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The Hyphenated Playwright: A Speculation on Opportunities for an Emerging MFA

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Title: The Hyphenated Playwright: A Speculation on Opportunities for an Emerging MFA
Author: Davis, Terry
Advisor(s): Linnell, Jim
Committee Member(s): Herrera, Brian
Avila, Elaine
Jones, David
Department: Theatre and Dance
Subject: playwright
hyphenated
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Few playwrights in the history of theater have earned a living from their writing. Certainly contemporary playwrights append other theatrical duties to their title to make a living. How, then, will the current crop of MFAs function in today’s theater with their newly-minted degrees in dramatic writing? The author suggests that finding suitable role models could help clarify the post-graduate path and, using himself as a model, compares his own work and theatrical history to two working playwrights, Steven Dietz and Emily Mann. In those two examples, he finds encouraging possibilities as a writer as well as potential models for moving forward in the business of theater.
Graduation Date: May 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/9341


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