Our nationally recognized Playwriting Program—founded by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in 1981—offers a three-year MFA in Playwriting that combines the best of the traditions established in our more than 30-year history with an exciting collaboration with Boston University’s award-winning School of Theatre. Our students’ voices are encouraged, nurtured, and challenged, and we have a positive impact on their artistry by incorporating them into a vibrant community of artists.

We believe that our playwrights are writers on the world stage, so we encourage a scholarly outlook which allows for a background in theatre history and drama. Furthermore, we believe that playwrights needn’t work alone, so collaboration with actors, directors, and designers is at the heart of our degree program. We begin with the playwright and add collaborators into the mix as the plays grow; we want to foster a creative process that celebrates all the theatre artists. In the third year of study, each student’s play is fully produced in our Season of New Plays at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

Our goals are to help our students find their singular “voices” as writers and ready them in all ways for a life in the professional theatre, as well as in academia.