Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Stage & Screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Art

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen






Our MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen program focuses on developing each student’s own creative process and the works that evolve from that process.  It’s structured to attract exceptionally talented writers from throughout the US and beyond who are seeking to immerse themselves in an intensive, challenging artistic experience.  The Writing for Stage and Screen program guides students through (1) the creation of new work for both stage and screen, (2) the initial testing of that work with SAG and AEA actors and other industry professionals, and (3) the preparation to enter the professional playing field with the skills, know-how, and networking necessary to launch a meaningful writing career.  The end result is for every graduating student to have created a substantial body of work that evidences a solid understanding of what it takes to write successful and producible scripts for the stage or screen as well as the means and methods to achieve that goal. 


View the 2017 MFA and MAAE Thesis Exhibition Catalog

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen Residency

As a single, working mother of 4, I needed to find a low-residency program that could fit around my schedule and needs. I also was looking for a program that would allow me to push the limits of my writing. The NHIA MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen, does all that and more. The faculty is amazingly talented and supportive, and I've been astounded by the quality of work produced by the students. I've left each 10-day residency totally inspired, and my mentors and advisors have given me a perfect balance of assistance, encouragement and autonomy to create. ~ Current Student, Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

At NHIA's Graduate Program events, you'll learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists.



April 21  |  Graduate Programs Visit Day |  French Hall, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH   |  9am-1pm
June 30  |  Graduate Programs Visit Day  |  French Hall, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH  |  8:30am-1pm


June 8  |  Thing in the Spring, NHIA Reception  |  Sharon Arts Center Gallery  |  5-7pm


March 22-24  |  National Art Educators Association (NAEA), Seattle, WA

For details about all of our events, click here.


  • Student Gallery


    2016 graduate, Aurora, WV

    Gracefully Ending (Play): Winner, American Association of Community Theatres New Play Fest; Production, Theatre Arlington, Arlington Texas; Semi-finalist, Playwrights First Best New Play Award; Semi-finalist, Silverthorne Theatre Best New Play Competition; Published, Dramatic Publishing Company.

    The People at the Edge of Town (Play): Selection, Barter's Festival of Appalachian Plays and Playwrights; Finalist, Ohio University-Chillicothe Playwright Competition; Honorable Mention, Joe McCabe Memorial Scriptwriting Award

    Wind Warning  (Play): Scheduled for production, Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Production, Eddy Theatre Company.

    The People at the Edge of Town (Play): Production, Marlington Opera House, Marlington, WV.


    2016 graduate, Fitchburg, MA

    Home  (Short film, writer/director): Official selection, Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival; Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival; Official Selection, Woods Hole Film Festival; Official Selection,  International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.

    Charlie & Poppy  (short film, writer/director): Official selection, Ozark Foothills Film Festival, Arkansas; Official Selection, Sanford International Film Festival, Maine; Official Selection, 18th FESTCURTASBH (Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival), Brazil; Official Selection, Boston Film Gala; Official Selection, Fest Film Kosova HNF; Official Selection, Nida Short Film Festival, Lithuania; Official Selection, Kinosmena International Short Film Festival, Belarus; Official Selection, West Virginia FILMmakers Festival; Official Selection, Queen City Film Festival, MD; 

    Jagran Film Festival Tour of 16 cities, India.

    The Extraordinary World of Cecil Blinkstop (feature-length screenplay): Spotlight Grand Prize Winner, Rhode Island International Film Festival.


    2016 graduate, Richardson, TX

    Bibo & Bertie (Play): Winner, Third Place, Writer’s Digest Awards

    Duende (Play): Finalist, National Julie Harris Competition; Semi-Finalist, IATI Cimientos New Play Competition; Finalist, Stanley Drama Award; Semi-finalist, Book Pipeline Award


    2015 graduate, La Canada, CA 

    Zoe and the Zebra (Feature): Winner, “Best Screenplay" Irvine International Film Festival; Winner, “Best Screenplay” California Independent Film Festival; “Silver Prize,” Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest; Finalist, California Women’s Film Festival; Finalist, Glendale International Film Festival; Finalist, SoCal Independent Film Festival; Finalist, Female Eye Film Festival

    Cleave (Play): Production, Grace Infused Theatre Festival; Production, Lab Theatre Project and Stageworks, Tampa, FL.

    Rainbow Unicorn Heart Power (Feature): Finalist, ScreenCraft Family Contest; Finalist, California Film Awards; Finalist, TinselTown Productions Contest; Finalist, Los Angeles Lift-Off Festival

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