Career Development

Playwriting and Screenwriting

Discover more about the Playwriting and Screenwriting B.A. Program and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Playwriting and Screenwriting major at Purchase College. 

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Communicate emotions and ideas creatively 
  • Self motivated & disciplined
  • Ability to create entertaining and persuasive messages
  • Editing & grammatical skills
  • Works well under pressure & can meet deadlines  
  • Individually expressive   
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understand institutional and cultural values
  • Research and gathering information
  • Measure media effects
  • Attention to detail
  • Synthesizing  information
  • Ability to relate to people of varying backgrounds

CAREER TITLES 

  • Author
  • Critic
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Entertainment Writer
  • Humorist
  • Lyricist
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Playwright
  • Press Agent
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter  
  • Scriptwriter
  • Script Supervisor 
  • Speechwriter
  • Story Editor
  • Writer/Editor

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Theaters
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Educational Institutions
  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Film/Television Studios
  • Television Networks/Cable
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.dramatistsguild.com  - The Dramatists Guild of America
www.broadwayleague.com - The League of American Theatres and Producers
www.wgaeast.org - Writers Guild of America - East
www.wga.org - Writers Guild of America - West
www.theatreconsultants.org - American Society of Theatre Consultants
www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
pwcenter.org/opportunities - The Playwrights Center
nycp.blogspot.com/ - NYC Playwrights
www.writersmarket.com  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources)
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.writejobs.com - The Write Job
www.freelancewriting.com - Site for today's working writers
www.showbizjobs.com - The Entertainment Professionals Network
www.mediabistro.com - Job and industry information in the media
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.nyc.gov/film - NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
www.playbill.com - Jobs in stage and theatre
http://offstagejobs.com/- Source for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry
www.shubertorganization.com/organization/jobs.asp - Jobs at the Shubert Organization's 17 Broadway theatres
www.entertainmentcareers.net - Music, Theater Arts, Film, TV, Media jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15


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