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School of Theater

Kantner Hall 307B
Athens, OH 45701

Erik Ramsey
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School of Theater  

College of Fine Arts

Jennings House 54 East Union St.
Athens, OH

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Undergraduate Admissions

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Athens, OH 45710

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The B.F.A. in playwriting is designed as an intensive introduction to the art of dramatic writing for the stage. This program focuses on playwriting through the study of dramatic structure, its relationship to literature, and how the spoken word functions on the stage and in performance. Students accepted into the B.F.A. playwriting major program must complete a wide range of courses in addition to the Theater B.F.A. Core and a series of playwriting courses. The additional required courses include acting, art history, directing, film, and rigorous study of English and literature.

At the end of your first year of study, you must interview with playwriting faculty and submit dramatic writing samples for acceptance into the program. Your work will also be reviewed at the end of your second and third years. Students must demonstrate significant progress in the development of dramatic writing skills for continued success in the program. During the first two years, you should complete much of the Theater B.F.A. Core and General Education requirements. In consultation with your advisor, you will enroll in 2000- and 3000-level English courses that focus upon writers and literature related to your area of interest.

Note: The School of Theater faculty is in the process of expanding the B.F.A. in Playwriting to become a program that explores writing for performance across the curricula of the merged schools of Dance, Film and Theater. This merger will be official starting Fall 2013-2014. The changes are planned to take effect during the 2013-2014 academic year.

College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine arts is home to four schools at the undergraduate level that offer degrees in Art, Dance, Music and Theater. For graduate students, they also offer programs in film and interdisciplinary studies.The college is dedicated to advancing the arts through active participation in artistic and humanistic dialogue. It is committed to challenging, enriching and educating students through the creation and study of the arts. As the Athens region's primary cultural resource, the College of Fine Arts engages people of the university, the larger community and the geographic region in the arts. Hundreds of performances, productions, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year allows for students to show and display their work in a professional setting. The College of Fine Arts also offers an exclusive program, called a RLC, or Residential Learning Community, that allows students to live with other fine arts students on-campus.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.