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 the Minor Advisor/Playwriting faculty for an interview.


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