Playwright | Compass Creative Dramatics

Compass Creative Dramatics is seeking engaging playwrights to adapt classical children's stories into 50-minute musicals (no musical experience necessary - really)!

Because Compass Creative Dramatics takes students from audition to performance in just 5 days, our plays follow a "formula" which uses mnemonic devices that enable students to absorb the material quickly.
Candidates will be provided the "rules" of the formula as well as example pages from existing CCD scripts, and will be asked to write two one-page scenes and submit an original song (vocal melody only required, but instrumentation is welcome!) for consideration.
If selected, candidates may be paired with an orchestrator who will create accompaniment for your melodies, if necessary.
We're not necessarily looking for folks with theory training or any instrumental skills (although both are helpful and encouraged!) -- all you need is a bit of a knack for melodies and the willingness to try.
Playwrights are contracted on a show-by-show basis. Contract Stipend $300.
Skills & Qualifications: 

Candidates should be enthusiastic about children and theatre education, enjoy music, and have a sense of humor.

Candidates need not be trained in music in any capacity, but must possess a sense of fun and adventure, a bit of a knack for melodies, and willingness to explore.

To Apply: 

For more information, please send your resume as well as two playwriting excerpts/samples to

Applications will go like this:

1) You send us an email with your resume and two playwrighting excerpts

2) If selected for the next round, you'll then receive CCD script and music examples, the "rules" of the formula, and details about the contract timeline

3) You'll submit two scenes and the vocals of a song (recorded on garageband, youtube, or whatever sound recording app you have is great!)

4) We'll make contract offers for our upcoming shows!

If you have any questions about the process, please let us know at

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Cathlyn Melvin
Contact Phone Number: 
No phone calls, please
Playwright | Compass Creative Dramatics | Chicago Artists Resource


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