In the 2.5-year master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in theater arts playwriting program, each playwright is encouraged to develop his or her individual voice and to stretch and experiment.
is a place to hone one's craft, to engage with emerging and established theater
artists, and to study the new, the ancient, and the innovative in the unique
alchemy of performance.
the core of the playwriting program are the weekly playwright's seminars, an
ongoing class for the duration of the degree in which playwrights deepen their
art and sharpen their skills. Each semester, you will develop your portfolio,
explore new approaches, and enrich and unlock a current play-in-process.
Emphasis is on developing each playwright's unique voice and inclinations.
part of a rich experience of plays and playmaking, we'll read and attend
productions of one or two plays each week, as well as meet theater
professionals. Recent visits have been to Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick
Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Public Theater, Soho Rep, New York Theatre
Workshop, the McCarter Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and MaYi Theater
Playwrights will have a staged reading and a production of their work during the program, with professional directors and in collaboration with student designers, actors, and stage managers. Guest
playwrights each year will conduct the playwright's seminar or give separate
workshops. Screenwriting and television writing are offered each year, as is
writers' workshop, where playwrights explore their works-in-progress with
actors and a director.