To MFA or not…?

I just read an interesting article in the LA Times about Jon Robin Baitz (creator of Brothers and Sisters and playwright of Substance of Fire) and his experience at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jon-robin-baitz-20100810,0,7581565.story

I particularly liked what he says about playwriting MFA programs:

“My MFA program was going to Seattle Rep, the Taper Lab, any number of smaller theaters … the Padua Playwrights Festival. But the American theater has changed so dramatically. That system where you could go to the regional theaters and develop work easily has sort of collapsed, mostly due to the finances, so the MFA programs have become the houses of development.”

-Jon Robin Baitz

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