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

Events and Announcements

Purchase Tickets to Celebration of Authors Gala 2024!

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!

Special Guest: PlayMaker Alumni and Emmy-Nominated host, writer and producer, CARLY CIARROCCHI!

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

Purchase Tickets

Want to Help? Join our Board of Directors

Interested in supporting one of your favorite Arts Educations Institutions in Chicago?!?

Consider volunteering by joining the Board of Directors! Make an impact as a board member who will serve one of our board committees (Fundraising, Board Development, & Finance), steer the strategic direction of PML, and help bring PlayMakers Lab to the next generation of Chicago youth!

Meet our Current Board of Directors

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