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Portrait of Shoshana Greenburg.
Valuing the MFA
Essay

Valuing the MFA

25 July 2013

In the short-term, the reward is learning more about musical theatre writing. The long-term benefits of getting a MFA include larger successes.

Portrait of Christina Anderson.
Ka-Boom
Essay

Ka-Boom

23 July 2013

Christina Anderson found that the MFA program does not show the realities of the American theatre but gives space for someone to consider their ideal theatre.

A portrait of Harvey Young.
A Zone of Support
Essay

A Zone of Support

18 July 2013

Harvey Young writes about his experiences in graduate school and how the relationships he formed there trumped the academics in many ways - professional and personal.

Will Somebody Just Tell Me What a Dramaturg is?
Essay

Will Somebody Just Tell Me What a Dramaturg is?

16 July 2013

Elliot B. Quick examines what it means to be a dramaturg, and what role the MFA has in determining those definitions.

Do I Dare
Essay

Do I Dare

11 July 2013

Julie Felise Dubliner writes about her experience as a dramaturg, and examines the role of the MFA in the world of literary management.

Portrait of Jon Kern.
Bobbing in the Sea of Sunk Cost
Essay

Bobbing in the Sea of Sunk Cost

9 July 2013

Jon Kern ruminates on how a writer can challenge themselves to develop, create, and find community without the structures of an MFA.

Hands making pottery out of clay.
On Not Buying a Statue
Essay

On Not Buying a Statue

4 July 2013

Skills developed in theatre school can be the clay for a career outside of a theater that better suits your lifestyle needs without compromising your intellectual integrity.

Portrait of Aaron Carter.
Practice. Practical. Practicum.
Essay

Practice. Practical. Practicum.

2 July 2013

Getting an MFA is a big decisions-it costs not only money but also time. For theatre artists, an MFA is not a career move so debt, school's program, and personal wants should be considered.

A shadow on a sidewalk.
In or Out
Essay

In or Out

Demystifying the MFA

30 June 2013

Feinberg and Dibo agonized over the pros and cons of dedicating time to a MFA program. Their curation of the MFA series is to shed light on why and why not to get the degree.

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