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Hollins University
Graduate Center
P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
(540) 362-6575
Fax (540) 362-6288

Program Director
Todd Ristau
(540) 362-6386

M.F.A. in Playwriting

Playwriting News from the Playwright's Lab

Vol. 05, No. 01 (June, 2011)

  • Summer Event Schedule
  • Guest Profile: Mac Wellman
  • Frogger by Adam Hahn at Studio Roanoke
  • Guest Profile: Cheryl Snodgrass on Directing New Plays
  • Two Short Plays by Samantha Macher Featured in Happening at Hell-Tro Theatre Collective in Brooklyn
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival Features Clinton Johnston's Am I Black Enough Yet?
  • Dramatists Guild Conference
  • From the Director: Excitement about the summer session

Vol. 05, No. 02 (July, 2011)

  • Student Spotlight: Marshall Opie
  • Messages to You by Sunny da Silva at Studio Roanoke
  • Guest Profile: W. David Hancock
  • Reading of Hancock's SECONDS at Mill Mountain Theatre
  • Elizabeth Heffron's Radio Play in SANDBOX RADIO Live!
  • Overnight Sensations at Mill Mountain Theatre
  • Adam Hahn's Adaptation of King Kong at Studio Roanoke
  • Performance by Café Antarsia Ensemble
  • Guest Profile: John Bergman
  • 2011 Festival of Student Readings
  • From the Director: Summer Session Recap

Vol. 05, No. 03 (August, 2011)

  • Guest Profile: Sandra Hosking
  • Student Spotlight: Ricky Steven Young
  • To The New Girl, by Samantha Macher, opens in Los Angeles
  • Professional Reading and Another Published Play for Neeley Gossett
  • Man with Wings by Ben R. Williams at Studio Roanoke
  • The Aesop Project at SkyPilot Theatre Features Hollins Playwrights
  • MFA Playwright Adam Hahn Wed In Wyndham Robertson Library
  • No Shame on the Move Again
  • Robert Plowman Completes MacDowell Colony Residency
  • Hollins Graduate Gives $1000 Gift to New Works Initiative Fund!
  • The Terrorism of Everyday Life by Hamell on Trial at Hollins
  • From the Director: Playwriting for Dummies

Vol. 05, No. 04 (September, 2011)

  • YouthPLAYS to Publish New Play By Jeri Weiss
  • Student Spotlight: Jeri Weiss
  • Guest Profile: Todd London
  • Outrageous Fortune
  • Uncertainty Theory By Maura Campbell Published
  • Kenley Smith Named Resident Playwright
  • Roanoke Community High School Performance Space Opens with No Shame
  • Ruth's Story by Marshall Opie produced in Washington DC
  • MFA Students Initiate 10-Minute Play Workshops
  • Taylor Gruenloh in The Pillowman
  • Directing Workshop with Bob Moss
  • Lab Playwrights Present Drama Camp in Los Angeles
  • From the Director: Our Students Work and their Work Gets Done

Vol. 05, No. 05 (October, 2011)

  • Guest Profile: Peter Ullian
  • Student Spotlight: Avis Gray
  • Confirmed Faculty and Guests for 2012
  • Mitzi's Abortion at Infinite Abyss in Miami
  • Fronkensteen Announces Open Play Submissions
  • Yulia Gray Opens Breast Cancer Play
  • Best of No Shame Returns to the Waldron
  • Luis and the Great Field Trip Adventure by Wendy-Marie Foerster and Jason Miller
  • Sandbox Radio 2 Features Elizabeth Heffron
  • October graduate Sunny da Silva
  • October graduate: Adam Hahn
  • Samantha Macher's LA Success Story
  • From the Director: Get Practical Experience in the Medium You're Writing For

Vol. 05, No. 06 (November, 2011)

  • No Shame Theatre Turns 25 in Iowa and 8 in Roanoke
  • Guest Profile: Mead Hunter
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America
  • Hollins Playwright at Playwrights Theatre Center Colony
  • Nicole B. Adkins Plays in Indiana and Utah
  • National Playwriting Month
  • Brown Paper Tickets
  • Earthbound: An Electronica Musical
  • A Woman of Independent Means Returns Hollins Playwright to Campus
  • Passing of Professor Klaus Phillips
  • Film Features MFA Playwright Chad Runyon
  • From the Director: Big Theatres Can Be Big Tents for Small Organizations

Vol. 05, No. 07 (December, 2011)

  • Tesseract Theatre Calls for Submissions
  • Student Spotlight: Taylor Gruenloh
  • Guest Profile: Gina Kaufmann
  • Last Hope for Twenty Miles by Ricky Steven Young
  • War Bride Read at SkyPilot
  • No Shame Central Coast Celebrates First Anniversary
  • Fast N' Loose #40 Includes Hollins Playwright
  • Mary’s Dream by Yulia Gray
  • 12 Plays of Christmas at SkyPilot
  • Consider a Year End Gift to the New Works Initiative
  • From the Director: What's in Your Manifesto?

Vol. 06, No. 3 (August, 2012)

  • Rebecca Osborne's Monologue Performed in Manhattan
  • Student Spotlight: Willett, Suzanne
  • Guest Profile: Scott Bradley
  • JAW Festival features Elizabeth Heffron
  • The Girl With Her Hands in the Sand at NYI Fringe Festival
  • War Bride by Samantha Macher
  • Open Call for Submissions
  • From the Director: Your Public Profile