The New Play Performance Certificate provides graduate-level instruction from leading theatre professionals. It also offers practical experience in playmaking for students not obtaining a terminal degree. The program is associated with the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, an internationally recognized graduate program in playwriting. It’s taught by respected directors, performers, playwrights, and theatre professionals.
New Play Performance
The program divides classroom instruction into creative, analytic, and collaborative subject areas.
In their first summer, performers learn:
- The basics of conceiving and writing new plays
- How to analyze a script for production
- How to collaborate with playwrights and directors on new plays
Students will also take a viewpoints and composition course with playwrights and directors.
Performers in their second summer learn:
- How to perform for other media (producing a weekly Web series)
- How to manage their professional career
Students also take a course in advanced performance techniques. They build on their understanding of ensembles in collaboration.
The program works with Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Theatre and a growing network of theatres around the country that specialize in new play development.
New Works Initiative
A fund that offsets the costs related to producing work by Hollins’ student playwrights. Students in the New Play Directing Certificate program can apply for production assistance whenever they are performing in work generated by Hollins playwrights.
How Is the Program Best Described?
“Hard riding, smoking talent with a dollop of madness – Hollins is a powerhouse!”
– John Bergman, core faculty for the New Play Performance Certificate
What Students Receive Here
“At Hollins you get an intense and personal six-week summer session surrounded by top notch working professionals, challenging classroom study and lots of opportunities to get…in front of live audiences.”
– Todd Ristau, program director, Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University
Cost and Applying
Summer 2015 tuition: $798 per credit hour or $11,172 for the normal load of three four-credit courses and one two-credit course for the term
- Technology fee: $28 per summer
- New students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $400 within two weeks of their acceptance. Returning students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $200 by May 15. All deposits will be credited toward summer tuition charges.
Want to Know More?
Todd Ristau, director of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, is happy to answer your questions.