A playwright creates literature that is typically designed to be performed by actors on a stage. Because of the interactive nature of theater in general, a final dramatic piece may be the accumulation of creative contributions by the playwright, a director, a dramaturge, a choreographer, actors, reviewers, and sometimes the audience. Perhaps because playwrights produce a creative product that is a blend of individual creativity (such as that produced by a poet) and group creativity (such as that produced by an improvisational acting troupe), they have not inspired a great deal of psychological research. There are many studies of actors and performers, and there are many studies of poets or fiction writers. There is also an extensive literature on dramatic therapy—but the research on playwrights ...

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