The School of Drama Dramatic Writing Option provides students with rigorous, hands-on writing instruction.
The dramatic writing MFA combines instruction in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for television.
The objective is to prepare degree recipients to immediately enter the field, armed with a body of work to present, a deep understanding of the theory and practice of the art, and a working knowledge of the parts of the professional arena that interest them. MFA recipients will have demonstrated a high level of craft, discipline, and openness to wild experimentation.
MFA students collaborate on productions of their stage and television scripts, and have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses. Both during and after their time here, writers have access to an established framework of professional connections.
Recent alumnae include Joshua Harmon '10 (Roundabout Underground's BAD JEWS), John-Paul Nickel '08 and Marque Franklin-Williams '09 (Syfy's WAREHOUSE 13), France-Luce Benson '08 (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Commission), Chris Dimond '07 (Jonathan Larson Award, Lorenz Hart Award), James McManus '06 (New Dramatists/Cornerstone Theatre Company/Mellon Foundation commission), Sallie Patrick '05 (REVENGE, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) and Matt Schatz '05 (Kleban Prize).
Between 2010 and 2012, four of our most recent alumnae were awarded Core Apprenticeships at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. In addition, four playwrights from the class of 2012 were named finalists or semifinalists for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.
The program is headed by Rob Handel, founding member of the Obie-winning playwrights' collective 13P and resident playwright at New Dramatists.