Want to write a story for the chance to have it turned into a movie by PML? Now's your chance!

Welcome to the Submit Your Story Challenge! 

Activity 1: The Fastest Story Ever

Activity 2: Stories Based on Pictures!

Activity 3: True Stories

Activity 4: It’s Simile Time!


Submit Your Story

Congratulations! You did it!
From now until June 8th, you can submit a story here for the chance to have the PlayMakers turn it into a movie. Find us on Facebook and follow us on instagram @playmakers.laboratory to watch the drawings live, Fridays at 3pm.

Would you rather make your own movie and send it to the PlayMakers to broadcast? Submit it here!
Submit Your Movie Here

 

 

 

PlayMakers Laboratory’s workshop and performance model puts students’ ideas first. PML facilitators conduct weekly creative writing workshops in Chicago elementary school classrooms, grades 3 through 8.

Our 6 to 8-week in-school residencies are team-taught by 4 to 5 trained PML Teaching Artists

In-school residencies last 6 weeks and are team-taught by 5 trained PML teaching artists.

The goals of our in-school arts education programs are:

  • To teach students fundamental creative writing skills which support the efforts of classroom teachers.
  • To provide consistent and nurturing attention to each student over a sustained period of time by providing a team of PML facilitators.
  • To build student confidence in self-expression, self-esteem, and writing skills by providing workshops that create a safe and supportive place to explore thoughts and ideas.
  • To perform high quality, critically-acclaimed theater to students we serve and the broader community.
  • To form partnerships that allow students to further their personal artistic expression and personal development.

Since our inception in 1997 we have worked in over 60 Chicago Public Schools. More than 10,000 elementary school students, primarily in low-income communities, have participated in the PML programs that provide an opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem, and confidence in students’ ideas and abilities.

We also offer professional development workshops to CPS Teachers If you are looking for a fun, innovative, and engaging PD for your schools’ teachers and staff, we have the perfect workshop!

Integrating Arts Into Your Classroom

Utilizing improvisation and creative drama techniques in the classroom is a great strategy for social-emotional learning and classroom management. This 90-120 minute Professional Development for teachers workshop is a great way to gain practical and engaging improv/creative drama techniques and activities for classroom integration.

Creative Drama for Adaptation in the Classroom

A comprehensive exploration into defining creative drama and its utility in experimental learning (curriculum integration). This 90-120 minute professional development for teachers workshop will assist teachers with reflecting on imaginative ways to explore and align content with creative drama. 

For more information about our in-school residency, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information about our After-School Program or professional development opportunities please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Recursos de aprendizaje en español

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“I loved acting even though I am shy. [PlayMakers Laboratory] really helped me learn how not to be shy but fun and creative.”

–Kaela W., Avondale Elementary