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


crooked river anthology

by Juliette Regnier
Monday, January 29


264 Hours

by Catie O'Keefe
Monday, February 5



by Lisa Langford
Monday, March 12


the shop on Main street

by Stuart Hoffman
Monday, March 19


a reading by cornell hubert calhoun iii

by Cornell Hubert Calhoun III
Monday, April 30


a reading by dr. mary e weems

by Dr. Mary E. Weems
Monday, May 7


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