Directing, Playwriting & Production
Stage manager, director, playwright, producer: these are just a few of the career paths theater students can take with a BFA degree in Directing, Playwriting & Production (DPP) from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts.
What makes us different: a focus on collaborative disciplines
The DPP undergraduate program is the only one in the U.S. that allows a student to major in the collaborative disciplines of stage management, directing, new play development – playwriting and dramaturgy – and theater administration.
With a unique curriculum taught by an award-winning faculty made up of working theater professionals, students learn valuable collaboration and leadership skills essential to theater creation, focusing on one or more of the specific areas in the junior and senior years.
You’ll complete a required internship in one of America’s great theater cities and have enviable access to an extensive network of Philadelphia theaters for off-campus opportunities. Course work is complemented by invaluable practical experience, which includes involvement in the production of more than a dozen shows staged by the Brind School each year, as well as with our annual student play festival.
Where do UArts Directing, Playwriting & Production graduates work?
DPP alumni from the University of the Arts work at a variety of local, national and international theater organizations, production companies and tours, including the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, the Hedgerow Theater in Media, Pa., the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., Shakespeare’s Globe in London and for the national tour of “In The Heights.”