PlayMakers Laboratory (PML) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in its 20th year. We provide arts education programs to students aged 7-13 throughout Chicago, focused on storytelling, theater, and social-emotional skills.

Our objectives are:

  • to teach fundamental creative writing skills;
  • to provide consistent and nurturing attention to each student over a sustained period of time ;
  • to build each student’s confidence in self-expression, self-esteem, and writing skills;
  • to perform high quality, professional theater to the students we serve and the broader community; and
  • to form lasting partnerships.

Our Mission

PlayMakers Laboratory (PML) is an ensemble of teaching artists who create an experimental learning environment in which students share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. PML accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of students stories. PML also engages the broader community in support of the visions of young people through public performances of their work.

Our Vision

A radically kind Chicago that champions students ideas.

Our Programming

PML’s programming is comprised of three branches: our in-school residency program, an after-school program, and public performances. While each of these branches of our programming is essential to our mission of empowering the youth of Chicago with their creative voices, our school residency program is the core work of our organization.

View our 2017-2018 Annual Report

View our 2016-2017 Annual Report

View our 2015-2016 Annual Report

View our 2014-2015 Annual Report

 

From the Blog

They Affirmed That My Voice Was Worthy

Posted by Ashley on November 18

As an eight year old immigrant navigating a new country, one of my favorite memories is when I would brave the frigid cold weather and take the bus to the Barrel of Monkey’s program at Loyola Park. With numb… More

Read more in the Playmakers Blog

“Audiences can sense that all of the actors are having a great time and giving it their all during the show. Best yet? It's perfect for all ages.”

–Dennis Mahoney, Centerstage.net