From our Artistic Director
The MFA Playwriting Program is both exciting and challenging, and it requires a full-time commitment to the theatre. It is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the pitfalls and joys of writing for the stage. Plus, your three-year commitment (with the potential of a full production in your third year in our Season of New Plays) will provide you with continuing collaborative relationships with professional directors, actors, and designers. All this will hold you in good stead after your degree.
There are so many pluses to joining us, it’s difficult to be brief. However, our singular collaboration with the award-winning College of Fine Arts School of Theatre—with its BFA Acting program, the MFA Directing Program, and its Graduate Design programs (scenic, sound, lighting, and costume)—makes this degree a significant one, and you won’t find a better faculty anywhere. Your literature classes in our renowned English Department will give you a grounding in dramatic literature and in other writing genres (we’re not elitist), so you will be well-prepared to teach in any college or university in the country. These scholarly studies, combined with the pragmatic possibilities of connecting with our professional arms—Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance plus other producing entities in the area such as our Black Box Fellowship theatres, New Repertory Theatre, et al.—give you a sturdy foundation for a future in the profession.
As to where you’ll be living, Boston is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city with its own opportunities and joys. There are more than 50 colleges and universities within a 50-mile radius of Boston University. There are free lectures, seminars, readings, plays, musical performances, and a multitude of sporting events and shopping areas. The restaurants in Boston are equal to any in the world. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre itself is within walking distance of Fenway Park, and we are located one block from the Charles River where you can join the rowing crews and sailors on the water. Bicyclists and runners trace the lovely esplanade leading to the band shell at the top of the Charles where the Boston Pops celebrate every 4th of July. And, of course, there’s the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day in April (and don’t forget our own Boston Theater Marathon every May).
Please explore our website for more information about our one-of-a-kind MFA Degree in Playwriting and our collaborations with Boston Center for American Performance and the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre offers outreach programs as well (Black Box Fellowships, Massachusetts Young Playwrights’ Project, Boston Theater Marathon) and with which you will become involved in the course of your studies. The opportunities for connection are myriad and very exciting. I hope you will consider joining us!
With warm regards,
Professor of the Practice of Playwriting
Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre