Apply for Playwrights Unit

Playwrights Unit

The Goodman Playwrights Unit is a season-long residency program for Chicago-area playwrights. Established in 2010, the program invites four playwrights to meet bi-monthly with the Goodman’s literary staff to develop a new play. The playwrights are given a small commission fee, and in addition to the bi-monthly meetings, the playwrights are offered a mid-point reading at Chicago Dramatists. The residency culminates in a final public reading at the Goodman at the end of the season. Playwrights are also invited to all Goodman Theatre opening nights, as well as selected meetings, rehearsals and special events.

Eligibility: Playwrights must live in the Chicagoland area and have had at least one fully produced play (academic productions are eligible). Current or former members of the Playwrights Unit are not eligible to reapply.

Please submit the following to

A statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why you are interested in participating in the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit and the new play you would propose to develop during your time here

A professional resume outlining your playwriting and other related experience

A 20 page sample of a full-length play – if you are selected as a finalist, we will request the full manuscript.

Deadline: June 20, 2016

Selections will be made by late summer.