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Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting - Chaotic

Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting - Chaotic

Brown University

Brown University, Providence, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    63
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months
Our MFA in Playwriting is a 3-year program. We are looking for students who are committed to: the athletic development of their craft; the deep interrogation of the forms and purposes of their art, and of the place of art in the larger world; a leaning into faithful transformation of society through theatrical action. Students take a strong hand in designing their own course of study; they are given opportunities to teach as well (the process of constructing and executing syllabi so useful to the articulation of mission). Brown is a chief and storied site for the formation of playwrights, established to grant broad inventive license while offering close mentorship and profound resources (in the department, the university, and the greater community, locally to internationally). Alumni distinguish themselves by their professional credits, and by their collegial élan. Brown’s resources are deep – gorgeous stores of intellectual and artistic capacity, a deep history, a will to innovate and collaborate, outstanding libraries, a substantial array of interdisciplinary opportunities, and students who are rightly and well authorized to formulate and execute their own experiments. This is a promising hour for the arts, and writing in particular. There are new, global drives to form social groups that center on ideals (this, at the heart of performance). After years of innovation in media technology, there is a sharp hunger for immediacy (again, at the heart of live performance). There is a reordering of public space, physically and virtually. After decades of important skepticism there is a new search for ways of making meaning (and the words are expression and capture of comprehension). We aim to afford an environment in which the student’s signal, personal voice can be explored on its own merits, and freely offered in an atmosphere of critical trust and exchange. Peace is the permission to be, to be in the moment. Drama, as the social moment, is learned through the establishment of a moment’s peace assured through the granting of meaningful permissions. Art, particularly performance, maintains that the live moment is collective, and bears history forward. In every creative act, the question is: how may this be held common? Theater grounds itself in the avowal that our reality is social, and that our excellence achieves its quality in the give-away. Our curriculum is: Civic Chaotic Strange Queer Chaotic Just as we’re post national – we’re also post disciplinary. This was once understood to be post dramatic, in the sense of post authorship/post-text. But the total loss of disciplines, like the total loss of self, is disastrous. The world we are trying to describe now is so richly detailed and complex that it must be viewed from all angles at once. We study and work in chaos: networks infinitely deep, beyond completion or full mastery.