Chicago Dramatists Open Enrollment is Underway for Summer Courses

Chicago Dramatists Open Enrollment is Underway for Summer Courses

Open enrollment for Chicago Dramatists Summer Courses continues at or 312-633-0630 for classes set to begin in mid-June. The quarterly schedule of courses is designed for beginning and experienced playwrights. Classes are taught by some of Chicago's finest writers, educators, dramaturgs and directors. First-timers, network/resident playwrights and college students receive discounted tuition.

"Chicago Dramatists classes play a major role in our mission to develop new plays and nurture playwrights for the benefit of the American theatre repertory," said Artistic Director Russ Tutterow. "Our courses are of particular importance for our network playwrights, who are eligible for staged public readings as part of the Saturday Series, held every Saturday at 2 p.m."

Summer classes include:

Scene Shop (three sessions) with Resident Playwright Will Dunne
Playwriting Fundamentals with Resident Playwright M.E.H. Lewis
Play Development Workshop with Resident Playwright Robert Koon
Screenwriting 1.0 with Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Story into Song (1) with Resident Playwright Cheryl Coons
Playwriting Fundamentals with Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund
Developing a Play-in-Progress with Douglas Post, founding member of Victory Gardens
Playwright Ensemble
Solo Shows & Monologues with Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski
Weekend Master Class with Resident Playwrights Anne Garcia Romero and Andrew
Weekend Workshop: Solo Shows & Monologues, Advanced with Arlene Malinowski
It Happened One Weekend (new short play development) with Will Dunne

About Chicago Dramatists

Since 1979, Chicago Dramatists has been dedicated to a single mission - the development and advancement of playwrights and new plays that contribute to the American theatre repertory and enrich the lives of audiences across the country and beyond. Chicago Dramatists is a safe and creative place where playwrights, theatre artists, audiences, producers and donors can join forces to build the theatre of the future. Through workshops, readings, classes and special programs, we provide opportunities for beginning and established dramatists to develop their work, expand their professional affiliations, showcase their plays to the theatre marketplace, and collaborate with actors, directors and audiences throughout the creative process. At the same time, we offer theatres and audiences a convenient central resource to discover the plays and playwrights that are shaping the theatre of the twenty-first century.

The Resident Playwright program is key to these efforts; the selective program is offered at no cost to playwrights who demonstrate talent and dedication to the craft of playwriting. To further discover untapped talent and nurture playwriting as a discipline, we also embrace playwrights at all levels of ability through our Network Playwright program and our 10-Minute Workshop, which is open to the general public.

Every year, plays developed at Chicago Dramatists earn hundreds of professional accomplishments, including productions, awards, commissions, readings and other honors at large and small theatres in Chicago and around the world. Distinguished alumni include Tina Fey (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), Rick Cleveland (writer and producer of The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Mad Men), and Rebecca Gilman (Pulitzer nominee and Dramatists Guild Council member), to mention only a few. Current Resident Playwrights include Keith Huff (A Steady Rain), Roger Rueff (The Big Kahuna), Lydia R. Diamond (The Bluest Eye, Stick Fly), and Mary Ruth Clarke (Meet the Parents).

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