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

Events and Announcements

Save the date for this year’s Celebration of Authors!

Friday, June 14 at 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. CDT

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

It’s both our annual gala AND a family-friendly, interactive festival! We’ll have a silent auction, games, food and drink, a photo booth, and more!

And of course, LIVE performances of stories written by our students for the 2023/24 School Year!

Learn about PML’s In-School Programming

PlayMakers Lab is thrilled to be back in classrooms across Chicago Public Schools and beyond. Click the button below for find out more about PML’s educational programming including learning resources, writing prompts, story adaptations, live workshops, and fresh digital content on Facebook.

PML's Education Programming

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.

Learn more about PlayMakers Laboratory