The program at Hunter is focused on helping writers hone their voice and aesthetic while taking risks and experimenting with form. Students study with award-winning writers, working theatre professionals, and esteemed guest artists in a program that offers intensive, hands-on writing workshops and fosters a collaborative, close-knit artistic community.
There are five students in each cohort, which allows our instructors to give students generous individual attention. Each semester, students take three courses that meet in the evenings, which enables students the flexibility to work during the day. Teaching Assistantships are available to students in their second year. To supplement coursework, the program provides a series of Master Class workshops each semester with playwrights, directors, and industry professionals, as well as free or affordable tickets to a wide range of New York City productions to facilitate a robust connection with the New York theatre community.
The capstone project of the program is the Hunter MFA Playwrights Festival, a week-long workshop with professional directors and actors which culminates in a public reading attended by agents, literary managers, producers, and other industry professionals. You can read about our 2023 MFA Playwrights Festival HERE.
The Hunter MFA Playwriting program is both affordable and accessible. The cost of in-state tuition for one semester is $4,230, and the program is often able to provide partial or full tuition waivers to incoming students. Additionally, all students are offered paid Teaching Assistantships in their second year.
Current and Recent Playwriting Faculty include:
David Adjmi (Stereophonic, Stunning)
Clare Barron (Dance Nation, You Got Older)
Mia Chung (Catch as Catch Can, You For Me For You)
Lisa D’Amour (Detroit, Airline Highway)
Tina Satter (This is a Room, Half Straddle)
Lloyd Suh (The Far Country, The Chinese Lady)
Maria Striar (Clubbed Thumb)
Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, The Internationalist)
2022-2023 Visiting Artists:
Eboni Booth, Morgan Gould, Raja Feather Kelly,
Aya Ogawa, and Mfoniso Udofia
Photos from the 2022 MFA Playwrights Festival
Student & Alumni News
June 27, 2023