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Minor in Playwriting

Department of Theatre & Drama

Overview

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.

Curriculum

The minor in Playwriting consists of a minimum seventeen units (6 courses). The required courses consist of twelve units. Those courses include:

  • Theatre and Drama 101: Introduction to Acting or Theatre and Drama 183: Acting 1 (3 credits)
  • Theatre and Drama 227: Introduction to Playwriting (3 credits)
  • Theatre and Drama 327: Playwriting II (3 credits)
  • Theatre and Drama 427: Advanced Playwriting (3 credits)

The remaining electives (5 – 7 credits) will include courses from English, Humanities, Screen Arts and Cultures, and Theatre and Drama.

Requirements for Playwriting Minor

A minimum of seventeen credits (six courses) to be chosen from the following two categories. Eligible classes taken prior to acceptance can be used to fulfill the credit requirements.

  • Required Topics Courses I: Complete nine credit hours in the following Courses:
  1. Theatre and Drama 227 Introductory Playwriting I – 3 credits
  2. Theatre and Drama 327 Playwriting II – 3 credits*
  3. Theatre and Drama 427 Advanced Playwriting – 3 credits*
  • Required Topics Courses II: Complete three credit hours from the following courses:
  1. Theatre and Drama 101 Introduction to Acting – 3 credits*
  2. Theatre and Drama 181 Acting I – 3 credits*
  • Electives: Remaining credit hours (five to six) can be earned in Courses chosen from the list below:
    • English 223 Introduction to Creative Writing – 3 credits
    • English 230 Intro to Novel and Short Story – 3 credits
    • English 346 Performance Studies – 3 credits
    • Humanities 281 Introduction to Comedy & Tragedy: Inside the Dramatic Process – 3 credits
    • Humanities 282 Drama Interpretation I: Actor and Text- 3 credits
    • Humanities 334 Latina/o Theatre for Social Change – 3 credits
    • Humanities 341 Community Empowerment Through the Arts: An Introduction to Theory & Practice – 3 credits
    • Humanities 381 Shakespeare on the Stage – 3 credits
    • Humanities 385 The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht – 3 credits
    • Humanities 480 Dramatic Theory and Criticism – 3 credits
    • Humanities 481 Play Production Seminar – 3 credits
    • Humanities 482 Drama Interpretation II: Performance Workshop
    • Humanities 483 Environmental Theatre Production Workshop in the Arboretum – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 212: Introduction to World Performance – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 241 Directing I – 3 credits*
    • Theatre and Drama 283 Script Analysis – 2 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 321 History of Drama I – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 322 History of Drama II – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 323 American Theatre & Drama – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 325 Contemporary American Theatre and Drama – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 326 Intercultural Drama – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 332 Performing Archives and Oral Histories – 3 credits*
    • Theatre and Drama 333 Documentary Theatre – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 334 The Atonement Project – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 335 Theatre and Incarceration – 3 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 336 PCAP Brazil Exchange – 2 credits
    • Theatre and Drama 340 Devising Theatre – 3 credits*
    • Theatre and Drama 417 Theatre Internship – 3 credits+
    • Theatre and Drama 399 Topics in Drama – 3 credits*+
    • Theatre and Drama 429 Writing for Production – 3 credits**
    • Theatre and Drama 434 Writing Musical Theatre – 3 credits*
    • Screen Arts and Cultures 210 Intro to Screenwriting – 3 credits
    • Screen Arts and Cultures 308 Screenwriting for Non-Majors – 3 credits

*Courses must be approved by Instructor and/or must meet any prerequisites that may be required.

**May be taken for up to six credit hours towards completion of minor.

+Courses must be approved by Program Advisor/Playwriting Faculty Member

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 the Minor Advisor/Playwriting faculty for an interview and complete a Minor Declaration Form.

Faculty

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance teaches you to be a great human being…where, every day, you are surrounded by other artists who inspire you.

James Wolk, BFA ’07 (acting) TV: Mad Men, Happy Endings, Political Animals, Shameless, and The Crazy Ones