Playwriting MFA

The MFA Playwriting program is dedicated to developing the unique voice of each writer and equipping the writer with skills necessary to sustain a life as an artist. Core coursework provides rigorous training with attention to craft in a range of forms. Additional courses emphasize the collaborative nature of theater-making and provide an environment for creating a network of fellow artists from across disciplines. The curriculum is designed to allow writers to explore areas of interest both within the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, and outside of it, including research (in areas such as African-American studies, anthropology, art history, music, or women’s studies) in augmentation of a particular project or idea.  

Our interest is in training playwrights for artistic success in both current and potential future landscapes.  We seek students who are motivated by a desire for passionate self-expression and a sense of social purpose. The program sits within the context of our highly regarded acting, design, and directing programs and the vibrant, diverse theater community of Philadelphia.

The program is designed to allow for degree completion, including thesis, in three years.  

Liverpudlian Sleeve (2013) by David Strattan White

Course of Study

The completion of 60 credits is necessary for the MFA in Playwriting. The degree can be completed over the course of three years. Financial assistance in the form of tuition remission and assistantships may be available to exceptional candidates.

Course Work Includes:

Seminar in Dramatic Literature




Solo Performance

Writing for Media

Director/Playwright Collaboration

Projects in Playwriting

Teaching Playwriting

A full-length play is required as a thesis.

Classes are small and allow for individualization instruction.  Students may choose to take elective courses from the other departments within the university, as well as other TFMA classes.

Learn more about the curriculum in the Graduate Bulletin.

Admissions Information

This program is not currently actively recruiting.

If you have questions about the admission process, please contact Paury Flowers at

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