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Please join Us In Welcoming The New Head of Playwriting At TAPS

December 19, 2019
Credit: Head of MFA Playwriting, Julia Jarcho

Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies is proud to announce that Julia Jarcho has been named the Head of Playwriting for the MFA Playwriting Program. The MFA Program in Playwriting is a 3-year program that focuses on writing for performance. Deeply committed to formal innovation and critical engagement Brown's program is truly unique. Many of our playwrights have gone on to win major international and national awards, prestigious residencies and global recognition. As head of this program, Jarcho will continue this rich legacy by guiding our playwrights through classes, readings, performance, and professional development. 

Julia Jarcho is a playwright and director from New York City, with the company Minor Theater. Plays include OBIE-winning Grimly Handsome (Incubator 2013 & Royal Court Theatre [London] 2017), Pathetic (NY Times Critics’ Pick, Abrons Arts Center, 2019), The Terrifying (Abrons 2017), Every Angel is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb 2016), Nomads (Incubator 2014), Dreamless Land (New York City Players/Abrons 2011), and American Treasure (13P 2009). She has won an OBIE for Best New American Play (Grimly Handsome), a Doris Duke Impact Award, and a Mark O’Donnell Award. She is an LCT New Writer in Residence at Lincoln Center. Her book Minor Theater: Three Plays is available from 53rd State Press. Minor Theater is currently in residence at HERE Arts Center.

Jarcho is also a theater scholar whose critical work includes the book Writing the Modern Stage: Theater Beyond Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and articles in Critical Inquiry, Modern Drama, and (forthcoming) Textual Practice. She has a PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been teaching in the NYU Department of English since 2013, where she holds the title of Associate Professor.

Please visit her website for more information.