The Playwriting Program at Washington University offers many unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our Playwright-in-Residence, Carter W. Lewis, has designed a pathway of courses to teach the art and craft of playwriting through both scholarly study and practical collaboration with artists in the field.
Each semester provides development and production opportunities for our writers with fellow students, faculty, and guest professionals from around the country. Some of the highlights of the program are the annual A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition & Festival, The Primary Stages playwriting residency in New York ([PS-NYC]), Student World Premieres, Visiting guest professionals, and a myriad of student-sponsored opportunities for playwrights to see their work realized.
The Performing Arts Department's ongoing commitment to playwriting is reflected in the caliber of professional guest dramaturgs, award-winning visiting playwrights, and the ongoing support and success of many of our Washington University playwriting alumni.
Click here for a list of playwriting alumni.
Please click here for a printable brochure about the Performing Arts Department's Playwriting Program. Copies are also available at the Performing Arts Department office in 312 Mallinckrodt Center.
Above: The hand-written opening lines of 19 Performing Arts Department world premieres spanning the past decade!