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Tisch Summer High School Dramatic Writing Program

Hone your creative writing talents to produce dramatic works, learning what it takes to be a professional writer for the stage or screen.

Learn the fundamentals of dramatic structure, develop plays and screenplays in writing workshops, and present your playwriting work in the department’s Rita and Burton Goldberg Theatre.

Program Overview

The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing offers a highly focused academic and professional writing program for students who have the talent and the will to write for theatre, film, and television.

The combination of screenwriting and playwriting will give you an exciting introduction to the world of dramatized storytelling. The lectures in this program will help you explore the nature and principles of dramatic action, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations.

In the workshop sessions, you’ll present work, which is then reviewed, critiqued, and rewritten. In screenwriting, this process results in an outline and the partial scripting of a full-length screenplay; in playwriting, it culminates in a ten-minute play where you’ll work together as a repertory company to rehearse, critique, and rewrite your plays. On the last day of classes you will have the opportunity to perform them.

In addition to the performance of the ten-minute plays, your monologues are directed and acted by professional actors and directors who work with the department on a regular basis. Readings of classic plays and screenplays along with screenings of movies and tapes of important theatrical productions complement the course work.

Note: The Tisch Summer High School Program is not a leisure camp. While the average program runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, including academic classes, professional training, and/or studio and production time, students will often be just as busy in the evenings and weekends which also include curricular events and opportunities to work individually or collaborate with peers on assigned projects.

The classes I took were so thought compelling and encouraged me even more to continue my passion for writing. My peers and I grew to find an inseparable bond and learned to work together and learn from one another. The culture we saw and experienced inspired me entirely and I will never forget the incredible summer experience I embarked on.”
— Jessica Jacobs

CORE CURRICULUM

Students take the following courses for a combined total of 6 units.

(Within New York University, 6 units count towards elective credit in the Department of Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts.)

Courses

Summer Screenwriting

DWPG-UT 15 | 3 units

The lectures given in this program explore the nature and principles of dramatic action, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations. In the workshop sessions, students present their work, which is then reviewed, critiqued, and rewritten. In screenwriting, this process results in an outline and the partial scripting of a full-length screenplay. Readings of screenplays and screenings of movies complement the course work. Students will also have guest lecturers in TV writing and several film story analysis sessions.

Summer Playwriting

DWPG-UT 16 | 3 units

The lectures given in this program explore the nature and principles of dramatic action, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations. In the workshop sessions, students present their work, which is then reviewed, critiqued, and rewritten.  In playwriting, it culminates in a 10-minute play. Students work together as a repertory company to rehearse, critique, and rewrite their plays, and on the last day of classes, they perform their plays. In addition to the performance of the 10-minute plays, student monologues are directed and acted by professional actors and directors who work with the department on a regular basis. Readings of classic plays and tapes of important theatrical productions complement the course work.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dates

Program Dates

Summer 2018
Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Admissions

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75
  • Printed application fee: $90

Summer 2018 Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:00pm ET.

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2018 tuition rates will be announced later this fall.

Summer 2017 tuition and fees are below:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,238

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $800
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $976
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $664*

*As this is a residential program, students are automatically enrolled in the 10 meals a week plan for the length of the program. Students have the option of increasing their meal plan if they wish.

Program Specific Fees

  • Dramatic Writing Ticket Fee: $398

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Scholarships

Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs.  Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

The summer 2018 scholarship application will open September 12, 2017.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.

Tisch Summer High School: Dramatic Writing