The Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting


Submission Requirements


Applications for 2019-2020 will open on September 1,2018. Please follow the following guidelines when applying: 

  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. Do not send samples directly to the department as this will delay the processing of your 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 TAPS Chair, Patricia Ybarra,  Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Box 1897, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.
  6. GRE (General/Subject): Not required.

Application deadline: December 15, 2018

For questions about the MFA Playwriting program, contact the TAPS Chair, Patricia Ybarra at [email protected].

Applications to the PhD and MFA programs are submitted to, and managed through, the Graduate School. Please do not email the department with technical questions or requests to troubleshoot your online application submission. You can find detailed instructions about the application process and components here. The application FAQ can be found here.

Transcripts and letters of recommendation and any other supplementary materials should also be sent to directly to the Graduate School mailing address. Sending application materials to directly to TAPS will delay the processing of your application.

FINANCIAL AID: The program provides a financial aid package that covers stipend, tuition, health fee, and health insurance for three years of full-time enrollment.  Students also receive a stipend for two summers. Funding is contingent on students remaining in good standing.