Chicago Dramatists

Theater River West/West Town
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Chicago Dramatists
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Committed to grooming and producing new works, Chicago Dramatists features more classroom options than just about any other theater company in town, with educational opportunities for everyone from beginning writers to working dramatists in search of workshopping chances. Chicago Dramatists also produces two to three world premieres per season; it’s been reveling in the attention it received in 2009 from the Broadway production of resident playwright Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain, which debuted here (Huff's now writing for Mad Men).


Venue name: Chicago Dramatists
Address: 1105 W Chicago Ave

Cross street: at Milwaukee Ave
Transport: El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 56, 66.
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  • Saturday August 26 2017 - Saturday December 29 2018 Free

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Chicago Dramatist a great stepping stone and learning resource. The workshops/ classes, introduce/ teach/prepare you for what to expect in the theatrical/entertainment world. Workshops; How to market yourself, how to write scripts, do's and don'ts in auditioning, meeting others in the field, etc. Productions range from the classics to the experimental and are good. Outside theater companies can utilize the space as well. Great environment to learn the craft, socialize and build great relationships. Chicago Dramatists is an organization that is needed. It provides great resources.

It was in this theatre that, upon arriving in Chicago in mid 2013, I was most welcomed by the Great Man Himself: Russ Tutterow. He and his warm colleagues gave me the courage I needed to brave the Chicago Theatre scene. I'll feel loyalty here always.

This is one of the greatest educational institutions in Chicago--it's the rival of the great universities, if you're an aspiring playwright. Their play readings and productions are excellent theater in their own right, and offer theater lovers a unique glimpse of works in progress. Chicago Dramatists is a very special and very unique institution and should be celebrated for those qualities.

Chicago Dramatists is a gem not only in Chicago but in the country. It fosters exciting drama that goes out into the world. It does that by being a gentle home for playwrights. Vote for Chicago Dramatists!

Wonderful developmental programs for playwrights. Great community, classes and readings!

Chicago Dramatists' unique mission is to develop new works of drama.

Chicago Dramatists consistently blows away expectations for nurturing thoughtful, clever, dramatic, hilarious and touching new theatre works, in an environment rich with capable resources, high expectations, warmth and good cheer. It's a small jewel on the Chicago theatre scene.

Fostering and cultivating new plays is vital to the art and the community.

The Chicago Dramatist is a Chicago treasure, providing classes, workshops, staged readings and every imaginable form of support for playwrights, from beginners to pros.

Cultivating new works for stage right above my favorite coffee shop in the city? What could possibly be better.