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Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
    
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Playwriting MFA


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The Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting is an affordable, selective two-year program that fuses rigorous academic theatre classes with intensive, hands-on writing workshops. Our distinguished playwriting faculty - Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Arthur Kopit - work with a small cohort of students who develop their voice, vision, and craft under the personal mentorship of these accomplished writers.

The program enjoys a close relationship with The Lark Play Development Center, and offers its playwriting students the opportunity to work with professional actors and directors, both at The Lark and at Hunter, as well as the chance to see their work presented in Hunter’s Loewe Theatre.

We supplement this program with a wide range of cultural offerings and professional development made possible by our New York City location.

Admissions


Applicants to the Rita and Burton MFA in playwriting are required to have a bachelor’s degree; they must submit two letters of recommendation, GRE scores and a full length play or a one act play of at least 40 pages, both as hard copy and as a PDF attachment.  An interview is strongly recommended.  (Only matriculated students will be eligible to take MFA courses.)  Admission will be decided by the Artistic Director and the MFA faculty.  The deadline for application is March 15.

Degree Requirements


This two year program encourages playwrights to discover and celebrate their unique voice.  Towards that end they’ll be given a thorough grounding in theatre history, dramatic literature, play analysis, and the craft of playwriting as well have the opportunity to take electives in other departments.  Well known theatre artists will also be invited in to share their experience and expertise.  In conjunction with this academic grounding and focus on individual needs,  there will be hands-on workshops in which students learn how to collaborate with actors, directors and designers, culminating in staged readings and full productions of their plays.

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