Hollins University - Roanoke, VA

  • MFA

M.F.A. in Playwriting Summer Program Summer 2012: June 18 - July 27 Hollins’ M.F.A. program in playwriting is designed for those interested in playwriting as well as those who want an academic study of theatre with the playscript as the central foundation. Our unique summer program, with its emphasis on both scholarly research and creative writing, will enable graduates of the program to: produce dramatic works of the highest quality write and articulate clear, perceptive, and informed analyses of dramatic texts pursue careers in such professions as dramatic writing, dramaturgy, literary management, and arts instruction Hollins offers an intensive, supportive, and challenging atmosphere that encourages academic excellence, a spirit of independent inquiry, a free exchange of ideas, and a love of learning. Our faculty of productive scholars and visiting faculty of established artists work together to help you achieve your academic, professional, and artistic goals. Program Strengths The Playwright's Lab is structured like an intensive workshop, retreat, or conference where peer mentoring, collaboration, and cooperation are emphasized over competition. You’ll work closely with Hollins’ visiting professional faculty, artists-in-residence, and guest speakers to develop the kind of personal and professional relationships that can lead to reading and production credits before graduation—an advantage few other programs offer. We are constantly expanding our network of creative partners who work with us to provide production, reading, publication and internship opportunities for our students. We feel it is part of our mission to advocate for the professional advancement of our students. Studio Roanoke, is an intimate black box theatre founded by the first graduate of our program, Kenley S. Smith. From the beginning this theatre has worked closely with our program and is dedicated entirely to the production and presentation of new plays. Studio Roanoke allows M.F.A. playwrights to work with guest professional directors and local actors on pre-premier developmental workshop productions which are so important to getting early work ready for submission, production, or publication. Studio Roanoke opened in 2008 and has already produced dozens of works by our students, faculty and guest artists as well as providing opportunities for our students to teach workshops and gain practical experience in acting, directing, design, dramaturgy and arts management. Mill Mountain Theatre, has been a major contributor to the performing arts in our region for over 40 years. First as a community theatre and then as a professional Equity playhouse, this theatre has always had a deep commitment to new play development including hosting a major national playwriting contest and home of the Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works. Currently in reorganization and preparing for a re-launch in 2012, Mill Mountain Theatre continues to work with our playwriting program by providing a variety of production and reading opportunities for our students including the annual Festival of Student Readings, Overnight Sensations, and No Shame Theatre. Students can also take advantage of No Shame Theatre, a weekly venue for new work with a proven 20-year history of innovative experimentation that has been a launching point for some of American theatre’s most important artists and groundbreaking plays. No Shame alums include Rebecca Gilman, Toby Huss, Camryn Manheim, Stuart Sherman, and many others. Plays developed at No Shame include The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, by Jeff Goode, and Mambo Mouth, by John Leguizamo. During the summer session, guest artists and visiting faculty perform alongside our students on the No Shame stage--including Mac Wellman, Naomi Wallace, Jeffery Sweet, Carl Hancock Rux, and Bob Moss! No Shame is part of a national network, and Roanoke's chapter has twice been invited to participate in the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

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