Hollins University Graduate Center
P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
Fax: (540) 362-6288
The Playwright's Lab at Hollins University is designed to be more like an intensive workshop/retreat or conference than a traditional three-year program. We foster inclusivity and collaboration not exclusivity and competition. You can get your M.F.A. in three - five six-week summer sessions and work with some of the most important names in new play development.
Our unique summer program, with its emphasis on both scholarly research and creative writing, will enable graduates of the program to:
Hollins offers an intensive, supportive, and challenging atmosphere that encourages academic excellence, a spirit of independent inquiry, a free exchange of ideas, and a love of learning. Our faculty of productive scholars and visiting faculty of established artists work together to help you achieve your academic, professional, and artistic goals.
The Playwright's Lab at Hollins University is working with local arts organizations to find ways to assist our students in getting their work in front of live audiences at legitimate theatres.
Our students have had readings and productions in major theatre centers like Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Manhattan as well as smaller regional theatres in places like here in Roanoke, VA, and Burlington, VT.
In many cases the biggest barrier to producing new work is finding adequate funding — not only for production costs, but for allowing the playwright to travel to a city where their work is being done and to participate in rehearsals as an active collaborator.
Obviously, as responsible stewards of our program's financial resources — which includes student tuition — our budget must remain dedicated to supporting our academics. However, the Playwright's Lab feels it is an important part of our mission to sponsor our student writers when opportunities to realize their work on stage arise. That's why we have established a separate fund for the sole purpose of offsetting costs associated with the production and presentation of plays by or involving our students.
The New Works Initiative was created in 2008 and has already helped provide production assistance and travel costs for dozens of student readings and productions in legitimate theatres. It has made it possible for our student writers to work with guest professional directors, and provided support for them to work as actors, dramaturgs, and designers on plays by important guest writers associated with the program like Lucy Thurber, Jeff Goode, and W. David Hancock.
To support the New Works Initiative of the Playwright's Lab, please visit us online at: www.hollins.edu/giveonline. Be sure to click on "other" and designate the gift as being for the New Works Initiative.