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’s professional credits include productions at the National Theatre of Great Britain, Manhattan Theater Club, the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 [West End], Crowded Fire, Page 73 Productions, Interact Theatre, Borderlands Theatre and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Her plays have been awarded the Wasserstein Prize, the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the David A. Callichio Award and the Keene Prize for Literature. Frances has received artist residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, the Sundance Playwright Retreats at Ucross and Flying Point and the Santa Fe Art Institute.  She is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club, the Goodman Theatre and the National Theatre. Her work has been published by Yale University Press, Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. She is a member of the Dramatist's Guild of America.


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