Theatre (Dramatic Writing), MFA

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The concentration in dramatic writing under the MFA in theatre includes coursework in playwriting, screenwriting, historical studies in theatre, dramatic theory, directing new work, literary management, electives and related topics such as writing for solo performance, storytelling, devising and collaborative writing.

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre supports the production of new plays and performance works written by its Master of Fine Arts students. Student-written work is included in the Theatre Labs and is considered for main stage productions.

Program Offered

Theatre (Dramatic Writing), MFA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Requirements

This degree has specific
admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Required Core (27 credit hours)
THE 500 Research Methods (3)
THE 504 Studies in Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3)
THE 520 Theatre History and Literature (3)
THP 560 Dramatic Writer's Workshop
THP 561 Scripts in Progress (3)

Concentration (9 credit hours)
THE 562 Literary Management Workshop (3)
THP 520 Directing the New Play (3)
THP 598 Special Topics (3)

Electives (18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
THP 693 Applied Project (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
As part of the electives coursework, students are required to complete an internship (THP 684) for three credit hours.

Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.

The applied project is the writing of a thesis play, which will be developed as one of the following:

  • a full production on the school's main stage
  • a staged reading
  • a workshop production

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