Michael Bettencourt


Harvard University

B.A. American History and Literature

Magna cum laude, 1975

Cornell University

M.A.T. English

Summa cum laude, 1976

New York University

M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing


I have also completed one year of a Master of Arts in Theatre degree at Hunter College/City University of New York, which included courses in theatre history, playwriting, dramaturgy, theories of theatre, and play analysis.


1997 - present


Active career as playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and reviewer. My website -- http://www.m-bettencourt.com -- contains full texts of all my scripts as well as essays on theatre, a full production résumé, upcoming events, and extensive links.

1988 - present


Business offering freelance writing, editing, and photographic services to individuals and companies.

Publications and Projects

Technical Writing: Grant proposals/research; policy/training materials; newsletters; computer documentation manuals; video training scripts; technical brochures and "white papers"

Public Relations/Advertising: Press releases/PSAs; scripts for radio spots; advertising design; publicity photography; newsletters; brochures; advertising "slicks" (from beginning to end)

Educational Writings: Discussion guides; video narratives; author biographies for high school students; scripts for historical videos; "prior learning assessment" handbook; writing and grammar workbooks

Workshops: Basic business communications (with complete workbooks and handouts)

Articles and Other Writings: Extensive list of articles/essays published on business, politics, economics, education, culture, literary criticism, and general interest. Also extensive list of published poetry.

Theatre/Screenplays: Stage works (short plays, one-acts, and full-lengths) and award-winning screenplays

Radio: Featured radio commentator in the 1980s at WEVO (Concord, NH)

Publishing: Converted the SOS Program Books, authored by Lynn Clark, from PageMaker to InDesign. Also did SOS for Parents and SOS for Emotions in InDesign when they were translated from Spanish to English.

Books: Collected Essays: Theater • Life for sale at Blurb.