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MFA Theatre, Dramatic Writing

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Dramatic Writing

Texas State University offers an MFA degree in Dramatic Writing. Entry into the Dramatic Writing program is dependent upon evidence of sufficient ability in this area. Prospective students are encouraged to submit samples of their writing prior to submitting an application.

Samples should be sent directly to Jim Price, Head of Dramatic Writing at


Candidates accepted into the program typically have a background in either theatre or creative writing. This degree concentration will be based in playwriting, but it will also include studies in television writing, web series creation, and adapting existing source material for the stage. Each MFA candidate will have an original play produced in the Lab Theatre during their second year, and they will have their third year final creative project produced either as part of the Texas State Theatre and Dance season or at a professional theatre in Austin or the surrounding area. All one act and ten-minute plays written by candidates during their time at Texas State will be considered for the annual New Works Festival which takes place in the fall semester each year. Finally, each candidate will graduate the program with teaching experience at the university level.


Texas State playwrights have an impressive track record in recent years. Here is a listing of their accomplishments since 2009: 

  • 28 regional finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, region 6 
  • 15 regional winners, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, region 6 
  • 12 national finalists, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 
  • 5 national winners, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: 
  • 2009 John Boulanger, National Student Playwriting Award winner 
  • 2012 Lupe Flores, Ken Ludwig National Scholarship Award winner for best body of work by a college playwright 
  • 2013 Rita Anderson, Ken Ludwig National Scholarship Award winner for best body of work by a college playwright 
  • 2014 Jordan Morille, Ken Ludwig National Scholarship Award winner for best body of work by a college playwright. 
  • 2015 Kevin Talley, Ken Ludwig National Scholarship Award winner for best body of work by a college playwright 
  • 2015 Kevin Talley, second place, Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award 
  • Lupe Flores’ play Coyote Stratagem was published in The Best American Short Plays of 2010-2011. 
  • 2015 Jordan Morille, John Cauble National Award for Outstanding Short Play

A Texas State playwright has represented Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 6 as one of eight national finalists for the National Partners in American Theatre best play award in 2012, 2013, and 2014, with Jordan Morille finishing as national runner-up in 2014.

For more information contact Jim Price, the Head of Dramatic Writing, at


The graduate program in Dramatic Writing at Texas State University is a 60 hour course of study leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree. Each candidate will write an original full-length play for their final creative project, which is typically produced by the Department. The students will also complete a written paper detailing the writing and production processes. Students enter the program in the fall semester.

3 hours Playwriting
6 hours Advanced Playwriting (repeated once)
3 hours Television Writing
3 hours Screenwriting
3 hours Advanced Screenwriting
3 hours Dramatization and Adaptation
3 hours Final Creative Project
3 hours Text Analysis, Research, & Interpretation
3 hours Backgrounds of Modern Drama
3 hours Dramatic Theory and Criticism
3 hours Contemporary World Theatre
3 hours Classical & Renaissance Drama
3 hours MFA Studio I
3 hours MFA Studio II
3 hours MFA Studio III
3 hours Director/Designer Collaboration
Plus 9 Hours of Electives