Playwright JT Rogers with Producers of Oslo

Playwrights, also known as writers, dramatists, or script writers, write the story for theatrical productions. The story or script is written in a special format. The playwright writes the words that the characters speak next to or under each character’s name. The individual writes the dialogue, the setting descriptions, and directions for the actors and actresses to take during the production. He or she may also make changes or revisions when necessary when the play is staged.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Writers, Scriptwriters, Dramatists
Duties Writing the scripts for theatrical productions; making revisions; finding a producer or production company to produce the theatrical production
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Extensive writing experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Playwright, Large Theatrical Productions
  • Playwright
  • Aspiring Playwright
  • Writer or Student