Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Queens College, The Actors Company Theatre Birth New MFA Program

Earlier today I received the following press release:

The MFA in Creative Writing and Translation at Queens College, CUNY joins forces with The Actors Company Theatre

We are pleased to announce that the MFA in Creative Writing and Translation Program at Queens College, CUNY is joining forces with The Actors Company Theatre/TACT of New York City to create a new, innovative two-year MFA program in Playwriting. Students will have the opportunity to study with a gifted and diverse faculty at Queens College and have their work developed, deepened and performed by the critically acclaimed The Actors Company Theatre at their Manhattan studio. No other Master of Fine Arts program offers a student the opportunity develop scripts with professional actors in the center of the theatre world: New York, New York.

Since 1992, our partner, The Actors Company Theatre, has been producing plays of literary merit by focusing on creating theatre from its essence: the text and the actor’s ability to bring the written word to life. Led by director/playwright Scott Alan Evans and award winning actors, Cynthia Harris and Simon Jones, TACT’s is an ensemble of professional theatre artists whose cumulative experience includes roles in scores of Broadway shows, hundreds of Off-Broadway plays and over a thousand regional theatre productions. Hailed as one of the city’s “most valuable troupes,” TACT has one of the few true repertory companies in the city.

The new Queens College MFA in Playwriting, headed by award-winning playwright/lyricist Richard Schotter, offers students the rare interplay of intensive workshop training and practical theatre experience. Students will also benefit from the chance to cross genres and study with the other members of the acclaimed Queens College MFA faculty in poetry, fiction and translation.

The deadline for application to this exciting new program for the 2009-2010 academic year is February 15, 2009. For further information see the QC MFA website and The Actors Company Theatre’s website.

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