A total of 60 credits are required, normally completed over three years. All courses must be completed with a grade of B− or higher.

Eight workshops in playwriting (32 credits)

Two playwriting workshops must be taken every semester during the first two years of study. Seven of these eight workshops are part of a fixed program, taken in sequence by all students in a given entering cohort:

CAS EN 510 Playwriting I: Writing of Short Plays (Fall 1)
CAS EN 520 Drama in Theory and Practice: Structure and Script (Fall 1)
CAS EN 519 Drama in Theory and Practice: Solo Performance (Spring 1)
CAS EN 509 Playwriting II: Adaptation and Analysis (Spring 1)
CAS EN 519 Drama in Theory and Practice: Social and Political Theatre (Fall 2)
GRS EN 705 Seminar: Writing of Plays I (Fall 2)
GRS EN 706 Seminar: Writing of Plays II (Spring 2)
Elective Workshop (Spring 2)

Sixteen (16) credits of dramatic or other literature, at the 500 level or above

Courses should be chosen in consultation with the advisor to form a coherent plan of study that informs the student’s scholarly interests and creative work. Courses may be selected from offerings in the departments of English, Classical Studies, Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, and Romance Studies, as well as in the School of Theatre.

Four (4) credits of creative process coursework in play production

CFA DR 557 or 558 Scene Design I (2 credits)
CFA DR 621 Scene Workshop (2 credits)

Six (6) credits of directed study focused on the writing and production of the student’s thesis play

GRS EN 995 Directed Study in Playwriting (4 credits, Spring 2)
GRS EN 996 Directed Study in Play Production (2 credits, Fall or Spring 3)

Two (2) elective credits

These may be earned through a mentored teaching assistantship.

Foreign Language Requirement

A foreign language is required for this degree; please write to the director of the Playwriting Program for more information.