20th Anniversary Gala

coa 2021

Celebrating 20 years of sharing the voices of Chicago’s youth through our signature production “That’s Weird, Grandma”.

The in-person viewing party will be taking place at The Annoyance Bar & Theatre in Chicago on August 5th, but the event is streamable from across the globe.

“That’s Weird, Grandma” began as a public show in 2001. Throughout the years, thousands of stories have been performed! Join us for a celebration of these young authors and their incredible words.



All proceeds for this event will support our arts-based creative writing residencies in Chicago Public Schools and expanding programs internationally. 



“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