Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Stage & Screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Art

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen

 

 

 

 




ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Our MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen program focuses on developing each student’s own creative process and the works that evolve from that process.  It’s structured to attract exceptionally talented writers from throughout the US and beyond who are seeking to immerse themselves in an intensive, challenging artistic experience.  The Writing for Stage and Screen program guides students through (1) the creation of new work for both stage and screen, (2) the initial testing of that work with SAG and AEA actors and other industry professionals, and (3) the preparation to enter the professional playing field with the skills, know-how, and networking necessary to launch a meaningful writing career.  The end result is for every graduating student to have created a substantial body of work that evidences a solid understanding of what it takes to write successful and producible scripts for the stage or screen as well as the means and methods to achieve that goal. 

 

View the 2017 MFA and MAAE Thesis Exhibition Catalog





MFA Writing for Stage and Screen Residency

As a single, working mother of 4, I needed to find a low-residency program that could fit around my schedule and needs. I also was looking for a program that would allow me to push the limits of my writing. The NHIA MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen, does all that and more. The faculty is amazingly talented and supportive, and I've been astounded by the quality of work produced by the students. I've left each 10-day residency totally inspired, and my mentors and advisors have given me a perfect balance of assistance, encouragement and autonomy to create. ~ Current Student, Hilary Bluestein-Lyons



At NHIA's Graduate Program events, you'll learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists.

ON CAMPUS
October 28 | Graduate Programs Visit Day

Click here to register for our Visit Day


OFF CAMPUS
October 7-8 | Catalyst: the Artist-Mentor Dialogue, a pop-up show of alumni and their mentors. Opening reception, October 7, 5-8 pm, 3S Artspace Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
October 18 | Graduate School Fair, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
November 2 | 7-9pm Prospective Student Info Session and Pecha Kucha, Stark Brewing Company, Manchester, NH


CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS
October 19-21 | Art + Environment Conference, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV


NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAYS
NHIA will be attending the following National Portfolio Days:
October 22 | San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
October 29 | Parsons School of Design, New York City, NY
November 4 | SAIC, Chicago, IL
November 18 | AT&T Hotel, Conference Center, Austin, TX
December 1 | Online at portfolioday.net/graduate-events


NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAYS SCHEDULE

For more information about National Portfolio Days, click here.

 


  • Student Gallery

  • AJ DELAUDER

    2016 graduate, Aurora, WV

    Gracefully Ending (Play): Winner, American Association of Community Theatres New Play Fest; Production, Theatre Arlington, Arlington Texas; Semi-finalist, Playwrights First Best New Play Award; Semi-finalist, Silverthorne Theatre Best New Play Competition; Published, Dramatic Publishing Company.

    The People at the Edge of Town (Play): Selection, Barter's Festival of Appalachian Plays and Playwrights; Finalist, Ohio University-Chillicothe Playwright Competition; Honorable Mention, Joe McCabe Memorial Scriptwriting Award

    Wind Warning  (Play): Scheduled for production, Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Production, Eddy Theatre Company.

    The People at the Edge of Town (Play): Production, Marlington Opera House, Marlington, WV.










  • JENNIFER POTTS

    2016 graduate, Fitchburg, MA

    Home  (Short film, writer/director): Official selection, Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival; Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival; Official Selection, Woods Hole Film Festival; Official Selection,  International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.

    Charlie & Poppy  (short film, writer/director): Official selection, Ozark Foothills Film Festival, Arkansas; Official Selection, Sanford International Film Festival, Maine; Official Selection, 18th FESTCURTASBH (Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival), Brazil; Official Selection, Boston Film Gala; Official Selection, Fest Film Kosova HNF; Official Selection, Nida Short Film Festival, Lithuania; Official Selection, Kinosmena International Short Film Festival, Belarus; Official Selection, West Virginia FILMmakers Festival; Official Selection, Queen City Film Festival, MD; 

    Jagran Film Festival Tour of 16 cities, India.

    The Extraordinary World of Cecil Blinkstop (feature-length screenplay): Spotlight Grand Prize Winner, Rhode Island International Film Festival.











  • SARAH LAWRENCE

    2016 graduate, Richardson, TX

    Bibo & Bertie (Play): Winner, Third Place, Writer’s Digest Awards

    Duende (Play): Finalist, National Julie Harris Competition; Semi-Finalist, IATI Cimientos New Play Competition; Finalist, Stanley Drama Award; Semi-finalist, Book Pipeline Award












  • VICKI PETERSON

    2015 graduate, La Canada, CA 

    Zoe and the Zebra (Feature): Winner, “Best Screenplay" Irvine International Film Festival; Winner, “Best Screenplay” California Independent Film Festival; “Silver Prize,” Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest; Finalist, California Women’s Film Festival; Finalist, Glendale International Film Festival; Finalist, SoCal Independent Film Festival; Finalist, Female Eye Film Festival

    Cleave (Play): Production, Grace Infused Theatre Festival; Production, Lab Theatre Project and Stageworks, Tampa, FL.

    Rainbow Unicorn Heart Power (Feature): Finalist, ScreenCraft Family Contest; Finalist, California Film Awards; Finalist, TinselTown Productions Contest; Finalist, Los Angeles Lift-Off Festival













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