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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [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 – Master-Artists-in-Residence ANNIE BAKER and BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS, plus a Distinguished Lecturer to be named – work with a small cohort of students who develop their voice, vision, and craft under the personal mentorship of these accomplished writers.

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


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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