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

Events and Announcements

That’s Weird, Grandma NOW on Patreon

PlayMakers Laboratory is taking its signature revue online with That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by professional actors and directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd. Streaming will begin Monday, May 11, 2020 via Patreon, with a new line-up released every Monday. Weekly Subscriptions for $2 to $4 will go on sale Friday, May 8, 2020.

That's Weird, Grandma on Patreon

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

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What is PlayMakers Laboratory?

A PlayMakers Laboratory teacher with child authors in a classroom
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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
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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
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The students are celebrated and their voices are championed throughout Chicago.

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