Carnegie Mellon University

The Dramatic Writing MFA sits at the intersection of Carnegie Mellon’s strengths in the arts and technology. When these disciplines come together, innovation flourishes as the creative potential of the arts dovetails with Carnegie Mellon’s expertise in the sciences, engineering and computer science. The students participating in this program are visionaries who imagine the future, question the direction of humanity and synthesize changing technology, viewpoints, and culture through their creative work. Carnegie Mellon’s Dramatic Writing MFA program is uniquely positioned to offer an intense experience that combines training in playwriting, screenwriting and television writing. As an integral part of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, the oldest degree-granting theater program in the United States, it provides ongoing collaboration with the next generation of important actors, directors and designers.

Recent alumni include Kate Mickere ’13 (Actors Theatre of Louisville National Ten-Minute Play Contest winner), Liza Birkenmeier ’12 (Ars Nova artist in residence), RN Healey ’12 (Brave New World Rep’s NUN$), Joshua Harmon ‘10 (Roundabout Underground’s BAD JEWS), John-Paul Nickel ‘08 and Marque Franklin-Williams ‘09 (Syfy’s WAREHOUSE 13), France-Luce Benson ‘08 (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Commission), Chris Dimond ‘07 (Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Lorenz Hart Award), James McManus ‘06 (New Dramatists/Cornerstone Theatre Company/Mellon Foundation commission), Sallie Patrick ‘05 (REVENGE, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) and Matt Schatz ‘05 (Kleban Prize).


Rob Handel
Associate Professor, Dramatic Writing

Carnegie Mellon University Grantees:
Science Fair the Musical
Deep Sea Divers of 1929
Capturing the Stars
Breath of Life