Fostering opportunities to develop new work for the stage has been a long-standing mission of Coe's theatre program. There are several ways that students get exposure to the full process of play making.
For example, since 1993 Coe has held a national biennial playwriting contest that has been listed as one of the top 60 Festivals in the World in Theatre Festivals: Best Worldwide Venues for New Works by Lisa Mulcahy. The winning playwright is invited to campus for a one-week residency that will include supervising writing workshops with playwriting students. Students help to mount a staged reading of the winning play to witness first-hand the collaborative process between the writer and other theatre artists.
See details for the Playwriting Festival here.
Playwriting I and II are offered each spring with additional opportunities for advanced projects in playwriting in the form of independent study. See course descriptions in the College catalog.
Finally, new plays written by students from Coe and other local colleges are mounted at the end of each semester as part of The City Dionysia Festival.