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Fulfilling Day Jobs For Playwrights?

It’s no secret that playwriting in the American theatre doesn’t pay the bills. I’ve made peace with that fact, and in fact find that a really compelling challenge in not taking advantage of my creative free time.

Here’s a question though, you great, wide, interwebbed world: what’s a decent first-job for a playwright?

I’ve heard of some playwrights working as receptions. Some pick up temp jobs. Annie Baker was a fact-checker on  Who Wants to be a Millionaire?  That would explain why her plays are so meticulously detailed.

I don’t know if there is an ideal day-job, there are certain some less than productive. However, beyond writing for television, what are some potential jobs that a playwright/dramaturg would excel in beyond our field? What sort of day job opportunities would give us the biggest bang for our BFA bucks?



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