Directing, Playwriting + Production
If you're a creative, self-starting collaborator with an interest in theater making and management, the Directing, Playwriting + Production program at the University of the Arts is the best place for you. In fact, we offer the only undergraduate program in the U.S. that combines directing, new play development, stage management and producing in one major.
You'll get broad exposure to each discipline, with ample opportunity to focus on your particular area of interest as you work on a variety of productions and a year-long senior project. Playwright students may write and workshop a full-length play or collaborate with a student director to create an improvisational acting project. Directing students may direct a long one-act or full-length play. Stage management students have opportunities to manage productions on the scale of a Broadway show or national touring production. Dramaturgy students support productions via research, web site design, developing program notes and designing lobby displays.
Students in the Directing, Playwriting + Production program act as producers and artistic leaders of Equinox, an annual new play festival that brings together student producers, playwrights, performers, directors, stage managers and designers for a collaborative production – without the assistance of faculty. Our partnership with Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater gives students experience with large-scale productions that operate under union rules. Students are also required to complete an internship, and many do so at one of the region’s many theatrical companies such as the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Wilma Theater, the Walnut Street Theatre, the Arden Theatre Company, InterAct and Philadelphia Young Playwrights.