Theatre & Dance ETDs

Author

Terry Davis

Publication Date

7-9-2009

Abstract

Few playwrights in the history of theater have earned a living from their writing. Certainly contemporary playwrights append other theatrical duties to their title to make a living. How, then, will the current crop of MFAs function in today's theater with their newly-minted degrees in dramatic writing? The author suggests that finding suitable role models could help clarify the post-graduate path and, using himself as a model, compares his own work and theatrical history to two working playwrights, Steven Dietz and Emily Mann. In those two examples, he finds encouraging possibilities as a writer as well as potential models for moving forward in the business of theater.

Degree Name

Dramatic Writing

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Linnell, Jim

First Committee Member (Chair)

Herrera, Brian

Second Committee Member

Avila, Elaine

Third Committee Member

Jones, David

Language

English

Keywords

playwright, hyphenated

Document Type

Dissertation

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