The writes and wrongs of theater 🎭

If you’re writing playwrite, you’re doing it wrong. While playwrights do indeed write plays, their occupation is that of a playwright. That’s because a “wright” is a maker or manufacturer of things. In addition to being a playwright, you can be a shipwright or a wheelwright.

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: Use "playwright" to refer to someone who writes plays and "playwriting" to refer to their occupation: "The playwright was heavily influenced by Christopher Marlowe." "Francisco's playwriting overtly challenges American expectations."

And moving to the stage, it’s right to write either theater or theatre, but the accepted American spelling is theater. That said, keep the spelling theatre if it’s part of a proper noun.

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