MFA Playwriting Program at Catholic University

Catholic University of America is accepting applications for their MFA Playwriting Program, headed by award-winning playwright Jon Klein. This is the only MFA program in playwriting in the theatre-rich Washington, DC area – and with 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 the Kennedy CenterAmerican College Theatre Festival, where CUA students have won major awards for each of the last several years, and access to the 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 their 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 two full tuition fellowshipsfor the three year program. The deadline to submit an application is January 30.

More information on the program, and how to apply, may be found here: You may also wish to peruse a recent list of CUA playwriting students and alumni, which can be found on my website at this page:

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:

We hope to hear from you soon!

Jon Klein
Head, MFA Playwriting Program
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

Jon Klein 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.