      Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2  and Essentials 3. 

      For Students: For the first day of class, please bring in a 4 page, 2 character play, There must be an object (onstage manifestation) being negotiated between 2 people. Think about the core principles, when writing your play.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
      Start/End Date Mar 24 - Apr 28  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 2:30pm-5:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 1 Essentials Track


      Comprising the Writers Studio’s Essentials 1 through 3 fundamentals sequence, students will explore their unique voice and theatricality, be able to describe and apply dramatic structure, write dialogue, stage direction, construct characters, arrange work in the correct industry format, and employ methods to give and receive feedback.

      Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

      • 24 Mar 2019
      • 28 Apr 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 4
      Registration is closed

      Essentials 3
      Instructor: Playwright Douglas Post

      In the third (and final) of the Essentials series, you will expand your 10-minute play talents to write a one-act utilizing the components of dramatic structure and action. By the course’s end you will be ready to pitch your one-act play to peers PLUS advance to Tier 2!

      Note: Essentials 2 must be taken as prerequisite for Essentials.

      Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from your play to the first session. 

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
      Start/End Date Mar 24 - Apr 28 (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 1 Essentials Track


      Comprising the Writers Studio’s Essentials 1 through 3 fundamentals sequence, students will explore their unique voice and theatricality, be able to describe and apply dramatic structure, write dialogue, stage direction, construct characters, arrange work in the correct industry format, and employ methods to give and receive feedback.

      Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

      • 30 Mar 2019
      • 04 May 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter (Roombin Hood), 641 W Lake St #200, Chicago, IL 60661
      • 1
      Register

      Musicals in Process Workshop

      Designed to support book writers, lyricists, and composers who have a musical already underway, this advanced course will build on the craft principles taught in Secret Life.
      Over six weeks, you will collaborate, revise, and receive tailored feedback on your musical-in-process—readying you to submit for professional productions and competitive development opportunities.

      Instructors: Cheryl Coons & J.Sebastian Fabal

      Cheryl is a playwright/lyricist, and has co-written more than a dozen musicals which have received professional productions, including River’s End  (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Score, Theatre for the American Musical Award, NAMT and NYMF), At Wit’s End (Carbonell Award for Best New Work), Sylvia’s Read Good Advice (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), Female Problems (After Dark Award for Best Music) and Phantom of the Country Opera, published by Music Theatre International. Her work has been developed and showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Conference, the National Alliance of Musical Theater’s Festival of New Works, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).  Projects she’s written have twice been selected for the ASCAP Workshop in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her original novelty songs have been featured on Good Morning, America, The Today Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. She is the Chicago Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild. www.cherylcoons.com

      Sebastian is a composer/lyricist and bookwriter. Originally from Miami, Florida, he recently moved to Chicago after 7 years in New York City where he received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Full length shows: Steve-25, 14 Reasons Why I Love You, Crazy Bet, Yoey & Yeya, Toy Soldiers, Losing Nora, Alligator Ali (book/lyrics by Chris Widney), The Tenth Floor (book by Sara Cooper, Next Link Selection NYMF 2010, Talkin’ Broadway Outstanding New Musical Citation); Children’s Theatre: Help Wanted: Pirates!, The Elko Aliens (both with book/lyrics by Chris Widney). www.jsebastianfabal.com

      Prerequisite: Secret Life of the American Musical

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays 
      Start/End Date Mar 30 - May 4
      Timeslot 10am - 1pm
      Notes Prerequisite for this class is Secret Life of the American Musical


      About the Musicals Track

      The Musicals track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing musical theatre. It consists of four courses:

      • Musical Theatre Writing: The Secret Life of the American Musical
      • Musicals in Process
      • Musical Theatre Bootcamp
      • Lyric Lab

      Musical Theatre Writing is a prerequisite for Musicals in Process. Musical Theatre Intensive and Lyric Lab may be taken out of sequence with the other two courses.

      • 31 Mar 2019
      • 05 May 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 4
      Registration is closed

      Musical Theatre: The Secret Life of the American Musical
      Instructor: Dramatists Guild Chicago Regional Representative Cheryl Coons

      Based on Jack Viertel’s landmark book, The Secret Life of the American Musical, this 6-week class offers participants a chance to tune up their musicals-in-progress, as well as gain insight into what makes great musicals work. Participants share work for feedback in a supportive class atmosphere, and study examples from musical theatre masterworks from Gypsy to Hamilton. Each class session includes a balance of course content and presentation of participants’ work. Flexible weekly assignments allow participants to use the class presentation time in the way that is most valuable for them, by sharing work from existing projects, creating new work based on optional suggested exercises, or presenting revisions of previous work for response. Experienced writers gain new tools for refining their musicals, and newcomers to musical theatre writing gain a “big picture” perspective.


      Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
      Start/End Date Mar 31 - May 5
      Timeslot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
      Notes

      About the Musicals Track


      The Musicals track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing musical theatre. It consists of four courses:

      • Musical Theatre Writing: The Secret Life of the American Musical
      • Musicals in Process
      • Musical Theatre Bootcamp
      • Lyric Lab

      Musical Theatre Writing is a prerequisite for Musicals in Process. Musical Theatre Bootcamp and Lyric Lab may be taken out of sequence with the other two courses.

      • 03 Apr 2019
      • 08 May 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 6
      Registration is closed

      Writing the Political or Social Play
      Instructor: Douglas Post - Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble 

      Are you looking to sharpen your skill in writing political or social theatre? In challenging times theatre has always played an impactful role in raising issues and rousing communities to take action. Through analysis of works by playwrights who have spoken to the tenor of their times, you will build on your own work each week, making it much more provocative and powerful.

      Prerequisites: Essentials 1 or Essentials Bootcamp or Developing the Full-length


      NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a 10-page scene from your play to the first session.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
      Start/End Date Apr 3 - May 8  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes This is an all Tier special topic

      About Special Topics Courses

      Special Topics coursework is designed to focus on and often expand upon important topics presented in the Tiered tracks. Various formats are offered, from  the 2-day bootcamps where you will get a concentrated introduction or taste of other workshops, to intensives that take you through 3-4 days of targeted exercises, or the 6-7 week classes that deep-dive into important skill-building for progression of work.

      • 11 Apr 2019
      • 13 Jun 2019
      • 7 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 0
      Registration is closed
      "Scene Shop" Play Development Thursday Evenings 

      Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

      Now in its 12th year at Chicago Dramatists and led by Resident Playwright Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and other books, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced writers. Self-contained weekly sessions offer character, scene, and story tools to help you write and revise your script, professional actors to read the work you bring from home, and constructive group feedback in a supportive setting. If you ever need to miss a session, you can always make it up in the other Scene Shop section that week. Workshop members are eligible to participate in the Scene Shop Showcase, a night of staged readings presented twice yearly in the Russ Tutterow Theatre. 

      Prerequisites: The writer has completed at least one play or screenplay.

      Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
      Start/End Date Apr 11 - Jun 13
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes Does not meet 5/2, 5/23, or 5/30
      • 13 Apr 2019
      • 15 Jun 2019
      • 7 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 0
      Registration is closed
      "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Mornings 

      Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

      Now in its 12th year at Chicago Dramatists and led by Resident Playwright Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and other books, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced writers. Self-contained weekly sessions offer character, scene, and story tools to help you write and revise your script, professional actors to read the work you bring from home, and constructive group feedback in a supportive setting. If you ever need to miss a session, you can always make it up in  the other Scene Shop section that week. Workshop members are eligible to participate in the Scene Shop Showcase, a night of staged readings presented twice yearly in the Russ Tutterow Theatre. 

      Prerequisites: The writer has completed at least one play or screenplay.

      Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
      Start/End Date Apr 13 - Jun 15
      Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
      Notes Does not meet 5/4, 5/25, or 6/1
      • 23 Apr 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

      "Alms for Oblivion" by Dennis Fisher

      Moderator: Alvaro Saar Rios 

      Susan is searching for answers. Answers are not forthcoming. But someone with an ax is. She discovers that life is like that.


      About the First Draft Series

      The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

      Become a First Draft Member today!


      • 24 Apr 2019
      • 05 Jun 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 8
      Register

      Screenwriting Essentials 1

      Instructor: Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

      Have a story idea for a great Hollywood movie? Or a script you’ve begun to write? Or a play you want to adapt into a motion picture?

      This six-week class teaches the realities of how Hollywood evaluates screenplays. It’s not a marketing class, but a deep dive into bringing ideas to life for the Hollywood mindset. It will help you unearth that great hook that will cause a producer to shout, “That’s a movie!”

      The 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.

      There will be ample time allotted to discuss participants’ ideas, stories, structures, and scenes. This class is applicable to any movie genre.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
      Start/End Date Apr 24 - Jun 5
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes Does not meet on May 8
      • 30 Apr 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

      A Play by Paul Edward Pasulka 

      Moderator: Robert Tenges

      Story description to come--

      About the First Draft Series

      The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

      Become a First Draft Member today!


      • 07 May 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

      Chutzpah by Ken Kaye 

      Moderator: TBD

      Arrogance puts freedom of speech to a test, and loses.

      About the First Draft Series

      The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Monday Night Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

      Become a First Draft Member today!


      • 07 May 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

      10-minute Play Night (First Draft Series)

      Moderator: TBD

      List of the plays: TBD


      About the First Draft Series

      The First Draft Series is an exclusive series of Tuesday-night play readings for and by First Draft Member playwrights. These are private, salon-style readings in which playwrights perform the roles and then discuss the plays in a format similar to that used in the Saturday Series. The discussions are moderated by a Resident Playwright or member of the artistic staff.

      Become a First Draft Member today!


      • 20 May 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 75
      Register
      MONDAY NIGHT DRAMA

      Time to add more drama to your Monday nights! The Saturday Series, Dramatists’ longest-running program, has moved to Monday nights. This off night for the theatre industry allows us greater access to in-demand directors, actors, artistic directors, and producers PLUS attracts newer audiences already primed to attend evening performances over afternoons.

      Monday night events will consist of public readings of plays-in-progress from our Resident Playwrights as well as other exciting additions, panel discussions, fireside chats with visiting artists, and more!


      About the Monday Night Series


      On select Mondays at 7:00pm, Chicago Dramatists hosts a Monday Night Series event in our theatre. Most Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, though some are special Master Panels or fire-side chats with artists.

      All plays read in the Monday Night Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets or (when the playwright is amenable) join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

      Ticket revenue only covers 10% of the total cost for the Monday Night Series. Please consider giving a gift to Chicago Dramatists today to support these public play readings.

      • 01 Jun 2019
      • 02 Jun 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 10
      Register

      Essentials Bootcamp
      Instructor: Resident Playwright Alumna Marsha Estell

      Want to learn the core principles of the six-week Essentials 1 but in a weekend? Designed for writers of all levels seeking a foundation for their craft, this two-day bootcamp will provide the tools of dramatic writing so you can write and respond to another’s work. A great option if you live out-of-town or just want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.         

      Prerequisite: None


      Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday & Sunday
      Start/End Date Jun 1 - Jun 2
      Time Slot 10:00am - 4:30pm
      Notes This is a Tier 1 Special Topic

      About Special Topics Courses

      Special Topics coursework is designed to focus on and often expand upon important topics presented in the Tiered tracks. Various formats are offered, from  the 2-day bootcamps where you will get a concentrated introduction or taste of other workshops, to intensives that take you through 3-4 days of targeted exercises, or the 6-7 week classes that deep-dive into important skill-building for progression of work.

      • 01 Jun 2019
      • 02 Jun 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St.
      • 9
      Register

      Writing the Adaptation Bootcamp
      Instructor: Resident Playwright Alvaro Saar Rios

      Do you have a favorite short story or folktale you have always wanted to turn into a play? Are you curious about how to adapt original source material, such as folktales, short stories, children’s books or even songs? Then this two-day bootcamp is for you. Learn to brainstorm adaptation ideas, how to adapt source material, create a scene or two, plus much more!

      Prerequisite: None


      Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday & Sunday
      Start/End Date Jun 1- Jun 2
      Time Slot 10:00am - 4:30pm
      Notes This is a Tier 1 Special Topic

      About Special Topics Courses

      Special Topics coursework is designed to focus on and often expand upon important topics presented in the Tiered tracks. Various formats are offered, from  the 2-day bootcamps where you will get a concentrated introduction or taste of other workshops, to intensives that take you through 3-4 days of targeted exercises, or the 6-7 week classes that deep-dive into important skill-building for progression of work.

      • 01 Jun 2019
      • 02 Jun 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 10
      Register

      Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp 
      Instructor: Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke

      Do you have a play that might work well as a movie? Or perhaps your story idea does not fit the play mold?  This two-day bootcamp offers an intense, nuts and bolts study of the essentials of writing for film. You will explore the similarities and differences between the mediums of stage, film, and TV. Then you will dive into action lines, hooks, loglines, visual thinking, plus much more! Make sure to come ready with a play or idea you want to cinematically bring to life.

      Prerequisite: None


      Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday & Sunday
      Start/End Date June 1 - Jun 2
      Time Slot  Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sun 2:00pm - 6:00pm
      Notes

      About the Screenwriting & TV Track

      The Screenwriting & TV track is designed to provide writers with a solid foundation for writing for film and TV. It consists of the following courses:

      • Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp
      • Screenwriting Structure Intensive
      • Screenwriting in Progress
      • The About - Screenwriting Workshop

      Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp is a prerequisite for the Structure Intensive, which in turn is a prerequisite for Screenwriting in Progress.  The About has no prerequisite.

      • Writing the Half-Hour Comedy 1 ONLINE
      • Writing the Half-Hour Comedy 2 ONLINE
      • Writing the Half-Hour Comedy 3 ONLINE
      • 03 Jun 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 75
      Register
      MONDAY NIGHT DRAMA

      Time to add more drama to your Monday nights! The Saturday Series, Dramatists’ longest-running program, has moved to Monday nights. This off night for the theatre industry allows us greater access to in-demand directors, actors, artistic directors, and producers PLUS attracts newer audiences already primed to attend evening performances over afternoons.

      Monday night events will consist of public readings of plays-in-progress from our Resident Playwrights as well as other exciting additions, panel discussions, fireside chats with visiting artists, and more!


      About the Monday Night Series


      On select Mondays at 7:00pm, Chicago Dramatists hosts a Monday Night Series event in our theatre. Most Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, though some are special Master Panels or fire-side chats with artists.

      All plays read in the Monday Night Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets or (when the playwright is amenable) join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

      Ticket revenue only covers 10% of the total cost for the Monday Night Series. Please consider giving a gift to Chicago Dramatists today to support these public play readings.

      • 05 Jun 2019
      • 10 Jul 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 651 W. Lake St.
      • 8
      Register

      The Rewrite 
      Instructor: Douglas Post - Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble 

      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.  You will also be given weekly reading assignments that will help you understand how working playwrights have moved their texts forward and made their careers possible.

      Prerequisites: Writing the Full-Length 2, prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play or permission of the instructor.

      NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a scene no more than 10 pages in length from your play to the first session.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
      Start/End Date Jun 5 - Jul 10  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

      • 08 Jun 2019
      • 09 Jun 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 5
      Register

      Musical Theatre Writing Bootcamp
      Instructor: Dramatists Guild Chicago Regional Representative Cheryl Coons

      Chicago Dramatists now offers a Weekend Intensive for musical theatre writers. Designed to support individual writers as well as collaborative teams, this intensive offers a chance to gain valuable new tools for developing musical theatre work, and present work for feedback in a supportive atmosphere. 

      Appropriate for playwrights, lyricists, and composers with projects at any stage of development, this intensive weekend is a kickstarter for new work, and will add fresh perspectives to projects already in process. If you are passionate about musical theatre, this is a weekend you can't miss!

      *Collaborative teams may register together, provided they are, as a team, presenting work from a single project.

      Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday & 1 Sunday
      Start/End Date Jun 8 - Jun 9
      Time Slot 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday 
      10:00 AM-5:00 PM Sunday
      Notes There will be a 1hr break between 12:00-1:00PM

       

      About the Musicals Track

      The Musicals track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing musical theatre. It consists of four courses:

      • Musical Theatre Writing: The Secret Life of the American Musical
      • Musicals in Process
      • Musical Theatre Bootcamp
      • Lyric Lab

      Musical Theatre Writing is a prerequisite for Musicals in Process. Musical Theatre Bootcamp and Lyric Lab may be taken out of sequence with the other two courses.

      • 08 Jun 2019
      • 13 Jul 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Literacenter, 651 W. Lake St.
      • 9
      Register

      Developing the Full-length 1 
      Instructor: Douglas Post - Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble 

      Kicking off Tier 2 advanced coursework, 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.  You will also be given weekly reading and writing assignments that will further your understanding of character, time, place, language, text and subtext.

      Prerequisites: Essentials 3, prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play or permission of Instructor

      NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a scene no more than 10 pages in length from your play to the first session.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
      Start/End Date Jun 8 - Jul 13  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

      • 11 Jun 2019
      • 16 Jul 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Online
      • 8
      Register

      Essentials 1 ONLINE 
      Instructor:
       Playwright Cassandra Rose

      In the first of the Essentials series, you will become familiar with the components of dramatic structure and format, receive tools to explore your unique voice and how to give and receive usable feedback, grasp the difference between dialog and conversation, plus will write and workshop a 10-minute play applying what you have learned.

      Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2  and Essentials 3. 

      Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Tuesdays
      Start/End Date Jun 11 - Jul 16  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 1 Essentials Track


      Comprising the Writers Studio’s Essentials 1 through 3 fundamentals sequence, students will explore their unique voice and theatricality, be able to describe and apply dramatic structure, write dialogue, stage direction, construct characters, arrange work in the correct industry format, and employ methods to give and receive feedback.

      Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

      • 11 Jun 2019
      • 16 Jul 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Online
      • 10
      Registration is closed

      Essentials 3 ONLINE 
      Instructor:
       Playwright Alvaro Saar Rios

      In the third (and final) of the Essentials series, you will expand your 10-minute play talents to write a one-act utilizing the components of dramatic structure and action. By the course’s end you will be ready to pitch your one-act play to peers.

      Note: Essentials 2 must be taken as prerequisite for Essentials 3. 

      Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Tuesdays
      Start/End Date Jun 11 - Jul 16 (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes

      About the Tier 1 Essentials Track


      Comprising the Writers Studio’s Essentials 1 through 3 fundamentals sequence, students will explore their unique voice and theatricality, be able to describe and apply dramatic structure, write dialogue, stage direction, construct characters, arrange work in the correct industry format, and employ methods to give and receive feedback.

      Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

      • 12 Jun 2019
      • 17 Jul 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 9
      Register

      Acting for Writers 
      Instructor: Playwright & Actor John S. Green

      As a writer, have you ever wondered what it is like to step inside an actor’s shoes? Want to know how actors bring a character to life, speaking your words as a character’s? 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.  You will also create dramatic scenes for specific actors, learn how to communicate effectively with actors and directors in terms they understand, explore what does and does not work once a scene is on its feet, and how to translate a character from page to stage. 


      Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
      Start/End Date Jun 12 - Jul 17  (6 sessions) 
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes This is an all Tier special topic.

      About Special Topics Courses

      Special Topics coursework is designed to focus on and often expand upon important topics presented in the Tiered tracks. Various formats are offered, from  the 2-day bootcamps where you will get a concentrated introduction or taste of other workshops, to intensives that take you through 3-4 days of targeted exercises, or the 6-7 week classes that deep-dive into important skill-building for progression of work.

      • 20 Jun 2019
      • 18 Jul 2019
      • 4 sessions
      • Online
      • 8
      Register

      Solo Show & Storytelling Development Intensive Online 
      Instructor:
      Resident Playwright MT Cozzola

      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.

      Prerequisites: Solo Show & Storytelling Bootcamp or Fundamentals


      Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

      Sessions/Weekday 4 Thursdays
      Start/End Date Jun 20 - Jul 18
      Time Slot 6:30pm-9:30pm
      Notes Prerequisite: Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals  (or the Bootcamp Weekend), or permission of instructor. Does not meet  7/4.

      About the Solo Show & Storytelling Track

      The Solo Show track is designed to provide writers with a solid foundation for developing and performing solo shows and long-form narratives. The courses include:

      • Solo & Storytelling Bootcamp
      • Solo & Storytelling Fundamentals
      • Solo & Storytelling Intensive
      • Marketing and Producing Your Solo Show
      • Solo & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage
      • Live Storytelling
      • 23 Jun 2019
      • 28 Jul 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 7
      Register

      Lyric Lab
      nstructor: Dramatists Guild Chicago Regional Representative Cheryl Coons

      This lyric writing lab offers participants a solid grounding in the craft of lyric writing for musical theatre and cabaret, and stimulating prompts for generating new song ideas. 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. Participants will present their own lyrics for group discussion and constructive feedback in a supportive atmosphere.

      Prerequisite: None

      Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
      Start/End Date Jun 23 - Jul 28
      Timeslot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
      Notes


      About the Musicals Track

      The Musicals track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing musical theatre. It consists of four courses:

      • Musical Theatre Writing: The Secret Life of the American Musical
      • Musicals in Process
      • Musical Theatre Bootcamp
      • Lyric Lab

      Musical Theatre Writing is a prerequisite for Musicals in Process. Musical Theatre Bootcamp and Lyric Lab may be taken out of sequence with the other two courses.

      • 24 Jun 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • 75
      Register
      MONDAY NIGHT DRAMA

      Time to add more drama to your Monday nights! The Saturday Series, Dramatists’ longest-running program, has moved to Monday nights. This off night for the theatre industry allows us greater access to in-demand directors, actors, artistic directors, and producers PLUS attracts newer audiences already primed to attend evening performances over afternoons.

      Monday night events will consist of public readings of plays-in-progress from our Resident Playwrights as well as other exciting additions, panel discussions, fireside chats with visiting artists, and more!


      About the Monday Night Series


      On select Mondays at 7:00pm, Chicago Dramatists hosts a Monday Night Series event in our theatre. Most Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, though some are special Master Panels or fire-side chats with artists.

      All plays read in the Monday Night Series are directed, rehearsed, and presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets or (when the playwright is amenable) join in a moderated post-reading discussion.

      Ticket revenue only covers 10% of the total cost for the Monday Night Series. Please consider giving a gift to Chicago Dramatists today to support these public play readings.

      • 27 Jun 2019
      • 22 Aug 2019
      • 7 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
      • 9
      Register
      "Scene Shop" Play Development Thursday Evenings 

      Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

      Now in its 12th year at Chicago Dramatists and led by Resident Playwright Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and other books, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced writers. Self-contained weekly sessions offer character, scene, and story exercises to help you write and revise your script, professional actors to read the work you bring from home, and constructive group feedback in a supportive setting. And, if you ever need to miss a session, you can always make it up in one of the other two Scene Shop sections that week. Workshop members are eligible to participate in the Scene Shop Showcase, a night of staged readings presented twice yearly in the Russ Tutterow Theatre. 

      Prerequisites: The writer has completed at least one play or screenplay.

      Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
      Start/End Date Jun 27 - Aug 22
      Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
      Notes Does not meet 7/4 or 8/1

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

      • 29 Jun 2019
      • 24 Aug 2019
      • 7 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
      • 5
      Register
      "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Mornings 

      Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

      Now in its 12th year at Chicago Dramatists and led by Resident Playwright Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and other books, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced writers. Self-contained weekly sessions offer character, scene, and story exercises to help you write and revise your script, professional actors to read the work you bring from home, and constructive group feedback in a supportive setting. And, if you ever need to miss a session, you can always make it up in one of the other two Scene Shop sections that week. Workshop members are eligible to participate in the Scene Shop Showcase, a night of staged readings presented twice yearly in the Russ Tutterow Theatre. 

      Prerequisites: The writer has completed at least one play or screenplay.

      Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
      Start/End Date Jun 29 - Aug 24
      Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
      Notes Does not meet 7/6 or 8/3

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

      • 29 Jun 2019
      • 24 Aug 2019
      • 7 sessions
      • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
      • 8
      Register
      "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Afternoons

      Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

      Now in its 12th year at Chicago Dramatists and led by Resident Playwright Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion and other books, Scene Shop is an ongoing professional resource for experienced writers. Self-contained weekly sessions offer character, scene, and story exercises to help you write and revise your script, professional actors to read the work you bring from home, and constructive group feedback in a supportive setting. And, if you ever need to miss a session, you can always make it up in one of the other two Scene Shop sections that week. Workshop members are eligible to participate in the Scene Shop Showcase, a night of staged readings presented twice yearly in the Russ Tutterow Theatre. 

      Prerequisites: The writer has completed at least one play or screenplay.

      Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
      Start/End Date Jun 29 - Aug 24
      Time Slot 2:00pm - 5:00pm
      Notes Does not meet 7/6 or 8/3

      About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

      Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

    Past events

    16 Apr 2019 The Tinsel Tree by Jan Chattler (First Draft Series)
    09 Apr 2019 "Paragraph-5" by Blake Levinson (First Draft Series)
    02 Apr 2019 "Blood and Water" by Andy Mayo (First Draft Series)
    26 Mar 2019 Coal by Nina Dellaria (First Draft Series)
    23 Mar 2019 It Happened One Weekend (Spring 2019)
    19 Mar 2019 Lake Luzerne, NY. by Neill Shanahan (First Draft Series)
    12 Mar 2019 TBD by Pat Kelly (First Draft Series)
    09 Mar 2019 Essentials Bootcamp (Spring 2019)
    06 Mar 2019 Character Workshop (Spring 2019)
    05 Mar 2019 First Draft Series _ Lyndon A by Andy Mayo
    26 Feb 2019 2 Short Plays by James B. Smith (First Draft Series)
    19 Feb 2019 The Tinsel Tree by Jan Chattler (First Draft Series)
    17 Feb 2019 Network Town Hall - 10:30 AM, Sunday, February 17
    12 Feb 2019 TBD by Barbara McDonald (First Draft Series)
    09 Feb 2019 Writing the Adaptation Bootcamp (Winter 2018)
    07 Feb 2019 Essential 2 Class Presentation
    05 Feb 2019 LYNDON AGONISTES by Andy Mayo (First Draft Series)
    03 Feb 2019 Screenwriting in Progress (Winter 2018)
    29 Jan 2019 MANY MANSIONS by Ken Kaye (First Draft Series)
    28 Jan 2019 Small World by Jillian Leff and Joe Lino (Public Reading)
    26 Jan 2019 "Scene Shop" Play Development Saturday Afternoons (Winter 2018)
    26 Jan 2019 "Scene Shop" Play Development Saturday Mornings (Winter 2018)
    26 Jan 2019 Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp (Winter 2018)
    23 Jan 2019 The Heart to Heart Club
    22 Jan 2019 COME SUNDAY by Conrad Lawrence (First Draft Series)
    22 Jan 2019 Real Talk With Auntie B
    21 Jan 2019 The Legendary Nana Yaa Asantewaa & the War of the Golden Stool, or They Is African Royalty Livin’ Off Fuckin’ Wilson
    20 Jan 2019 Trophies
    19 Jan 2019 Class of 2019 Russ Tutterow Fellows Play Festival (Jan 19-23rd)
    19 Jan 2019 The Amen Trilogy
    15 Jan 2019 Waynesburg, Indiana by Neill Shanahan (First Draft Series)
    12 Jan 2019 TUXEDO TERRACE by Keith Huff (a fundraising event)
    10 Jan 2019 Solo and Storytelling Development Intensive (Winter 2018)
    09 Jan 2019 Script Analysis Intensive (Winter 2018)
    08 Jan 2019 A Night of Ten-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    06 Jan 2019 Musicals in Process Workshop (Winter 2018)
    18 Dec 2018 A Night of Ten-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    12 Dec 2018 SCENE SHOP SHOWCASE
    11 Dec 2018 TBD by Mike McGeever (First Draft Series)
    11 Dec 2018 Solo Show & Storytelling Foundations ONLINE (Winter 2018)
    10 Dec 2018 BLUE BULLETS by Alvaro Saar Rios (Public Reading)
    09 Dec 2018 Essentials 2 (Winter 2018)
    09 Dec 2018 Essentials 1 (Winter 2018)
    08 Dec 2018 Developing the Full-length 1 (Winter 2018)
    04 Dec 2018 TBD by Dennis Fischer (First Draft Series)
    01 Dec 2018 Essentials Bootcamp (Winter 2018)
    01 Dec 2018 Professional Development Bootcamp (Winter 2018)
    27 Nov 2018 The Benefit Committee by Aline Lathrop
    20 Nov 2018 TBD by Andy Mayo (First Draft Series)
    18 Nov 2018 Network & Writer's Studio Town Hall
    17 Nov 2018 OFF THE PAGE
    14 Nov 2018 Writing the 10-Minute Play (Winter 2018)
    13 Nov 2018 I Know You Are, But What Am I? by Ken Kaye (First Draft Series)
    08 Nov 2018 Essentials 2 Student Presentation (Public Reading)
    06 Nov 2018 TBD (First Draft Series)
    05 Nov 2018 suspension by Kristiana Rae Colón (Public Reading)
    30 Oct 2018 FIRST DRAFT - No Reading Today
    27 Oct 2018 Tutterow Fellow Presentation (Public Reading)
    23 Oct 2018 The God Who Drowned in the River by Amy Crider (First Draft Series)
    16 Oct 2018 TBD by Doug Van Hooser (First Draft Series)
    15 Oct 2018 TAR AND FEATHER by Kristin Idaszak (Public Reading)
    15 Oct 2018 Meet & Greet Playwright Kristin Idaszak (Private Event)
    13 Oct 2018 "Scene Shop" Play Development Saturday Afternoons (Fall 2018)
    13 Oct 2018 "Scene Shop" Play Development Saturday Mornings (Fall 2018)
    11 Oct 2018 "Scene Shop" Play Development Thursday Evenings (Fall 2018)
    09 Oct 2018 The Eiger (First Draft Series)
    07 Oct 2018 Screenwriting in Progress (Fall 2018)
    02 Oct 2018 Secret Formula (First Draft Series)
    01 Oct 2018 THROWAWAY KIDS by Isaac Gomez (Public Reading)
    01 Oct 2018 Meet & Greet Playwright Isaac Gomez (Private Event)
    25 Sep 2018 Survivors (First Draft Series)
    18 Sep 2018 Galesburg by Neill Shanahan (First Draft Series)
    18 Sep 2018 Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage (Fall 2018)
    17 Sep 2018 TONI STONE by Lydia R. Diamond (Public Reading)
    17 Sep 2018 Meet & Greet Playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Private Event)
    16 Sep 2018 Essentials 2 (Fall 2018)
    16 Sep 2018 Musical Theatre: The Secret Life of the American Musical (Fall 2018)
    16 Sep 2018 Essentials 1 (Fall 2018)
    11 Sep 2018 Shrimp and Crab (First Draft Series)
    08 Sep 2018 Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp (Fall 2018)
    08 Sep 2018 Essentials Bootcamp (Fall 2018)
    04 Sep 2018 TBD by Fouad Teymour (First Draft Series)
    28 Aug 2018 99th & Nowhere (First Draft Series)
    19 Aug 2018 Intern Showcase
    14 Aug 2018 Commute (First Draft Series)
    11 Aug 2018 Solo Show & Storytelling Foundations Workshop (Weekend Warrior)
    07 Aug 2018 Confounded (First Draft Series)
    04 Aug 2018 Musical Theatre Writing Intensive Weekend Summer 2018
    28 Jul 2018 MAH JONGG SWINGERS CLUB (Public Reading)
    24 Jul 2018 The Great Hannibal Hamlin (First Draft Series)
    17 Jul 2018 That Dog (First Draft Series)
    14 Jul 2018 Essentials Bootcamp Weekend Summer 2018
    10 Jul 2018 I Know You Are, But What Am I? (First Draft Series)
    01 Jul 2018 Screenwriting in Progress Summer 2018
    30 Jun 2018 The Fixer (Public Reading)
    26 Jun 2018 Anna O. (First Draft Series)
    24 Jun 2018 Writing the Adaptation Workshop Summer 2018
    24 Jun 2018 Screenwriting Lab 3.0
    23 Jun 2018 Master Class in Story Structure
    21 Jun 2018 Script Analysis - The Blueprint
    19 Jun 2018 Two Gals, Three Guys and a Briefcase (First Draft Series)
    19 Jun 2018 Solo and Storytelling Development Intensive Summer 2018
    16 Jun 2018 Page to Stage Student Presentation (Public Reading)
    12 Jun 2018 Casey's Bar (First Draft Series)
    06 Jun 2018 Developing a Play-in-Progress Summer 2018
    05 Jun 2018 THREE DAYS (First Draft Series)
    04 Jun 2018 Live Storytelling Workshop Summer 2018
    02 Jun 2018 The Widow's League (Public Reading)
    02 Jun 2018 Screenwriting for Playwrights Workshop
    02 Jun 2018 New Play Dramaturgy Bootcamp
    29 May 2018 They Are Distant (First Draft Series)
    27 May 2018 Essentials 1: The Core On-Line Version
    22 May 2018 Blind (First Draft Series)
    19 May 2018 Ashes to Ashes (Public Reading)
    14 May 2018 Essentials 2 Student Presentation (Public Reading)
    13 May 2018 Essentials 3: The Journey
    12 May 2018 Game Night (Public Reading)
    08 May 2018 You Deserve Better (First Draft Series)
    05 May 2018 Northwestern University 10-Minute Showcase (Public Reading)
    01 May 2018 A Night of Ten-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    28 Apr 2018 A SOLDIER'S TALE (Public Reading)
    24 Apr 2018 Back Draft (First Draft Series)
    24 Apr 2018 Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage
    21 Apr 2018 NO READING
    21 Apr 2018 Character Intensive
    17 Apr 2018 Lady Audley's Secret (First Draft Series)
    14 Apr 2018 Exotic Animals (Public Reading)
    11 Apr 2018 Developing a Play-in-Progress
    10 Apr 2018 Three Days (First Draft Series)
    07 Apr 2018 NO READING
    07 Apr 2018 Musical Theatre Writing Intensive Weekend
    05 Apr 2018 Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core ONLINE
    03 Apr 2018 Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core
    31 Mar 2018 Essentials 1: The Core
    27 Mar 2018 Afternoon With My Mother (First Draft Series)
    24 Mar 2018 (PARAGRAPH 5) (Public Reading)
    24 Mar 2018 Essentials Weekend Bootcamp
    20 Mar 2018 The Sound (First Draft Series)
    17 Mar 2018 RAG DOLL IN A MAD DOG'S MOUTH (Public Reading)
    13 Mar 2018 Lighthouse Beach (First Draft Series)
    11 Mar 2018 Screenwriting in Progress Spring 2018
    10 Mar 2018 GERIATRIC HIT MAN (Public Reading)
    06 Mar 2018 Beautiful Man (First Draft Series)
    03 Mar 2018 Writing the Adaptation Workshop
    27 Feb 2018 Ordinary Time (First Draft Series)
    20 Feb 2018 Casey's Bar (First Draft Series)
    17 Feb 2018 Lake Luzerne, N.Y. - play reading by Neill Shanahan (Public Reading)
    17 Feb 2018 Negotiating Your Own Contract (Panel)
    13 Feb 2018 The Harp Star (First Draft Series)
    06 Feb 2018 Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals Class
    03 Feb 2018 FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD (Public Reading)
    03 Feb 2018 Screenwriting 2.0
    30 Jan 2018 A Secluded Place (First Draft Series)
    27 Jan 2018 New Resident Showcase (Public Reading)
    23 Jan 2018 BLIND (First Draft Series)
    22 Jan 2018 Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core ON-LINE
    22 Jan 2018 Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core
    20 Jan 2018 RIGHT IN FRONT OF US (Public Reading)
    20 Jan 2018 Essentials 1: The Core
    18 Jan 2018 The Blueprint | Building Your Play
    16 Jan 2018 A Night of Ten-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    16 Jan 2018 Marketing & Producing your Solo Show or Story Event
    13 Jan 2018 THE AFTER (Public Reading)
    06 Jan 2018 HOLIDAY WEEKEND - NO READING
    30 Dec 2017 HOLIDAY WEEKEND - NO READING
    23 Dec 2017 HOLIDAY WEEKEND - NO READING
    19 Dec 2017 Twilight of Humanity (First Draft Series)
    16 Dec 2017 ABOVE THE CEILING (Public Reading)
    12 Dec 2017 Stones (First Draft Series)
    09 Dec 2017 SOLO SHOW: FROM PAGE TO STAGE (Public Reading)
    05 Dec 2017 Boundary Waters (First Draft Series)
    02 Dec 2017 LIFE IN A SANDCASTLE (Public Reading)
    28 Nov 2017 After Hours (First Draft Series)
    25 Nov 2017 HOLIDAY WEEKEND - NO READING
    21 Nov 2017 No First Draft Series
    18 Nov 2017 THE GUEST (Public Reading)
    14 Nov 2017 First Draft Series
    13 Nov 2017 Lewis Scholarship Fund Benefit
    11 Nov 2017 BALLAST (Public Reading)
    07 Nov 2017 For California...With Love, Norma Jeane (First Draft Series)
    04 Nov 2017 THE WOMAN, THE DOG, AND THE MACHETE (Public Reading)
    31 Oct 2017 No Draft Series
    28 Oct 2017 BORNE DUST (Public Reading)
    24 Oct 2017 Burned (First Draft Series)
    22 Oct 2017 Essentials 3: The Journey On-line
    21 Oct 2017 NO READING TODAY; RESCHEDULED TO DEC. 16
    17 Oct 2017 First Draft Series
    17 Oct 2017 Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage
    14 Oct 2017 TAR AND FEATHER (Public Reading)
    12 Oct 2017 Benefit Performance: THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO
    12 Oct 2017 Essentials 1: The Core On-Line Version
    10 Oct 2017 Under the Starz (First Draft Series)
    07 Oct 2017 DON'T TRUST TESS! (Public Reading)
    07 Oct 2017 Solo Show & Storytelling Foundations Workshop (Weekend Warrior)
    03 Oct 2017 Ashes to Ashes (First Draft Series)
    02 Oct 2017 Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core
    01 Oct 2017 Screenwriting 1.0 ONLINE
    30 Sep 2017 Playwright's Preview: THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO
    30 Sep 2017 NO READING TODAY!
    30 Sep 2017 Essentials 1: The Core
    26 Sep 2017 How Heaven Works (First Draft Series)
    23 Sep 2017 STRAY (Public Reading)
    23 Sep 2017 Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp
    20 Sep 2017 Developing a Play-in-Progress
    19 Sep 2017 The Hidden Path (First Draft Series)
    16 Sep 2017 LAUNCH DAY (Public Reading)
    12 Sep 2017 Dead Guinea Pig (First Draft Series)
    10 Sep 2017 Small Screen in Progress
    06 Sep 2017 Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core ON-LINE
    05 Sep 2017 No First Draft Series
    02 Sep 2017 LABOR DAY WEEKEND (No Reading)
    29 Aug 2017 Many Mansions (First Draft Series)
    26 Aug 2017 PLAYWRIGHTS' PREVIEW (Private Event)
    26 Aug 2017 LOOK AT YOU (Public Reading)
    22 Aug 2017 A Night of 10-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    19 Aug 2017 THE IRREGULARS (Public Reading)
    15 Aug 2017 First Draft Series
    12 Aug 2017 THE FREAKS OF MERCY (Public Reading)
    08 Aug 2017 A Night of 10-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    05 Aug 2017 NO READING TODAY
    01 Aug 2017 Monica (This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky) (First Draft Series)
    30 Jul 2017 ANNUAL COMPANY PICNIC
    25 Jul 2017 Man of the People (First Draft Series)
    22 Jul 2017 SOLO SHOW: FROM PAGE TO STAGE (Public Reading)
    20 Jul 2017 Essentials 1: The Core On-Line Version
    18 Jul 2017 Aaron the Wolf (First Draft Series)
    17 Jul 2017 The Blueprint | Building Your Play
    16 Jul 2017 Essentials 3: The Journey
    15 Jul 2017 OUTSIDE JOB (Public Reading)
    11 Jul 2017 The Trial (First Draft Series)
    11 Jul 2017 Writing the Political or Social Play
    09 Jul 2017 The Rewrite - On-line Version
    08 Jul 2017 EXTENDED HOLIDAY WEEK! (No Reading)
    05 Jul 2017 Developing a Play-in-Progress
    04 Jul 2017 No First Draft Series Reading
    01 Jul 2017 INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND (No Reading)
    27 Jun 2017 The Reality Sisters (First Draft Series)
    24 Jun 2017 THE WOMAN, THE DOG, AND THE MACHETE (Public Reading)
    24 Jun 2017 Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp
    21 Jun 2017 Writing for the Small Screen: TV and Web Pilot
    20 Jun 2017 Lake Luzerne, NY. (First Draft Series)
    17 Jun 2017 WHEN THEY CAME (Public Reading)
    17 Jun 2017 Screenwriting 1.0
    17 Jun 2017 What's So Funny? Weekend Comedy Intensive for Writers and Storytellers
    13 Jun 2017 Something Right (First Draft Series)
    10 Jun 2017 Scrapbook (Public Reading)
    07 Jun 2017 Solo and Storytelling Development Intensive
    06 Jun 2017 D-Town (First Draft Series)
    05 Jun 2017 Radio Theatre/Podcast Workshop
    03 Jun 2017 NO SATURDAY SERIES
    30 May 2017 Priceless (First Draft Series)
    30 May 2017 Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage
    27 May 2017 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (No Reading)
    23 May 2017 Home Away (First Draft Series)
    20 May 2017 PERKUP ELKHORN
    16 May 2017 Play at Paste (First Draft Series)
    13 May 2017 TILIKUM (Public Reading)
    09 May 2017 The Crux Family: 33 Years of Life and Death in a Dysfunctional Household (First Draft Series)
    06 May 2017 LA ELOTERA
    02 May 2017 Beautiful Man (First Draft Series)
    29 Apr 2017 The Freshman Bed
    22 Apr 2017 WHITE FRAGILITY (Public Reading)
    18 Apr 2017 A Night of 10-Minute Plays (First Draft Series)
    15 Apr 2017 EASTER WEEKEND (No Reading)
    08 Apr 2017 Cultivating Critics of Color: A Panel Discussion (Public)
    08 Apr 2017 Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp
    04 Apr 2017 Many Mansions (First Draft Series)
    01 Apr 2017 THE HOUSE OF THE NEGRO INSANE (Public Reading)
    01 Apr 2017 Screenwriting for Playwrights: Boot Camp Basics
    28 Mar 2017 The Yellow Room Murders (First Draft Series)
    25 Mar 2017 A WOLF AT EVERY WINDOW (Public Reading)
    21 Mar 2017 The Burlesque Anatomy Play (First Draft)
    18 Mar 2017 HEADSHOTS (Public Reading)
    14 Mar 2017 Boundary Waters (First Draft Series)
    11 Mar 2017 BOUNTIFUL GIFTS (Public Reading)
    07 Mar 2017 Revenge for Revenge (First Draft Series)
    04 Mar 2017 FAY BURNS! (Public Reading)
    28 Feb 2017 Serpent Head (First Draft Series)
    25 Feb 2017 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 10-MINUTE PLAY WORKSHOP (Public Reading)
    21 Feb 2017 Alterations (First Draft Series)
    18 Feb 2017 NAT TURNER: A PROPHET'S SORROW (Public Reading)
    14 Feb 2017 Chemistry (First Draft Series)
    11 Feb 2017 PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT (Public Reading)
    07 Feb 2017 Late to the Riots (First Draft Series)
    04 Feb 2017