The Playwriting concentration at MCW is a demanding, three-year course of study designed for artists committed to professional dramatic writing and its teaching. The curriculum emphasizes the generation and revision of new work, both by the individual playwright and in progressive collaborations with other writers and artists. This highly selective program draws on the resources of one of the largest Universities in the country, allowing each playwright to tailor an experience suited to his or her style, ambition, and vision.

Working closely with the Department of Theatre & Dance‘s graduate programs in Playwriting & Directing and Design Technology, this program offers more opportunities for student production than any other playwriting program in the country, through venues including The University’s Main Stage Theatrical Season, the biennial David Mark Cohen New Works Festival, the UT New Theatre Program, and the rich resources of the Austin theatrical community.  These opportunities are augmented with financial support, marketing assistance, and professional mentorship in the form of guest respondent drawn from leaders of the American theatre offering feedback on most productions to provide maximum exposure for each student’s best work.