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 Patricia Ybarra, Chair of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Box 1897, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.
GRE General: Not required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: December 15
Financial aid: The program provides a financial aid package that covers tuition, health fee and health insurance for three years of full-time enrollment. Students receive a 50% stipend during academic Year 1 (based on a 9-month academic calendar) and 100% stipends during academic Years 2 and 3. Students also receive a stipend for two summers. Funding is contingent on students remaining in good standing.