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

Events and Announcements


On Monday January 18th, tune in to our Facebook page to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our team of Media Lab Teaching Artists will bring you speech writing activities, performances, and more. This program welcomes learners age 8 to 11 and will explore Dr. King’s impact through theater arts. 

This program will premiere at 12:30pm CST, with two sessions—one in English and one in Spanish

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PlayMakers Laboratory Extends Its Virtual Season

PlayMakers Laboratory will extend its popular online revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay through December 28, 2020, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by PML’s professional actors.

That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay streams Mondays at 8 pm CT via Patreon, with a completely new show released each week. Tickets ($2 - $4 subscriptions) are currently available at

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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


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.

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