The Jackalope Playwrights Lab

The Jackalope Playwrights Lab is an eight-week master-class in playwriting facilitated by Jackalope Company Member Calamity West. Calamity is a Chicago-based, award-winning, Kilroys-cited playwright. In 2018 Calamity had two world-premieres including IN THE CANYON at Jackalope Theatre Company and HINTER at Steep Theatre Company. In January 2018 her play ENGINES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FLIGHT: A FANTASIA IN THREE ACTS, originally commissioned at The Goodman Theatre, had its first New York reading at The Roundabout. Another of her plays, GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW! A LOVE STORY, is currently in development at TimeLine Theatre Company’s …

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Chicago Dramatists Classes

Screenwriting Essentials 1: Turn your idea into a story: write for the big screen. You have a great idea for a movie. It’s time to make it real and turn it into a powerful script. Take your first step with “Screenwriting Essentials 1”. Led by Mary Ruth Clarke, the original screenwriter of Meet the Parents, you will learn the ins and outs of the screenwriting craft. You will learn how to write dynamic and striking images that leap off the page and leave a glowing, searing image in the mind. Develop your …

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City Lit seeking submissions for Art of Adaptation Festival

City Lit Theater will present THE ART OF ADAPTATION on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 31, June 1 and June 2, and is currently soliciting for pieces for the festival. Submitting playwrights may be located anywhere, but a connection to Chicago is strongly encouraged. City Lit staff will select six to eight adaptations, each of which will be awarded $200.00. The selected adaptations will be given two performances over the course of the weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday night and a marathon of all pieces on Sunday. A panel of …

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Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival TOL in the Works – Bi-Annual New Play Commission

Entering its 67th season and second season developing new work, Theater on the Lake is excited to again call for proposals for its 2019-2020 Theater on the Lake: In the Works New Play Commission. For decades this festival has successfully showcased Chicago’s finest off-Loop theater. In order to better support and nurture Chicago’s thriving theater community, this festival is expanding to also support the advancement of new work by Chicago artists through the development of one new play over a two year partnership. The 2017-2018 Inaugural Commission was awarded to Sandra Delgado, …

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Year of Chicago Theatre Opportunities

The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre. This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders …

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Submissions Now Being Accepted for Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre. Playwrights from the Chicagoland area and alumni of The Theatre School are eligible to apply, and the winner will be announced in June. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. The Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre was established at The Theatre School to honor the memory of the Rev. Donald Cunningham, a Chicago priest, playwright, and lover of theatre. The Cunningham Commission was established by an endowment gift …

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Williams Street Repertory Accepting Submissions for 2019-20 Reading Series

Williams Street Repertory, McHenry County’s only professional theatre company, is excited to announce it is now accepting submissions for its 2019 – 2020 Reading Series (formerly LAB Series) at Raue Center For The Arts. WSRep has chosen to rebrand the program following the recent changes in guidelines for new play developmental workshops set down by the Actors’ Equity Association. Actor, director and WSRep Ensemble Member, Michele Vazquez, will be at the helm of WSRep’s newly rebranded series as the program manager. Vazquez, who directed the world premiere of Deborah Yarchun’s “Bomber’s Moon” …

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