Minor in Playwriting

Department of Theatre & Drama


The Department of Theatre & Drama offers a minor in Playwriting to eligible U-M students. The minor offers a foundation that explores the collaborative nature of writing for the stage.

The Playwriting Minor focuses on principles and techniques for the composition of creative works in theatre. The program includes in-depth instruction in the craft of writing, analysis, script editing/reading, and possible creation of full production(s). The minor is dedicated to examining new play development, applied theatre, devised theatre, and other nontraditional ways of creating stories. The minor is also geared towards preparing students who wish to work in other theatrical spaces such as dramaturgy, literary management, and education.


The minor in Playwriting consists of a minimum seventeen units (6 courses). The required courses consist of twelve units.  Click here to see the full curriculum.

How To Apply

All eligible students are allowed to apply to the minor. There are no restrictions in regards to when a student can apply to the minor, however, it is suggested that students apply during their Freshman year. Students in the Playwriting Minor must adhere to any prerequisites that are required of any given class. To apply for the minor, students must contact Professor José Casas for an interview.

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Priscilla Lindsay Chair, acting, directing
Daniel Cantor acting, directing
José Casas playwriting
Antonio Cuyler guest artist
Gary Decker scenic & lighting design
Antonio Disla guest artist
Gillian Eaton acting
Anita Gonzalez global theatre
Jessica Hahn costume design
Amy E. Hughes theatre history
Holly Hughes performance art
Kevin Judge guest artist
Tzveta Kassabova movement
Ashley Lucas Prison Creative Arts Project
Janet Maylie acting
Judith Moreland guest artist
Rob Murphy scenic and lighting design
Christianne Myers costume design
Mbala Nkanga world performance, theatre studies
Sarah M. Oliver, costume design
Geoff Packard
Christina Traister acting, stage combat
Malcolm Tulip acting, directing, movement
Nancy Uffner stage management
E.J. Westlake theatre history

associated faculty
Toni Auletti scenic painting
Enoch Brater dramatic literature
Patrick Drone properties
Douglas Edwards technical theatre
Tommy Gomez
Jake Hooker
Andy Kirshner Interarts performance
Petra Kuppers performance studies
Jeffrey Kuras arts management
Richard Lindsay technical theatre
Henry Reynolds sound design