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Undergraduate BFA Playwriting

NOTE: The Division of Theater faculty is in the process of expanding the BFA in Playwriting to become a program that explores writing for performance across the curricula of the merged schools of Theater, Dance and Film. This merger will be official starting Fall semester 2013. The changes are planned to take effect during the 2013-2014 academic year. Please email Erik Ramsey (ramseye@ohio.edu) for further information.

The B.F.A. in Playwriting is designed as an intensive introduction to the art of dramatic writing for the stage. Study in this major focuses on dramatic structure, its relationship to literature, and how the spoken word functions on the stage and in performance. Students accepted into this program must complete a wide range of courses in addition to the core series of playwriting courses. The additional required courses include acting, theatrical design, literature, and courses in other disciplines, specifically English. During the first two years, you should complete much of the theater core and general education requirements. In consultation with your advisor, you may also enroll 2000-level and 3000-level English courses that focus upon writers and literature related to your areas of interest. At the end of your freshman year, you must interview, presenting writing samples and a letter of recommendation from the Fundamentals of Playwriting instructor in order to be admitted to the program. Your work will be reviewed at the end of your sophomore and junior years. Students must demonstrate significant progress in the development of their creative writing skills for continued success in the program.

 

Erik Ramsey

Associate Professor of Theater/Playwriting