Founded by Tanya Palmer, one of the country’s leading new play dramaturgs, and supported by award-winning faculty and guest artists actively immersed in the field, this program combines rigorous academic study, extensive production dramaturgy experience, and meaningful engagement with leading professional artists and institutions including the international organization for dramaturgs, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).
Dramaturgy candidates will gain experience in the development and production of new plays, in addition to working on musicals and classic texts, and will explore the role of the dramaturg in contemporary dance, devised work and multidisciplinary performance. There is opportunity to build a strong portfolio in popular writing through our STAGES Magazine, academic writing through our Independent Study program, community engagement through our student body and affinity groups, and college-level teaching.
Given IU Theatre’s extensive M.F.A. community, Dramaturgs have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of emerging and established artists, creating connections with lifelong collaborators and colleagues. In addition, IU’s unique position as a Research I University puts a phenomenal depth and breathe of knowledge at our student’s fingertips.
The M.F.A. is a terminal degree that prepares candidates to teach at the university level and to pursue a variety of creative careers including, but not limited to, positions in literary management, production dramaturgy, collaborative creation, site specific and festival work, arts education and advocacy, producing and artistic leadership.
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