Peter Salzano: Interview Questions for a Playwright

As an aspiring playwright when you are looking for an opportunity as a playwright, remember that talent with the ability to present it in a way that makes an impact matters, says Peter Salzano, a renowned playwright, and a blogger.

To find the right opportunity for yourself as a playwright is still an easy job, but to qualify and get selected for it needs some grooming. Basically here Peter Salzno is talking about the interview process that is commonly kept to hire someone as an intern or as a playwright.

These interviews are just a part of the selection process due to the fact that everyone who has applied is talented but due to the limited requirement, interviews play an important role in the process of elimination and selection of the best ones.

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To help the aspiring playwrights prepare for their interview process as a playwright here is some important interview questions shared by Peter Salzano that are commonly asked in the process of interview selection:

Q) Tell about effective project arrangements or outlines which you planned?

Q) Give an example of when you thought outside of the box.

Q) Tell us about how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.

Q) Share an example of a time when you had to gather information from multiple sources. How did you determine which information was relevant?

Q) What inspired you to start writing?

Q) How do you handle writer’s block?

Q) How do you do research and collect information for your play? 

Q) Do you use any tools, like for research, editing, or either grammatical corrections?

Q) Writing can be an emotionally draining and at times stressful pursuit. How do you handle it? Any tips for aspiring playwrights?

Q) How do you handle literary criticism?

Q) Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?

Q) Who is your favorite author and why?

Q) In one sentence describe your dream job?

Peter Salzano - Interview Questions for a Playwright

Q) Why do you think theater is important?

Q) What is your profession’s greatest challenge today?

Q) If you could change one thing about the industry with the wave of a magic wand, what would it be?

Q) What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?

Q) Was “playwright” always your dream job?

Q) Why is “playwright” spelled so weird?

Q) What’s the best way to come up with cool ideas for plays?

Q) What are you working on right now?

Q) What’s your advice for someone who wants to write plays, but doesn’t know how to start?

Q) What’s your writing process like? Has there been a particularly difficult piece?

Q) What are your thoughts on contemporary Indian theatre?

Q) Will you quit your job as a playwright for a better-paid opportunity that is not related to the theater?

Q) For you, is it possible to carry your passion as a playwright, as a part-time job with a 9 to 5 job?

Q) What can be the possible reasons for you to quit your job as a playwright or maybe discontinue with the playwright as a career?

These are some commonly asked questions if you appear for an interview related to the playwright. Other personal or hypothetical questions based on situations can also be a part of the interview process. So as suggested by Peter Salzano, always do research about the associated person/company/agency/Production house who will take your interview.

This will help you to know more about the expected job or internship interview, and you might get some interview-related or work-related information on the internet that will give you more clarity about your job role, and the environment you will be working in.