Minors & Certificates

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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Christianne Myers Interim Chair, costume design
Daniel Cantor acting, directing
José Casas playwriting
Antonio Cuyler arts management
Antonio Disla performance, African-American drama
Jess Fialko production and lighting
Dipu Gupta digital media
Jake Hooker theatre history, community engagement
Amy E. Hughes theatre history
Holly Hughes performance art
Foster Johns voice and speech, acting
Kevin Judge scenic design
Tzveta Kassabova movement
Priscilla Lindsay acting, directing
Ashley Lucas, theatre for social change
Rob Murphy scenic and lighting design
Mbala Nkanga world performance, theatre studies
Sarah M. Oliver costume technology and design
Geoff Packard acting, directing, playwriting
Emilio Rodriquez playwriting
Ari Solotoff arts management
Christina Traister acting, stage combat
Malcolm Tulip acting, directing, movement
Nancy Uffner stage management
Christopher Vergara resident designer
Samantha White  arts management, guest director


Toni Auletti scenic painting
Enoch Brater dramatic literature
Laura Brinker, costumes
Patrick Drone properties
Douglas Edwards technical theatre
Andy Kirshner Interarts performance
Petra Kuppers performance studies
Jeffrey Kuras arts management
Richard Lindsay technical theatre
Henry Reynolds sound design