Playwrights create original plays for dramatic presentation. They write dialogue and actions, describe how they conceptualize a performance to look and tell a story or explore a theme through their work. They also have a good knowledge of performance lighting, acting and other technical aspects and often work closely with directors and actors. Individuals in this profession are almost always self-employed, so an element of their work is selling and marketing their ideas to producers and investors.

There is no formal route to becoming a playwright, though many have studied drama, literature and other creative disciplines within the arts. Playwrights have excellent writing skills, are highly creative and enjoy entertaining people.