Playwriting (M.F.A. in Theatre)

Playwriting (M.F.A. in Theatre)

The M.F.A. in Theatre with a specialization in playwriting program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin recruits two students from an intensely competitive group of applicants. There are two ways for candidates to apply for admission as a playwright: through the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Michener Center for Writers. Both programs share faculty and curriculum. 

This information pertains to the M.F.A. in Theatre (Playwriting) in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Learn more about the Michener Center for Writers here.

We recommend all playwriting applicants apply to both programs. 

Application Deadline for Fall 2022: December 15, 2021

Finalists will be selected for an interview. No formal interviews will take place before the selection of finalists.

How to Apply

To apply, go to, create an account and fill out the form. Note: Online requests for recommendations will be activated only after you have completed and paid for your application.

You will be able to choose your Area of Interest on a pull down menu. This will ensure that you are applying to the correct program. For example, “M.F.A. in Theatre (Playwriting),” “M.F.A. in Theatre (Costume Design),” etc.

After completing and paying for your application you will be sent an email (within approximately 48 hours). This email will direct you to a site where you can check your Application Status (using your new EID) and begin to upload your application requirements.

The application for graduate admission is a multi-step process. For detailed instructions, please visit The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School online.

Application Materials

In addition to your application, the following materials are required in order to be considered for admission in the M.F.A. in Theatre with a specialization in playwriting program.

  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online instructions for uploading transcripts (PDF format only).
  • GRE Score: The GRE is not required for admission to the M.F.A. in Theatre (Playwriting) program. 
  • Three letters of recommendation: These letters should be written by those who can speak most authoritatively about your background, training, professional experience and potential for a career in your chosen area of specialization in theatre. Each reference will receive instructions on how to submit his/her letter online to the Graduate School's secured web site. Only one letter is required from each reference.
  • Professional Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose: This two-page statement purpose should outline educational and professional goals, philosophy and/or personal theatre aesthetic. 
  • Two original and complete plays which show the range and depth of your capabilities. No collaborations or adaptations unless your contributions are clearly and specifically demonstrated. One of the works must be a "full length" play, in that it should stand alone as a significant theatre experience. One of your submitted plays may be a short play, but please no ten-minute plays, sketches or revue material. Each play must be substantial and complete work. No incomplete plays will be accepted. Submit scripts in PDF format only.

Résumé, statement of purpose, play scripts and other materials should be submitted online at the Document Upload System.

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