Dramatic Writing MFA candidates have the opportunity to see their plays fully produced in the New Works Series, to compete in the Sloan Screenplay Competition, and to work with industry guests.
Recent visiting faculty who have taught workshops in playwriting, screenwriting, and television writing include Mac Wellman, Richard Nelson, Kia Corthron, Keith Bunin, Daniel Beaty, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Stefanie Zadravec, Madeleine George, Michael Golamco, Sherry Kramer, and Jeffrey M. Jones.
Aurorae Khoo (NURSE JACKIE) has taught an intensive workshop in pilots and spec scripts each spring for four years running.
The program is one of only six leading institutions chosen to participate in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film School Awards, which awards $35,000 in total prize money annually to two students within the Dramatic Writing program.
In addition, all School of Drama students have the opportunities to participate in the following:
Dance/Light is a performance opportunity for students across all disciplines to collaborate in the creation of original dance and movement pieces.
A Festival of Independent Student Work: Playground is the annual School of Drama three-day performance festival showcasing independent, student-produced work across multiple disciplines.
VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM
The Visiting Artists Program brings distinguished national and international guests on to campus to work with students across all disciplines.
The School of Drama Showcase presentations in Pittsburgh, New York, and Los Angeles are designed to give all graduating students from all disciplines the opportunity to meet with and present work to leading arts and entertainment professionals.