Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

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Associate Professor / Head of Dramatic Writing Concentration

Office Hours

By Appointment

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 2505


MFA, Writing. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, 2009.

Certificate, Professional Training Program. Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater, 2006.

BA, Sociology. Brown University, 2005.


Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is an internationally produced playwright whose work has been staged at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theater Club, the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 on the West End and the József Katona Theater in Budapest. Frances' plays have been awarded the Wasserstein Prize, the Yale Drama Series Award (selected by David Hare), an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the David A. Callichio Award and the Keene Prize for Literature. She has held year-long playwright residencies at Manhattan Theater Club and Marin Theater Company, and in 2019 received a United States Artist Fellowship. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild West.



Playwriting, Screenwriting, Musical Theatre Writing, Fiction Writing



Snow in Midsummer (Methuen Drama, 2018)
The World of Extreme Happiness (Methuen Drama, 2014)
410[GONE] (Dramatists Play Service, 2014)
Lidless (Methuen Drama, 2011 and Yale University Press, 2010, Dramatists Play Service, 2012)
Monkeys of the Sea (Glimmer Train, 2010)


Introduction to Playwriting

Generating New Material (Solo Performance)

Collaboration & Ensemble Devising

New Works Lab