PlayMakers Laboratory Celebrating the power of children's imaginations since 1997

Events and Announcements


☃️ PlayMakers Laboratory is pleased to welcome back live audiences this winter with That’s Weird, Grandma: Comes Home for the Holidays, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd, playing December 10 – 19, 2021 at the Neo-Futurist Theater. Tickets go on sale November 1st.


Halloweeny Stories on Patreon

Fall is here and Grandma is back with a special online presentation of That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay.  Subscribe to our Patreon for stories written by Chicago elementary school students, adapted and performed by PML’s professional performance ensemble.
Starting this fall That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay is moving to a new once-a-month format on Patreon. You can still enjoy PML’s digital adaptations of students’ work while enjoying more exclusive content like DIY’s, behind the scenes, and more. Subscribe today!

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FREE Online Teaching Tools for Teachers & Parents

During these uncertain times we want to bring comfort by sharing the voices of budding minds. PlayMakers Lab is thrilled to help young students create stories right at home. Click the button below for online learning resources, writing prompts, story adaptations, live workshops, and fresh digital content on Facebook.

Online Learning Resources

Help PlayMakers Laboratory Get Through COVID-19

It is during these uncertain times that we reach for the arts. Please make a gift to PlayMakers Laboratory today, so that we can have a tomorrow. Do it for the artists who are getting you through this, for the emerging artist doing this work in your communities, and for the next generation of artists we nurture in classrooms across the city.

Thank you,

Colette S. Gregory, M.A./M.Ed.
Executive Director


What is PlayMakers Laboratory?

A PlayMakers Laboratory teacher with child authors in a classroom

PlayMakers Laboratory teaches creative writing workshops to students aged 7-13 in Chicago Public Schools and in our after-school program at Loyola Park.

PlayMakers Laboratory actors in a public performance

PlayMakers Laboratory actors and musicians adapt student-written stories into sketches and songs, which are performed for the schools and later for the public.

Smiling kids in the audience at Celebration of Authors

The students are celebrated and their voices are championed throughout Chicago.

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