Writing for the Stage

A New Play by Jacob Presson, written and performed by students in the Department of Theatre Arts.A New Play by Jacob Presson, written and performed by students in the Department of Theatre Arts.Writing for the Stage supports and guides students in developing individual voices and writing techniques, while grounding the students’ study in the mastery of key dramatic writing skills, including action, characterization and structure.

An Advanced Playwriting project performed in the College's Bordeau Box Theatre.An Advanced Playwriting project performed in the College's Bordeau Box Theatre.On completion of the program, students will be capable of writing a fully developed play, collaborating with theatre colleagues, and will be knowledgeable about a variety of styles and techniques of playwriting.

While focusing on writing for the stage, this concentration maintains interdisciplinary connections with the Communication Arts and English departments. Through individual advisement, students may be guided towards courses that speak to particular interests in writing for film, radio, television or the Internet.

24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVALStudents in both Intermediate and Advanced Playwriting have the chance each semester for an audience to hear their work in staged readings. In the Playwright/Director Workshop writers collaborate with student directors and actors to perform new student work.

An internship in Literary Management places students in literary offices or script departments of New York theatre companies that match their writing interests.


Note:  For acceptance into the Theatre and New Media, Writing for the Stage, and Theatre History and Performance Texts majors, a secondary application of essay questions to be filled out in their Admissions Portal is required.  The Department also requires a portfolio and/or interview, only if student would like to be considered for a competitive scholarship. These concentrations are a strong complement the College’s English, History, and Communications Arts majors, should a student wish to consider a double major.


Requirements for a Writing for the Stage Concentration

(In addition to the Theatre Arts Core - 24-Credits)

THTR 296 Introduction to Playwriting
THTR 396a & 396b Intermediate Playwriting Techniques I & II
THTR 496a & 496b Advanced Playwriting I & II
One of the following:
COMM 322 Writing for Television
COMM/ENG 328 Special Topics in Film and Literature
COMM 353 Screenplay Writing
THTR 410 Playwright/Director Workshop
THTR 499 Internship in Literary Management



THTR 122 Acting for Majors
COMM 131 Introduction to Media Studies
CRW 201 Creative Writing
COMM 216 Digital Sound Workshop
COMM 227 Film & History
COMM 233 Video Production
THTR 234 Theatre in Education & Community
JOUR 310 Arts & Media Reporting & Criticism
MUS 350 Songwriting the the Studio
COMM 357 Contemporary World Cinema
THTR 366 Devising Performance Events
THTR 398 Puppetry