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.


  • 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


  • 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


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

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS  - The Dramatists Guild of America - The League of American Theatres and Producers - Writers Guild of America - East - Writers Guild of America - West - American Society of Theatre Consultants - Center for Communications - The Playwrights Center - NYC Playwrights  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources) – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - The Write Job - Site for today's working writers - The Entertainment Professionals Network - Job and industry information in the media - Site for the professional creative marketplace - NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting - Jobs in stage and theatre Source for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry - Jobs at the Shubert Organization's 17 Broadway theatres - Music, Theater Arts, Film, TV, Media jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15

Career Information & Job Links

Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

Program Requirements




8-Semester Graduation Plans

Fellowship and Scholarship Advising

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