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Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Dramatic Writing

The MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Dramatic Writing has been established to replace the playwriting concentration under the MFA in Creative Writing through the Department of English. Students wishing to pursue an MFA with a concentration in dramatic writing must now apply directly to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.


The program emphasizes the collaborative process of dramatic writing. Working with actors and directors, the dramatic writing workshops include informal readings, staged readings, workshops and the potential for fully mounted productions of students' plays.


New Play Development and Production


The MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Dramatic Writing includes the on-going development of plays in the Dramatic Writer’s Workshop and in the collaboration class with directors, THP 520. Also, the student is required to take THP 561 Scripts in Progress for personal mentorship in the development of a play or a screenplay. In addition, dramatic writers develop their work through public readings, usually performed in the spring semester. The main stage production committee also considers the works of MFA dramatic writers for possible production. While production is not guaranteed, many MFA dramatic writers have consistently been produced on the main stage. Students have also found production opportunities available through the Student Production Board.


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1. Apply to Graduate Education

a. You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education.

2. School of Film, Dance and Theatre requirements

a. Send a writing sample send directly to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Admission
You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education. In addition, you should have an undergraduate major in Theatre or in Creative Writing, with a GPA of 3.00 or above. An applicant may have an undergraduate degree outside of theatre or film and may be admitted on the basis of excellent creative writing and academic work. Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be removed while pursuing the MFA degree.

Guillermo Reyes, Director of MFA in Dramatic Writing, Professor

Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Associate Professor

Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor

Gitta HoneggerProfessor

Pamela Sterling, Associate Professor

 

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre occupies ten buildings across the ASU Tempe campus, which between them comprise five top-of-the-line performance venues, eight dance and movement studios, six rehearsal and composition studios, three film studios/sound stages, four cutting edge digital media laboratories, and scenic, lighting and costume shops for dance and theatre.

Performance Venues

Dance and Movement Studios

Rehearsal and Composition Venues

Film Studios

Digital Media Laboratories

Shops and Production Spaces

Offices and Ancillary Spaces

Overview

The MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Dramatic Writing has been established to replace the playwriting concentration under the MFA in Creative Writing through the Department of English. Students wishing to pursue an MFA with a concentration in dramatic writing must now apply directly to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.


The program emphasizes the collaborative process of dramatic writing. Working with actors and directors, the dramatic writing workshops include informal readings, staged readings, workshops and the potential for fully mounted productions of students' plays.


New Play Development and Production


The MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Dramatic Writing includes the on-going development of plays in the Dramatic Writer’s Workshop and in the collaboration class with directors, THP 520. Also, the student is required to take THP 561 Scripts in Progress for personal mentorship in the development of a play or a screenplay. In addition, dramatic writers develop their work through public readings, usually performed in the spring semester. The main stage production committee also considers the works of MFA dramatic writers for possible production. While production is not guaranteed, many MFA dramatic writers have consistently been produced on the main stage. Students have also found production opportunities available through the Student Production Board.


View more information


Steps to Apply

1. Apply to Graduate Education

a. You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education.

2. School of Film, Dance and Theatre requirements

a. Send a writing sample send directly to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Admission
You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education. In addition, you should have an undergraduate major in Theatre or in Creative Writing, with a GPA of 3.00 or above. An applicant may have an undergraduate degree outside of theatre or film and may be admitted on the basis of excellent creative writing and academic work. Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be removed while pursuing the MFA degree.

Faculty

Guillermo Reyes, Director of MFA in Dramatic Writing, Professor

Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Associate Professor

Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor

Gitta HoneggerProfessor

Pamela Sterling, Associate Professor

 

Facilities

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre occupies ten buildings across the ASU Tempe campus, which between them comprise five top-of-the-line performance venues, eight dance and movement studios, six rehearsal and composition studios, three film studios/sound stages, four cutting edge digital media laboratories, and scenic, lighting and costume shops for dance and theatre.

Performance Venues

Dance and Movement Studios

Rehearsal and Composition Venues

Film Studios

Digital Media Laboratories

Shops and Production Spaces

Offices and Ancillary Spaces

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Jeanette Beck
Jeanette.Beck@asu.edu
Administrative Associate
PEBE 107A
Phone: 480.965.5029

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