What is the Playwrights’ GYM?

The Playwrights’ GYM is Dobama Theatre's professional playwriting unit.  GYM playwrights are given various resources to help further their work. These resources include rehearsal space, collaboration with a director to assist the playwright, marketing and public events supported by the theatre.  The GYM’s goal is to nurture new work in a safe environment and provide the “exercise” equipment needed to develop new plays by these Cleveland-area writers.

All readings take place at 7pm
Admission is FREE, general seating


Playwrights’ Gym: Readings of New Work


Socks: a play about sex trafficking

by Dr. Mary E. Weems
Monday, May 7



by Catie O'Keefe
Monday, May 14


my story festival: June 16-18, 2016

The My Story Festival was a weekend of new work by members of the Playwrights' GYM. These dramatic works were all based on the life experiences of people in our community who have risen to meet challenges. Each play in the Festival received a workshop production. 

the GYM playwrights