This program will next accept applications for the 2022-23 academic year.
Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting
Playwriting – MF5135
School of Theater
307 Kantner Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall
The goal of the Professional Playwriting Program is to cultivate the individual artistic voice and vision of developing playwrights who, by developing new plays that actively engage in the contemporary social, scientific, political, and aesthetic debates of the nation, will become leaders in American Theater and active contributors to American culture.
This program seeks to train playwrights to become artists who, through a conscious and deliberate application of their craft, contribute to the culture by writing plays designed for production. To achieve this, the program trains writers in the practices of professional playwriting and script development with a heavy emphasis on writing plays specifically for performance. The foundation of the training begins with earnest and rigorous study of the theories of narrative structure followed by the application of that theory to develop new plays that effectively synthesize individual artistic voice with individualized narrative structure.
The M.F.A. is earned through the completion of 90 credit hours of course-work over three years. Coursework includes Playwrights Seminar, which is the venue for the study of the theories of dramatic narrative structure; Playwrights Workshop, which is the venue for the application of the theories of narrative structure through the development of full-length work; Playwrights Production, which puts our writers in the theater, writing for production on a weekly basis and is the laboratory for structural and theatrical experimentation; Theater History and Criticism, which focuses on the study of our dramatic literary traditions; and a variety of directed electives designed to enhance areas of research.
Program Learning Outcomes
Successful Theater M.F.A. students at Ohio University will:
- Demonstrate heightened skills in professional presentation, collaboration and communication.
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of research practices, dramatic literature, theory and history.
- Apply heightened skills and demonstrate a comprehension of theories and methodologies as they relate to professional practice in playwriting.
Opportunities for Graduates
While many of our graduates are currently working as freelance writers whose work is being produced by theater companies across the country, many are also working as writers and producers in network and cable television, streaming services, and film.
The program also has a flexible internship policy allowing some students to intern during their third year. Internships are typically arranged with a number of regional theatres or national playwright’s service organizations that specialize in new play development and/or production. These internships provide contacts for graduating students and allow them to participate in the process of professional script development, production, or literary management with established professionals who maintain ongoing relationships with the playwriting faculty.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/theater/mfa-playwriting
MFA Playwriting Blog: http://ohioplaywriting.org
Minimum standards for acceptance include a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate work and the submission of two sample manuscripts in dramatic form. Admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s writing sample, resume, goals statement, and recommendations from references. A visit to the University and an interview are strongly encouraged. The GRE is not required for this program.
This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.
The M.F.A. in Playwriting requires a minimum of 90 credit hours completed over three years of full-time graduate study.