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Playwriting, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #85 (WUR) Atlanta, GA, United States
The Playwriting program of Emory University brings together the disciplines of theater studies and creative writing in an innovative synthesis designed to educate playwrights as writers and as theater professionals.
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Established and emerging playwrights come to Emory to work on their plays with a diverse group of artistic collaborators including students, faculty and professional theater artists. Students of the Playwriting program of Emory University are engaged in an endeavor that spans the full process, from conceiving an idea to opening night.

Play development has become a vital stage of playwriting in the United States, and Theater Emory has established itself as an important center for that work. Since its inception in 1989, the Playwriting Center has commissioned and developed scripts with major playwrights including Arthur Kopit, Frank Manley, Steve Murray, Wole Soyinka and Naomi Wallace.

Brave New Works, a biennial marathon of developing and reading new scripts, has developed more than 100 new works, many of which have been produced in American regional theaters from the Yale Repertory Theater to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and internationally in theaters in South America, Canada and Europe. In recent years, Brave New Works has also included exceptional student work submitted by Emory alumni and undergraduates, like Lauren Gunderson, whose play, Leap, went on to be produced by Theater Emory in 2003.

Lenaia Festival is an annual, student-run festival featuring staged readings of student plays-in-progress.

Nationally and internationally known playwrights come to Emory campus each year as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series, co-sponsored with Theter Studies, which affords students another opportunity to learn from the best in the field. Past playwrights in the Reading Series have included Athol Fugard, Theresa Rebeck, Margaret Edson, John Guare, Jose Rivera, Paula Vogel and David Henry Hwang.

Playwriting students also may compete for an Artistine Mann Playwriting Award each year. The award is given in honor of Artistine Mann, a young writer and Emory undergraduate who was killed in a car accident before she could graduate.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Playwriting
  • Advanced Playwriting
  • History of Drama and Theater
  • Reading for Performance
  • Theater Colloquia
  • Poetry

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $75 application fee or application fee waiver
  • Official high school transcripts and official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Official or self-reported scores from the SAT and/or the ACT. If English is your second language, TOEFL or IELTS results are also recommended
  • Secondary school report/counselor’s recommendation
  • Two teacher letters of recommendation from core-area academic teachers
  • For those applying EDII or RD: Midyear report and transcript

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55200 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    55200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55200 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 1213 - 2210 USD/month
    Living Costs

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