Graduate Playwriting Program

The focus of the M.F.A. program in Theater/Playwriting is to develop writers for the professional theater. Although the program is intended for writers seeking a professional career in writing, individual courses are open to qualified writers looking to advance their craft in particular areas.

Playwriting classes are available for writers at times convenient for those already working; evening classes and Saturday morning classes are usual. Classes are small and individual attention is given to all students. Opportunities for readings and staged readings are available for all students, depending on the stage of development of the work. Finished works are submitted to the Artistic Director for consideration for the Main or Second Stage. Writers who have had professional productions (Equity actors with at least a two-week run) can apply for advanced standing that can shorten the time required to complete the program. Combined with the playwriting craft courses, the writer can take other graduate courses (and under specific situations, undergraduate courses) for which s/he may qualify. These courses are allowed to augment play ideas or needed research. These must have the approval of Playwriting's Program Coordinator. Previous areas of interest have included African American Studies, Anthropology, Film, Mass Media, New Media, and Women’s Studies. Permission to enroll in particular courses is determined by the department involved.

Course of Study

Required Courses:


A full-length play is required.

Contact Information

Robert Hedley Program Coordinator - | 215-204-8414

Douglas Wager Graduate Chairperson - | 215-204-3226

Application Information

Applications are processed on a semi-rolling basis throughout the spring.

Deadline for Fall Semester: June 15


For more application details and specific information about the program, please visit the program's page in the Graduate Bulletin