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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

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 Information
Admission requirements: Apply via online system. Application must include:

  1. 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.
  2. Statement of purpose. What are your writing goals over the next few years, and how can Brown's program serve them?
  3. Three recommendations, at least one of which speaks directly to your work as a theater artist. 
  4. TOEFL: required for applicants from non-English speaking countries only; see Graduate School website for details.
  5. 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.