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Playwriting MFA


The two-year Hunter MFA Playwriting program focuses on intensive writing, extensive reading, and workshops, all conducted by outstanding industry professionals. Students frequently attend plays in NYC - from Brooklyn to Broadway - and meet with classroom visitors from the New York and international theater world. The final thesis presentation is performed and attended by NYC agents, directors, and producers. 

The Program is part of the Hunter Department of Theatre, which is chaired by Tony Award-winning producer and director Gregory Mosher, who has produced over 100 world or American premieres at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theaters, on Broadway, and in the West End. Writer colleagues in these productions include David Mamet, John Guare, Elaine May, Emily Mann, John Leguizamo, Richard Nelson, Mbongeni Ngema (Sarafina), Arthur Miller, David Hare, the Nobel Prize-winners Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, and many more. 

Recent professors in the program include Annie Baker, Branden-Jacobs-Jenkins, Anne Washburn, Adam Bock, Christine Scarfuto, and Maria Striar. There is currently a search underway for a Director of the playwriting program, expected to be completed Spring 2019. 

Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of our MFA Playwriting Program will be able to:
- Write dramatic works which express their own aesthetic
- Incorporate their knowledge of American and world theater history and practice into their creative work
- Collaborate with directors, designers and other theater collaborators

For more information, please contact the acting director of the program, Christine Scarfuto at


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