EAW21: To MFA or Not to MFA

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11am

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Is a Master’s degree right for you? Hear from professors in the field as they discuss today's higher education landscape and the opportunities that are available for working artists.


This October, join the Dramatists Guild for our very first Educator Appreciation Week. We'll be celebrating the vital bond between dramatists and educators, who often work together to nurture creativity within their communities.


Our week of special online programming will enable you to examine the landscape of higher education, discover the non-traditional ways through which writers can become teaching artists, consider whether a teaching job is right for you, and more. Participants will also engage in lively conversations about the landscape of theatre, and the role that education can play in shaping the next generation of artists. Panelists and special guests will be announced soon. 


Special Guests:

Vichet Chum, Brown University

KJ Sanchez, University of Texas at Austin


Register for the Full Week!


Monday, October 4

When and How to Enter the Higher Education Sector 


Tuesday, October 5

Non-Traditional Educational Spaces, Students, and Structures


Wednesday, October 6

To MFA or Not MFA 

Dramatists Guild Institute Open House 


Thursday, October 7

What I’m Teaching Now 


Friday, October 8

Creating Equitable Spaces for Students 


Speaker Bios:


Vichet Chum is a Cambodian-American playwright and theater maker, originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at Steppenwolf Theatre, the Magic Theater, the Alley Theatre, the UCROSS Foundation, Fault Line Theatre, Crowded Outlet, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater, Amios, Florida State University, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the New Harmony Project. He received 2018-19 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting with New Dramatists and is a current board member for the New Harmony Project. Vichet was a part of the 2019-20 Resident Working Farm Group on Ryder Farm and currently the 2020-21 Interstate 73 Writer's Group at Page 73 and the 2020-21 Ars Nova Play Group. His play High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest will have its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in 2021. His play Bald Sisters will have its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the 20/21 season. He is currently working on commissions for Audible, Cleveland Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA). He's represented by Beth Blickers at APA. 


KJ Sanchez is the head of Playwriting/Directing and runs the M.F.A. in Theatre (Directing) program. She is a director, producer, playwright and sometimes actor. She’s the founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theatre that chronicles our time, theatre that serves as a bridge between people. Sanchez recently directed Octavio Solis’s Quixote Nuevo, which was produced at Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and Alley Theatre in Houston.


Sanchez has directed across the country and internationally. Some U.S. venues include (select list) Urban Stages, The Gene Frankel Theatre and HERE Arts in New York City, The Guthrie Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Theatre in D.C., Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater Company and Baltimore Center Stage. As a playwright, Sanchez has been produced at (select list) Berkeley Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater Company, Frontera Rep, Round House Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages and HERE Arts.


As an actor, Sanchez performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and internationally including the Toga-Mura Festival in Japan and the IberoAmericano Festival in Bogota, Columbia. She is the voice of many characters on the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!. Sanchez is a Fox Fellow, Douglass Wallop Fellow and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award and the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Career Development Program.

The Dramatists Guild is committed to ensuring inclusive and accessible programming. Please email questions@dramatistsguild.com with any questions in regard to accessibility, including your own accessibility requirements. By registering for this event, you agree that you will comply with the Dramatists Guild Code of Conduct for Community Spaces, located at www.dramatistsguild.com/code-conduct-community-spaces. Failure to do so may result in removal from the meeting.

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