View single post by Wrighter
 Posted: Wed Jan 10th, 2018 11:05 pm
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Joined: Tue Jan 5th, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
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I would have to second what Edd said. In terms of playwriting (and I’m sure the same basic precepts apply to acting and filmmaking), if you have a love of language, a way with words, a passion for theatre, and the drive and tenacity to stick at it through the fallow times as well as the fruitful ones, there’s nothing stopping anyone from carving out a slice of the pie.

You’ll learn a lot from studying for a degree in playwriting, but you won’t learn how to become a good playwright. Without that innate ability lying somewhere in your DNA, you’ll only be parroting the ideas and theories of others. The end result of that is essentially writing-by-numbers, and plays written that way tend to be ten-a-penny and utterly forgettable. It takes instinct to be a good playwright, and a university’s faculty can’t gift you that faculty.

As noviceplaywright points out, the network of connections that a university can provide – especially the more prestigious ones – can give you a real leg up, but if you have the ability and a willingness to put in the hard work (important), you’ll manage just fine without it.