Playwrights Program Application Requirements


The deadline for applications to the 2017 Playwrights Program has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. The application for Fall 2018 will become available on September 1, 2017.

The Drama Division's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program offers one-year, tuition-free, graduate-level fellowships to four or five writers. 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.

More information about the program may be found here. Questions should be directed to dramaadmissions@juilliard.edu.

Submission Deadlines

All dates listed below are “RECEIVED BY” deadlines




Course of Study

  1. A weekly master class (Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.) with David Lindsay-Abaire and Marsha Norman focusing on dramatic structure and the cultivation of each writer's individual voice.

  2. Play Labs are twice monthly readings (Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30 p.m.) of students' work that allow writers, with the help of Juilliard acting students and alumni, to tackle the practical aspects of creating a new play.

  3. Seminars centering on other aspects of the theatrical profession are planned on a quarterly basis.

  4. The first year of the program culminates when playwright fellows present their work to industry professionals from New York and around the country in a showcase evening.

  5. Playwright fellows are frequently invited to continue their studies for a second academic year. During the second year, playwrights collaborate with professional directors to present a public workshop or staged reading of a full-length play.

  6. There are no other required courses.

  7. Playwright fellows may audit any other class offered by the Drama Division, and are invited to participate with acting students and Drama faculty in poetry classes, theater history and literature lectures, and a variety of special events. An Alexander Technique class is one of the courses specifically designed for the playwrights. The catalog of Drama Division courses may be found here.

Tuition, Fees and Expenses

  • The program is tuition-free.

  • Room and board are not included.

  • Information about fees and expenses may be found here



  1. 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.

  2. International students are welcome to apply to the Playwrights Program. Proof of English language proficiency will be required from applicants who reach the final round of consideration and whose first language is not English. Please note, play submissions must be in English. 

  3. Re-applicants: While there is no 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.


Application Checklist

Must be submitted online and received by November 15:

  1. Complete online application.

  2. $60 application fee. Payment may be made by credit card, checking account, or PayPal account. 

  3. One full-length play, or a long one-act play (an hour or more). A full-length play is strongly preferred over long 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. 

  4. For guidance regarding formatting, we recommend these guidelines from the Dramatists Guild of America. Please note, this a formatting recommendation only (not a requirement).

  5. You must upload a copy of your play as part of your online application. This copy of your play should be "blind" - the cover page should contain ONLY the title of your play. Your play will be sent to our first-round readers, who read applicants' plays without knowledge of the playwright's identity. Please ensure that no identifying information (your name, your agent's name, etc.) appears on your submission.

  6. A one-page statement describing your artistic vision and personal background. Please upload your statement to your online application.

  7. A professional resume, uploaded to your online application.



Applicants should submit two letters of recommendation by February 15. 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.

Recommendations may be submitted online via the application systemLog into your online application. Go to the "Recommendations" section (this can be done even after you have submitted your application). Click on the "Add Recommender" link and register your recommender. The application system will send an automatic email to your recommender with instructions on how to submit the letter online. Applicants will no longer have access to the reccommender section once the application has been submitted. 

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional letters of recommendation later in the admissions process, if deemed necessary.


Final Round Applicants ONLY must submit:

  • Transcripts from any/all post-secondary institutions attended

  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

Applicants under serious consideration for admission 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.

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.

Minimum score requirements:


IBT Total: 73
IBT Writing: 11
CBT Total: 200
CBT Essay: 3.0
PBT Total: 533


Total: 6
Writing: 4

  1. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL or IELTS scores upon notification of admission. 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 list above).

  3. The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340. An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS.

  4. For more information on TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website.

  5. For more information on IELTS, visit the IELTS website. Please note that IELTS has two test formats: Academic and General Training. The Juilliard School requires the Academic format.

  6. The Juilliard School only accepts IELTS scores submitted electronically by an IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. If you have already taken the test, please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. 

  7. Current and Former Juilliard College Students do not need to submit additional TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  8. 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. 


Admissions Timeline

The Office of Admissions will endeavor to provide applicants to the Playwrights 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 admissions decisions will be made. In general, updates will not be available before April 15, which is especially important to note for those applicants who are applying to other programs with strict acceptance deadlines. It is likely that admissions decisions will be made in late spring.


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 Enrollment Management, 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.

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.


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.

Office of Academic Support Services
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
​(212) 799-5000 Ext. 213



Mailing Instructions

Most application components must be submitted online. If you need to submit materials via post, please address it to:

Office of Admissions 
The Juilliard School
Attn: PLAYWRIGHTS application
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023


Late Applications

In general, The Juilliard School does not accept late applications. To be assured of consideration for admission for Fall 2017, applicants must meet the stated application deadline of November 15, 2016. 

  1. After all on-time applications have been assessed and play submissions have been assigned to readers, late applications may be accepted pending the availability of readers and resources.

  2. The decision regarding whether late applications will be accepted will be posted here by late November 2016. 

  3. If late applications are taken, they will be accepted until the available readers and resources are expended, or until December 15, 2016 - whichever comes first. 

  4. Late applicants must meet ALL regular application requirements. 

  5. It is the applicant's responsibility to check this website for updated information regarding the acceptance of late applications. 

  6. Resources and the availability of readers are extremely limited, and the acceptance of late applications is not likely or guaranteed. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to meet the application deadline of November 15, 2016, in order to be guaranteed consideration for admission for fall 2017.

Questions should be directed to dramaadmissions@juilliard.edu.