Catholic University of America is accepting applications for their MFA Playwriting Program, headed byÂ award-winning playwright Jon Klein. This is the only MFA program in playwriting in the theatre-rich Washington, DC area – and withÂ over 80 theatres in residence, there are many opportunities for professional internships, readings and productions available to graduate students. Previous and current playwrights have had such opportunities atArena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Roundhouse Theatre, Theatre J, the DC Fringe Festival, and many more.
Other benefits of the program include access to theÂ Kennedy CenterAmerican College Theatre Festival, where CUA students have won major awards for each of the last several years, and access to theÂ Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, in which an unprecedented two students were honored as finalists this year.
We also offer the opportunity for each student to have theirÂ thesis play fully produced, and directed by a professional director from the DC theatre community, in their final year.
Last but certainly not least, we are able to offer twoÂ full tuition fellowshipsfor the three year program. The deadline to submit an application isÂ January 30.
More information on the program, and how to apply, may be found here:http://drama.cua.edu/graduate/
Our other graduate programs – the MFA in Acting, the MFA in Directing, the MA in Theatre History and Criticism, and the MA in Theatre Education, may be perused here:Â http://drama.cua.edu/graduate/
We hope to hear from you soon!
Jon KleinÂ is the author of over twenty plays, presented Off-Broadway and at over a hundred American regional theatres, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, the Arden Theatre, the Alley Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, and the Alliance Theatre. D.C. area productions include plays at Arena Stage, Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Roundhouse Theatre, Theatre of the First Amendment, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (where he has also directed). He has won three NEA Playwriting Fellowships for his work, as well as the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award, the HBO Playwrights USA Award, and playwriting fellowships from the Bush, McKnight and Jerome Foundations. He was a TCG/NEA Playwright-in-Residence at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and a Playwright-in-Residence at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He has taught playwriting and screenwriting at Ohio University, Harvard University, the University of Texas, the University of Washington, and Hollins University.