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March 18, 2004
Does anyone know anything about the New School Actor's Studio Playwriting program? Is it worth flying to NYC for an interview there?
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and miss the chance to rub shoulders with James Lipton?
on March 18, 2004
Since no one else has chimed in, I'll add some more.
Although I'm not directly familiar with the Playwriting program at the New School, I am a film school graduate, and familiar with similar programs.
My take is that if you ultimately are seeking a teaching position at the university level, then a MFA is the way to go, and I'm sure the New School's playwriting program has a good rep.
The downside is that you will be essentially paying $10k a year to workshop your writing. There are tons of workshopping opportunities at festivals, conventions, and groups that will run you much less. In addition, it's a significant investment time-wise, as well as the additional stress of relocating, as you've mentioned.
However, some people really respond to the synergistic environment and complete immersion that a program like the New School's will be able to provide.
In either case, your personal motivations towards a playwriting program should determine your willingness to sacrifice. It might be worth visiting just to feel out in person as to whether or not this program might be a fit for you. That is something you won't be able to assess without firsthand knowledge.
on March 19, 2004
Thanks so much jazzkat11 ! That was very helpful!
on March 19, 2004
You're certainly welcome, glad it was helpful. Let us know how it turns out.
on March 20, 2004
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