New School, The

The New School for Drama

Playwriting (MFA)


66 W 12th Street

New York City, NY 10011

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Playwriting (MFA)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The New School for Drama's playwriting program prepares a select group of students for professional careers as skilled dramatic writers in theater, film and television. We believe that a complete playwriting education requires rigorous attention to craft and artistic exploration as well as consistent opportunities to apply one's developing skills through presentations and productions. We do not impose an aesthetic upon playwrights; instead we nurture and strengthen each writer's developing voice and vision through intensive analysis of dramatic elements and weekly collaborations with a company of fellow writers, directors, and actors. During three years of training, the playwright builds a portfolio of produced pieces including 10-minute plays, one-acts, a 90-minute play, and a full-length presentation for an audience of industry professionals. Each playwright also completes a full-length screenplay and a sample television script. As part of the learning process, the playwright faces the artistic and pragmatic challenges of writing and rewriting, of working with actors and directors, and the critical process of guiding a play from artistic impulse to exploratory and clarifying drafts and through to rehearsals and production. Each week, the playwright takes two four-hour writing courses, as well as a CoLab class with actors and directors. The writing instructors are all high-level professionals with extensive practical knowledge of what is required and expected of a working writer for theater, film, and television. Instructors teach fundamental and advanced skills of the craft as they draw upon their wealth of experience, addressing the complexities and realities of belonging to both an artistic tradition and a rapidly changing industry. As with the other departments at The New School for Drama, the Playwriting Program is strongly committed to the exploration of emotional and behavioral truth, and to helping young artists build an awareness and understanding of the range and depth of human experience. Because we believe that the best theater emerges from an intelligent and passionate fusion of writing, directing, and acting, we put a high premium on gaining experience in the art and skills of collaboration. We are the only MFA program that integrates a regular, ongoing class with actors, writers, and directors through all six semesters.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,890 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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