Chicago Dramatists is pleased to offer a wide range of workshops to our playwrights, most of which are exclusive to our Network and Resident playwrights but one of which (the 10-Minute Workshop) is available to the general public.


The 10-Minute Workshop has introduced more new playwrights to Chicago Dramatists and its audiences than any other workshop. It is open to submission from any playwright who is able to attend the full workshop (rehearsal, performance, and discussion) and offers beginning and experienced dramatists the opportunity to try out a scene from a play-in-progress, to showcase a 10-minute play, and to network with other theatres and artists... all free of charge.

10-Minute Workshops are scheduled quarterly as part of the Saturday Series. Five to eight 10-minute plays (or 10-minute scenes from larger works) are presented as rehearsed, staged readings, open to the public and followed by a moderated audience discussion. Guest judges from local theatres select and direct the scripts and to moderate the post-performance discussions, which introduces theatres to new voices, allows playwrights to experience the artistic taste of particular theatres, and provides playwrights with an exposure to play buyers who might not otherwise know their work. Past guest judges comprise a "Who's Who" of area theatres, and have included artistic directors, associate artistic directors, artistic associates, resident directors and literary managers from Goodman, Steppenwolf, Northlight, Milwaukee Repertory, Victory Gardens, American Theatre Company, New American, About Face, Next, Bailiwick, Live Bait, Stage Left, Raven, Strawdog, Collaboraction, the side project, Congo Square, Seanachai, A Red Orchid, Circle, ETA, Teatro Vista, Bloomington (IN) Playwrights Project, and many other theatres.

Playwrights may submit no more than one piece to each workshop. Submissions must be ten pages or less, standard 12-pt font size, pages numbered, containing no more than six characters. (No musicals, binding, staples, faxes, or e-mailed submissions are accepted, and submissions will not be returned.) A submitting playwrights must include his/her day and evening phone numbers and a character list with ages. Submission rules and deadlines are announced in the theatre's quarterly flyers and on its web site.