Our EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course) program is designed to promote empathy and communication skills through the art of playwriting. We partner with Chicagoland schools and community organizations to provide arts learning that helps participants (ages 12-99+) exercise creativity and address complex social issues. Working with professional teaching artists, participants gain a greater appreciation and understanding of their peers and of themselves.

Program Details

  • Available in-person or online
  • 20 one-hour or 10 two-hour sessions included in a traditional EPIC residency
  • 8 one-hour sessions included in an abbreviated iteration, called EPIC Spark
  • Each participant writes their own short play or monologue
  • Professional actors bring the final pieces to life in a culminating staged reading
  • We believe strongly that learning must be equitable and accessible, and have developed adjacent programming for English Language Learners (ELL), neurodiverse and ability-diverse learners, and mature learners (ages 65+)
  • Residencies can be tailored to accommodate any specific time constraints and/or learning needs. Check out more in our brochure here!

    An EPIC Final Reading in Pierce Hall at the First United Methodist Church at the Historic Chicago Temple, June 8-9, 2019
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