8 Great Playwrights Who Write for Television

Do you know the writers behind your favorite TV programs? Just like actors, many great playwrights split their time between theater and television. Here are eight well-known contemporary playwrights and the hit TV shows on which they’ve worked!

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
This famous playwright, screenwriter, and comic book author wrote the book for the “American Psycho” musical and co-wrote Broadway’s “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark,” along with plays “Based on a Totally True Story” and “Good Boys and True.” Aguirre-Sacasa also worked on HBO’s “Big Love” before joining Fox’s “Glee” as a co-producer and writer in 2011, and is now back at HBO as co-executive producer and writer on “Looking.”

Jon Robin Baitz
This prominent playwright, producer, and screenwriter got his start with 1988’s Drama Desk-nominated “The Film Society” before penning several other highly successful works including “The Substance of Fire,” “Three Hotels” (1993 Drama Desk Nomination), “A Fair Country” (1996 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), and “Other Desert Cities” (2011 Drama Desk Nomination). After writing episodes of “The West Wing” and “Alias,” Baitz created the ABC hit “Brothers and Sisters” and led it for five seasons. He was most recently the executive producer and writer of the NBC miniseries “The Slap.”

Sheila Callaghan
Known for whimsical, provocative, and highly theatrical plays including “Dead City,” “Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake),” and “That Pretty Prett; or, The Rape Play,” Callaghan’s reach extends beyond downtown theater. The popular playwright earned her TV chops on Showtime’s “The United States of Tara” and is now a writer and producer on the network’s long-running series “Shameless.”…

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