List of playwrights


List of playwrights

List of notable playwrights.

See also Literature; Drama; List of playwrights by nationality and date of birth; Lists of authors __NOTOC__

A

Ab-Al

*George Abbot (1887-1995) (United States)
*Kjeld Abell (1901-1961) (Denmark)
*Marcel Achard (1899-1974) (France)
*Herbert Achternbusch
*Adam de la Halle (ca. 1237-ca. 1288) (France)
*Arthur Adamov (1908-1970) (France)
*Joseph Addison (1672-1719) (England)
*George Ade (1866-1944) (United States)
*Aeschylus, (ca. 525 B.C.-456 B.C.) (Greece)
*Aleksandr Nikolayevich Afinogenov (1904-1941) (Russia)
*Agathon
*Demetrio Aguilera-Malta
*Leopold Ahlsen (born 1927) (Germany)
*Ama Ata Aidoo
*Étienne Aignan
*George L. Aiken (1830-1876) (United States)
*Zoe Akins
*Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov
*Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza
*Edward Albee (born 1928) (United States)
*Rafael Alberti (1902-1999) (Spain)
*James Albery
*Vasile Alecsandri (1821-1890) (Romania)
*Alonso Alegría
*Vittorio Alfieri (1749-1803) (Italy)
*William Alfred (1922-1999) (United States)
*Jay Presson Allen (1922-2006) (United States)
*Jim Allen (1926-1999) (United Kingdom)
*Alejandro Rodriguez Alvarez {redirect to Alejandro Casona}
*Serafin and Joaquin Alvarez Quintero [Serafin (1871-1938) and Joaquin (1873-1944)] (Spain)
*Andrei Alekseevich Amalrik
*Franco Ambriz Brooklyn, New York
*Angelo Ambrogini {redirect to Angelo Poliziano}
*Denis Amiel (1884-1977) (France)

An-As

*Jane Anderson
*Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959) (United States)
*Bo Anderson (1981-Present) (Alaska/United States)
*Robert W. Anderson (born 1917) (United States)
*Jorge Andrade
*Stefan Andres (1906-1970) (Germany)
*Leonid Andreyev (1871-1919) (Russia)
*Lucius Livius Andronicus
*Innokenty Fyodorovich Annensky (1856-1909) (Russia)
*Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) (France)
*S. Ansky (1863-1920) (Russia) *Russian language and Yiddish language*
*Camillo Antona-Traversi (1857-1934) (Italy)
*Giannino Antona-Traversi (1860-1939) (Italy)
*Ludwig Anzengruber (1839-1889) (Austria)
*Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) (France)
*Aleksei Nikolaevich Arbuzov (1908-1986) (Russia)
*Manuel José Arce
*William Archibald (1924-1970) (United States
*Jane Arden (film-director) (1927-82)
*John Arden (born 1930) (England)
*Arthur Arent (1904-1972) (United States)
*Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) (Italy)
*Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) (Italy)
*Aristophanes, (ca. 446 B.C.-385 B.C.) (Greece)
*Roberto Arlt
*Georges Arnaud (1917-1987) (France)
*Carlos Arniches y Barrera (1866-1943) (Spain)
*Alexandre Arnoux (1884-1973) (France)
*Fernando Arrabal (born 1932) (Spain)
*Francisco Arriví
*Antón Arrufat
*Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) (France)
*Sholem Asch (1880-1957) (Poland/United States) *Yiddish language*
*Werner Aspenstrom (1918-1997) (Sweden)

Au-Ay

*Aubignac {redirect to François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac}
*David Auburn (born 1969)
*W. H. Auden (1907-1973) (England/United States)
*Jacques Audiberti (1899-1965) (France)
*Emile Augier (1820-1889) (France)
*Arkady Timofeevich Averchenko
*Máximo Avilés-Blonda
*George Axelrod (1922-2003) (United States)
*Lilly Axster (1896-1948)
*Mulat Ayalneh
*Alan Ayckbourn
*Philip Ayckbourn
*Marcel Aymé (1902-1967) (France)
*Jacob Ayrer
*Leslie Ayvazian

B

Ba-Bl

*Isaak Emmanuilovich Babel (1894-1941) (Russia) *Russian language and Yiddish language*
*Ingeborg Bachmann
*Giuseppe Baffico (1852-1927) (Italy)
*Bianca Bagatourian
*Enid Bagnold
*Hermann Bahr (1863-1934) (Austria)
*George Pierce Baker (1866-1935) (United States)
*John Lloyd Balderston (1889-1954) (United States)
*James Baldwin (1924-1987) (United States)
*John Bale (1495-1563) (England)
*Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) (France)
*Francisco Antonio Bances y López-Candamo (1662-1704) (Spain)
*Théodore de Banville (1823-1891) (France)
*Imamu Amiri Baraka (born 1934) (United States)
*Girolamo Bargagli (1537-1586) (Italy)
*Pierre Barillet (born 1923) (France)
*Howard Barker
*James Nelson Barker (1784-1858) (United States)
*Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) (Germany)
*Peter Barnes
*J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) (Scotland)
*Jeff Baron
*Mike Bartlett
*Philip Barry (1896-1949) (United States)
*Gabriel Barylli
*Peter Basch
*Todd Bash
*Enrico Bassano (1899-1999) (Italy)
*Henri Bataille (1872-1922) (France)
*Wolfgang Bauer
*L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) (United States)
*Terry Baum
*Bahram Bayzaee (Iran)
*Clifford Bax (1886-1962) (England)
*Richard Bean (born 1956) (England)
*Pierre de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) (France)
*Francis Beaumont (1584/85-1616) (England)
*Jim Beaver (United States)
*Ulrich Becher (1910-1990) (Germany)
*Frawley Becker (United States)
*Jürgen Becker
*Jurek Becker
*Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) (Ireland) *English language and French language*
*Henry Becque (1837-1899) (France)
*Richard Beer-Hofmann (1866-1945) (Austria)
*Brendan Behan (1923-1964) (Ireland)
*Aphra Behn (1640-1689) (England)
*S. N. Behrman (1893-1973) (United States)
*David Belasco (1853-1931) (United States)
*Feo Belcari (1410-1484) (Italy)
*Wendy Belden
*T. James Belich (pseudonym: Colorado Tolston) (b. 1976) (United States)
*Jean Bellemère {redirect to Jean Sarment}
*Luis de Belmonte y Bermúdez (ca. 1590-ca. 1650) (Spain)
*Jacinto Benavente (1866-1954) (Spain)
*Sem Benelli (1877-1949) (Italy)
*Gottfried Benn
*Alan Bennett
*Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) (England)
*Angelo Beolco
*Hjalmar Bergman (1883-1931) (Sweden)
*Alan Berks
*Jean-Jacques Bernard (1888-1972) (France)
*Tristan Bernard (1866-1947) (France)
*Jean Bernard-Luc (1909-1985) (France)
*Henry Bernstein (1876-1953) (France)
*Georges Berr (1867-1942) (France)
*Carlo Bertolazzi (1870-1916) (Italy)
*Kurt Besci (born 1920) (Austria)
*Rudolph Besier (1878-1942) (England)
*Lucien Besnard (1872-1955) (France)
*Ugo Betti (1892-1953) (Italy)
*Bernardo Dovizio da Bibbiena (1470-1520) (Italy)
*Isaac Bickerstaffe (1735-1812) (Ireland)
*Sieur de Bigot {redirect to Jean Palaprat}
*François Billetdoux (1927-1991) (France)
*Richard Billinger (1893-1965) (Austria)
*André Birabeau (1890-1974) (France)
*Robert Montgomery Bird (1806-1854) (United States)
*Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1832-1910) (Norway)
*Lewis Black(United States)
*August Blanche
*Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) (United States)
*Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok (1880-1921) (Russia)

Bo-By

*Augusto Boal
*Eric Bogosian
*George H. Boker (1823-1890) (United States)
*Robert Bolt (1924-1995) (England)
*Valentino Bompiani (1898-1992) (Italy)
*Francesco Augusto Bon (1788-1858) (Italy)
*Edward Bond
*Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960) (Italy)
*Clare Boothe (1903-1987) (United States)
*Wolfgang Borchert (1921-1947) (Germany)
*Dion Boucicault (1820/22-1890) (Ireland/United States)
*Jacques Bouralan {redirect to Jacques Deval}
*Édouard Bourdet (1887-1945) (France)
*Edme Boursault (1638-1701) (France)
*John Griffith Bowen
*Warren Bowles
*William Boyle (1853-1923) (Ireland)
*Oskar Braaten
*Roberto Bracco (1861-1943) (Italy)
*Suzanne Bradbeer
*Vitaliano Brancati (1907-1954) (Italy)
*Thomas Brasch
*Volker Braun
*Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) (Germany)
*Gerbrand Adriaensz. Bredero (1585-1618)
*Howard Brenton
*Manuel Bretón de los Herreros (1796-1873) (Spain)
*James Bridie (1888-1951) (Scotland)
*Eugène Brieux (1858-1932) (France)
*Harold Brighouse (1882-1958) (England)
*Hermann Broch
*Max Brod (1884-1968) (Czech Republic/Israel) *German language*
*Richard Brome (ca. 1590-1652/53) (England)
*Arnolt Bronnen (1895-1959) (Austria)
*Kent R. Brown
*Robert Browning (1812-1889) (England)
*Ferdinand Bruckner (1891-1958) (Austria)
*Christine Brückner
*David-Augustin de Brueys (1640-1723) (France)
*Nathan Bruhn
*Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) (Italy)
*Alfred Brust
*Georg Büchner (1813-1837) (Germany)
*Duke of Buckingham {redirect to George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham}
*Antonio Buero Vallejo (1916-2000) (Spain)
*Oliver Bukowski
*Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov (1891-1940) (Russia)
*Edward Bullins (1935- )(United State)
*Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873) (England)
*Michelangelo Buonarotti, the Younger (1568-1642) (Italy)
*Waldfried Burggraf {redirect to Friedrich Forster}
*John Burkhardt
*Leo Butler (1974) England
*Enrico Annibale Butti (1868-1912) (Italy)
*George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) (England)
*Henry James Byron

C

*Gaston de Caillavet (1869-1915) (France)
*Hall Caine (1853-1931) (England)
*Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) (Spain)
*Daniel Call
*Sheila Callaghan
*Joaquín Calvo-Sotelo (1905-1993) (Spain)
*Marc Camoletti
*Bartley Campbell
*David Campton (born 1924) (England)
*Albert Camus (1913-1960) (France)
*Carlos Canales (1955) (Puerto Rico)
*Elias Canetti
*Veza Canetti
*José de Cañizares (1676-1750) (Spain)
*Cao Yu
*Karel Čapek (1890-1938) (Czech Republic)
*Luigi Capuana (1839-1915) (Italy)
*Alfred Capus (1858-1922) (France)
*Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912) (Romania)
*Louis Carette {redirect to Félicien Marceau}
*Annibale Caro (1507-1566) (Italy)
*Alice Caroline
*Paul Vincent Carroll (1900-1968) (Ireland/Scotland)
*Jim Cartwright
*Alberto Casella (1891-1957) (Italy)
*Alejandro Casona (1903-1965) (Spain)
*Guillén de Castro y Bellvís (1569-1631) (Spain)
*Enrico Cavacchioli (1885-1954) (Italy)
*Giovan Maria Cecchi (1518-1587) (Italy)
*Susannah Centlivre (ca. 1667-1723) (England)
*Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) (Spain)
*George Chapman (ca. 1560-1634) (England)
*Charlotte Charke (1713-1760)
*Mary Coyle Chase (1907-1981) (United States)
*Klaus Chatten
*P. J. Chapsky (Thailand)
*Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981) (United States)
*Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) (Russia)
*Andrew Cherry (1762-1812)
*Luigi Chiarelli (1880-1947) (Italy)
*Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) (Japan)
*Hans Chlumberg (1897-1930) (Austria)
*Jerome Chodorov (1911-2004) (United States)
*Agatha Christie (1890-1976) (England)
*David W. Christner
*Caryl Churchill
*Colley Cibber (1671-1757) (England)
*Giovanni Battista Cini (ca. 1525-1586) (Italy)
*Paul Claudel (1868-1955) (France)
*Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) (France)
*Antonio Coello y Ochoa (1611-1652) (Spain)
*George M. Cohan (1878-1942) (United States)
*Harry Cohen
*George Colman the Elder (1732-1794) (England)
*John Colton (1889-1946) (United States/England)
*Padraic Colum (1881-1972) (Ireland/United States)
*Pat Condell (England)
*William Congreve (1670-1729) (England)
*Marc Connelly (1890-1980) (United States)
*Robert Taylor Conrad (1810-1858) (United States)
*Michael Cook
*Ray Cooney
*Romain Coolus (1868-1952) (France)
*Jacques Copeau (1879-1949) (France)
*François Coppée (1842-1908) (France)
*Pierre Corneille (1606-1684) (France)
*Thomas Corneille (1625-1709) (France)
*Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (United States)
*Pietro Cossa (1830-1881) (Italy)
*Georges Courteline (1858-1929) (France)
*Noel Coward (1899-1973) (England)
*Louis O. Coxe (1918-1993) (United States)
*Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (1674-1762) (France)
*Michael Cristofer
*Francis de Croisset (1877-1937) (France)
*Fernand Crommelynck (1885-1970) (Belgium/France) *French language*
*A. J. Cronin (1896-1981) (Scotland)
*Rachel Crothers (1878-1958) (United States)
*Russel Crouse (1893-1966) (United States)
*Mart Crowley (born 1935) (United States)
*John Crowne (ca. 1640-ca. 1703) (England)
*Nilo Cruz
*Ramón de la Cruz (1731-1794) (Spain)
*Gergely Csíky (1842-1891) (Hungary)
*Franz Theodor Csokor (1885-1969) (Austria)
*Álvaro Cubillo de Aragón (1596-1661) (Spain)
*Juan de la Cueva (ca. 1550-1610) (Spain)
*Richard Cumberland (1732-1811) (England)
*E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) (United States)
*François de Curel (1854-1928) (France)
*Stephen Currens

D

*Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) (Sweden)
*George Dalton
*Augustin Daly (1838-1899) (United States)
*Florent Carton Dancourt (1661-1725) (France)
*Clemence Dane (1888-1965) (England)
*Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938) (Italy)
*Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) (France)
*William Davenant (1606-1668) (England)
*Robertson Davies (1913-1995) (Canada)
*Jack Davis (1917-2000) (Australia)
*Ossie Davis (1917–2005) (United States)
*Owen Davis (1874-1956) (United States)
*Roxann Dawson
*Frederic Lansing Day (1886-1982) (United States}
*April De Angelis (England)
*Eduardo De Filippo (1900-1984) (Italy)
*Thomas Dekker (ca. 1572-1632) (England)
*Shelagh Delaney (born 1939) (England)
*Casimir-Jean-François Delavigne (1793-1843) (France)
*Barbu Delavrancea (1858-1918) (Romania)
*Giambattista Della Porta (1535-1615) (Italy)
*Federico Della Valle (ca. 1560-1628) (Italy)
*Merrill Denison (1893-1975) (Canada)
*Lucien Descaves (1861-1949) (France)
*Jean Desmaretz de Saint-Sorlin (1595-1676) (France)
*Sugathapala de Silva
*Philippe Néricault Destouches (1680-1754) (France)
*Jacques Deval (1894-1972) (France)
*Juan Bautista Diamante (1625-1687) (Spain)
*Lydia R. Diamond (born 1969) (United States)
*Joaquín Dicenta y Benedicto (1863-1917) (Spain)
*Denis Diderot (1713-1784) (France)
*Steven Dietz
*Salvatore Di Giacomo (1860-1934) (Italy)
*Tony DiMurro (United States)
*Joe diPietro
*Madge Dishman
*Ludovico Dolce (1508-ca. 1568) (Italy)
*Maurice Donnay (1859-1945) (France)
*Ariel Dorfman
*Earl of Dorset {redirect to Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset}
*Tankred Dorst (born 1925) (Germany)
*Stuart Draper (England)
*Michael Drayton (1563-1631) (England)
*Alex Dremann (1966-) (United States)
*John Drinkwater (1882-1937) (England)
*John Dryden (1631-1700) (England)
*Marin Drzic
*Marcel Dubé (born 1930) (Canada) *French language*
*Charles Rivière Dufresny (1654-1724) (France)
*Roger Martin du Gard {redirect to Martin du Gard, Roger}
*Alexandre Dumas, fils (1824-1895) (France)
*Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) (France)
*D Underbelly (United States)
*William Dunlap (1766-1839) (United States)
*Marc Dunn
*Nell Dunn
*Philip Dunning (1891-1957) (United States)
*Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) (England/Ireland)
*Christopher Durang
*Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) (France)
*Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) (Switzerland) *German language*
*Pierre Du Ryer (1606-1658) (France)
*Jean Dutourd (born 1920) (France)
*Henri Duvernois (1875-1937) (France)

E

*José Echegaray (1832-1916) (Spain)
*David Edgar
*Margaret Edson
*Erik Ehn
*Günter Eich
*Baron Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857) (Germany)
*T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) (United States/England)
*Gundi Ellert
*Juan del Encina (ca. 1469-1529/30) (Spain)
*Will Eno
*Nick Enright
*Eve Ensler
*Hans Magnus Enzensberger
*Brad Erickson
*Paul Ernst (1866-1933) (Germany)
*St. John Ervine (1883-1971) (Ireland/England)
*George Etherege (ca. 1635-1691) (England)
*Solomon Ettinger (1800/03-1856) (Poland) *Hebrew language and Yiddish language*
*Euripides (ca. 485 B.C.-ca. 406 B.C.) (Greece)

F

*Diego Fabbri (1911–1980) (Italy)
*Émile Fabre (1869–1955) (France)
*Michael Fackelmann
*George Farquhar (1677/8-1707) (England)
*Rainer Werner Fassbinder
*René Fauchois (1882–1962) (France)
*Jules Feiffer (born 1929) (United States)
*Ludwig Fels
*Dan Fenton
*Edna Ferber (1887–1968) (United States)
*Roger Ferdinand {redirect to Roger-Ferdinand}
*Lucas Fernández (1474–1542) (Spain)
*Luis Fernández Ardavín (1891–1962) (Spain)
*Leandro Fernández de Moratín (1760–1828) (Spain)
*Nicolás Fernández de Moratín (1737–1780) (Spain)
*Bob Jude Ferrante (1959-) (United States)
*Paolo Ferrari (1822–1889) (Italy)
*Leo Ferrero (1903–1933) (Italy)
*Lion Feuchtwanger (1884–1958) (Germany)
*Georges Feydeau (1862–1921) (France)
*Nathan Field
*Henry Fielding (1707–1754) (England)
*Joseph Fields (1895–1966) (United States)
*Alex Finlayson (1951 - ) (United States)
*Clyde Fitch (1865–1909) (United States)
*George Fitzmaurice (1877–1963) (Ireland)
*Gustave Flaubert
*Martin Flavin (1883–1967) (United States)
*David Fleisher (American playwright who teaches in the English department at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He co-authored, with David Freedman, "Death of An American: The Killing of John Singer". With Shel Silverstein, Mickey James and Sharon Spivey, he wrote a musical, "Last Call at The Cozy". He is a member of the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild of America.
*James Elroy Flecker (1884–1915) (England)
*Marieluise Fleisser
*Justin Fleming
*Robert de Flers (1872–1927) (France)
*John Fletcher (1579–1625) (England)
*Lucille Fletcher
*Dario Fo
*Antonio Fogazzaro (1842–1911) (Italy)
*Rick Fonté
*Denis Ivanovich Fonvizin (1744/5-1792) (Russia)
*Horton Foote
*Samuel Foote (1720–1777) (England)
*John Ford (ca. 1586-after 1639) (England)
*Maria Irene Fornes
*Lars Forssell (born 1928) (Sweden)
*Friedrich Forster (1895–1958) (Germany)
*Ugo Foscolo (1778–1827) (Italy)
*Amy Fox (1975–present) (United States)
*Bruno Frank (1887–1945) (Germany)
*Leonhard Frank (1882–1961) (Germany/United States)
*Ian Fraser (South Africa/United States)
*Michael Frayn
*Aleksander Fredro (1793–1876) (Poland)
*David French
*Gustav Freytag (1816–1895) (Germany)
*Erich Fried
*Alan Foster Friedman
*Bruce Jay Friedman (born 1930) (United States)
*Brian Friel (born 1929) (Ireland)
*Ketti Frings (1909–1981) (United States)
*Max Frisch (1911–1991) (Switzerland)
*Christopher Fry (1907–2005) (England)
*Franz Fühmann (1922–1984) (Germany)
*Athol Fugard
*Ulpian Fulwell (1545/6 - 1584/5/6)
*Derek Alan Fuzzell (born 1985) (United States)

G

*Jeremy Gable (born 1982) (United States)
*Christoph Gahl
*Zona Gale (1874-1938) (United States)
*Ferdinando Galiani (1728-1787) (Italy)
*John Galsworthy (1867-1933) (England)
*Simon Gantillon (1887-1961) (France)
*Vicente Antonio García de la Huerta (1734-1787) (Spain)
*Antonio García Gutiérrez (1813-1884) (Spain)
*Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) (Spain)
*Robert Garnier (1544-1590) (France)
*David Garrick (1717-1779) (England)
*George Gascoigne (1535-1577) (England)
*Armand Gatti (born 1924) (France)
*Natalie Gaupp (born 1967) (United States)
*John Gay (1685-1732) (England)
*Michael V. Gazzo (1923-1995) (United States)
*Jack Gelber (1932-2003) (United States)
*Gratien Gélinas (1909-1999) (Canada) *French language*
*Jean Genet (1910-1986) (France)
*Paul Géraldy (1885-1983) (France)
*Katharina Gericke
*Esther Gerritsen
*Joel Gersmann (1942-2005) (United States)
*Alice Gerstenberg
*Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg (1737-1823) (Germany)
*Landen Gessell
*Elke Geurts (born 1973) (Netherlands)
*Michel de Ghelderode (1898-1962) (Belgium) *French language*
*Henri Ghéon (1875-1944) (France)
*Gherardo Gherardi (1891-1949) (Italy)
*Paolo Giacometti (1816-1882) (Italy)
*Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906) (Italy)
*Gigio Artemio Giancarli (ca. 1500-1550) (Italy)
*Donato Giannotti (1492-1573) (Italy)
*William Gibson (born 1914) (United States)
*David Gieselmann
*Kathie Lee Gifford
*W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) (England)
*William Gillette (1855-1937) (United States)
*Frank D. Gilroy (born 1925) (United States)
*Antonio Gil y Zárate (1793-1861) (Spain)
*José Antonio Giménez Arnau y Gran (1912-1985) (Spain)
*Jean Giono (1895-1970) (France)
*Silvio Giovaninetti (1901-1959) (Italy)
*Giambattista Giraldi Cinthio (1504-1573) (Italy)
*Giovanni Giraud (1776-1834) (Italy)
*Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944) (France)
*Vincenzo Giusti (1532-1619) (Italy)
*Susan Glaspell (1882-1948) (United States)
*John Godber
*Kermi Goell
*Reinhard Goering (1887-1936) (Germany)
*Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) (Germany)
*Ruth and Augustus Goetz
*Curt Goetz (1888-1960) (Germany)
*Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol (1809-1852) (Russia)
*Abraham Haim Lipke Goldfaden (1840-1908) (Russia/United States) *Hebrew language and Yiddish language*
*James Goldman (1927-1998) (United States)
*Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) (Italy)
*Oliver Goldsmith (1728/30-1774) (England)
*Ivan Goll
*Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) (Poland/Argentina) *Polish language*
*Jules Eckert Goodman (1876-1962) (United States)
*Frances Goodrich (1890-1984) (United States)
*Jacob Gordin (1853-1909) (Ukraine/United States) *Russian language and Yiddish language*
*Ruth Gordon
*Charles Gordone (1925-1995) (United States)
*Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) (Russia)
*Abraham Dov Ber Gottlober (1811-1899) (Russia) *Hebrew language and Yiddish language*
*Johann Christoph Gottsched (1700-1766) (Germany)
*Olympe de Gouges
*David Gow (1964 - ) (Canada, Quebec)
*Carlo Gozzi (1720-1806) (Italy)
*Christian Dietrich Grabbe (1801-1836) (Germany)
*Ed Graczyk
*Duncan Graham (Australia)
*David Marshall Grant
*Marsha L. Grant
*Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946) (England)
*Jörg Graser
*Günter Grass (born 1927) (Germany)
*Jacinto Grau Delgado (1877-1958) (Spain)
*Simon Gray
*Antonio Francesco Grazzini (1503-1584) (Italy)
*Jean-Pierre Grédy (born 1920) (France)
*Julien Green (1900-1998) (France/United States) *French language*
*Paul Green (1894-1981) (United States)
*Richard Greenberg
*Graham Greene (1904-1991) (England)
*Robert Greene (1558-1592) (England)
*Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932) (Ireland)
*David Greig (Scotland)
*Jean-Baptiste Louis Gresset (1709-1777) (France)
*Tom Griffin
*Trevor Griffiths
*Franz Grillparzer
*Alan Gross
*Jim Grover
*Andreas Gryphius
*John Guare (1938- ) (United States)
*Sacha Guitry
*Sachin Gupta
*A.R. Gurney
*Karl Ferdinand Gutzkow

H

*Peter Hacks
*Ruth Hale
*Adam de la Halle (ca. 1237-ca. 1288) (France)
*Peter Handke
*William Hanley
*Lorraine Hansberry
*Haseena Moin (b. 1941) - Pakistan
*Ernst Hardt
*David Hare
*Moss Hart
*Fred Harvey
*Jonathan Harvey
*Walter Hasenclever
*Jeffrey Hatcher
*Gerhart Hauptmann
*Václav Havel
*Friedrich Hebbel
*Peter Hedges
*Lillian Hellman
*Beth Henley
*Nigel Heseltine
*Dorothy Hewett
*John Heywood(c. 1497-c. 1580)
*Wolfgang Hildesheimer
*Shawn Hirabayashi
*Prince Hoare
*Rolf Hochhuth
*Fritz Hochwaelder
*Hugo von Hofmannsthal
*Darcy Hogan
*Ludvig Holberg
*Michael Hollinger
*Rupert Holmes
*Ödön von Horváth
*Sidney Howard
*Tina Howe
*Frank Howson
*John-Michael Howson
*Hroswitha of Gandersheim
*Dusty Hughes
*Langston Hughes
*Victor Hugo
*Maureen Hunter

I

*Henrik Ibsen
*Almir Imsirevic
*William Inge
*Eugène Ionesco
*Roger Iverson
*David Ives
*Naomi Iizuka

J

*Alfred Jarry
*Elfriede Jelinek
*Douglas William Jerrold
*Christopher John (Australia)
*Terry Johnson
*Denis Johnston
*Ben Jonson
*James Joyce
*Jaimie Martin

K

*Georg Kaiser
*Kalidasa
*Sarah Kane
*Girish Karnad
*George S. Kaufman
*Moisés Kaufman
*John B. Keane
*Joseph Kesselring
*Thomas Kilroy
*Sidney Kingsley
*Heinrich von Kleist
*Friedrich Maximilian Klinger
*Václav Kliment Klicpera
*Alexander Kluge
*Frederick Knott
*Oskar Kokoschka
*Harry Kondoleon
*Karl König
*Allan Stewart Konigsberg
*Bernard Kops
*August von Kotzebue
*Karl Kraus
*Helmut Krausser
*Franz Xaver Kroetz
*Nestor Kukolnik
*Rick Kunzi
*Hanif Kureishi
*Tony Kushner
*Thomas Kyd

L

*Neil LaBute
*Jun Lana
*Jonathon Larson
*Miklos Laszlo ,(1903-1973)
*Else Lasker-Schüler
*Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
*Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
*Reinhard Lettau
*Ira Levin
*Saunders Lewis
*Nell Leyshon
*David Lindsay-Abaire
*Romulus Linney
*Kenneth Lonergan
*Stephen Lowe
*Craig Lucas
*Clare Boothe Luce
*Charles Ludlam
*Ken Ludwig
*Otto Ludwig

M

*Ewan MacColl
*Michael MacLennan
*Wendy MacLeod
* George Macropedius, (1487-1558)
*Ellen McLaughlin
*Carlo Maria Maggi, (Italy) *Insubric language*
*Monica Malek-Yonan
*Rosie Malek-Yonan
*David Mamet, (born 1947)
*Klaus Mann
*William Marchant, (United States), (1923-1995)
*Donald Margulies
*Pierre de Marivaux
*Christopher Marlowe, (1564-1593)
*Jane Martin (United States) (pen name for unknown playwright)
*William Somerset Maugham
*Vladimir Mayakovsky
*Joey Mayberry
*Marius von Mayenburg
*Martin McDonagh, (born 1970)
*Frank McGuinness
*Sally McLean
*Terrence McNally, (born 1939)
*Mark Medoff
*Charles L. Mee
*Menander
*David Mercer
*George Middleton
*Thomas Middleton
*Arthur Miller, (1915-2005)
*Willy Millowitsch
*Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917)
*Molière, (1622-1673)
*Jose Zorrilla y Moral
*Félix Morisseau-Leroy (Moriso Lewa), (1912-1998)
*Melvyn Morrow
*Ralph Morse (actor)
*John Mortimer
*Tad Mosel
*Itamar Moses
*Dimitrios Mpogris, ( Greece ), ( 1890–1964 )
*Sean Muir
*Heiner Müller
*Kaj Munk
*Thomas Murphy
*Tommy Murphy
*Robert Musil
*Mohan Rakesh

N

*Richard Nelson
*Johann Nestroy
*Anthony Neilson
*Peter Nichols
*William Nicholson
*Marsha Norman
*Lynn Nottage
*János Nyíri

O

*Dan O'Brien
*Michael O'Brien
*Sean O'Casey
*Eugene O'Neill
*Gerlinde Obermeier
*Clifford Odets
*Bolaji Odofin
*Han Ong
*Joe Orton
*John Osborne
*Peter Oswald
*Rochelle Owens

P

*Ralph Pape
*Suzan-Lori Parks
*Angelo Parra
*John Patrick
*Tyler Perry
*Arthur Wing Pinero
*Harold Pinter
*Luigi Pirandello
*Plautus
*Ulrich Plenzdorf
*Sharon Pollock
*Will Power
*Stanisław Przybyszewski (1868-1927) (Poland)
*J. B. Priestley
*Alexander Pushkin
*Ariel Pytrell
*Narciso Pimentel, Jr.

Q

*Philippe Quinault (1635-1688) (France)

R

*David Rabe
*Jean Racine
*Ferdinand Raimund
*Jonathan Rand
*Adam Rapp
*Lutz Rathenow
*Terence Rattigan
*James Reaney
*Yasmina Reza
*Erwin Riess
*Philip Ridley
*Lawrence Riley
*Rainer Maria Rilke
*Lennox Robinson
*Rony Robinson
*Jack Rosenthal
*Kenneth G. Ross
*Edmond Rostand
*Friederike Roth
*David Rudkin
*Paul Rudnick
*Sarah Ruhl
*Willy Russell

S

a-Se

*Partap Sharma
*Hans Sachs
*Gupta Sachin
*Nelly Sachs
*Florencio Sánchez
*William Saroyan
*Jean-Paul Sartre
*Robert Schenkkan (United States)
*Friedrich Schiller
*Arno Schmidt
*Ron Schnitzius
*Arthur Schnitzler
*Werner Schwab
*Robert Schenkkan
*Mary Rohde Scudday
*David Sedaris
*Seneca the Younger
*Janet Silva
*Kenneth Jarrett Singleton
*Francesca Sanders
*Parmod Singh

g-Sr

*Anthony Shaffer
*Peter Shaffer, (born 1926)
*William Shakespeare, (1564-1616)
*Ntozake Shange
*John Patrick Shanley
*George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
*Wallace Shawn (born 1943)
*Rob Shearman
*Edward Sheldon
*Jane Shepard (born 1958)
*Sam Shepard (born 1943)
*Richard Brinsley Sheridan
*Jonathan Marc Sherman
*R. C. Sherriff
*Robert E. Sherwood
*George Shiels
*Del Shores
*Larry Shue
*Nicky Silver
*Neil Simon
*Kenneth Jarrett Singleton
*Bernard Slade
*Anna Deavere Smith
*Charles Smith
*Sophocles
*Aaron Sorkin
*Wole Soyinka
*Ron Sparks
*Biljana Srbljanović

t-Sz

*Shelagh Stephenson
*Tom Stoppard
*David Storey
*August Stramm
*Botho Strauß
*August Strindberg
*Preston Sturges
*Patrick Süskind
*Alfred Sutro
*Caridad Svich
*Jeffrey Sweet
*John Millington Synge

T

*George Tabori
*Steven Talbot
*Jean Tardieu
*Henry Taylor
*Bernard J. Taylor
*Samuel Taylor
*Vijay Tendulkar
*Terence
*Tian Han
*Ernest Thompson (b. 1949) (United States)
*Judith Thompson
*Ludwig Tieck
*Stephen Tobolowsky (United States)
*Ernst Toller
*Colorado Tolston, pseudonym of T. James Belich (b. 1976) (United States)
*Bartolomé de Torres Naharro
*Miles Tredinnick
*Kurt Tucholsky

U

*Nicholas Udall
*Alfred Uhry
*Orl Unho
*Rodolfo Usigli

V

*Alexander Vampilov
*John Vanbrugh
*John William Van Druten
* Billy Van Zandt
*Gil Vicente
*Paula Vogel
*Carlos von Son
*Alfonso Vallejo

W

*Heinrich Leopold Wagner
*Susan Wald (writer on General Hospital; Daytime Emmy & WGA Awards nominee & winner)
*Derek Walcott
*Craig Walker
*George F. Walker
*Naomi Wallace
*Martin Walser
*Robert Walser
*Agnes Walsh
*Saadallah Wannous, (Syria), (1941-1997)
*Dale Wasserman
*Wendy Wasserstein
*Keith Waterhouse
*Harrison Watts
*John Webster
*Frank Wedekind
*Peter Weiss
*Edward Crosby Wells
*Franz Werfel
*Timberlake Wertenbaker
*Arnold Wesker
*Peter Whelan
*John Whiting
*Adolf von Wilbrandt
*Oscar Wilde
*Thornton Wilder
*Emlyn Williams
*Tennessee Williams
*David Williamson (b. 1942) (Australia)
*August Wilson
*Lanford Wilson
*Jaimie-Lee Wise
*Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz {Witkacy} (1885-1939) (Poland)
*William Wycherley
*Charles Wood

Y

*William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) (Ireland)
*Benjamin Yeoh (born 1978)
*Chay Yew

Z

*Gabriela Zapolska (1860-1921) (Poland)
*Paul Zindel (1936-2003) (United States)
*Émile Zola (1840-1902) (France)
*José Zorrilla (1817-1893) (Spain)
*Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977) (Germany/United States/Austria)
*Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) (Austria)
*Zillur Rahman John (1959- ) [Bangladesh, Canada]

See also

*List of Bosnian playwrights
*List of British playwrights since 1950
*List of Canadian playwrights
*List of French playwrights
*List of German playwrights
*List of Irish dramatists
*List of Irish playwrights
*List of Jewish American playwrights
*List of Slovenian playwrights
*List of playwrights from the United States
*List of early-modern women playwrights (UK)


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