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Playwrights Program Application Requirements

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Application & Play Submission Deadline

Application & Play Submission Deadline Application Fee
December 15, 2013 $60

Program Eligibility

  1. The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program offers one-year, tuition-free, graduate-level fellowships to four or five writers.
  2. Selected playwrights may be invited to continue their studies through a second academic year, thereby completing a total of 52 credits for the two-year fellowship period and earning an Artist Diploma in Playwriting.
  3. All applicants must submit an application and one full-length play by the deadline.  Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the Drama Division and Office of Admissions.
  4. It is preferred that applicants hold an undergraduate degree; however, applicants with advanced training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or exceptional artistic accomplishment will also be considered.
  5. Proof of English language proficiency will be required from applicants whose first language is not English.  Please note, play submissions must be in English. 
  6. Re-applicants: While there is no longer a limit to the number of times that an individual may apply to this program, re-applicants are encouraged to critically consider their personal and professional development between applications.  Re-applicants should submit a new play with each application, unless it is a previously submitted play that has been significantly re-written.  All applicants should submit the best available representation of their work, and should not submit a play that is in the early stages of development.  Updates, edits, or re-writes will not be accepted once a play is submitted with the application, unless an applicant reaches the final round of consideration.  Finalists are generally not determined until the late spring (typically in May or June), so please be sure to submit the best version of your play by the application deadline. 

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Application Checklist

 

Must Be Submitted Online And Received By December 15:

  1. Completed and signed application (submit online).
  2. $60 application fee.
  3. One full-length play (or up to two shorter one-act plays).  A full-length play is strongly preferred over one-act plays.  We do not accept musicals, screenplays, or television scripts.  All applicants should submit the best available representation of their work, and should not submit a play that is in the early stages of development.  Updates, edits, or re-writes will not be accepted once a play is submitted with the application, unless an applicant reaches the final round of consideration.  Finalists are generally not determined until the late spring, so please be sure to submit the best version of your play by the application deadline.  For guidance regarding formatting, we recommend these guidelines from the Dramatists Guild of America.  Please note, this is a formatting recommendation only (not a requirement).
    1. AFTER you submit your online application, please e-mail a PDF or Word document with your play to [email protected].  This copy of your play should be "blind" - the cover page should contain ONLY the title of your play.  This copy of your play will be sent to our first-round readers, who read each applicant play without knowledge of the playwright's identity.
    2. You must also upload a copy of your play submission as part of your online application.  Because the uploaded copy of your play is attached to your online application, it will not be "blind."
    3. There is no need to mail a hard copy of your play, unless you receive a request for a hard copy at a later date.
  4. A one-page statement describing your artistic vision and personal background.  Please upload your statement to your online application.   
  5. A professional resume, uploaded to your online application. 

Submit by February 15:

  1. Two letters of recommendation. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request an additional (third) letter of recommendation later in the admissions process, if deemed necessary. Re-applicants to the program must submit at least one new/updated letter of recommendation. Letters submitted within the past three years may be transferrable to the current application if requested in writing by the applicant. We cannot guarantee that previously submitted letters will be retrievable and/or transferrable.

HOW TO SUBMIT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:

 

Finalists Only Must Submit:

Finalists will be notified of their status, at which time they will be required to submit the above materials.  Otherwise, transcripts and proof of English language proficiency are not required.

A note about the admissions timeline: The Office of Admissions will endeavor to provide applicants to the Playwriting Program with timely updates regarding application status throughout the admissions process.  However, due to the nature of the reading process, there is no definite timeline for when an applicant's play will be read or when the decisions regarding semi-finalists and finalists will be made.  In general, updates will not be available before May 1, which is especially important to note for those applicants who are applying to other programs with strict acceptance deadlines.  It is likely that finalists will be determined in the late spring, and that final admissions decisions will be made in the early summer.

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Late Applications

The Juilliard School will not accept late applications for the Playwriting program for Fall 2014.  Please check back in September 2014 for information on applying for Fall 2015.

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Mailing Instructions

Most application components can be submitted online.  If you need to send anything via post, please address it to:

The Juilliard School – Office of Admission
Attn: PLAYWRITING application
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

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Proof of English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. All applicants for whom English is not the native language* (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate English Language Proficiency with a TOEFL score which meets the minimum requirement, with the exception of:

1.    those who have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years; AND

2.    have/will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution. 

*The Juilliard School defines "native language" as the language first spoken as a child, and the primary language spoken at home.

TOEFL Minimum Score Requirements for Artist Diploma Applicants

IBT Total

IBT Writing

CBT Total

CBT Essay

PBT Total

73 11 200 3.0 533

 

  1. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL scores upon notification of finalist status. Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable.
  2. Applicants will not be admitted without an official score on file which meets the minimum guidelines for admission (see above grid).
    • If you submitted a TOEFL score report to your undergraduate institution that meets our minimum requirements, you may ask that institution's Registrar to send to us directly an official photocopy of the score report in a sealed school envelope. It is important to note that not all schools will release this information and applicants who wish to pursue this option should research it well in advance so as to leave themselves time to take another TOEFL, if necessary. 
  3. The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340.
  4. Visit the TOEFL Web site for more information.
  5. Current and Former Juilliard College Students do not need to submit another TOEFL.

 

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Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

  1. Currently enrolled Juilliard students seeking to enter a new program of study must apply formally by the appropriate application deadline.
  2. The application fee of $60 will be waived for all current students who submit their applications on or before the deadline.
  3. Requests for approval of a late application must go to the Associate Dean for Admissions, and the full fee of $60 will be charged for approved late applications. 
  4. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

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Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

  1. Former Juilliard college students who have not been in attendance during the previous academic year and who plan to apply for readmission must submit an application, play, and fee to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.
  2. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.
  3. The Juilliard School statute of limitations policy limits the amount of time allowed to elapse between a student’s original enrollment in a program of study and completion of that program.

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Applicants With Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of disabled applicants, and makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (A.D.A.). Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the admissions process must notify the Office of Academic Support Services (OASS) in writing by December 15. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of their disability to OASS, and to complete an Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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