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    • 11 Oct 2018
    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    "Scene Shop" Play Development Thursday Evenings 

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date  Oct 11 - Dec 13
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Does not meet 11/1, 11/22, or 11/29

    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.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Mornings 

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date  Oct 13 - Dec 15
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes Does not meet 11/3, 11/24, or 12/1

    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.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 1
    Registration is closed
    "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Afternoons 

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date  Oct 13 - Dec 15
    Time Slot 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Notes Does not meet 11/3, 11/24, or 12/1

    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.

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 19 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Writing the 10-Minute Play
    Instructor: Douglas Post - Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble 

    Are you specifically looking to hone your skills in writing 10-minute plays? Interested in bettering your 10-minute play for submission to contests and festivals? Then this six-week class is for you. Learn tools to improve economy, skill, and craft in condensed story form. At the end you will have acquired an understanding of how to write a precise and playable story that has a solid beginning, middle, and end.

    Prerequisites: Essentials 1 or Essentials Bootcamp


    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 Nov 14 - Dec 19  (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.

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Theater
    • 10
    Register

    OFF THE PAGE EVENT

    Come "off the page" at this unique behind-the-workings introduction to Chicago Dramatists--meeting the playwrights and the staff. Hear the how, why, and impact of what we do by the people who live it.

    For almost 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has provided writers with the training, space, and connections necessary to realize new work for the stage and screen, developing some of America's best playwrights.

    We can't wait to tell you more about us at this event!

    (Free coffee and beverage for just learning more about us. Don't worry we aren't selling or asking you for anything here.)

    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Theater
    Register

    Fellow Dramatists,


    As you may know, I recently joined the board of Chicago Dramatists to represent the writers who take our classes, participate in other programming, such as First Draft and Script Lab, and/or have memberships in The Writer's Studio. Since many changes in the organization are currently underway, I'd like to invite you to a town hall meeting to discuss what's happening and, most importantly, to listen to your thoughts about how Chicago Dramatists can better serve you as we move forward. The meeting will take place in our Russ Tutterow Theatre at the following time:

           10:30 AM, Sunday, November 18, 2018

    This is an important step in building on our 40-year legacy to keep Chicago Dramatists a vital part of the theatre community in Chicago and beyond. 

    Thank you for being a part of Chicago Dramatists and special thanks to those who contributed to our recent fundraising campaign. In just two months, we raised more than $50,000.

    I hope to see you on the 18th. In the meantime, keep writing!

    Will 

    Will Dunne

    Resident Playwright


    For those who wish to attend virtually:

    Topic: Town Hall

    Time: Nov 18, 2018 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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    • 20 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Andy Mayo

    Moderator: Mary Ruth Clarke, Resident Playwright

    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!


    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Essentials 2 ONLINE 
    Instructor:
     Playwright Jenni Lamb

    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.

    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 Nov 27 - Jan 15  (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Does not meet 12/25 or 1/1

    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.

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • theater
    • 75

    The Benefit Committee by Aline Lathrop

    Directed by Stephanie Stroud

    Early on a Monday morning, in the cafeteria of an elite private school, seven places are set for six women to fold one thousand origami butterflies, and to plan how they will meet their $250,000 goal for an organic kitchen garden and butterfly conservatory.  Driven by fierce maternal love, the competition is as cut-throat as in the board rooms most of them have left behind. The absence of their seventh member, and her tale of despair, hangs heavily in this story of love, loss, and the dark side of the culture of achievement.


    • 01 Dec 2018
    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 2
    Register

    Professional Development Bootcamp
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Emma Stanton

    This 2-day bootcamp is all about professionally developing you. Learn strategies for submitting and networking with producing institutions, how to pitch your work, write an artist’s statement, resume, bio and plan for the next year, plus much more in condensed form.

    If you are looking for a full six weeks of Professional Development, see Summer 2019.

     Prerequisites: The Rewrite or “Scene Shop” or Script Analysis Intensive


    Sessions/Weekday 1 Weekend
    Start/End Date Dec 1 - Dec 2
    Time Slot 10:00am - 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.

    • 01 Dec 2018
    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 4
    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 Dec 1 - Dec 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 Dec 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Theater
    • 15
    Register

    OFF THE PAGE EVENT

    Come "off the page" at this unique behind-the-workings introduction to Chicago Dramatists--meeting the playwrights and the staff. Hear the how, why, and impact of what we do by the people who live it.

    For almost 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has provided writers with the training, space, and connections necessary to realize new work for the stage and screen, developing some of America's best playwrights.

    We can't wait to tell you more about us at this event!

    Ambassador Host: Becca Hartman

    (Free coffee and beverage for just learning more about us. Don't worry we aren't selling or asking you for anything here.)

    • 06 Dec 2018
    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
    • 6
    Register

    The Rewrite Online
    Instructor: Playwright Cassandra Rose

    In this course, you will learn the best practices of rewriting. Create both a tracking document and an image tracker to detail your story, answer in detail the universal vs specific aspects of your work, show how your choices translate in the mind of the audience, journal your writing process to discover patterns and show growth, plus much more.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play


    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 Thursdays
    Start/End Date Dec 6 - Jan 24  (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Does not meet 12/27 or 1/3

    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.

    • 07 Dec 2018
    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 9
    Register

    Acting for Writers 1
    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 introductory 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, plus much more! The course is designed for absolute beginners and experienced actors who want to review the basics as they apply them to writing.

    Prerequisite: None


    Sessions/Weekday 6 Fridays
    Start/End Date Dec 7 - Jan 25  (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes This is an all Tier special topic. Does not meet 12/28 or 1/4.

    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.

    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 7
    Register

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

    Kicking off Tier 2 advanced coursework, you will build on fundamental skill sets to start writing that full-length play.  Within you will map out a visual storyboard of a play, identify key elements in the dramatic arc, explain what your imagery means in the minds of audiences, write scenes that escalate, plus much more.

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


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

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Saturdays
    Start/End Date Dec 8 - Jan 19  (6 sessions) 
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes Does not meet 12/22 or 12/29

    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 Dec 2018
    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
    • 7
    Register

    Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot 1 ONLINE 
    Instructor: Resident Playwright & TV writer Zina Camblin

    If you desire being in a writers’ room in half-hour comedy, then this starter course is for you. Learn to analyze and identify types, create loglines and premise, explore ideas that fit your unique voice, analyze and draft ideas about your own show premise, plus more. By the end of this course, you will pitch a 3-minute version of your show idea!

    Prerequisite: None


    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 Saturdays
    Start/End Date Dec 8 - Jan 19
    Time Slot  11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Notes Does not meet 12/22.

    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
    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 1
    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 Dec 9 - Jan 20  (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.

    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 8
    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 Dec 9 - Jan 20  (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.

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 75
    Register

    Blue Bullets by Alvaro Saar Rios, Resident Playwright

    Set in 1970’s Houston, a Mexican bakery owner’s attempts to save her business is impeded as her sole employee becomes involved in local protests concerning rampant police brutality.


    About Alvaro Saar Rios

    Alvaro Saar Rios' plays have been performed in Chicago, New York City, Hawaii, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. Rios has received commissions from various organizations, including The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. He is also the co-founder of The Royal Mexican Players, a national touring performance troupe. Mr. Rios holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University. Alvaro lives in Chicago and teaches playwriting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    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.


    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 29 Jan 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
    • 6
    Register

    Solo Show & Storytelling Foundations Online
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski

    This  class is designed for storytellers, solo artists, actors, stand-ups, and playwrights of all levels- from those who are thinking about writing a one-person play or long form-story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one.

    We will focus on developing the tools and techniques for:

    1. finding your voice and the voice of the story
    2. designing the Story/Solo plot structure;
    3. Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship
    4. Character development and writing multiple character scenes; 
    5.  The 14 styles of Solo & Story pieces. 
    6. Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories.
    7. Most importantly this workshop will focus on developing your unique style. In class exercises, one on one coaching.  
    This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will have big fun!


    Prerequisite: None

    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 Dec 11 - Jan 29
    Time Slot 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Notes Does not meet 12/25 or 1/1.


    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
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre

    TBD by Mike McGeever

    Moderator: Steven Peterson, Resident Playwright



    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!


    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 75
    Register


    Scene Shop Play Development Showcase

    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Join us at Chicago Dramatists for a 90-minute showcase of selected scenes from plays-in-progress developed in our Scene Shop Play Development class, facilitated by author, Resident Playwright, and teacher Will Dunne.

    The program is followed by a pizza and wine reception.

    All are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served.

    Scene Shop Members: Free. General Public: Pay-What-You-Can or Sponsor to help cover the costs.

    ***

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Theater
    • 15
    Register

    OFF THE PAGE EVENT

    Come "off the page" at this unique behind-the-workings introduction to Chicago Dramatists--meeting the playwrights and the staff. Hear the how, why, and impact of what we do by the people who live it.

    For almost 40 years, Chicago Dramatists has provided writers with the training, space, and connections necessary to realize new work for the stage and screen, developing some of America's best playwrights.

    We can't wait to tell you more about us at this event!

    (Free coffee and beverage for just learning more about us. Don't worry we aren't selling or asking you for anything here.)

    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists, Theatre
    A Night of Ten-Minute Plays

    Moderator: TBD


    This evening we will hear short plays by First Draft Members!

    Become a First Draft Member today!


    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.



    • 06 Jan 2019
    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Offsite
    • 5
    Register

    Musicals in Process Workshop
    Instructor: Dramatists Guild Chicago Regional Representative Cheryl Coons

    Designed to support book writers, lyricists, and composers who have a musical underway, this course builds on the craft principles taught in Secret Life of the American Musical.

    In addition to providing feedback on participants' works-in-process, the course supports writers in the process of readying and submitting work for professional productions and competitive development opportunities.

    Prerequisite: Secret Life of the American Musical

    Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
    Start/End Date Jan 6 - Feb 10
    Timeslot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    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.

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 9
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    Script Analysis Intensive
    Instructor: Playwright Kristin Idaszak

    Ask any playwright what a necessary skill is, and they say, “script analysis.” In this intensive, you will analyze full-length plays to identify decisions characters make and how the consequences of those decisions shape the character, translate subtext, identify differing process, learn to articulate what “The Big Idea” is, plus much more.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play


    Sessions/Weekday 4 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date Jan 9 - Feb 6 (4 sessions)
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Does not meet 1/23

    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.

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 07 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 7
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    Solo Show & Storytelling Development Intensive
    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

    Sessions/Weekday 4 Thursdays
    Start/End Date Jan 10 - Feb 7
    Time Slot 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Notes Prerequisite: Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals  (or the Bootcamp Weekend), or permission of instructor. Does not meet 1/24.

    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
    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 75
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    North Star by Georgette Kelly, Resident Playwright

    Summer in the north woods of Minnesota. The days are long. The stars are bright. But when it gets dark, it gets really dark—like when someone opens fire at camp. NORTH STAR is a new play that centers around an all-female group of campers and counselors coping with violence that leaves them utterly vulnerable. At the crux of this play is the question: what happens when social contracts are broken, when gun violence breaks through places that should feel safe, and when young people lose trust in the adults in their lives? Their stories are entwined with the French Canadian myth of La Chasse Galerie, in which a group of voyageurs made a deal with the devil to journey home in a flying canoe in order to see their lost loved ones.


    About Georgette Kelly

    Georgette Kelly is a playwright with one foot in Chicago and the other in New York. Her work has been produced across the country, and she has participated in numerous artistic residencies. Her play I CARRY YOUR HEART received the inaugural Hope on Stage Playwriting Award, accompanied by a rolling world premiere, and BALLAST was featured on The Kilroys List and received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. Other plays include: NORTH STAR, FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD, IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, F*CK LA VIE D’ARTISTE, HOW TO HERO, and an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING. Georgette’s work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, The DC Source Festival, The Alliance Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and Chicago’s DCASE. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and she has participated in residencies at the Tofte Lake Center, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, and terraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group. She has been chosen as a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Week, the Playwrights’ Center CORE Writer Program, the BPP Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Stage Left Playwright Residency, and the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Georgette holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly.

    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.


    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 9
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    "Scene Shop" Play Development Thursday Evenings 

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Thursdays
    Start/End Date Jan 17 - Mar 14
    Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Notes Does not meet 1/31 or 2/28

    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.

    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 3
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    "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Mornings 

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date Jan 19 - Mar 16
    Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Notes Does not meet 2/2 or 3/2

    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.

    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
    • 8
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    "Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Afternoons

    Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

    Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

    Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

    Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
    Start/End Date Jan 19 - Mar 16
    Time Slot 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Notes Does not meet 2/2 or 3/2

    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.

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 10
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    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 Jan 26 - Jan 27
    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
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 75
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    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.

    • 03 Feb 2019
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 10
    Register

    Screenwriting in Progress  
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke

    Designed to support writers who have a screenplay(s) already underway, this advanced on-going course will build on the fundamentals and structure principles taught before. Over six weeks you will build community, sharpen skills, revise, and receive tailored feedback on your screenplay-in-progress.

    Prerequisites: Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp and Structure Intensive


    Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
    Start/End Date Feb 3 - Mar 31
    Time Slot  9:00AM - 12:00PM
    Notes Prerequisites: Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp and Structure Intensive. Does not meet 2/24, 3/10 or 3/24.

    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
    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • 9
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    Character Workshop
    Instructor: Resident Playwright Emma Stanton

    Over six weeks, you will deeply explore the voice, behavior, and point of view of your characters to better understand how they impact the world of your play. Through various exercises, scene work, and even collaboration with professional actors, you will get view through a multi-faceted lens to track the development of your characters plus helpful tools to approach your future work.

    Prerequisites: Essentials 1 or Essentials Bootcamp


    Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
    Start/End Date Feb 6 - Mar 13
    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.