The Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting is a three-year program. We are looking for students who are committed to the development of their craft; the deep interrogation of the forms and purposes of their art, and of the place of art in the larger world; and a leaning into faithful transformation of society through theatrical action.
Students take a strong hand in designing their own course of study.
Admission requirements: Apply via online system. Application must include:
- Two writing samples. The first should be a complete piece of any length in dramatic form (“dramatic” understood liberally). The second may be a part of a whole, and in any medium; if writing, no more than 15 pages, if visual no more than 15 images, if sound/video, no more than 15 minutes. If you have trouble uploading a second sample, or if it cannot be uploaded, please send it to the Graduate School, clearly marked Playwriting Application.
- Statement of purpose. What are your writing goals over the next few years, and how can Brown's program serve them?
- Three recommendations, at least one of which speaks directly to your work as a theater artist.
- TOEFL: required for applicants from non-English speaking countries only; see Graduate School website for details.
- Inquiries should be addressed to Erik Ehn, Head of the M.F.A. in Playwriting in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Box 1897, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.
GRE General: Recommended
GRE Subject: Not required
Financial aid: The program seeks to provide a financial aid package in the first year of study covering tuition, health fee and health insurance, and the cohort entering in Fall 2013 also receives a first-year fellowship stipend. In years two and three, those students who are in good standing are offered a mix of teaching assistantships, proctorships and/or research assistantships, which cover tuition, health fee and health insurance, and which provide a stipend.
Application deadline: December 15