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Michael Wright, MFA

Michael Wright, MFA
Applied Professor of Creative Writing, Theatre and Film
College of Arts & Sciences
Film Studies
918-631-3174 Lorton Performance Center Room 2220


Other – Rollins College for Continuing Education MFA – Tulane University


Michael Wright is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing, focusing on performance writing for stage, screen and other media. He is the author of Playwriting in Process, Playwriting Master Class and Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen (all Focusing Publishing). He is a published/produced creator of plays for stage and radio, writer of short stories and poetry, and a spoken word and visual artist. He is the founder and moderator of the Fictional Characters Writers Collective and serves on the Board of Directors for Circle Cinema. Wright has received awards for his work as a teacher of playwriting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Research Interests

Script Analysis
Devised Creation of Works for Theatre and Film

Teaching Interests

Performance Writing (screenwriting, playwriting, gaming, etc.) and


  • Playwriting at Work and Play: Developmental Programs and Their Processes, Heinemann Publishers, 2005

  • Playwriting in Process translated into Polish by MichaƂ Zgutka, Publisher, Polish Scientific Pubs PWN, Warsaw, Poland; November 2014 (Note: first playwriting text ever published in Poland)

  • Playwriting in Process: Thinking and Working Theatrically, Heinemann Publishers, 1997

  • Playwriting Master Class: The Personality of Process and the Art of Rewriting, Focus Publishing, 2010

  • Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen: Etudes and Exercises, Focus Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana; August 2015

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Film and Video Seminar
  • Foundations of Screenwriting
  • Scripting for Young Audiences