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Chicago Dramatists nurtures playwrights of all levels with the space, resources, and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists. 

New Play Development. Every day.


Chicago Dramatists is the only comprehensive playwright development center of its kind in Chicago, if not the world.  We put our focus on the playwright, giving them an artistic home no matter where they are in their development. This support has garnered our playwrights numerous Jeff nominations and/or wins for Best New Work in Chicago, Chicago and regional premieres of their plays, as well as productions on Broadway. Our playwrights are also shaping writers rooms in LA and sending their stories to living rooms across the world. We have done this by sticking to our mission: whether playwrights are an apprentice to the craft or masters, we provide them with the space, collaborators, and time they need to realize themselves fully as artists.

Programs are made possible by your generous support. Make a gift TODAY!

Develop your craft and expand your network with The Writer's Studio classes and Writers' Resources!

Our courses are unparalleled. Students and participants work directly with award-winning playwrights, screenwriters, and artists including actors and directors, regularly meet industry professionals, receive showcase opportunities and have ongoing, long-term relationships with instructors and artistic staff. 

Resources include:

    • Script reviews
    • Table readings
    • Writers' groups
    • First Draft Reading Series membership
    • Exclusive notification of submission opportunities 

New students get $50 off!

There is NO Saturday Series This Week!

Join us April 28th for A Soldier's Tale 

by Nancy Schaefer


Most Saturdays at 2:00pm, Chicago Dramatists presents a reading of a play-in-progress. Rehearsed and staged minimally, this program is devised for the playwright to hear their play through the bodies of actors, and to experience it in real-time with you, the audience. After each reading, a short discussion is moderated by a member of the artistic staff. Come be a part of new play development! 

Our upcoming schedule can be found here: Saturday Series

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