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' Ira Brind School of Theater 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.

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Students in the Brind School's 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.

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Monique Chambers

'21

Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
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Joshua Logan Walker

'17

Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
Toured his original play Edison to Europe
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Dante Green

BFA '19

Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
Hometown: Bloomsburg, PA

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On Stage

The talented faculty who will lead your courses are trained professionals in a variety of areas. You'll learn how to use your voice for maximum impact on stage from gifted public speakers. You'll understand the ins and outs of set design from designers of top Philadelphia performances. Meet the faculty in the Directing, Playwriting + Production program.

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    Justin Jain

    Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
    Founder of Berserker Residents, ground-breaking theater company
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    Amy Dugas Brown

    Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
    Ten Seasons as Associate Artistic Director Award-Winning Arden Theatre Company
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    David Jacobi

    Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
    Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, a Relentless Award

    Sample Courses in the Directing, Playwriting + Production Major

    First Year
    Collaboration in Theater
    Video Production
    Scene and Prop Technology
    Survey of Theater
    Script Analysis
    Directing I
    Stage Management I
    Approaches to Acting

    Second Year
    Playwriting I
    Directing II or Playwriting II or Stage Management II
    Directing III
    Theater History
    Approaches to Movement
    Practicum

    Third Year
    Playwriting III
    Directors' Workshop
    Director/Designer Collaboration
    Theater Management
    Playwriting Practicum
    Production to Practicum
    New Play Workshop
    Internship

    Fourth Year
    Senior Project I
    Senior Project II
    Business of Theater
    Production Practicum
    Playwriting Practicum
    Advanced Management
    Internship

     

    About the Curriculum

    The Directing, Playwriting and Production curriculum trains the generative theater artist, who wants to write, direct, produce and/or manage theater. The DPP Program builds future theater leaders who have rigor, imagination, and a deep and diverse skill set. All students take three core classes that focus on how to lead through collaboration (Theater Collaboration, Director/Design Collaboration, Senior Project II). They all take classes in each core discipline (Directing, Playwriting, Producing, Stage Management), and are required deepen in at least one of those disciplines. Often, students take all four levels of two of the above disciplines, making them rounded theater artists that are ready for a broad range of work after graduation. In additional to rigorous artistic development, they are also all taught financial leadership and management skills. Artistic innovation and entrepreneurship are at the core of this curriculum.

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Directing, Playwriting + Production:

    • will make work that exhibits imagination and a strong personal point of view.
    • will engage and connect as a citizen-artist across communities and ideas.
    • will be aware of how the theater artist serves society and the breadth of opportunity available to engage in that service; exhibiting curiosity and empathy supported by a knowledge of the history of their art and the humanities.
    • will possess craft, technique, and professionalism.
    • will assess their own work and that of others, to manage time and resources, to read and analyze plays and source material and to innovate, collaborate and iterate in the service of theater-making under a wide range of conditions.
    • will be ADAPTABLE.
    • will be flexible and fearless in their integration of studio and classroom techniques to meet the varying demands of dramatic forms and theatrical styles.
    • will effectively analyze scripts and source material, apply research, and make specific choices about world building that serve both the needs of the script and the artist’s imaginative impulse.
    • will demonstrate the ability to lead a collaboration, specifically communicating and effectively realizing their artistic goals and aesthetic.
    • will display the ability to work deeply and adroitly in at least one of the three component disciplines (directing, playwriting, and/or management) in the service of initiating an artistic project, building it from the ground up and seeing it through to completion.
    • will demonstrate an understanding of theater producing models, both nonprofit and commercial, as well as theater company structures and organizational functions.

    To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Directing, Playwriting + Production, students will complete a total of 129 credits as follows:

    • 61.5 credits in the DPP Major
    • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
    • 9 credits in Discipline History (Theater History, Script Analysis)
    • 33 credits in the Liberal Arts
    • 21 credits in free Electives

    Students in the program are 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.

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    Elana Boulos

    BFA 2009

    Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
    Cast member of the renowned Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre Company
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    Elaina Di Monaco

    BFA '13

    Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
    Professional Director, Fringe Festival, Resident Dramaturg for PlayPenn
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    Jacob Jarrett

    BFA '17

    Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
    Music-Directed 'Noise', Upcoming new musical Wonder Boi

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