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

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Anniversaries AND Annual Appeals

WE DID IT! We Saved PlayMakers Laboratory and now it’s time to celebrate our 26th year!

In January of 2022 we hit a big bump in the road, but we reversed a near shutdown and continued programming for the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Spring of 2022 marked our first time teaching and performing in-person for our students since the 2020 pandemic had us pivot to virtual learning. Now in 2023 our artists and the staff are thrilled to continue to offer impeccable programming in Chicago Public Schools as we have for the past 26 years.

Will you help us on our 26th Anniversary by making a gift?
You can give a tax deductible donation to PlayMakers Laboratory by clicking the Donate Now button below.

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With warmest regards,
The PlayMakers

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